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Serious excitement has been building for the release of the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 happening today (August 27th). This new Galaxy Z Fold may be the turning point for foldable phones. Over the years, people have been curious about the idea of foldable screens, but Samsung has been wowing us with this innovative technology since its initial release in 2019.
We’ve dived into the specifics of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 to gain a better insight into what to expect. After careful consideration, we’ve come up with a list of the significant PROs and CONs that’ll help you decide if this phone is worth the hype.
What we like about the Galaxy Z Fold 3
Improved durability – Unlike previous models, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has seriously enhanced built-in durability. It is equipped with IPX8 water resistance, Armor Aluminium body, and a Gorilla Glass Vitus display, making it 80% tougher, highly durable and hard-wearing.
S Pen support – Due to the sheer size of the unfolded device, they’ve introduced S Pen support to the Galaxy Z Fold 3. With an opened screen size of 6.2 x 5 inches, it’s clear to see why they’ve programmed the S Pen stylus into the system. Ideal for writing and note-taking, the S Pen compatibility is a win for digital artists.
120Hz dual display – A 120Hz OLED dual display serves a 29% brighter screen experience and seamless un-clunky scrolling. Samsung has added the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Processor and 12GB of RAM to ease the strain on battery life.
What we dislike about the Galaxy Z Fold 3
The device is bulky – One significant downside to this device is the bulkiness when folded. There has not been much of a design change from older versions, so the additional thickness from having dual screens hasn’t been addressed. However, you can understand the sacrifice of slimness for the power of a dual-display folding phone.
Still expensive – Although the price has decreased from the Fold 2, it’s still a considerable amount of money. Again, we can understand this as it’s a newly developed model concept. But, for a 256 GB phone to be $1,799 USD and the 512 GB version costing $1,899 USD, it’s a lot of money for what you receive.
You need to buy additional extras – Unlike almost all phones, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 doesn’t come with a power adaptor. Instead, you’ll have to purchase this as an additional extra. And, if you are planning to control the device via the S Pen, you’ll also need to buy this separately. So, considering the price and the additional extras, it certainly isn’t affordable.
Without a doubt, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a thing of the future and something that is here to stay. The only substantial downside to the phone is the price. For Samsung’s third attempt at this new technology, the price is still pretty high compared to other mainstream phones. However, if you can overcome that aspect, you’ll experience a piece of cutting-edge technology.
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