MemberSeptember 18, 2021 at 10:08 am
Dimensions (folded): 67.1mm x 158.2mm x 16mm
Dimensions (unfolded): 128.1mm x 158.2mm x 64mm
Display: 6.2in external, 7.6in internal
Battery: 4400mAh, one day of battery life
Camera (rear): 12MP f/1.8 wide-angle, a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens
Camera (front): 10MP f/2.2
Camera (internal): 4MP f/1.8
Storage: 256GB/512GB built-in
Memory: 12GB (RAM)
When closed, the Z Fold 3 is long and thin, a closer companion to some of Sony’s Android devices than Samsung’s Galaxy Note ones. It feels more compact than other conventional smartphones – for both good and ill, as it can be difficult to type on such a narrow screen, and some may prefer it to be a bit wider – although Samsung says that this difference was the optimum size for both comfort and the aspect ratio of the internal screen.
At the top of the 2260 x 216px screen – which has an impressive 120Hz adaptive refresh rate for smoother animations and responsive gaming – is a 10MP f/2.2 front-facing camera for quick snaps and face unlock. At the bottom is a USB-C port for charging. On the left side is the hinge, which has been reinforced to make it IPX8 waterproof (1.5 meter depth for up to 30 minutes) but not dustproof, because there is no way to fully seal the device. Samsung instead uses tiny nylon brushes to keep tiny debris out.
We have not used the phone long enough to see whether that durability stands up over long-term use, but it is a priority for the company following the infamous recall of the first Fold. Samsung claims the device can be opened and closed 200,000 times, but the challenges of making this feat of engineering mean that if it breaks, it’s difficult to repair. The company offers an extended warranty on the phone and, in this instance, buyers should consider taking it.
The Z Fold 3, although still hefty, is lighter than its predecessor at just 271g rather than 282g. It feels solid and the back is sleek, feeling good in the hand. Opening the device is a two-handed job and does feel like using a small tablet rather than a big smartphone but feels natural. The fingerprint scanner, located on the right-hand side also works well, although larger hands may wish it had swapped places with the higher-up volume keys.