Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Impressions

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MKBHD here.

Samsung had their foldy event today,

which means I get to show you the phones

that I got to play with behind the scenes

a little bit before they came out,

which is, as we expected,
two folding phones.

So we’ve got the Galaxy Z Fold 3

with a better cover screen,

more durable folding glass, S Pen support.

It’s got an under display selfie camera.

I made an entire separate
hands-on video with this phone.

It’ll be the first link
below that Like button,

definitely check it out.

It’s really nice.

But then also, there’s
this guy, the Z Flip 3.

And while honestly, this
feels like a less surprising,

pretty modest update comparably,

of all the folding phones,

this is actually the one that I feel

like I’m most likely to start recommending

to regular people.

They’ve made a lot of good calls here.

So the Z Flip and Z Flip 5G
have been out for a little bit.

What were people asking for
from a new flipping phone?

So, a better, bigger cover screen,

a high refresh rate main screen,

and lower the price a little bit.

Okay, check, check, and kind of, check.

So let’s just start with the price.

The Flip 3 is going to start at 999,

which is its lowest-ever price.

It’s the lowest price of
any of their folding phones.

But, the baseline version
of it now has 128 gigs

of storage, where the previous
flips all had higher prices,

but they all started at 256.

So, they’ve made a lower-priced version,

thus having a lowest ever price,

but you can see how they’ve sort of turned

that narrative a little bit.

I still think 999 is pretty clutch though.

Because, while it is
definitely still expensive,

it’s now in line with some other

regular flagship smartphones

people are going to be considering buying.

It just happens to be the
one that’s folding in half.

So, I’m happy to see this lower price.

But, the inside screen,
the folding display,

which is still the same
size and aspect ratio,


is also now 120 hertz, which is great.

Everything is now benefiting
from being super smooth,

and you can always turn
that down to 60 hertz

if you want to.

Literally feels like the iPhone

will be the last flagship
to go high refresh rate,

but that’s a conversation for another day.

And all of this is wrapped
in a design refresh

that includes a larger

and more functional cover display.

Going from that tiny 1.1-inch screen

from before to a 1.9-inch cover screen.

Now it’s not quite the huge
2.7-inch screen on the Razer,

but this is a much bigger window,

and it makes a huge difference.

So, by default, it’s still just going

to be showing you the time,

which is the same as before, cool.

Plus you get the battery and the date.

But now, swiping over to
those different widgets

and quick actions is way more functional

and comfortable now.

It’s not that tiny postage
stamp-sized screen.

You’ve got music controls, alarms, timers,

and they’re now an actually usable size.

And so this is the stuff
you don’t always want

to have to open the phone to get to.

But the most important
thing is notifications.

So if you swipe to the left of the time,

you get all the notifications
on your phone, and yes,

you can read more than one
and you can actually swipe

to dismiss individual notifications,

and you can actually manage them properly

from the outside display.

That is beautiful.

So you can, of course,

dive into the settings and
customize a little more

of what happens on this outside screen.

Samsung’s built a bunch
of neat time animations,

so if you want a little more color

or if you want to keep it clean

or maybe you want multiple
clocks for different time zones,

there’s a lot to play with here.

And then you can even add or
subtract widgets you don’t use.

So I know I’d probably
add in the Weather widget

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and the Calendar for myself.

And you can reorder them.

All of that is great,

and you always know what
to expect when you swipe.

So overall, that’s a pretty
big usability improvement

for the outside screen on the Flip.

Of course, it can still
be your camera viewfinder

when taking photos with
the primary dual cameras.

It still shows you the phone number

or the name of whoever’s calling you.

All that good stuff is
still here, just bigger.

And I don’t know about you,

but I’m kind of liking
this new dual tone design.

Honestly, if you didn’t
have any logos on it,

like if you just told a younger version

of me that this was a folding Pixel,

I probably would have believed you.

It kind of looks like the aesthetic

from that Panda Pixel 2.

But the sides are a
little bit flatter too,

which definitely helps
with modernizing it a bit,

and it feels good in the hand.

Plus, the new hinge is improved again,

and it’s improved to the
point where the whole phone

is now IPX8 water resistant,
which is pretty sweet.

That means you can dunk
the phone in water,

drop it in a puddle, or spill
something on it momentarily,

and it’ll be fine, which is cool.

Now IPX8 does not mean dust-resistant.

Unfortunately, this stuff

that usually ends up
plaguing folding phones,

like the grit and stuff
that gets in the hinge,

can still make it through there,

so it’s not certified
to block that stuff out.

But, it’s cool to see a watertight seal.

But also, they tossed in some
better speakers this time.

So, the original Flips just had this one

not that great speaker at
the bottom and the earpiece.

Now, Flip 3 actually gets
a much improved speaker

in the same spot,

and they’re Dolby Atmos
stereo speakers now.

So, new Gorilla Glass Victus on the back,

same fingerprint reader
on the power button.

This is nice.

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This is a nice package.

This is a really nice
folding phone design in 2021.

Now this doesn’t go as
far into the high end

as the Fold 3, so it
doesn’t have S Pen support,

even though it does have 30%
stronger screen protector

on the inside folding glass.

And it also doesn’t have the
under display selfie camera,

it still has the hole punch.

But, as far as the most
reasonable folding phone

put together so far in
2021, I mean this one,

I think this one takes the crown.

It has the flagship specs,

Snapdragon 888 and eight gigs of RAM.

It has flagship cameras,

a standard and an ultra-wide.

The battery is the same size as last year,

so that could be the only concern now

that we just got high refresh rate.

But then putting this all

in a nicely designed
water resistant refresh

at 999, to me, this has serious potential.

And even if this doesn’t
turn out to be the one

that a lot of people start buying,

the trajectory is pretty good

of getting down that price
and making it as close

to a regular phone as possible.

But, all that being said, I
still have to test this phone.

I’m going to be reviewing it very soon,

so make sure you subscribe to see

that if you haven’t already.

And of course, check out the Fold 3,

’cause you might be into that bigger,

more high-end, more interesting look.

Again, it’s the link below.

But either way, that’s been it.

Catch you guys in the next one, peace.

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