Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review: yet another novelty device

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In its first year, we said the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold was a rushed and incomplete device. In the second, we said the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is polished and looks like a good first step. Now, on the third attempt, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 feels like things are finally happening for the tech giant.

Last year’s Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 almost made us believe that phones can be tablets, but that hasn’t really convinced everyone that they have to be tablets. That’s the only question this year’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 doesn’t answer either.

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Basically, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the same phone as its predecessor. It’s the same, it’s thin and it’s big when folded. When you unfold it, it transforms into a nearly 8-inch tablet and makes you feel like you’re looking into the future.

It takes a bit of getting used to the large unfolded form factor, and I have to admit I haven’t gotten used to it after nearly a month now. It’s also thick and heavy and looks a lot like an old-fashioned Nokia Communicator in your hand. But this is all somewhat subjective and what it means to you will really depend on your tastes and choices.

More importantly, this year’s Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 supports the S-Pen, which adds functionality and reinforces the idea that this is in fact the phone that replaced Samsung’s Galaxy Note line. . The stylus does not come with this one however. You will have to spend more to use it with this device which will cost you another Rs. 3,999 and Rs. 9,999 depending on the model. I haven’t had a chance to try the new S-Pen with this device, so I can’t comment on how it works.

Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Z Fold3 foldable smartphone can be seen in this undated photo released to Reuters on August 11, 2021.
(VIA REUTERS)


But despite the S-Pen and some cool software tricks from Samsung, there’s not much you can do. With last year’s software features like opening apps side-by-side, Samsung has given us hope that this device makes sense. The fact that you can’t do much more this time around is kind of a bummer. To be fair, that’s what a lot of us have said about the early editions of the Galaxy Note series, but Samsung has proven all of us over time.

In essence, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is as much new as the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a mainstream foldable phone. The good thing is that Samsung is still making some big changes to this phone.

It runs on the Snapdragon 888 and is as fast as any smartphone today, at least for practical purposes. Samsung also fixed 120Hz displays on the indoor and outdoor displays, which allows for a more consistent experience than we had on the Galaxy Z Fold 2.

Samsung also claims the screen is more solid now, which could very well be. There are layers of plastic on it though, which is a bit tacky and while it looks great in color and brightness, it’s not quite to feel premium. The plastic is a bit sticky and one wonders what the S-Pen would look like when used on such a screen.

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Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy Z Fold3 5G foldable smartphones at the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in New York, USA on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.
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This time there is a sub-screen camera on the interior screen, another first from the South Korean giant. Some have argued that the under-screen camera is annoying and hinders viewing of immersive content. However, I found it as distracting as any notch on a smartphone screen today, which means I’m only too happy to accept such compromises if it means more screen space. .

That Samsung is still doing the job is good news for the industry and consumers as a whole. The tech giants are going first and absorbing the costs of making truly new devices and technologies.

Like the Galaxy Z Flip 3, the Z Fold 3’s cameras don’t quite match today’s flagship devices, including Samsung’s own Galaxy S21 Ultra, but they do more than enough to post photos to. social networks. It just doesn’t have all of the features that today’s best cameras have, a compromise many early adopters agree with. If that phone wasn’t worth Rs. 1,49,999, many wouldn’t even have complained about it.

The bottom line is that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is not a phone that you should compare to regular smartphones. It does everything a smartphone can do, including support for 5G networks, but Samsung very clearly doesn’t want you to compare it to one. It will probably be a few years before we find a real use case for it – maybe Google will fix Android itself to take advantage of those bigger screens – but in the meantime, it’s a novelty that exists to prove the point. Samsung’s superiority as a true technology giant.

Read also : Why we continue to love foldable phones


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