This article was first published. thebit.nz
There is something different about Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 3. It’s not that it connects, because a lot of phones can do that. The point of difference in Z Philip 3 is that it is actually required.
This, strangely enough, is his greatest achievement. Back folding, or flipping, smartphones all look like hacked jobs. Not this. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a well-designed device with the proper features and characteristics of a smartphone. It also has a reasonable price tag.
The only downside is the screen craze, and it’s a feature that all folding phones share. If you can see the past from it, there is a lot to like.
- Great performance
- Durable design.
- The crease is hard to see.
- Flex mode.
- Sharp, dynamic display.
- There is a craze.
- Bad battery.
- Lack of apps that use Flex mode.
- No telephoto lens.
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 355G. The latest device in the flip range.. You may be wondering what happened to “Philip 2”? All you need to know is that Samsung dropped it and went straight from Philip to Philip 3.
The Philip 3 is a familiar device. Does not introduce significant changes from the original flip.. It’s the same design, the same camera and the same faulty battery.
But, the changes they bring are certainly welcome.
The Flip 3 is significantly more durable and its 4x larger external display allows you to work more with the device in fold mode.
As far as horizontal folding phones go, it’s the best on the market.
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 35 5G is priced at 15 1,599 for the 128GB version and an additional 100 100 for the 256GB version.
People familiar with the Galaxy Z Philip will easily recognize the Philip 3. In addition to the 4x larger external display, the designs are very similar.
The Philip 3 is slightly thinner and slightly longer, measuring 166 x 72.2 x 6.9 mm and measuring 86.4 x 72.2 x 15.9 mm. However, the most important design changes that the Flip 3 brought (except for the external display, more on it below) are not immediately apparent.
The Philip 3 is significantly more durable than its predecessor. Samsung has used its armor aluminum material for the frame, the exterior display is made from scratch and drop resistant Corning’s Gorilla Glass Vixets, and Samsung has also applied a stretchable PET protective film to the main display, giving it a liquid loss. Protects from This is a very solid tool, especially when paired.
It is robust at 183g without being too heavy, and its design eliminates any worries about its durability. I was impressed with how strong the Flip 3 is for a foldable device.
Samsung also claims that the main display has been strengthened and is 80% more durable than the Philips. I’m not brave enough to test it, but it definitely feels solid.
The Philip 3 has a better IPX8 water resistance rating, which means it can handle up to 1 meter of water.
The best design of the Philip 3 is the improved external display. It’s 4x bigger than Flip and it’s much more user friendly. You can view more information, such as messages and emails. You can change the songs, and you can take selfies with it. This allows you to work more with Fold 3 in its fold mode. This is a significant improvement.
The fold comes in 3 different colors, cream, green, lavender and phantom black. And when you buy from the Samsung website, you can also get it in gray, white or pink. It all looks good. Our Cream Review device had a shiny sheen, but I found the casing to be easily blurred by fingerprints.
Fold 3 has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 2640 x 1080 resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate.
It’s bright and fast, and it’s easy to navigate through apps and menus. It looks great.
Obviously, the main display has a crease horizontally. The pixels here are a bit lighter than the rest of the display, but that was just a problem if I consciously searched for it.
The device works well to make the crease invincible. Even when I was watching the video in full screen, I barely noticed it.
Disappointingly, the camera line on the Philip 3 has not changed. It has the same camera setup as its predecessor.
While these cameras aren’t bad, it feels like a waste of time. Especially with the impressive range of cameras available on the Galaxy S21.
It has a 12MP (f / 1.8) wide angle lens, 12MP (f / 2.2) ultra wide and 10MP (f / 2.4) selfie camera.
The phone lacks a telephoto lens with optical zoom. Zoom for these images, you’re relying on Philip 3’s 10x digital zoom capabilities, and the results are never as impressive as a dedicated telephoto lens.
For non-zoom shots, the cameras are more than capable. The pictures look great. Photography enthusiasts may find that images are more saturated which makes them less accurate. But overall Philip 3 will allow you to take pictures of your choice.
The architecture of the phone is well suited for hands-free photography. You can fold the phone in half and place it on the surface and it is stable. No tripod required. This is useful when making a video call to someone. I didn’t have to hang up all the time.
And as the subject of an awesome photo, I liked the dual preview feature that allowed me to see myself on the external display while someone was taking my picture. You have to be close to the phone to see it well, but it did allow me to get a generally awesome smile, at least something natural.
You can also film up to 4K resolution at 60fps. The stabilization software works well with Flip 3 and videos that I have never had a problem with hard footage.
In this competition, 1x zoom between Philip 3 and iPhone 12. You can see that Philip 3 adds a lot of saturation to the image, which may be less accurate.
Once again you can see at 0.5x zoom, the Flip 3 has a tendency to create a more saturated image on the iPhone 12.
An area where Philip 3 produced better images when using digital zoom. Like the Flip 3, the iPhone 12 doesn’t have optical zoom. The image sharpness developed by Philip 3 is better than 5x digital zoom from iPhone 12.
The Flip 3 comes with Android 11 and One UI 3.1.
The operating system is fast, easy to navigate and user friendly. It comes with pre-installed apps like Samsung Health, Buxby and Samsung Free.
The best feature of Philip 3 is Flex mode. This is where the main display is divided into two panels, one at the top of the screen, one at the bottom. To turn on Flex mode, the app needs help and all you have to do is fold the phone.
For example, when using the Camera app, the top panel will show you the shot you take, and the bottom panel will let you scroll through your settings such as proportions, shot type, flash on / off, and more. This is useful when you are trying to take a picture.
I found this to be the most useful while watching YouTube. As a large YouTube user, I especially enjoyed its compatibility with Flex mode. I can play videos on the top panel by scrolling through the comments and suggested videos on the bottom panel. It’s great and it works seamlessly.
The only downside to Flex Mode is that many apps don’t support it. If I fold the phone, the screen will not split using Spotify. While we can expect Google-based apps to support Flex mode, third-party apps probably won’t, and that’s disappointing.
Philip 3 is equipped. Snapdragon 888 processor. And 8 GB RAM. It is the best Android chipset on the market right now and is also used in the Galaxy S21.
It’s fast and it performs very well. Apps load faster, graphic deep games like Raid: Shadow Legends run smoothly, and there’s no fuss when you’re on the phone.
Snapdragon 888 got very good Geck Bench 5 scores with single core scores 1104 and multi core scores of 3587. Philip 3 will be able to handle whatever you throw away, no matter how demanding it is, without problems.
This strong performance lends itself well to flex mode. The Flip 3 was great for registering when I wanted to put the display in Flex mode and I never ran into hiccups where the device didn’t register Flex mode or didn’t register it by mistake.
The Philip 3’s battery is disappointing.
Samsung retains the same 3300mAh battery that can be found in the Flip.
The Flip 3 has a bright display, a high refresh rate and a large external display, and a 3300mAh battery is not enough to maintain. To see this, the Galaxy S21 has a 4000mAh battery.
In our testing, we found that the Philip 3 would last about 6 hours with average usage and was useless. Heavy use is less than 5.
To increase battery life, the Flip 3 only supports 15W wired charging and 10W wireless charging. There is no high speed charging mode as we have seen. Oppo’s latest phone.. It takes about 35 minutes to charge from 0% to 48%. Which isn’t bad, but you have to charge a lot for a device, it’s not that fast.
Also, the device does not come with a charger in the box. Which is always a downside.
If you are looking for a foldable phone that can be used steadily without a tripod, that can split its main display into two panels and has a durable, robust design, you might want a Galaxy Z would like the Philip 3.
It performs well, has a great looking main display and a large exterior display is a huge improvement over the original flip.
But the question needs to be asked, is it better than a similarly priced device that doesn’t fold? No, it’s not, but it can be equal. Which is a big win for Samsung’s foldable phones.
The Philip 3 is stopped by a very faulty battery and it doesn’t do much to guarantee an upgrade from the Philip except for the external display.
Other than being able to fold, the Philip 3 brings nothing unique to the market. Of Similar priced iPhone 12 Pro. It has better cameras, much better battery and better performance, but obviously it doesn’t come in half.