Galaxy Z Fold3: new leaks hint at a foldable flagship with even more bulk compared to its predecessor
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Samsung will now forever be known as one of the first OEMs to bring a foldable phablet to market. The newest Galaxy Z Fold2 is shorter than the company's 'other' flagship, the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, yet expands to reveal a larger main display. On the other hand, when this 7.6-inch flexible AMOLED display has been collapsed again, the device becomes thicker than 2 20 Ultras stacked on top of each other (2 x 8.1mm compared to 16.8mm).
A new leak indicates that Samsung has not been able to address this issue in the upcoming Z Fold3. Ross Young, who habitually represents the Display Supply Consulting Consortium (DSCC) on Twitter, now asserts that this foldable, while potentially upgraded, will still be even thicker than the Fold2.
This change also apparently comes at the expense of the Galaxy Note series, as Samsung will need to include a digitizer layer so that the premium foldable can supplant the line with S Pen support. Therefore, as the ultra-thin glass (UTG) to be incorporated in this generation is no thinner than the last, the Fold3 may turn out with even more girth than its predecessor.
These claims contradict earlier leaks hinting at a more refined Galaxy Z Fold in 2021. Then again, additional reports of this series launching with an IP rating for the first time in the same year, not to mention vague possibilities of further new durability-focused features, do not bode well for any improved portability in the Fold3.
Should this be the case, Samsung may distract potential buyers with different advantages for its new super-flagship. They are now slated to include increased screen brightness, as the OEM has reportedly been able to drop a different, polarizing layer from its overall display sandwich, at least.
Finally, Young alleges that the Z Fold3 may have a smaller battery (4,275mAh compared to 4,500mAh in the Z Fold2); however, the OEM may argue that this is not a problem as the main screen will be more power-efficient thanks to its new design.