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Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a stronger foldable flagship

Bixby’s got the bends
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11 August 2021 / 19:55IST

Are folding phones the future? Samsung seems to think so: its new Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the mobile maker’s third effort at a foldable flagship. It doesn’t reinvent the bend. You get the same 6.2in display on the door, plus the same sizeable 7.6in screen when you flip it open – albeit brighter than before. Also identical is the trio of 12MP lenses at the back. What’s new is external Gorilla Glass Victus, as well as a protective film over the main display, making it 80% stronger than the second-gen layer. That’s supported by a hardier aluminium hinge which makes it good for 200,000 folds – more than enough for any origami fan. Updated software tricks should mean easier multi-tasking, while S Pen support allows sketchers to finally make the most of all that screen real estate (though there’s nowhere to stash the stylus after). It also features Samsung’s first under-screen camera for surreptitious selfies. The Z Fold 3 is priced starting at £1599 for the 256GB version, rising to £1699 for 512GB – both of which come with 5G connectivity. Indian prices and availability are not available at the time of writing.

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