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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G: A clean hinge but a dusty screen

A technically mature smartphone with a foldable display: The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
A technically mature smartphone with a foldable display: The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
Samsung's latest generation of foldables shows even more mature solutions for problems found in earlier models. However, we still noticed one minor issue in everyday testing.
Mike Wobker (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪

When Samsung first unveiled the Galaxy Z Fold, the manufacturer showed a foldable smartphone with a hinge in the middle. During the prerelease testing, however, it became apparent that dirt quickly accumulated in the hinge, hindering not only the mechanics, but also the display at some point.

After a modification made by Samsung, this issue was resolved, and the folding smartphone technology has now progressed both in the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G as well as in the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G. In our review of the latter, we not only liked the folding mechanism, which worked reliably, but the system and camera performance were also impressive.

We can definitely tolerate the absence of an option to expand the internal storage, and we can also overlook the USB 2.0 speeds and the not-so-excellent battery life.

Dirty display edges

What was very noticeable, though, is dust, which didn't spread inside the smartphone, but collected neatly in the area between the display edges and the protective foil that is glued on top the screen. According to Samsung, the protective film must not be removed, so it creates a crease where dirt can accumulate.

The best way to clean it is with a cotton swab, and simply wiping it with a dust cloth is not enough, unfortunately. Overall, this is the only real point of criticism that would bother us in everyday use.

Apart from that, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G is a very good smartphone. Our review reveals the details of its performance capabilities.

Most of the dust collects in the top area, ...
Most of the dust collects in the top area, ...
...but there's also a lot of buildup underneath the display.
...but there's also a lot of buildup underneath the display.
This doesn't happen as much at the sides.
This doesn't happen as much at the sides.

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Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 444 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
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Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 515 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Mike Wobker, 2021-09-27 (Update: 2021-09-27)