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8.2/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 51 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

Samsung's latest phone release offers a modern take on the flip phone experience. It's addressed most of the shortcomings of previous releases, but the battery and camera life left reviewers wanting. Overall, the price is likely to be the biggest factor for many buyers.

What's good

  • A modern flip phone
  • Water-resistant
  • Same price as other high-end smartphones
  • Bigger cover display

What's bad

  • Disappointing camera
  • Slow charging
  • Poor battery life

Samsung’s working hard to sell us all on the future of phones with their latest phone designs, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Galaxy Z Fold 3. A mix between a smartphone and a flip phone design, the Z Flip 3 has a lot going for it. So what do reviewers think?

Design

Maybe the most pleasing thing about the Galaxy Z Flip 3, aside from the folding, of course, is the wide range of colors available. In a world where it’s usually a choice between black or grey, the Z Flip 3 is available in green, lavender, cream and phantom black, grey, white and pink.

It goes without saying that the ability to flip a smartphone open and closed is pretty cool -- and for some of us that brings a certain level of nostalgia as well. With Gorilla Glass Victus as well as an aluminum frame for extra durability, it seems that Samsung has really thought this one out.

Display

The inside display is a 6.7-inch AMOLED display while the outside holds a smaller 1.9-inch display for controlling media playback, checking the time, or use it as a viewfinder for selfies.

However, reviewers mentioned the crease in the middle of the screen is still noticeable -- especially in direct sunlight as well as apps that run on light mode. But there has been zero mention of screen cracking, peeling, or distortion.

Performance

Reviewers were pleased with the performance. The new chipset allowed high-performance gaming apps to play without dropping frames or stuttering. The phone also includes plenty of RAM, so hopping between multiple apps to keep up with friends or manage work communications is fluid and snappy.

Software & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 ships with Android 11. Samsung guarantees three years of platform updates and four years of security updates.

One of the more notable features is Flex mode, which allows you to split an app between the two sides of the screen. However, the app you’re using needs to support the feature.

You have the option of 128GB or 256GB of storage and there isn’t a memory card slot for easy expansion.

Cameras

The limited camera options and quality disappointed reviewers as it matched the previous Flip from Samsung exactly. In essence, the 12MP regular lens and 10MP front-facing selfie camera with no telephoto lens mean that the new phone ships with a dated camera forcing you to choose between photo quality or innovative design.

Battery Life

Just like the camera set up, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 borrows its 3,300 mAh battery from the Z Flip 2. This also means it’s borrowed the reviewer’s disappointment of a slow charging phone with so-so battery life.

Audio

The Galaxy Flip Z 3 features stereo speakers, instead of the typical single speaker that is blocked by your hand. However, it does not have a headphone jack so if you don’t like the sound you’ll need to grab some Bluetooth headphones instead.


Specs at a Glance

  • Aluminum and plastic chassis
  • 6.7-inch Super AMOLED inner display
  • Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Android 11
  • 128GB/256GB of storage, no expansion slot
  • 12MP main lens, 12MP ultra-wide and 10MP selfie camera
  • 3,300mAh battery
  • Exterior 1.9-inch notification display

Bottom Line

Samsung has definitely improved upon the last Z Flip phone, but it has also kept some aspects that aren’t so great. As a whole, most reviewers were reasonably pleased without many complaints other than the outdated battery

Tom’s Guide says, “The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is all about style and having fun, and its [price] is very tempting for those who have been sitting out the foldable phone revolution. You have to make some trade-offs versus other flagship phones in terms of the cameras and battery size, but it could be worth it for you.”

The Verge comments, “The Z Flip 3 is Samsung applying its relentless iteration to that idea and making it something that is a normal phone, right down to the price it charges for it. Samsung has systematically checked off the boxes that made earlier Flip models purely curiosities: performance, features, price, and durability.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.7"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Pocketnow

I’m not saying it’s the perfect phone, but after a month of use, I seriously think you should give it a try. Sure, I’d love for it to have a telephoto to punch in further, and even S Pen support, but the most important essentials are all here. It seriously can’t be that flagships today are so boring...

- Jaime Rivera, Pocketnow
Techaeris

This was a complex review to write up and think about. Why? The Galaxy Z Flip3 5G is one of these new categories still in the testing phase. Yes, this is the 3rd generation, but it’s still not totally out of the woods regarding problems. At the same time, Samsung has made a lot of improvements to fo...

- Alex Hernandez, Techaeris
Tech Advisor

I love the Galaxy Z Flip 3. But then I loved the first Z Flip too, and this is an improved version of that at a much better price. There are drawbacks – battery and camera primarily, though durability is in there too – and you’ll know if those are dealbreakers for you. But for most people, I think t...

- Dominic Preston, Tech Advisor
Firstpost

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 sports a futuristic look without compromising on elegance. It is unique enough to trigger a sense of astonishment among people, yet never looks out of place. Sure, it is held down by its underwhelming battery life. Additionally, most people won't find it practical. However, the G...

- Chandrakant Isi, Firstpost
CGM

With the Galaxy Z Flip 3, Samsung has finally shown the potential of a folding phone, and it is one of the most interesting and fun new devices on the market this year.

- Brendan Frye, CGM


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Samsung's suggested retail price is $999.99. You can compare Galaxy Z Flip3 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Samsung backs up the Galaxy Z Flip3 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Galaxy Z Flip3 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.7"

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3's screen size is 6.7 inches with 1080 x 2640 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 11 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 10+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3300 mAh battery.

Galaxy Z Flip3 Specs

Overview
Release date August 27, 2021
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 11

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Processor Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Cream, Green, Lavender, Phantom Black, Gray, White, Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 7.22 x 16.6 x 0.69 cm (2.8 x 6.5 x 0.3 in)
Weight 183 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP X8
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2640 pixels
Pixel density 425 pixels
Size 6.7 inches
Secondary Display Super AMOLED, 260 x 512 pixels, 1.9 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, 120hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
10x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F2.2, Ultrawide), HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
10+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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