Introduction

It has been a road paved with leaks and teasers but we’ve finally made it to the Unpacked destination, where the latest Samsung foldable was waiting for us. They have a pair of watches and TWS earbuds with active noise cancellation to keep them company, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

If you’ve been following closely, then you should know what the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G and Z Flip3 5G are, what they bring, and even how much they cost. We’re going to go over all of that in this hands-on, but also give you our first-hand impressions from Samsung’s folding marvels.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G

The Galaxy Z Fold3 5G is the star of the show. It’s more of a refinement of the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G than a monumental leap forward, aiming to put any remaining fears about the durability of foldable phones to bed and become a true daily driver in the eyes of a far wider audience.

For starters we finally have element resistance, which is a must-have for many. It’s not the complete IP68, but rather an IPX8, which means it should withstand immersion up to a meter and a half, but isn’t dust-tight. Samsung Galaxy Note loyalists will surely appreciate the S Pen support as well, while photography hopefuls may end up disappointed by the largely unchanged camera.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G specs at a glance

  • Body: Folded: 67.1×158.2x16mm-14.4mm; Unfolded: 128.1×158.2×6.4mm, 271g; Glass front (folded), plastic front (unfolded), glass back, aluminum frame, IPx8 water resistant.
  • Display: 7.60″ Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1768x2208px resolution, 18:22.5 aspect ratio, 374ppi; Cover display:, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, 6.2 inches, 832 x 2268 pixels, 24.5:9 ratio.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680); Adreno 660.
  • Memory: 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
  • OS/Software: Android 11, One UI 3.5.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.76″, 1.8µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.2, 123˚, 12mm, 1.12µm; Telephoto: 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom.
  • Front camera: Under display camera: 16 MP, 1.0µm, 4MP binned photos, under display; Cover camera: 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm, 1/3″, 1.22µm.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: [email protected], [email protected]/240fps (gyro-EIS), [email protected] (gyro-EIS), HDR10+; Front camera: [email protected], [email protected], gyro-EIS.
  • Battery: 4400mAh; Fast charging 25W, Fast wireless charging 11W, Reverse wireless charging 4.5W.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); NFC; Bixby natural language commands and dictation, Samsung DeX (desktop experience support), Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified), Ultra Wideband (UWB) support.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G specs at a glance

  • Body: Folded: 72.2×86.4×17.1mm-15.9mm, Unfolded: 72.2×166.0x6.9mm, 183g; Plastic front, glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame, IPx8 water resistant.
  • Display: 6.70″ Dynamic AMOLED 2X, HDR10+, 1080x2640px resolution, 22:9 aspect ratio, 425ppi; Cover display:, Super AMOLED, 1.9 inches, 260 x 512 pixels.
  • Chipset:Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680); Adreno 660.
  • Memory: 128GB, 256GB 8GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
  • OS/Software: Android 11, One UI 3.5.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 12 MP, f/1.8, 27mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.2, 123˚, 1.12µm.
  • Front camera: 10 MP, f/2.4, 26mm (wide), 1.12µm.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/240fps, [email protected], HDR10+; Front camera: [email protected]
  • Battery: 3300mAh; Fast charging 15W, Fast wireless charging 9W.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); NFC; Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified).

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