Unfold a world of possibilities with Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G. You can do it all on this incredible device that’s so much more than a phone — it’s a compact yet powerful tablet that helps you master your busy life. Bring your workspace anywhere with a foldable, expansive screen that gives you multiple windows that make multitasking a breeze.
See more and do more with the ultimate foldable screen that puts a super slim tablet right in your pocket.
Under Display Camera
Take in an incredible uninterrupted view with a true edge-to-edge viewing experience thanks to our first-ever Under Display Camera.
Smooth 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2X Screen
Ultra-vibrant, ultra-clear and ultra-smooth —we’ve put an ultra-dynamic display on a super-expansive screen for a mesmerizing viewing experience.
Work smarter not harder with three multi-windows that allow you to schedule, edit and build presentations in a snap —or take notes with the S Pen.¹
Live life in the fast lane with built-in 5G connectivity and hyper-fast processing power.
Do more of what you love at the same time with Galaxy Z Fold3 5G Flex Mode. Fold it at any angle, and hold it any way you like —or go hands-free and not hold it at all.
Super Smooth Display
Enjoy a mesmerizing viewing experience with this ultra-vibrant, ultra-clear and ultra smooth dynamic display on a super expansive screen.
Super Fast Charging
Galaxy Z Fold3 5G charges super fast² so you can stay on top of what matters.
Because life happens, Galaxy Z Fold3 5G is water-resistant and made with our strongest aluminum frame for enhanced protection, making it as sturdy as it is sleek.
Unfold a new world of benefits with exclusive Z Premier perks.
¹Compatible with S Pen Fold Edition and S Pen Pro only, sold separately. Works with main display only.
¹Multi Active Window works with select applications; compatible apps growing through third party developers.
¹Drag and drop functionality works with select applications.
²Superfast (25 W) charger sold separately. Use only Samsung-approved chargers and cables; do not use any worn or damaged chargers or cables; incompatible charger or cable can cause serious injuries or damage to your device.
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This is my 3rd Galaxy fold... Ive had every iteration of the fold since the first one and im so enjoying these new foldable phones. I come from the Note series and every since ive jumped over to the folds, ive never looked back... Especially now that you can buy an (Spen) for the fold now which makes it perfect now.
The price is a little cheaper this time, with a smaller battery then the last, but its still such a great phone.
I’m really in love with this phone I’m enjoying so much the big screen on it and all the things that you can do with it !!!! Also this phone seems to be more durable !!!!
I would recommend this to a friend
Camera, Screen quality
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Surprising superior improvement from last version!
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
it took me a few days to get used to it and get around all the features. after that I started thinking less of my iPhone 13 Pro Max. the inner screen is mind blowing and the crease is not something that bothers me. the quality is better and the screen is better Thant the Fold 2. battery is okay but not great. the camera is decent but no the best. I recommend it but there are some compromises.
I love my new GZ Fold 3..the front and flip open screens are awesome. I love watching movies with the larger phone screen. I was really impressed with touching the screen with 2 fingers to open up wide screen..front screen keyboard is a lil too tight but I've gotten used to it
8 short years ago in CES 2013, Samsung showed us what the future could look like with a video showcasing a conceptual folding phone. The video was cringe, but the future was appealing.
A little more than 2 years ago, with the launch of the first Galaxy Fold, Samsung made the first step into the future. Baby steps.
Today, I'm holding a piece of this future.
The first Galaxy Fold wasn't exactly a success, multiple review units had their screens broken before it even shipped to the public, the whole fiasco colored me deeply skeptical towards foldables. But the novelty of a water resistant foldable is hard to ignore. One too many episodes of Mr. Mobile's videos later, here I am, holding my very first foldable.
Let's start with the elephant in the... fold?
The internal screen is, like any other flexible screen, soft. There's still a long list of cautions when you set up the phone for the first time, and thanks to the newfound compatibility with Samsung's S-pen digital styli*, now even longer.
* Only the S-Pen Fold Edition and S-Pen Pro in fold mode are compatible, other styli may damage the screen.
There's a screen protector on the internal screen, and you seem to be able to remove it - Samsung strongly advises against doing this. The protector feels like TPU, users of Skinomi or IQ Shield films will feel right at home, this sentiment is shared by your oily fingerprints. The crease is still there, easily discernable under strong light, your fingertips can feel it too. Also returning from last year is the bumper trim protecting the screen, this year's trim has a flat profile and has a more natural look.
What did not return from last year, is the camera cut out. A 4MP camera is tucked underneath the flexible display, at the 3/4 point along the top edge. To improve optical qualities, the pixels are less dense above the camera. Don't believe what tech YouTube tells you, when the pixels are lit up, you can absolutely notice this patch of weirdness. Even worse, the pixels are large enough that you can even make out the R/G/B subpixels. Now I'm complaining about a flexible display on a waterproof phone, with a camera hidden below it! Anyways, this UDC does not have the same levels of image quality as other front facing cameras, and it is intended as a video call camera.
I cannot go on without discussing the experience of actually using the main display, so I'm going to do it right now.
The display is taller than it is wide, as a result, the height of the phone limits how large your videos can go. When watching 64:21 (commonly, and incorrectly, known as 21:9) movies, the experience is not significantly better than a large slate phone. In fact, in these cases my old LG (RIP) V60 has more effective screen size than the Fold 3. But when the video aspect ratio goes down to 16:9, the experience goes beyond what any pocket friendly slate phone can offer.
Watching YouTube videos isn't the only thing this screen is good at. Opening spread sheets, reading documents, things that are only "doable" on a normal slate phone, the Fold 3 makes then enjoyable.
As an added benefit, you can also open two apps side by side. But if that's why you are looking at this device, the Microsoft Surface Duo, or any of LG Mobile's old dual screen offerings might be a better choice. Those are significantly less costly, and you don't have to treat the screen with nearly the same levels of care.
Before we fold the main screen shut, let's take another look at it, with the screen half folded. In this position, you can rest the phone on its external screen, stabilize a camera shot, use it for video call, some other uses I can't think of.
With the phone folded, you are left with a narrow, thick, heavy and remarkably dense device. Feels like you can whack someone over the head with it. The chassis is trapezoid in shape, to give the main screen an acceptable bending radius and avoid crushing small foreign objects, like dirt, onto the panel. Even at its thickest point, the Fold 3 is thinner than an LG V60 with the second screen installed, which is quite impressive.
Front and back panels are made of glass, proper hard glass just like any other phone. Gorilla Victus apparently. The back panel was frosted in a very satisfying manner, I mistook it for anodized Aluminum, before realizing that the Fold 3 can do wireless charging.
The hinge is glossy. Considering the fact that most cases, including many of Samsung's own, don't cover the hinge, it's a bit of a bad move. Not only does it have a solid claim to the title of the most attractive new home for your fingerprints, it is also likely to scratch with long term use.
Now, the external screen.
With the device folded, the Fold 3 is a fully functioning modern smart phone. But fully functioning is the best descriptor this experience deserves. The screen has an aspect ratio of around 24.5/9. Remember that candy bar prototype Essential (that weird phone company) showed off two years ago? Imagine that, but twice as thick.
While the elongated screen is useful for scrolling through messages and social media feeds, it is also very narrow, making it very hard to type on a 26-key keyboard. The external screen is not even as wide as the iPhone SE2's (in today's world) tiny 4.7inch screen. We spent an entire decade on QWERTY touch keyboard, going back to 10-key on a $1800 smartphone feels a little bit insulting.
At least the external screen is protected by hard glass and Samsung doesn't care if you remove the factory screen protector on this one.
There's a 10MP front facing camera on this side, circular cutout top middle.
Both the external and internal screens have up to 120Hz adaptive refresh rate.
Speaking of cameras, despite having a redesigned camera extrusion, the three camera sensors below it are the same as the last Fold, which in turn is inherited from the S10 series. This hardware doesn't stand out in today's market, and Samsung foldables are still a few steps away from no compromise. It's good enough, but you can get better results for less.
One thing Samsung did not compromise on is charging. Wired charging is rated at 25W and wireless at 10W, in line with other Samsung flagships. Which you will need, because the 4400mAh total capacity is not only lower than the S21 Ultra, it's also a step down from the last Fold's 4500mAh. The decrease in thickness came at a cost.
The only accessories included are a C to C cable and a SIM pin, the box is very minimalist.
Samsung also offers a bunch of weird perks with the Z Fold3, called Z Premier. Ranging from Evernote subscription to a box of sweet treats. uh, ok?
I guess that's the end of my review... did I miss something? The performance?
Typical S888 I guess? Outperforms Apple A14 in MT, not as good in terms of graphics. A lot of less costly phones provide the same performance, nothing special.
This is the phone for non-power users like me, believe it or not.
It is an entertainment device 1st (when open) and just so happens to make\receive phone calls (when closed). It has never missed a beat. Turns on specific light when I pull into the driveway. With software upgrades, it has taken care of any issues (apps fitting the screen) or other concerns I had. Always have battery left when returning home after 10-12 hour days. Still trying to get used to the weight though. For the elephant in the room; in my opinion, the crease really is not that noticeable in most video\movie watching scenarios. it is more noticeable when using the S-Pen however. You can get one for a much more reasonable price now. So there is really no excuse to purchase one.
They finally did it!
If you have the money and are interested then stop thinking about it and just get it. Samsung finally did it. Its hard to put in words but im still smiling using this device after 2 weeks. If you are a big kindle user then this will replace that. I find myself using the front screen the majority of the tike when im out in public or at work. But when I have more than 5 min to myself the tablet comes out and its pure mutimedia/multitasking heaven no other device can provide. MY daily use during a work day consist of checking news/stocks with a periodic youtube viewing here or there throughout the day. I haven't had a 2-3 hour phone call yet so i can attest to the battery life under those conditions. My battery is usually around 22% after a 12 hour work day.
I have had this phone / tablet for a couple months now, and love it. I needed the functionality of a phone and the capability of a tablet and didnt want to carry both. It was a bit of a learning curve coming from an Apple product (only because their are so many more options on the Fold / Android phone), but well worth the time spent figuring it out for the overall benefit. Its is a bit bulkier phone, especially after putting a case on it (which i highly recommend), however again worth it for how i use it. The battery lasts all day, the call clarity is great (even when using the speaker phone option), and the camera is more than adequate. Only knock on this product is the cost.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about connectivity, design, durability and portability. Editors are less positive about sound and price and have mixed opinions about screen. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 93/100 = Excellent quality.
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