Review of the folding Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 smartphone

Samsung's foldable smartphone is designed for tech lovers.Photo: Samsung

The novelty has few competitors, flexible devices as a class are just being formed. The only competitor to the Z Fold3 is its predecessor, the Z Fold2. It can be purchased for the same 160 thousand rubles, but it is inferior to the new product in a number of ways. So, in last year's model there is no water protection in any form, plus it has a slower processor. The Motorola razr looks more like a competitor to the Flip3, but since we are talking about flexible devices in general, it would be wrong not to mention it. Despite the cost of 120 thousand rubles, it has weak technical characteristics that do not allow it to compete with new products from Samsung.

Z Fold3 appears before the buyer in an open form. Is there a crease on the screen in the middle? Yes, it is visible. By the way, Samsung does not hide it even in promo photos. But as soon as the screen of the device turns on, the crease ceases to be so noticeable and after a few minutes of using the device you forget about its existence. On the right side of the smartphone, they found a place for the power / lock button, there is also a built-in fingerprint scanner. To unlock your phone, just touch the button with your finger. You don't need to click on it. Next to the volume rocker.

On the bottom of the Z Fold3, there is traditionally a speaker, a microphone, and a USB Type C connector. On top, there is another speaker for stereo sound and three neat cutouts for microphones. The dual nano-SIM tray is located on the left side face. There is also support for eSIM, which allows you to use several cellular operators at the same time. The main difference from the previous generation was the front camera, hidden in the display itself. Its resolution is 4 megapixels. For selfie lovers, there is another front camera on the outside. The rear panel of the device is matte - it has three cameras of 12 megapixels each.

The smartphone has two displays - internal 7.6 inches with a frequency of 120 Hz and a resolution of 1768 by 2208 pixels and an external one - 6.2 inches with a resolution of 2268 by 862 pixels. Both screens are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. True, not all applications support working in the "expanded" mode - there is still no such support in Instagram, but messengers work well with the expanded screen - neither WhatsApp nor Telegram have any problems. It is convenient to print in expanded form - you can make both a "solid" keyboard and separate it on different sides - so one part of the keyboard will be under the thumb of the right hand, and the second - on the left.

There are no complaints about the performance of the device - everything works very quickly and smoothly, games run at maximum graphics quality.

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The cameras on the Z Fold3 are a little more modest than on the Galaxy S21 Ultra, but this does not affect the quality of the photos: the pictures are good both day and night. Moreover, you can take pictures both in the expanded state and in the "collapsed" state. The only thing you can find fault with is the 2x optical zoom. By modern flagship standards, this is not enough, given that in the S21 Ultra it is 10x. The gadget supports shooting video in 4K with digital stabilization.

The device works without recharging for one day in the mode of using instant messengers, browsing the browser and social networks.

The phone is expensive, but new technologies always have to "vote with a ruble." The novelty is not designed for the mass user, but for geeks and fans to emphasize the status with the help of the device.