The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is one of two upcoming foldable smartphones from Samsung. The company is expected to announce that device alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3, and several other devices. More on that later in the article. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 will look similar, and yet different in comparison to its predecessor, which is something we’ll talk about in this preview, along with a number of different aspects of the device.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 has been leaking for a while now. It has been leaking as the Z Flip 2 and Z Flip 3, but it seems like Samsung settled for the Z Flip 3 name. That makes sense, as the company wants to bring it in line with the Z Fold 3, when it comes to naming. The Galaxy Z Flip was the first Z Flip phone, while the Z Flip 5G is referred to as “Z Flip 2” internally. That being said, there’s a lot to talk about here. The Z Flip 3 has been leaking for a while, and we do have a pretty good idea of what you may expect out of it. That being said, let’s see what will the phone have to offer, shall we.
This article will be regularly updated with new information on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 (this is a preview article) — both official teasers and credible leaks, rumors, and insider claims — as it becomes available in the run-up to the release of the upcoming Android smartphone. The last update was made on June 9.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 may offer a two-tone design
When it comes to the design, the Z Flip 3 will be both similar and different from its predecessor(s). The device will have a similar-looking hinge, at least on the outside. That hinge will be hidden when the phone is unfolded, by the way. It will fold right down the middle, vertically, and a display camera hole will be included on its main display. That display will be flat, while the phone will include a secondary ‘cover’ display as well. Those are all similarities with the Galaxy Z Flip & Z Flip 5G.
Having said that, the phone will offer a dual-tone design on the back, at least according to a recent leak. A concept design that is based on that leak gave us a good look at the phone as well. The device will include a black-colored glass plate where its cameras are, that whole portion of the device will be black-colored. It will be a contrast to the rest of the phone’s body, which will utilize a different color. An LED flash will sit right below the phone’s cameras, which will be vertically-aligned in the top-left corner. Samsung’s branding will be imprinted on the hinge, if the leak is accurate. The device itself will likely be made out of metal and glass, just like its predecessor was.
Official water and dust resistance rating expected
The ‘cover’ display aka the phone’s secondary display will sit on the back once again. It will be larger this time around, though, and thus be able to offer more information when the phone is folded. That display will once again sit right next to the phone’s rear cameras. What’s also interesting, and is design-related, is the fact that the phone will likely be water and dust resistant. It is expected to offer an IP rating, IP67, to be exact. That is, at least, what a recent rumor said. That rating is expected on both the Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3.
Several sources expected the back side of this phone to be similar to that on the Galaxy S21, as this concept design shows. There’s still a chance that may happen, but if the aforementioned leak is to be believed, Samsung will opt for a somewhat different design. Both of those designs look good, though, so chances are that not many people will complain either way.
Samsung may have found a way to solve the “crease” issue
According to some information from a well-known tipster, Samsung may have found a way to rid us of the crease issue. In fact, the tipster claims the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 will user in the change. That crease may be either way less visible, nor completely unnoticeable. The latter options may seem a bit too optimistic, but that’s what the tip sounded. We’ll have to wait and see.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 won’t be heavier than the original Galaxy Z Flip. The device will, allegedly, weigh 183 grams, which makes it completely equal to the Galaxy Z Flip. A tipster is also claiming that the device will feature thinner bezels than its predecessor, as shown in the image below.
The Snapdragon 870 is likely to fuel the device
Some rumors indicated that the Galaxy Z Flip 3 may ship with the Snapdragon 888 SoC. That probably won’t happen, though. The Galaxy Z Flip and Z Flip 5G did not include flagship-grade SoCs, so chances are the Z Flip 3 won’t either. The Snapdragon 888 is probably reserved for the Galaxy Z Fold 3, though. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is rumored to include the Snapdragon 870 SoC, which, truth be said, is not far away from the Snapdragon 888 in terms of power. The Snapdragon 870 is an excellent processor, and could be a great choice for the phone, if Samsung opts for it.
Two batteries will be included
When it comes to the phone’s battery, it will likely include a 3,300mAh unit inside. In fact, the phone is tipped to arrive with two batteries, which will work together to offer such capacity. One of those batteries will be rated at 2,370mAh, while the other will be around 900mAh. They will be marketed as a 3,300mAh capacity, though, it seems. If you’re wondering about charging, the device is expected to include 15W charging, the same as its predecessor. That may be a bit slower than you hoped for, but that’s what a certification filing said, as a 15W charger was mentioned. Wireless charging is also expected, by the way, and chances are it will also be a 15W one.
A larger ‘cover’ display is expected
In regards to the phone’s display, we also know what to expect. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 display information was shared by a well-known display analyst a while back. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is expected to have the same display size as its predecessor, when it comes to its main panel. That means you can expect to get a 6.7-inch panel. It may even offer the resolution of 2636 x 1080, as it will be quite a tall and narrow display. That is not surprising at all.
Now, in regards to its ‘cover’ display. You can expect a 1.83-inch panel to be included on the phone’s back. That display will be considerably larger than the one on the Galaxy Z Flip and Z Flip 5G. The display on those two smartphones measured 1.1 inches. So, you’ll get quite a bit more room to work with here. That display will also be of an AMOLED variety, quite probably a Super AMOLED display.
Three cameras are expected, two of them on the back
Now, in regards to cameras, we don’t really have much information. The device is expected to arrive with two rear-facing cameras, and one front-facing one. If we had to guess, though, we’d say that the phone will utilize camera sensors from the Galaxy S21, or at least something similar to that. We’re expecting to see a main, wide-angle camera on the back, backed by an ultra-wide camera. A telephoto unit probably won’t be in the combination on the back, as only two cameras are expected.
The Galaxy S21’s cameras may be included
Both of those rear-facing cameras could be 12-megapixel units, identical to the ones on the Galaxy S21. Not many people would object to that, quite probably. A main 12-megapixel camera will likely offer an f/1.8 aperture lens, 1.8um pixel size, Dual Pixel PDAF, and OIS support. The 12-megapixel ultrawide camera will likely offer an f/2.2 aperture lens with 120-degree FoV, and 1.3um pixel size.
In regards to the phone’s front-facing camera, well, a 10-megapixel unit is expected, even though it wasn’t mentioned in rumors / leaks thus far. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 will utilize a 10-megapixel unit on the front, and that camera is also available on the Galaxy S21. It is a capable 10-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture, 1.22um pixel size, and Dual Pixel PDAF. So, chances are that Samsung will use it on this device as well.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is tipped to launch alongside quite a few other devices
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is rumored to launch alongside quite a few other devices. The phone is expected to be accompanied by the Galaxy Z Fold 3, S21 FE, Watch 4, and Watch Active 4. That is, at least, what the most recent information is saying. Initially, the phone was tipped to arrive alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3 only, but things have changed, it seems. Samsung seems to want to host a huge press event in the absence of a Galaxy Note smartphone. As most of you know, Samsung won’t announce a next-gen Galaxy Note handset this year. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is actually supposed to replace it, kind of.
It may launch in August after all
So, when will it arrive? The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is expected to launch in August, alongside all those other phones. A previous rumor tipped July as the launch month, and that’s still a possibility, we’ll have to wait and see. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is expected to arrive in eight color options. Not all those color variants will be available in all markets, though, of course. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 will, allegedly, arrive in Beige, Black, Dark Blue, Gray, Green, Pink, and Purple colors. Samsung will, of course, name some of those color options differently than you’d expect. Here are some of their names.
The device may be considerably more affordable than its predecessor
If you’re wondering about the phone’s price tag, well… this phone won’t be cheap. Not many people expected it to be cheap to begin with. Its pricing will, allegedly, start at $999. That would make it considerably more affordable than its predecessors, though. $999 is a lot of money, but it’s in line with regular flagship smartphones these days. The Galaxy Z Flip 5G launched with a price tag of $1,499, so that’s a considerable difference right there. Another report claims that the device will cost $1,100, so it remains to be seen who’s right.