Folding screen can also be waterproof, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G comprehensive review

Ada SEP 02,2021

Previously, the talk of folding screen phones are always awe-inspiring, high price, fragile screen feels like a "porcelain doll". But with the gradual maturation of screen folding technology, gradually accepted by the majority of users, the scene of the business elite hand one also happens from time to time; in the fiercely competitive domestic cell phone market, there are many similar and priced relatively affordable competitor, but has not been able to shake Samsung's position.

Recently Samsung officially released its latest folding screen flagship models - Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G. is a fusion of their own technology, aesthetic concept of the iconic folding screen flagship phone, to the market and consumers to prove their own strong dominance in this field, the next test to take you this folding screen How "fragrant" it really is.

Appearance: armored aluminum unique "security" sense

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G overall continued the industrial design style of the previous generation models, and made a few improvements, and now would like to provide a meteorite black, valley green, snow river silver three colors for users to choose.

In terms of visual perception, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G has rounded corners but the overall shape is still mainly square, with a very strong aura; when the screen is unfolded the hinge and bezel are parallel and very neat. In addition to adhering to the aesthetics of order, the appearance of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G also incorporates its own unique aesthetic genes.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G uses a combination of matte dark grey glass back cover and bright metal frame that is understated and textured enough. In order to increase the strength and rigidity of the fuselage, the newly developed "armored aluminum" is used in the fuselage frame and hinge position, and the new folding hinge design can effectively reduce the accidental damage caused by the screen gap.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G features an oval-shaped rear module with exactly the same curvature as the three cameras, creating a natural harmony. Samsung also used Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™, a tough glass, to protect the rear camera module and the back cover of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G, going out of its way to make the back panel "indestructible".

The waterproof performance of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G has been achieved IPX8 level, to know that due to the inherent factors of the folding screen to achieve waterproof how easy it is, but Samsung has done it.

screen: every time you unfold can take you to the "big" vision

This time, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G body front with a 6.2-inch second-generation dynamic AMOLED screen, will be unfolded to get a 7.6-inch immersive under-screen camera folding screen, while both support 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, can automatically detect the screen current use environment, adjust to the most appropriate screen refresh rate, not only better visual experience can also effectively reduce power consumption.

The outer screen can reach a peak brightness of 1500 nits under sunlight, and the inner screen can reach a peak brightness of 1200 nits, allowing users to see the content on the screen even when the surrounding environment is too bright.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G unfolds with the latest under-screen camera technology to maximize the integrity of the inner screen for a complete and flawless screen view. 120Hz high refresh will satisfy your need for smoothness and the 2208 x 1768 pixel resolution will give you a clearer picture.

In addition, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G comes with a top-notch screen that also supports custom adjustment of the phone's white balance, allowing you to control the overall tone of the phone's screen according to your personal preferences and present the most ideal display effect in your mind.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G uses the side recognition unlocking method, this kind of recognition area attached to the physical button, does not affect the beauty of the front screen of the phone in any way, also does not destroy the integrity of the back body, to ensure the integration of the body. The actual use of the fingerprint unlock area and the switch key into one, so that one-handed operation is much more dexterous, in the screen after the expansion of the thumb just in the recognition area also makes each time the closure more convenient.

Performance: A unique experience only with flagship chips

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G is powered by a 5nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and offers 12GB + 256GB and 12GB + 512GB storage options for users to choose from, as well as a full-blooded version of UFS 3.1 flash memory to provide a constant stream of gaming performance. Galaxy Z Fold3 5G gaming performance.

Peaceful Elite

Peaceful Elite 20-minute FPS curvature graph
Peaceful Elite basic settings interface

In the game test of "Peaceful Elite", the HD screen quality and extreme frame rate settings were turned on, and the screen frame rate was always above and below 60 fps during the 20-minute game test, and the final average frame rate was fixed at 59.9 fps, and the performance was very stable through the smooth frame rate graph, and there was no lagging phenomenon during the whole game, no matter the screen or operation was very smooth. It is worth noting that in the process of game play thanks to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G uses stereo speakers to support Dolby Atmos, whether it is a single player or multiplayer melee game implementation to provide users with stunning sound and a wide sound field experience, inserted into the headset to create a sense of distance and orientation of the sound field is more intense.

Continuity: high-capacity battery brings "long" enjoyment

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G is powered by a 4,400mAh (typical) dual-cell smart battery with a battery protection feature to extend the life of the lithium battery. The phone's charge limit is set at 85% so that the battery will not be "strained" for a long time. Of course, the battery feature is used to extend the battery life, on the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G also supports 25W wired fast charging, 10W wireless fast charging and 4.5W reverse charging modes.


I believe that most consumers are very concerned about his battery life, the next test of its software optimization capabilities through a 3-hour battery life test, which includes the game play "glory of kings" high frame high quality for one hour, video watching B station HD video for one hour and video recording mobile HD video recording for one hour, the actual test is as follows.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G fully charged first experienced an hour of heavy gaming test session consumed 18% of the phone's power, followed by an hour of video recording test on it, which consumed a total of 21% of the phone's power, and finally played an hour of HD video consumed a total of 15% of the power, after a total of 3 hours of intense continuous testing, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G After a total of 3 hours of intense continuous testing, the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G had 46% of power remaining, which is still a very good performance for a folding screen phone and can meet the majority of users' usage environment.

Image: the "real" feeling from the rear triple camera

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G uses a 1-megapixel selfie camera on the outside screen, a 4-megapixel under-screen camera on the inside screen, and a 12-megapixel F1.8 main camera + 12-megapixel F2.2 super wide-angle lens + 12-megapixel F2.4 telephoto lens combination for the rear camera module, with the main camera and telephoto lens supporting OIS optical stabilization. Full pixel dual-core focus function, also supports 0.5x-2x optical zoom, up to 10x digital zoom, let's see how the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G performs in the actual shooting.

1X Sample 1
1X sample 2

From the 1x sample, we can see that Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G can play the advantage of high quality own main camera, the picture shows the color is very accurate, the details are also very fine, the overall photo clarity is very high, such as the bird's nest peripheral steel structure of the grain is clearly visible, the internal complex steel tube support structure is also clearly recorded; in the second photo on the building of a variety of colors In the second photo, the multiple colors of the building were accurately restored to form a clear contrast with the sky. The complete restoration of "what you see before you".

Super wide angle sample

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G features an ultra-wide angle lens that provides great depth of field and allows for more content in the image and longer depth of field. In the first image, the tower in the picture is folded 1:1 by the reflection in the water, and the water waves on the lake in the distance are still clearly visible.

4X sample 1
10X sample 2
10X sample 3

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G telephoto capability is also excellent, with the five rings logo on the tower, the white stone bridge in the water, and the gazebo in the shade of the willow all captured very clearly.

Indoor 1X main shot
Indoor 0.5X super wide angle
Indoor 4X telephoto

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G can also reproduce the color of the light perfectly indoors, and the outline of the steps on the set elevator are very clear, and the same color performance can be presented with different cameras.

Users are more concerned about the shooting ability of the hidden camera of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G.

Hidden camera shot on the inner screen
Outer screen camera shot

As you can see, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G uses a hidden camera on the inner screen, which is slightly inferior to the front-facing camera in terms of light processing and clarity, and the inner screen selfie shows some partial smearing, and the suppression of highlights is somewhat unsatisfactory, but the outer screen is excellent in terms of clarity and detail, light control and color reproduction. Office.

Office: Expanding the screen is both "productivity"

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G unfold both productivity, I believe that many users of Samsung's function of this internal screen is not thorough enough, only use it to brush drama, play games some big things. In order to make the function again to enhance this added S pen stylus, and from the bottom developed a whole set of office procedures, whether it is the daily office, learning, entertainment can give you the most perfect experience.

The 7.6-inch screen inside the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G can be used to open three applications at the same time, so that you can take notes while looking up information during a video conference, significantly reducing the amount of complicated operations caused by switching back and forth between programs. The strong interactive capability will also make your work efficiency skyrocket.

Since the second generation of Samsung's folding screen used the invisible hinge technology, the vertical interaction mode that allows the folding screen phone to unfold to different angles and rotate to stop has been popular among users. Users can freely adjust the angle of the screen open and close, and with the adaptive split-screen function, you can operate it as if you were using a laptop, folded to make processing work very convenient. You can also take advantage of this to place the phone on the desktop to unlock more angles of selfie hiding function.

Early adopters of the Galaxy Note series will be impressed by the efficiency of the S Pen experience. The one-tap, one-pull sense of office intelligence is also present on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G, which allows you to use the S Pen to tap the bottom half of the screen twice to quickly open Samsung Notes and record information content in case of an emergency.

Usually, most users worry about their handwriting when using the S Pen, it can intelligently recognize handwritten text and convert it into text that can be easily edited, stored and shared in real time for later viewing and content integration.

The S Pen can also be used to quickly capture the information you need in heavy meeting minutes and convert it to text in time to share and send as text.

You can also use dynamic information for quick annotation of images, and you can use S Pen to record useful information on the top layer of the selected image, which can realize the improvement of work and study efficiency.

In order to bring users the most realistic handwriting experience, Samsung created a retractable pen tip folding screen phone exclusive S Pen, which can be used to protect the flexible screen by limiting the writing pressure, and in the process of use can get a feeling similar to the paper writing experience, the whole writing experience process is smooth and natural, so that users can have a more comfortable writing and interaction experience in the process of use.


The Note series in the past let every user feel the convenient and high-quality experience in the office, and now Fold has further developed on this basis to meet the needs of most people for office and entertainment level, with intelligent split screen and document review, everything seems so natural on it.

Samsung as the leader in the field of folding screen cell phone advantage is very obvious, in the rapid development of folding screen today, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G interpretation of what is a quality folding screen cell phone products. With the underlying applications and use scenarios of continuous optimization gradually set aside the fog to find the "moat" belonging to the folding screen cell phone. As folding screen phones gradually enter the daily life of users, more users experience the convenience of "1+1>2" efficient productivity, and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G also lives up to the expectations of more users to achieve "one" device. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G also lives up to its name by allowing more users to achieve "one" device. The new IPX8 level waterproof technology is bound to once again consolidate Samsung's dominant position in the field of folding screens.