Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 hands-on review

We get our hands on the water-resistant Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 with flagship power and colors aplenty

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
(Image: © Basil Kronfli/Digital Camera World)

Early Verdict

Raising the bar on durability and dropping the price on its entry-level foldable, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a landmark smartphone, costing less than a top-tier iPhone while delivering a foldable screen and a design that feels solid in the hand. The cameras aren’t groundbreaking and foldable displays are still a luxury; but we’re eking ever closer to a world in which folding mobiles could well become the norm.

Pros

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    Feels solid and premium

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    IPX8 water-resistant

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    Steady shooting in Flex Panel mode

Cons

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    No telephoto camera

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    Last-gen 12MP camera spec

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    Better value imaging elsewhere

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Launched alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a 5G flip phone which breaks foldable rules by adding water-resistance to the mix. With a focus placed firmly on fashion, when compared to the Z Fold 3 at least, it’s fun looking, compact, easy to clasp clamshell that unfurls into a full-sized smartphone and comes in plenty of colors. 

One standout feature of the Z Flip 3 is its 1.9-inch cover screen. Matching the Motorola RAZR 5G’s more closely, instead of being a tiny ticker as found on the original Galaxy Z Flip, this time around, there’s an ample mini display capable of showcasing custom clock faces and up to four notifications. Samsung also created widgets for the front screen too, so you can check the weather, keep tabs on your step count and pay for items without having to flip open your Z Flip 3.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist and content creator with a number of specialisms. He started his career at Canon Europe, before joining Phone Arena and Recombu as a tech writer and editor. From there, he headed up and runs Tech[edit], a technology YouTube channel, and has worked alongside this role at Future as a Senior Producer, sharpening his considerable video production skills. 


His technical expertise has been called on numerous times by mainstream media, with appearances and interviews on outlets like Sky News, and he provides Digital Camera World with insight and reviews on camera phones, video editing software and laptops, on-camera monitors, camera sliders, microphones and much more.