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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Release date, features, rumours, and news

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(Pocket-lint) - The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will be succeeded by a next-generation clamshell foldable, and there's hope this Z Flip 3 will be a major upgrade.

When we reviewed Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip, we did so with plenty of excitement. That model has been subsequently updated with 5G and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus, though retains the same physical design - it's just now faster. There are however, still shortcomings, like the small external display.

Will the Galaxy Z Flip 3 step things up? Here's everything we know about it so far.

Release date and price

  • 11 August event
  • 27 August release?
  • Around $1200/£1250

Samsung has confirmed its next Galaxy Unpacked event will take place on 11 August. The tagline for the event is "Get ready to unfold". It's rumoured the Galaxy Z Flip 3 will be announced, alongside the Z Fold 3 and new smartwatches in the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic.

It's said the Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3 will then be made available on 27 August.

In terms of price, the Galaxy Z Flip cost around $1400 in the US and £1300 in the UK when it initially launched. The 5G model was cheaper, costing around $1199 in the US and £1229 in the UK. There have been no rumours as to how much the Z Flip 3 will cost but we'd expect a similar ballpark to previous models and cheaper than the Z Fold 3.

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Design and cameras

  • Dual cameras in a newly integrated design
  • Expanded cover display
  • Armor Frame?

Leaked pictures of the purported Z Flip 3 suggest the device will have dual cameras on its front. That's much the same as the double 12-megapixel (main and ultra-wide lenses) on the existing model - except in the Flip 3 the design is much better integrated.

The other big reveal from the leaked images is how the external display neighbouring those cameras is larger than in the previous models, perhaps allowing the next-generation Z Flip foldable phone to show users more useful information at a glance when closed.

This design was reiterated by further image renders and a video of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 from GizNext. The images show the device in various colour options, which Blass also reiterated by tweeting several short videos.

Elsewhere, Samsung applied for a trademark on the term Armor Frame - and this is specific to its smartphones. It's speculated that this might be to give additional strength to folding phones. It's also been said that the Galaxy Z Flip 3 will have an IP rating for water- and dust-resistance - with recent claims saying IPX8. 

Hardware and specs

  • 120Hz display
  • 4G and 5G versions?
  • 15W charging speeds

For many, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will meet requirements in terms of battery, camera and power, providing something unique that looks great; but for the gamers, enthusiasts and power users, the Galaxy Z Flip is probably a compromise they might not want to make. 

The 4G LTE-only original Galaxy Z Flip features a Snapdragon 855+ processor, a 6.7-inch primary display (with a resolution of 2636 x 1080 pixels), a 1.1-inch cover screen (with a resolution of 300 x 112 pixels), a 3300mAh battery capacity, dual 12MP rear-facing cameras, a single 10MP front camera, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of internal storage space with no microSD expansion.

The second-gen 5G version moves to Snapdragon 865 Plus, but retains the other specs. Any future model would therefore likely move to next-gen hardware, likely Snapdragon 888 for any premium model - although this may not be necessary for the clamshell model, so SD870 shouldn't yet be ruled out.

With the Z Flip 3, we haven't heard much in terms of core specs, however, a CCC listing revealed that we should expect 15W charging speeds similar to the current generation Z Flip 5G and a 2300mAh battery was mentioned. A more recent FCC certification, reveals 9W wireless charging.

Currently, details are limited about how the foldable might be improved, though a 120Hz refresh rate has been mentioned and it's said to have a 6.7-inch LTPO screen main display and a 1.9-inch cover display.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: All the leaks and rumours 

Here's everything so far about the next-gen Galaxy Z Flip 3.

26 July 2021: New Samsung Flip 3 and Fold 3 render shows phones resisting water splashes

Evan Blass tweeted the expected camera specifications of the Z Flip 3, the details on the cover display and revealed the IP rating for the device, along with a new image.

21 July 2021: Samsung confirms Galaxy Unpacked

Samsung sent out official invites to its Galaxy Unpacked event on 11 August.

19 July 2021: Major leak claims Samsung 120Hz LTPO display will drive most 2021 foldable phones

Ross Young, AKA @DSCCRoss, claimed that Samsung's Z Flip 3 would sport a 6.7-inch 120Hz LTPO display.

12 July 2021: 11 August Samsung Galaxy Unpacked to be packed with launches, see them here

Evan Blass posted a number of short videos on his Twitter account revealing what he believes will be announced at Galaxy Unpacked on 11 August. The Z Flip 3 was one of them. 

5 July 2021: Samsung officially confirms date of Galaxy Unpacked 2021

Korean site Digital Daily reported claiming a Samsung official has said Galaxy Unpacked 2021 will take place on 11 August.

1 July 2021: Here's a great look at the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, and all its colour options

Evan Blass tweeted several short videos showing the Galaxy Z Flip 3 in a number of colours. 

30 June 2021: Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 could take place on 11 August

Renders published by GizNext feature the date - 11 August - on the display, suggesting this could be the date it is revealed and therefore the date of Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021.

30 June 2021: Renders of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 support previous leaks

GizNext published some renders and a video of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 in a number of colour options. The renders match the design previously leaked.

25 June 2021: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3 pictures leak

Here's a first look at the next-gen foldables.

24 June 2021: FCC certification reveals 5G and 9W wireless charging

Some limited details revealed in an FCC filing.

22 June 2021: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 tipped for 3 August reveal

A report said Samsung is tipped to hold an Unpacked event on 3 August to reveal the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Fold 3.

15 June 2021: Leak points to new release date for Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3

A report claimed the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 will be made available from 27 August 2021.

11 May 2021: Samsung eyeing an August Unpacked event to launch Fold 3, Flip 3 and Galaxy S21 FE

Industry sources claim Samsung is considering an August Unpacked event to launch the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Galaxy S21 FE.

7 May 2021: 15W charging speeds revealed by certification listing

China's CCC (or 3C) has a certification listing that reveals the Z Flip 3 will have a 15W power adapter, just like its predecessor. 

3 May 2021: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3 fully revealed in leaked images

Twitter user @TheGalox_ shared some promotional images on Twitter showing the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3. The Flip 3 appears to feature a two-tone design and come in dark green, light violet, beige, grey, black, pink, dark blue, and white. All are shown with a black section housing the secondary screen with two cameras on the side.

It appears the Z Flip 3 will have a larger cover display than the 1.1-inch secondary screen found on the original Z Flip.

19 April 2021: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 to have an IP rating

Sources talking to SamMobile have revealed that the Z Flip 3 will have an IP rating.

18 April 2021: Samsung trademarks Armor Frame 

Samsung has filed a trademark for Armor Frame, specifically for smartphones, and it's speculated that this might be used for the Z Flip 3.

2 April 2021: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 appears on SafetyKorea with battery capacity 

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 appeared on SafetyKorea with a 2300mAh battery.

8 February 2021: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 could launch in July

Leaker Ice Universe claimed the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 2/3 could launch in July - which would put the launch of the next foldable devices in the middle of the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note launches.

1 February 2021: Samsung Display developing rollable and slidable displays

Samsung Display is said to be looking at developing slidable and rollable displays in a bid to cement its leadership in the foldable displaymarket.

15 January 2021: Samsung is bringing S Pen support to other product categories

Samsung confirmed that extending the S Pen support to the Galaxy S21 Ultra isn't a one-off: "We've made the bold decision to expand the S Pen experience to Galaxy S21 Ultra, and plan to expand the S Pen experience across additional device categories in the future."

That sounds unequivocally like we can expect to see S Pen support more widely - perhaps in the Z devices?

29 December 2020: SM-F720F could be cheaper Z Flip 3 model

Details on a cheaper Z Flip 3 model continue to flow with a model number and some speculation on the naming.

16 December 2020: Z Flip 3 expected in two versions in 2021

Rumours suggest that there will be two versions of the Z Flip in 2021 - a premium device and a more affordable version. It's expected to be called the Z Flip 3, skipping the Flip 2 name, which is informally applied to the 5G version of the original phone.

10 December 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 might cost less

Rumours suggest that Samsung will be bringing the price of the next-gen folding phone down to move it into the mainstream. 

26 November 2020: Next-gen Samsung Galaxy Z Flip could have 120Hz display, launch mid-2021

A report from The Elec claimed the next Galaxy Z Flip will arrive after Q1 2021, while leaker Ice Universe claims it will feature a 120Hz refresh rate display.

22 July 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip updated with 5G and Snapdragon 865 Plus for blistering speed

Samsung announced a 5G version of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, but the overall design is the same as the original Z Flip. Some of the hardware might flow into the next-gen device, however.

20 July 2020: Apparently there will be a new Galaxy Z Flip at Samsung's next launch after all

New information suggests that the new version of the Z Flip is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus.

5 May 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 2 pictured in renders with vertical cameras, external display

Two patents spotted on EUIPO by LetsGoDigital and then re-imagined in renders, reveal two possible versions of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 2.

21 April 2020: Samsung might launch a 5G version of the Galaxy Z Flip foldable

Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Flip foldable alongside the Galaxy S20 series earlier this year. It's available in an LTE model - although a new report indicates Samsung might announce a 5G model of the Galaxy Flip in 2020.


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