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Galaxy Z Fold3: famous tipsters drop the upcoming super-flagship's most comprehensive specs-related leak yet

The Z Fold3 might look like this. (Source: WinFuture)
The Z Fold3 might look like this. (Source: WinFuture)
Samsung is all but certain to unveil the next-gen Galaxy Z Fold on August 11, 2021. However, new leaks from well-known sources purport to spoil this event with full-scale specs for the ultra-premium device. They purport to outline the Z Fold3 in every detail, from its connectivity options to more specific display and camera resolutions.

Samsung has strongly hinted that the successor to the Galaxy Z Fold2 will launch during the OEM's major Unpacked event on August 11, 2021. Then again, the company might find itself a little late to this party, should major spec leaks from 2 different and often highly reliable tipsters be proven accurate on this date.

One of these, posted to SlashLeaks and attributed to Ice Universe, contains details similar to other such reports in the past. They include hints as to the Galaxy Z Fold3's dual displays, where they are to be found and their dimensions. However, this spec-list goes much more in-depth than previous versions, and may thus give a better idea of what the device might be like to use on a daily basis.

To this end, Ice Universe asserts that the upcoming foldable will weigh 271 grams (g) in total. This would make it much heavier than even the biggest, most extensive candybar-type flagships out there, if a little lighter than the Z Fold2.

This foldable's chassis is apparently (as previous leaks have had it) IPX8, and, thus, somewhat resistant to mishaps such as bringing it out into the rain or the Z Fold3 encountering dust or dirt. Fans might also be able to expect to use up to 2 SIMs with this probably super-expensive 5G device, and may also get eSIM support on top of that.

The Z Fold3 should also support Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0: very slightly outdated and underwhelming connectivity for such a probably pricey new device. There is also NFC, at least, as well as a type-C port of unspecified data-transfer rates and, of course, to charge the Z Fold3's "4400mAh" battery.

This reportedly butterfly-layout power-pack will support "fast charging", which, unfortunately, points to Samsung's 25W standard only. Wireless charging, is also mentioned here; however, something above a standard 10-15W rate is not. Therefore, a Z Fold3 might spend a relatively long time hooked up to either a wall or an inductive pad daily.

As to the cutting-edge phablet's real main events, Ice Universe's new laundry list points to 7.6-inch main and 6.2-inch secondary displays, made of flexible and non-flexible AMOLED respectively. The 2 panels are now specifically slated to have resolutions of 2208x1768 and 2260x832, with pixel densities of 374 and 387 ppi respectively. The visual content they may display might be augmented with stereo, Dolby Atmos-tuned audio.

Ice Universe's new prospective spec-dump also supports the idea of under-display camera (UDC) technology in the Z Fold3. It also corroborates previous leaks that point to a surprising 4MP resolution in the sensor (f/1.8 with pixels of 2.0μm in size) embedded in the phablet's main screen. This might have been done to temper expectations of the quality of images and video taken with a camera that is in truth just there to be concealed.

As for the rest of the Z Fold3's shooters, they may at least be stronger, with a triple 12MP main array capable of up to 8K recording. There will also be a 10MP sensor, staring out of a punch-hole, on the secondary cover display. Otherwise, a buyer is (again) slated to get a Snapdragon 888 processor with their new premium foldable, paired with 12GB of RAM in its 256GB or 512GB internal storage SKUs.

Meanwhile, Roland Quandt of WinFuture has also released his own full Z Fold3 spec sheet. It matches that linked to Ice Universe exactly, although Quandt has thrown in further potentially crucial nuggets. It seems Samsung has yet again gone with UTG to protect the Z Fold3's primary display, ableit with an additional layer of plastic coating this time around. Therefore, users might be advised to keep their fingernails (and a range of other things) away from the folding display for yet another year.

The 2 leakers also agree that the Z Fold3 will come in Phantom Green, Phantom Black or Phantom Silver colorways. These options are said to have prices that are less than huge improvements on last year across several markets.

Finally, Ice Universe has also recently noted that the Z Fold3 will have an "upgraded" vibration motor, and that Samsung does indeed intend to partner with Thom Browne for a special edition of the upcoming flagship in 2021. Interestingly, this version's main color may be white rather than the classic gray this time around.

New preliminary Z Fold3 spec sheets emanate from 2 different leakers. (Source:  SlashLeaks, WinFuture)
New preliminary Z Fold3 spec sheets emanate from 2 different leakers. (Source: SlashLeaks, WinFuture)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-08- 7 (Update: 2021-08- 7)