August is set to be a huge month for foldables if recent rumours are to be believed. Not only is Samsung expected to announce the next iteration of its Galaxy Z Flip, the Z Flip 3, but the Fold line is also expected to be getting a major update. Here’s everything we know about the Galaxy Z Fold 3 so far.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the rumoured successor to 2019’s Galaxy Fold and 2020’s Galaxy Z Fold 2. The Z Fold 2 was released after Samsung adopted the “Z” name from the Z Flip for its foldable category, which is why the third version of the phone is expected to carry the Z too.
While the original Fold made headlines when it was announced for being one of the first major releases to boast a foldable display, the phone didn’t get a great reception due to its delicate design and near-£2000 price tag. Thankfully, the Z Fold 3 is expected to see a major price slash compared to previous models, but what else is new?
Read on to learn everything we know about the Galaxy Z Fold 3 so far, including what it looks like, when it’ll launch and how much you’ll have to pay for it.
Release date and price
The original Fold was priced at a pretty daunting £1900 when it launched a few years back. While the Z Fold 2 saw an improvement at £1799, the model continued to remain out of reach for your average smartphone shopper. Which is why we were happy to see a report by SamMobile claim the phone will see a “big price cut” for its third iteration.
According to the report, Samsung could reduce the price of its Z line by up to 20%. While it isn’t clear how much exactly the Fold (or the Z Flip) will be reduced by, it means we could see the Fold go for as low as £1440. While this still isn’t cheap, it’d mark a huge jump from its original near-£2000 price.
Of course, this will all be confirmed when the phone is officially announced later this year. Right now, rumours say the phone will make an appearance at a Samsung event on August 3, meaning we might not be far away.
We’ve seen a few renders of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 emerge recently. Evan Blass shared images of the rumoured Z Fold 3 on Twitter in June.
These were later matched by a report by 91Mobiles which included renders from an anonymous source. Both leaks suggest the Z Fold 3 will see an under-display camera when unfolded rather than the punch-hole camera we saw on the Z Fold 2.
The addition of the S Pen in Blass’s tweet also suggests the Z Fold 3 will get S Pen support this time around – possibly as an optional extra as it has been with the S21 Ultra.
However, the 91Mobiles leak also gives us a first look at the colours that might be available, including black, dark green and light pink. For contrast, the Z Fold 2 was available in black, blue, red, silver and gold shades and the Z Flip 3 is expected to be available in eight different colours.
There are additional details here, including that the Z Fold 3 could be slimmer and lighter than the Z Fold 2 at 158.1 x 64.8 x 14.5mm when folded and 158.1 x 128.1 x 6.6mm when unfolded. The Z Fold 2 was 159.2 x 68 x 16.8mm when folded and 159.2 x 128.2 x 6.9mm when unfolded.
Both the 6.2-inch outer display and 7.5-inch foldable panel are expected to be AMOLED screens, with the folding panel also boasting a 120Hz refresh rate.
The Z Fold 3 is also expected to be more durable than its fragile predecessors. According to a report by SamMobile, the Z Fold 3 will be the first Galaxy foldable to include an IP rating to protect it from water and dust.
Specs and features
The listing for models SM-F926U and SM-F926U1 suggest that the foldable will support mmWave and sub-6Ghz 5G, 4G LTE, CDMA, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth, NFC and ultra wideband (UWB). The inclusion of UWB means the Z Fold 3 will be able to support Samsung’s SmartTag Plus trackers.
The listing also hints that the smartphone will support 9W Qi wireless charging and reverse charging, as well as the aforementioned S Pen support, allowing note-takers and artists to take advantage of the large fold-out display.
According to a report by 91Mobiles and tipster Yogesh, the Z Fold 3 will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and not the latest 888 Plus. The smartphone will also apparently include 12GB of RAM, 512GB of storage and pack a 4275mAh battery.
According to 91Mobiles and Yogesh, the Z Fold 3 will feature a triple camera array on the rear with three 12-megapixel sensors, similar to those on the Z Fold 2.
Yogesh also states that the foldable display will feature a 16-megapixel under-display selfie camera and there’ll be a 10-megapixel selfie camera on the external display, too.