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Rumor | The Galaxy Z Fold series will have an IP rating for the first time in 2021

The Galazy Z Fold2. (Source: Samsung)
The Galazy Z Fold2. (Source: Samsung)
According to a new leak, the Galaxy Z Fold3 has obtained an actual certification for ingress-protection. The new tip fails to mention the exact IPxx number in question; nevertheless, it will still be the first time a foldable phone has had such a spec. Meanwhile, the Z Fold3 is also now rumored to be lighter than its predecessor.

The concept of owning a foldable phablet is still fairly novel, not to mention expensive and potentially precarious, mostly due to how fragile they often seem compared to "normal" smartphones. However, Samsung for one has been working on the durability of its flexible-display tech and it seems to be getting better by the generation, however gradually.

According to a new SamMobile leak, the upcoming Z Fold3 will take a potentially major step forward in these terms: an official IP rating. This new report does not offer specific numbers (IP68, for example). Nevertheless, being introduced with such a spec of any appreciable level could represent a major win for the OEM, psychologically at least.

Another tip from the prolific leaker Ice Universe also suggests that the next Z Fold will also be lighter compared to that of yesteryear. At 282 grams (g), the 2 is indeed a weighty device, even for 2021. Then again, its projected successor is not supposed to improve on it that much: it is now slated to be about 269g.

Speaking of Ice Universe, this tipster's last known remark on the subject of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 pointed to a "top secret" SoC, and thus possibly not the most predictable Snapdragon 888/Exynos 2100 options.

This led to speculation that the foldable just might debut alongside the 888+ or 2200 instead; however, the leaker has updated their stance on this point and now concurs with others that the upcoming super-flagship will rock the 888 after all.

The Galaxy Z Fold2 is available to buy on Amazon

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04-20 (Update: 2021-04-20)