When it comes to the maturation of Samsung’s foldable phone market, some say the third time’s the charm, and we couldn’t agree more. Who’d have guessed that just two years later, we’d be comparing Samsung foldable phones like their nothing and that they would go through the typical carrier sales cycle of price decreases as new successor features are introduced?
We wouldn’t call the Galaxy Z Fold 3 a genuine third edition because the original Fold had plenty of flaws that Samsung fixed but it still seemed like a proof of concept, so we’d start with the Z Fold 2. But a name is a name, so let’s take a look at how Samsung’s folding phone concept evolved from the Z Fold 2 to the Z Fold 3.
The design and display of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 compared. the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
Dimensions of the Z Fold 3 display: 7.55″ Dimensions of the Z Fold 3 external screen: 6.23″
As you can see, the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s display proportions are identical to those of the Z Fold 2, both on the exterior and on the crucial inner folding screen panel. The Z Fold 3 adds a Samsung S Pen digitizer layer to the Z Fold 2, in addition to the 120Hz screen refresh rate that the Z Fold 2 supports, as you can see from its FCC filing. Will there be a special “S Pen Edition” of the Z Fold 3 that costs more and includes the stylus? Some rumors appear to support this, as seen by the image below, courtesy of Evan Blass.
The OG Flip was the first to employ Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) for the flexible display, whereas the OG Fold used a polyimide (read: plastic) cover that consumers ripped off believing it was a screen protector.
The Z Fold 3 will also utilize ultrathin glass, with Samsung allegedly planning to use a whole new supplier for it, rather than the tried-and-true Corning. Samsung hired the Germans from Schott as suppliers for the Z Fold 2, with finishing work done at home by DoInsys, while Corning was creating its UTG coverings for folding phones last year.
The new Galaxy Z Fold 3 screen has the following features:-
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 can likely outperform the Z Fold 2 with its Snapdragon 865, thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 12GB RAM, and 256GB or 512GB storage capacity.
While both phones are capable of handling whatever the Play Store has to offer, the newest CPU enables considerably quicker computational photography, as well as calculating all of the S Pen inputs and digitizer doodling that will occur on the Z Fold 3’s display.
To summarise, Samsung is smartly optimizing the production costs of its foldable phones in 2021 by adding features that don’t cost an arm and a leg but contribute to the evolution of this burgeoning niche, as evidenced by the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s significant specs and feature advantage over the Z Fold 2.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is currently available for $200 less than its original $1999.99 price, including Samsung bonuses. Given the component cost decrease Samsung was able to achieve, the Z Fold 2’s beginning price will also be this, if not lower.
Purchasing the Z Fold 3 over the Z Fold 2 is a no-brainer until Samsung lowers the price of the Z Fold 2 even further than $1500. Given that the carrier variants of the Z Fold 2 are now out of stock, and Samsung presently only offers the unlocked version, we’d predict that the Z Fold 2 will follow in the footsteps of the Galaxy S20 and be phased out once the Z Fold 2 is available at a cheaper starting price.
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