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The Galaxy Z Flip3 is Samsung's latest clamshell foldable

The Z Flip3 now sits atop the clamshell pile. (Source: Samsung)
The Z Flip3 now sits atop the clamshell pile. (Source: Samsung)
The Galaxy Z Flip3 has been introduced today as Samsung's "other" foldable smartphone. The new device contains the potentially critical improvement over its forebear of a much-enlarged secondary display, which might allow the user to do things such as read messages and use its cameras without even opening the next-gen clamshell.

Samsung has introduced the Galaxy Z Fold3 as the natural successor to the typical candybar-type flagship today (August 11, 2021). Some of those still not entirely convinced to make the leap to foldables as yet might yet consider the new Z Flip3 as the more compact alternative.

The latest Galaxy Z Flip has not changed much compared to its 4G/LTE and 5G predecessors, to be honest - from the perspective of its main display, at least. Then again, Samsung has equipped it with a new auxiliary display, announced as a panel 4 times the size of that found on its inaugural clamshell.

It may thus be large enough for Z Flip3 owners to read messages or frame "Quick Shot" selfies. The latter enjoys the advantage of being taken using the foldable's main dual 12MP cameras - even though the 6.7-inch main Dynamic AMOLED 2X display here is, unlike the Z Fold3, still perforated with a 10MP punch-hole shooter.

Samsung has also installed One UI 3 for foldables on the Galaxy Z Flip3, which in this case incorporates Auto Framing for the aforementioned cover-display selfie function. It is rated to keep the subject or subjects in shot even if they move around.

The OEM has also partnered with Google to pack the latest features of the Mountain View giant's Android apps into the Z Flip3 (and Z Fold3). They include the ability to open new apps into an ongoing Duo call and share this activity with the other party.

The Galaxy Z Flip3 has been released to pre-order from now in SKUs with the Snapdragon 888 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB to 256GB of internal storage. These options have been confirmed to start from US$999, and come in Cream, Lavender, Green or Black colorways - although additional pink, gray or dark silver options are also available exclusively from Samsung's online store.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-08-11 (Update: 2021-08-11)