Offers a more durable design, S Pen compatibility, and better multitasking, but is still an expensive and power-user device
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 It’s the best foldable phone yet, with a more durable design and S Pen support, and the multitasking features are even better. Although you need a case to store the stylus and the cameras are out of date, overall the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a great option for power users.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 could convince the folding phone skeptics. Samsung addressed some of the durability concerns. The screen, for example, is up to 80% stronger and the entire phone is waterproof. It offers a huge 7.6-inch “display” and S Pen support, plus an under-screen camera for more immersive viewing.
Other notable updates to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 include a brighter screen and improved multitasking features, complete with a taskbar similar to that of. Windows. However, the battery life could be better and the design is still quite bulky.
While this foldable is still a niche device, iProfessional’s review, which tested a unit of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 loaned by Samsung Argentina for that purpose, shows that Samsung has perfected the best foldable phone you can buy, making it in a excellent choice for advanced users who want a phone and a tablet in one device.
Galxy Z Fold 3 secondary display.
Pros and cons
The under-screen camera on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 impresses with its ability to disappear when you’re viewing content. However, the 4MP resolution not good for selfies.
The 7.6-inch main screen is easier to view outdoors, as the panel becomes up to 30% brighter. The deck display now has a 120Hz refresh rate.
The role of the taskbar allows you to pin your favorite applications to the side of the screen and follow any application. It is like Windows. However, you have to look in the Labs settings to activate this.
Can’t avoid the fact that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a thick phone when closed. You will definitely notice this phone and tablet combination when it’s in your pocket.
More apps have been optimized for Galaxy Fold 3, including Spotify, Gmail, Chrome y TikTok. S Pen compatibility is a great addition, but we wish Samsung didn’t charge more for this accessory.
The overall camera quality of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is very good, and for the most part it takes sharp and colorful images. It includes a rear camera selfie mode and a capture view mode that lets you see your photos on the left and your live preview on the right.
The battery life of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 could be better. The folding lasted less than 8 hours in the web browsing test, while other flagships lasted 10 hours or more.
Galaxy Z Fold 3 main screen.
Design and durability
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 adds a lot when it comes to durability, even if it’s still bulky. The new Galaxy Z Fold is waterproof IPX8, which means that it can withstand up to 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. It is not resistant to dust, so you would not feel comfortable taking this folding to the beach.
To further strengthen the Galaxy Z Fold 3, its stronger Armor Aluminum body and Gorilla Glass Victus display are designed to resist scratches and drops. Samsung claims that the Z Fold 3 employs a new protective PET film which, when combined with “optimized” main display layers, results in an 80% more durable display.
Displays and audio
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 once again presents two screens– A 6.2-inch OLED cover screen and a 7.6-inch main screen that reveals once you unfold the device.
Both panels offer a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, and experienced smooth scrolling and overall performance during the time the phone was practiced.
The resolution of the inner screen is the same as before with 2208 x 1768 pixelsBut the good news is that the new screen is 29% brighter than before, thanks to the new Eco Display technology.
The main screen of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 looks impressive, and one of the main reasons is a new camera under the screen. Rather than having to look at a notch or drill, the UDC on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is nearly invisible, especially when going full screen on content like photos and videos. When the screen is dark, for example on the home screen, you can make out the small hole, but it is not so noticeable.
The speakers of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 are quite powerful and provide clear and loud sound while listening to Spotify and making calls. The sound can be muffled a bit when you place the Z Fold 3 on a desk (one of the speakers is on the bottom), but overall the audio is solid from this foldable phone.
Macro photo taken with the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Software and special features
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a powerhouse when it comes to multitasking. Thanks to the Multi-Active Window feature, you can run two applications side by side (by dragging and dropping content between them) or run up to three applications at the same time. And now, the improved App Pair feature lets you create shortcuts for two apps later in the same way that you had them open.
Don’t feel like constantly swiping from the right side to open the Edge Panel to see these and other apps? Samsung added a new feature in the taskbar that allows you to switch between applications on the fly; it just sits on the right side of the screen, similar to the Windows taskbar. To get the taskbar to work, you had to search the Settings menu and activate Samsung Labs, which most users won’t know how to do.
Once activated, the taskbar is a great addition. Samsung Labs can also force applications that are not optimized for folding screens to work in Multi-Active Windows mode. For example, you could park Netflix on the left side of the screen and continue watching your favorite series while keeping an eye on the messages on the right side of the screen.
Another cool feature is drag and split. For example, if you are in the Samsung browser and you are viewing articles in Mercado Libre, you can simply drag one to the right to open a new window.
That way, you can see the details of a product while comparing other products on the left. Other apps that support this feature include Samsung Message, MS Office, One Note and more.
Wide-angle photo taken with the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
When you fold the Galaxy Z Fold 3 as one laptop, several applications support Flex mode, which places content at the top and controls at the bottom of the screen.
This works on YouTube and the Camera app, and also during a hands-free Google Meet video call. You can even force Flex mode to appear in apps.
Samsung is also working closely with third-party developers to implement more applications that work natively with the Galaxy Z Fold 3. These include Snapchat, TikTok, Netflix, Spotify and YouTube.
For example, when you use Spotify, you’ll see the Now Playing window on the bottom left and the rest of the discovery menu on the right side, making multitasking easier. Another application optimized for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is Chrome. You can see all your tabs at the top and move them around, just like you would on the desktop.
Samsung added S Pen support to a 7.6-inch folding phone. There is simply more space to take notes, draw or mark documents without constantly zooming in.
But right away, there is an issue with the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s S Pen compatibility. While the stylus will work with the foldable phone, it is not included, nor is there a built-in stylus slot as there is with the models. Galaxy Note.
Instead, the S Pen is an accessory that you buy separately. If you want a way to put the pen away, you will need a specially designed case, which is another purchase.
El Galaxy Z Fold 3 does not include a charger, so a 25W Samsung charger was used to test the charging time. After 30 minutes, the phone reached 47%, which is not bad.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 too supports wireless charging up to 10 W. You can also use the back of the Z Fold 3 to wirelessly charge other devices up to 4.5 W.
S Pen junto al Galaxy Z Fold 3.
With the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung retains the title of best folding phone, and that’s not just because there really is no competition at the moment. You get a more durable design, improved multitasking, and better displays for a little less money than the previous version.
The camera under screen it’s a step up in terms of design, allowing you to see more of the screen when not in use. But you’ll have to sacrifice some image quality for this 4 MP shooter.
Samsung also deserves credit for working with developers to optimize more applications for folding. However, while S Pen support is appreciated, Samsung should have included the stylus. Also, the battery life could be better and the overall design slimmer. Overall, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a great piece of equipment, but it’s only for those users who are willing to pay more for a phone that can double as a tablet.
- Compatible with 5G networks.
- Folding screen with a total extension of 7.6 “and resolution of 1768px x 2208px.
- It has 3 rear cameras of 12Mpx / 12Mpx / 12Mpx.
- 10Mpx / 4Mpx front cameras.
- Snapdragon 888 5G Octa-Core 2.84GHz processor with 12GB of RAM.
- 4400mAh battery with wireless charging.
- 128 / 256GB internal memory.
- With facial recognition and fingerprint sensor.
- 6.2 “secondary touch screen.
- Price: in Mercado Libre it is obtained at $ 280,000. At the time of publishing this note, there was no stock in the Samsung Argentina digital store.