When last did you fancy getting yourself a flip phone in the modern smartphone era? Maybe you haven’t. But trust Samsung to take you down memory lane with the Galaxy Z Flip 3 smartphone — a dashing representative of the late 2000s era of mobile phone design with all the modern bells and whistles.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Unveiled at last August’s Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is being billed by some as the device to bring flip phones back into vogue in the modern era. Let’s take a moment to look at what this device comes packaged with, so you can decide if the flip phone would be making a comeback in your life.

The Galaxy Z Flip 3

If you’ve used the previous version of the Z Flip, you’d agree that there was an issue with screen brightness under sunlight. Well, this time around, Samsung has eliminated that shortcoming by designing a device whose screen stays readable under the sun’s brightness while being used outside. 120Hz screen refresh rates? Oh yeah, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 has that buttery smoothness, babe!

Usually, screen protectors are cumbersome and sometimes look quite ugly. Not this one, though, because you might even forget something of the sort is on your phone’s screen since it’s that high in quality.

Sound

You know how smartphones almost always come with just one speaker? Well, this time around, Samsung decided to give the earpiece a second function as a loudspeaker to give you a stereo sound — which comes in handy during video calls. That’s so cool, right? And speaking about video…

Flex mode

A feature that also appears in the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Flex mode, makes it easy to do video calls without holding the phone or buying a stand for such purposes. You’d only need to stand the phone up, and go ahead with your call.

A good thing I remember about the flip phones of old is the ability to end a call by flipping the phone closed. You can still do that, but you now have the option to continue a call after it’s been flipped close — controlling everything from the sizeable outer screen — a screen that will remind you of a… smartwatch.

Now, if you are a fan of self-portraits, you’ll find that the outer screen functions as a viewfinder when you’re in the mood for some self-glorifying… selfies.

Let’s get back to Flex Mode for a moment. You can force apps to use the upper half of the screen through the Flex Panel feature to enable the use of your Galaxy Z Flip 3 device like you would a laptop.

Water resistance

If you’re someone who gets paranoid about water touching your smartphone then, rest assured that this IP X8 rated device will protect your mental health because it is that protected from water damage.

Camera

Galaxy Z Flip 3

For people who love nighttime shots, this device is one of the best reveals of Galaxy Unpacked 2021. Listen, man; you’re going to love the Flip Z 3 for what it would do for your photographs. Of course, it’s bound to have something you wouldn’t be pleased with, and the downside here is that your zoomed images will be too soft for Instagram. There you have it.

Galaxy Z Flip 3 device specifications

  • Internal display: 6.7″ (2640 x 1080) Super AMOLED, 120Hz
  • External display: 1.9″ (260 x 512)
    Size: 3.4 x 2.8 x 0.63 (closed)
    6.5 x 2.8 x 0.27 (open)
  • Storage and RAM: 128GB, 8GB and 256GB, 8GB
  • Front camera: 10MP (f/2.4)
  • Main camera: 12 MP main (f/1.8)
    12MP ultrawide (f/2.2)
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 888
  • Battery: 3,300 mAh, non-removable
  • IP: X8
  • OS: Android 11/One UI 3.1
  • 3.5mm jack: No
  • Weight: 6.5 ounces

Pricing

The device starts at $999 (GHS 5966) for the 128GB version and $1049 (GHS 6264) for the 256GB variant.

As we close…

So yes, the foldable phones seem to be back, and in a spectacular manner. With what Samsung has done over the years to improve on previous versions, it is safe to say that flip phones will soon be a thing again, considering how convenient it feels to use this device.

Is this something I’d encourage you to buy? Yes, I will. Go get it. If you’re familiar with Samsung’s flagship devices then, you will be aware of how much value you’d be getting for your money at that price point.

 

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