15 April 2021
Samsung is set to announce at least two foldable smartphones this year: Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3. These will be succeeding the current-gen Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold 2 respectively. If you are wondering why there is no Galaxy Z Flip 2, it is because the company is aiming to keep the branding for both the foldable on the same page. This will be helpful for general buyers who do not follow the smartphone market closely.
Starting with the Galaxy Z Flip 3, Samsung will be offering slightly bigger i.e. 0.2-inch and 0.1-inch larger external and internal display respectively. This will result in a 6.8-inch primary display and a 1.3-inch cover display where both will be sporting OLED display panels. There will be support for refresh rate up to 120Hz that can adapt to the content getting displayed.
The next-gen foldable is tipped to be relatively thinner than the current offering in both folded and unfolded states. There are some improvements to the hinge as well but exact details are unknown. The phone will have a new triple camera setup but the tipster is speculating it to be the one we saw on the Galaxy Z Fold 2. The choice of processor is tipped to be Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 with 5G connectivity. As for durability, it will have better dust and water resistance than the predecessor.
Lastly, the tipster is claiming that the Galaxy Z Flip 3 will cost $1,499 at the time of the launch. This is undoubtedly steep pricing but if we compare it with the current-gen offering, it is only $50 expensive. It is good to hear that despite all the improvements and changes, the pricing is more or less the same.
As for the more expensive Galaxy Z Fold 3, the rumor mill is claiming that the new foldable will arrive early. The currently available Galaxy Z Fold 2 was announced in August but its successor is expected to launch as early as May 2021. It is rumored to feature a camera module design similar to the Galaxy S21 series. Even the S Pen stylus support is expected to be there which is something we saw with the Galaxy S21 Ultra as well. Samsung has already confirmed that it has plans to bring S Pen support to more Galaxy devices.