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Galaxy Z Flip3 5G and Z Fold3 5G: Samsung’s two folding smartphones are available at Fnac

The pre-orders barely completed, the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G and its cousin the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G are already available at Fnac. Technological showcases for the South Korean manufacturer, they are now taking over from the Note range.

The Galaxy Note at 10 years old. An anniversary that was quickly folded, since Samsung simply buried its old flagship range, to replace it with new flagship products. These are the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G and the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, which have been available for sale for a few hours at Fnac.

Galaxy Z Fold3 5G: the tech-savvy smartphone

We could summarize this new Galaxy Z Fold simply: it is Samsung’s technological showcase. A brilliant and impressive showcase: it displays the technological treasures of the brand. Unsurprisingly, it is therefore a device aimed at a technophile audience.

The Galaxy Z Fold3 5G // Credit: Samsung

A completely redesigned screen

The screen, first. Its size has not changed, its construction on the other hand, yes. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G remains of course a vertically folding smartphone, but it now offers a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED panel and a 120Hz refresh rate. An ideal configuration to offer maximum fluidity, whether for mobile gaming or video streaming.

The mobile is also well equipped in terms of materials. The Galaxy Z Fold3 5G is equipped with Gorilla Glass Victus, the most resistant to date, and the least sensitive to scratches. Samsung has added an IPX8 certification to its line of folding smartphones, which protects them from accidental drops in water.

A stronger smartphone

The hinge, then. Samsung claims to have integrated “the strongest aluminum frame” ever used by the brand. This material is not only found on the hinge, but also on the rest of the shell of the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G.

The other technological innovation that Samsung can be proud of is the front camera. The manufacturer changed strategy on this third version of the Z Fold and hid it under the screen. Goodbye punch or notch, the front camera is only visible when the photo application is running. The rest of the time a full screen is available to the user.

The slice of the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G // Credit: Samsung

The Galaxy Z Fold3 5G compatible with the S Pen

From the late Note range, the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G inherits one of its best assets: the ability to use an S Pen designed specifically for the Z Fold screen. Tip adapted to the foldable screen of the smartphone but just as effective as on a Galaxy Note, this S Pen Z Fold Edition is however not compatible with Air Actions, since it does not have Bluetooth.

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the S Pen // Source: Samsung
The big screen of the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G // Credit: samsung

If you want the full range of Samsung’s S Pen, you will have to turn to the S Pen Pro which has two tips (for a Galaxy Note and a Galaxy Z Fold3 5G) and Bluetooth compatibility allowing use famous Air Actions.

Premium specifications

For the rest of the features, we obviously find a Snapdragon 888 processor, the best on the Android market, and compatible with 5G. Added to this are 256 or 512 GB of storage memory and a nice 4400 mAh battery that should allow you to last well more than a day without needing to plug in your mobile.

The Galaxy Z Fold3 5G is available at Fnac for € 1,799. If the manufacturer has revised its prices for folding smartphones, it should be noted that 2021 marks the end of the presence of chargers in the boxes of the Korean giant.

Galaxy Z Flip3 5G: the consumer folding smartphone

The Galaxy Z Flip3 5G meanwhile, is a smartphone, certainly full of new features, but nevertheless designed for a wider audience. It is indeed betting much more on its clamshell style, its compact design and its shimmering colors than its cousin the Z Fold3 5G. Last point in its favor: a much more affordable price, barely above 1000 euros.

It also has some great innovations, starting with its screen. Like the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G, the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G has a beautiful Dynamic AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. On the other hand, it is higher and a little smaller since the screen diagonal is at 6.7 inches. It is also smaller in the pocket, notably with a thickness of less than two centimeters.

The Galaxy Z Flip 3
The Galaxy Z Flip3 5G // Source: Samsung

Little but strong

Once folded, we also appreciate the small front screen of 1.9 inches (against 1.1 inches on the previous Galaxy Z Flip) which allows you to read many notifications or view selfies taken with the dual rear sensor of 12 +12 Megapixels. And this is the other advantage of the Galaxy Z Flip: when folded, the rear sensor acts as a dual front sensor and thus offers selfies in the best possible definition.

As with its cousin, Samsung has gone all out on the construction side. We thus find the Gorilla Glass Victus, a solid aluminum coating and an IPX8 certification (water tightness) which is, remember, a first on Samsung’s folding smartphones.

Source: Samsung

A compact and complete mobile

If the great strength of this smartphone lies in its foldable screen, it also offers a muscular technical sheet. We are talking about a Snapdragon 888 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of storage memory. Finally, it comes in no less than 7 different colors, a wide choice that should please everyone.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G has been available for sale since August 27 and is available at Fnac at a price of 1,059 euros.

A nice refund offer to celebrate the release of the Z Fold3 5G and Z Flip3 5G

Since two good news never comes alone, Samsung is also launching a nice cashback offer for the purchase of a Galaxy Z Fold3 5G or Z Flip3 5G. Between August 27 and October 31, 2021, you will be able to benefit from a maximum of 150 euros reimbursed if you offer yourself, in addition to a folding smartphone, one or more connected accessories signed by Samsung. This includes in particular the all new Galaxy Buds 2, the Galaxy Watch 4, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic or the two new S Pen. A great way to get the best of Samsung for an attractive price.

All additional information is available on the Samsung website.

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