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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 delivers a more durable design, S Pen support and better multitasking, but it"s still a pricey device for power users

ByMark Spoonauer19 August 2021

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Our Verdict

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 looks like the best foldable phone yet, with a more durable design and S Pen support, and the multitasking features are even better. You need a case to store the stylus and the cameras are not upgraded, but overall the Galaxy Z Fold 3 looks very promising for power users.

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ForMore durable, water resistant designDual 120Hz displaysS Pen supportImproved multitasking featuresMore optimized foldable apps
AgainstStill priceyCamera hardware not upgradedNo S Pen or charger includedBulky when closedBattery life could be better

Price: $1,799 (256GB), $1,899 (512GB)CPU: Snapdragon 888RAM: 12GBStorage: 256GB, 512GBExternal display: 6.2 inches (2268 x 832) 120Hz AdaptiveInternal display 7.6 inches (2208 x 1768) 120Hz AdaptiveRear cameras: 12MP wide (f/1.8); 12MP ultrawide (f.2.2, 123-degree FOV); 12MP telephoto (f/2.4, 2x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom)Front camera: 10MP (f/2.2)Under-display camera: 4MP (f/1.8)Battery: 4,400 mAhCharging: 25W (charger not included)Size: 6.2 x 2.6 x 0.56 to 0.62 inches (closed); 6.2 x 5 x 0.25 inches (open)Weight: 9.55 ounces

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is determined to win over foldable phone skeptics. Worried about the device’s durability? The display is up to 80% tougher, and the whole phone is water resistant. Want to do more with a massive 7.6-inch screen? There’s S Pen support, plus an under-display camera to make for a more immersive display.

Think foldable phones cost too much? Well, we can’t help you much there. This sequel is still pricey at $1,799, but at least it’s $200 cheaper than its predecessor at launch. If you’re looking for a truly affordable foldable, the new $999 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a better bet. (For a deeper comparison, see our Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs. Galaxy Z Flip 3 face-off.)

Other notable Galaxy Z Fold 3 upgrades include a brighter display and enhanced multitasking features, complete with a Windows-like taskbar. However, the battery life could be better, the design is still quite bulky, and Samsung should have included the S Pen.

While this foldable remains a niche device, our Galaxy Z Fold 3 review shows that Samsung has refined the best foldable phone you can buy, making it an excellent choice for power users who want a phone and tablet in one gadget.

(Image credit: Future)The under-display camera on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 impresses with its ability to disappear when you"re viewing content. However, the 4MP resolution is not great for selfies.The main 7.6-inch display is easier to view outdoors, as the panel gets up to 30% brighter. I also appreciate the 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, which enables smoother scrolling on the external screen.I really like the Taskbar feature, which lets you pin your favorite apps to the side of the display and follow you to any app. It"s just like Windows. However, you have to dig in the Labs setting to turn this on.There"s no getting around the fact that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a thick phone when closed. You will definitely notice this phone-tablet combo when it"s in your pocket.It"s good to see that more apps have been optimized for the Galaxy Fold 3, including Spotify, Gmail, Chrome and TikTok.

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S Pen support is a great addition but we wish Samsung didn"t charge extra for this accessory.The overall camera quality is very good from the Galaxy Z Fold 3, with it taking sharp and colorful images for the most part. But the iPhone 12 Pro is better.The Galaxy Z Fold"s 3 battery life could be better. The foldable lasted under 8 hours on our web surfing battery test, while better phones last 10 hours or more.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review: Release date and price

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The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is available for pre-order now, with a release date of August 27. Those who pre-order the Galaxy Z Fold 3 can take advantage of a few perks, including getting $200 in credit and 12 months free of Samsung Care+ when you sign up for a three-year plan.

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a starting price of $1,799 for the 256GB model, and the 512GB version costs $1,899.

Check out our how-to pre-order the Galaxy Z Fold 3 guide for all the best deals, and you might also find our guide to the best Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 cases helpful.

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