The phones are likely to hit the market in September
It feels like we are going back to the heyday of flip phones recently. For years now, we have been seeing a similar trend in how smartphones are designed. The era of bulky smartphones that barely fit your pockets might finally be coming to an end. Samsung is taking giant leaps towards making folding screen smartphones that are both aesthetically sound and offer features only a true flagship phone can.
Samsung globally announced two of its latest models of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Z Fold 3 on Wednesday. The brand hosted an event here in Dhaka the following day on August 12, showcasing the unique features of the phone.
The Z Flip 3 is based on its predecessor, the Z Flip (there is no Z Flip 2). With a large 6.7 inch screen and a body that folds in half, might take Millennials back in time—in the early 2000s when flip phones were popular.
Do people have to flip every time there is a notification? Not at all, a 1.9-inch display on the outside should take care of that. The new Z Flip 3 is slightly smaller in size compared to the previous model and Samsung promises this to be more durable. The specifications of the phone suggest the same as this model offers tougher glass and aluminium to protect the phone from drops from a significant height.
The processor has also upgraded and now uses a Snapdragon 888 compared to the Snapdragon 865 of its predecessor. However, the RAM still stays the same with an 8GB capacity along with the battery and video quality.
Even though the phone hasn’t been launched in the Bangladeshi market yet, it is expected to be out within the first two weeks of September. But no specific date has been announced yet.
The price of the new phone is also yet to be announced; however, the international retail price of the model is $1,800.
On the other hand, another phone in discussion is the Z Fold 3. Made with tougher materials to sustain any accidental drops, the phone comes with a 6.2 inch screen on the outside and a 7.6 inch tablet-like screen that unfolds on the inside. Many customers might be more interested in this, as the Z Fold 3 is basically two gadgets in one—a phone and a tablet.
It’s a great phone for writers too—let’s say one needs to edit a document or even write an article. The user can easily prop the Z Fold 3 open and use it as a mini laptop and type on a large keyboard that takes half of the screen.
As appealing as the new folding might seem like, there are a few setbacks to the new technology. Some applications are still not built to work properly on the phone-tablet hybrid, even though Samsung is trying to fix this issue with its own software, according to international media.
In comparison with its predecessor, the new Z Fold 3 is slightly smaller in size, but Samsung has been clever with keeping the display size the same. The phone also comes with an IPX8 waterproof rating, so you can take it wherever you plan on going for your next trip.
This model too is yet to be launched in the Bangladeshi market and can be expected to be here within the first two weeks of September along with the Z Flip 3. The price of the smartphone has not been disclosed yet either.