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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Flip3: our grip CNET united kingdom


During its conference on August 11, Samsung presented two new smartphones, the Galaxy Fold3 and Flip3. These two folding smartphones bring slight changes compared to their predecessor and are especially offered at a more “soft” price in order to attract new users to this. form factor hatching. The entry ticket is 1799 € for the Galaxy Fold3 and 1059 € for the Flip3.

We had the opportunity to take them in hand for over an hour and here are our first impressions

Fold of you

Lovers of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Flip premier of the name will not be disoriented by these new products which have the same lines and almost the same dimensions as their predecessor. The Galaxy Z Fold3 for example loses 11 grams on the scale and thins a few millimeters (for more information, we invite you to read our article dedicated to this model).

The screens of the Galaxy Z Fold3 AMOLED are all 120 Hz adaptive now for more comfort. The hinge seemed even more serious than before and the “clap” when you close the smartphone gives a real feeling of robustness.

Moreover, it will take a little insistence to open the device in half (the hinge is very solid) in order to perform several tasks at the same time such as being on video and taking notes. Also, this panel benefits from an overlay 80% more resistant according to the manufacturer and a front camera hidden under its pixels. Do you see her?

Rather discreet, it is totally forgotten and promotes immersion in games, work and video streaming. This 4 megapixel camera is however less good for selfies than back cameras, the fault of the sub-pixels which add grain to the image.

Samsung has also reworked its software part to allow users to be more productive. The brand has signed partnerships with Google and Microsoft in particular so that their applications are optimized for the giant screen of the Galaxy Z Fold3, as well as with Facebook and Instagram. There is a good chance that these changes will appear on the Fold 2.

Another appreciable novelty, and one of the reasons why the Korean brand has strengthened its interior screen, is the compatibility with the S Pen Fold Edition (€ 49) and S Pen Pro (€ 99) styluses that could interest fans. from Galaxy Note. However, you will have to opt for a specific case in order to carry your pen everywhere with you.

Flip phone

Samsung has skipped a number to arrive directly at the Galaxy Z Flip3, question of standardization with the Z Fold 3 no doubt. In any case, its compact appearance when folded (72.2 x 86.4 x 17.1 mm), its weight (183 grams) and (above all) its price of 1059 € for the entry ticket seduced us.

On the outside, there is now a 1.9-inch touchscreen (compared to 1.1) allowing you to read the time, send preconceived messages, manage your music or even take selfies and videos. There is also on the back of the phone a wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle sensor of 12 megapixels each.

The 6.7-inch AMOLED interior screen also benefits from 120 Hz refresh and an 80% more resistant overlay like that of the Galaxy Z Fold3. However, the 10-megapixel camera is not obscured.

Note that these two folding smartphones are 5G compatible and IPX8 certified. Pre-orders end August 26, and products will be available everywhere starting August 27.

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