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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Everything you need to know

It’s been nearly a year and a half since the original Samsung Galaxy Z Flip was announced and almost a year since its 5G successor hit the market. With Samsung’s Unpacked event set for August 11, it’s looking increasingly likely that we’ll see the Galaxy Z Flip 3 soon. Here’s everything you need to know about the incoming foldable. 

Samsung caught our attention in 2020 when it channelled our early 2000s flip phone nostalgia into a smartphone with a foldable display and an expensive price tag. The company released a 5G version six months later, which has us looking to its third iteration: the Galaxy Z Flip 3. 

While the first two phones in the Z Flip series remained mostly unchanged with the second gaining the 5G label, it seems Samsung has opted to skip the Z Flip 2 and move straight onto the Z Flip 3. 

The original Galaxy Z Flip

According to a report by LetsGoDigital (via Tom’s Guide), Samsung will be moving onto number 3 to match the pace of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and perhaps prevent people from assuming the Z Flip 2 is an older release next to the Z Fold 3. It’s also possible that Samsung considers the Z Flip 5G a second iteration. 

Confusing naming conventions aside, here’s everything you need to know about the Galaxy Z Flip 3, including what it’ll look like, what cameras it will have, how much it’ll cost and when we expect to see it. 

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is expected to be announced at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event on August 11.

The date was first hinted at by virtual assistant Bixby who offered the date in morse code when asked when the next Unpacked would be. However, it wasn’t long before Samsung officially confirmed August 11 in an animated invitation on its website.

While Samsung hasn’t explicitly stated whether or not the Z Flip 3 will make an appearance at the event, the purple and white shape on the right hand side of the invitation looks suspiciously like the rumoured foldable. The title “Get ready to unfold” also makes it seem pretty likely Samsung will debut at least one (if not both) of its foldable lines at the event.

Galaxy Unpacked will kick off at 3pm BST and you can pre-register for the event now.

As far as cost goes, SamMobile has reported that both the Galaxy Z Flip and the Galaxy Z Fold lines will see a “big price cut” for 2021 with an up to 20% reduction in store for the Samsung foldables. 

While there’s no word on exactly how much Samsung will take off the Z Flip 3, we’re excited to see the Z Flip line become slightly more affordable. The original Z Flip was priced at £1300/$1380, while the 5G version saw a £99 increase at £1399/$1449. A 20% price cut could see the Z Flip 3 land closer to the £1040 to £1120 mark, encouraging more people to opt for the foldable. 

This wasn’t the first we’d heard of a cheaper Z Flip. SamMobile had previously shared an industry report from Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), suggesting that the Z Flip 3 could cost less than $1000 (or £750)

We’ve already heard a decent amount of information about the Z Flip 3’s design. Giznext shared renders of the rumoured Z Flip in June, showing off a larger external display and new colour options available for the foldable.

Image: Giznext

The design in the Giznext images looks similar to its predecessors but with some subtle updates. For one, the 1.1-inch outer display designed to show notifications and function as a viewfinder for selfies has apparently been increased to 1.9-inches. 

The camera layout is now vertical instead of horizontal – presumably to make space for the wider front display – and the camera and display are now situated in a black rectangle, giving the design a dual-tone look. 

Image: Giznext

Speaking of colours, the Z Flip 3 could come in a lot more shades than its predecessors, with options including dark green, light violet, beige, grey, black, pink, dark blue and white. Considering the original Flip only came in purple, black and gold (or bronze and grey, if you opted for the 5G edition), this gives users more choice when it comes to design. 

These design rumours were corroborated one day later by a thread of 360-degree videos shared by Evan Blass on Twitter.

We’ve also had a pretty decent look at some of the official cases that look set to be sold alongside the Z Flip 3.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip render

One major update expected to be coming to the Z Flip 3 is a more durable display. According to tipster Ice Universe, the Z Flip 3 and the Z Fold 3 will launch with a stronger version of the UTG (ultra-thin glass) screen found on its previous foldables.

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 appeared on Geekbench (via SamMobile) for the first time in mid-July, giving us a decent idea of what specs to expect from the foldable.

According to the benchmark, the SM-F711U model released in North America will run on the Lahaina chip – a codename for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888. The device will also come with at least 8GB of RAM, according to the report.

The Giznext report points to a larger battery, but doesn’t go into specifics regarding how much bigger it will be. The original Z Flip included a small 3300mAh battery, but reviewer Henry Burrell noted that the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset helped the battery remain strong. Nevertheless, a larger battery wouldn’t go amiss on the next Z flip.

As we saw in the design leaks, the rear camera could move from a horizontal layout to a vertical layout to make space for a larger external display. A report by LetsGoDigital suggests the Z Flip 3 could also see an upgrade from a dual to a triple rear camera.

However, a tweet from Ice Universe claims the Z Flip 3 and the Z Fold 3 will have the “worst spec camera” (or the same one found on the Z Fold 2), so we’re avoiding getting our hopes too high.

As far as the front camera is concerned, the Giznext article hints at an under-display selfie camera in the foldable panel which would replace the punch-hole camera in the existing Z Flip. 

Other reports have suggested the Z Flip 3 will see a dual punch-hole camera. LetsGoDigital (via Digital Camera World) spotted a patent for a Samsung foldable in April that could flip in two directions. The design also included a dual punch-hole camera that could replace the rear camera when folded either way and an in-display fingerprint sensor. 

However, it isn’t clear at this point if this will be the Z Flip 3 or another foldable in Samsung’s line up.

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