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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 First Impressions

by Aiman MaulanaSeptember 6, 2021
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Apart from the Z Fold3, we also got our hands on the Korean giant’s other, more affordable foldable smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3. While the review will still take some time to complete, we are going to share our first impressions of the new device in the meantime.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 First Impressions

Unlike its Fold brethren, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 modernizes the old clamshell / flip phone design, letting you have the practicality of your average smartphone with the ability to transform it into a compact device the likes we don’t usually get to see in years. Samsung isn’t skimping out on the specifications either since it has all the hallmarks of a flagship device.

While the box of our review unit doesn’t reflect the actual retail unit, the content found inside the box should be about the same:

  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • User guide
  • Warranty card
  • SIM Ejector tool
  • The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 itself

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 First Impressions

For our review unit, we received the Lavender color variant. It has a blue-ish glossy finish that’s relatively susceptible to fingerprints and smudges. As you can see, it has dual-camera setup for the rear, the sides are metallic, and the cover display has seen a notable upgrade in size compared to its predecessor.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 uses a 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex display with 120Hz refresh rate for the main display, and a 1.9-inch Super AMOLED display. In case you’re wondering, the selfie camera here isn’t the under-display type like the one found on the Fold3, so it does have a dot notch on the top.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 First Impressions

Based on initial usage, it feels very similar to its predecessor. I don’t feel like I’m losing out moving from a traditional form factor smartphone. Having a larger outer display is more useful as you can see more with it. If you’re coming from a flagship-level smartphone, you might miss having a telephoto camera but in all honesty, you can live without it just fine.

As for the UI, it feels about the same to the Samsung Galaxy S21-series of smartphones as it looks and functions exactly the same as you unfold it. Just think of the standard, flagship-level Samsung Galaxy smartphone experience with the added functionality of the outer display.

For additional reference, our review unit of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 is running on Android 11 with the One UI 3.1 skin.


CPU: Snapdragon 888 (1 x Kryo 680 @ 2.84 GHz + 3 x Kryo 680 @ 2.42 GHz + 4 x Kryo 680 @ 1.8 GHz), 5nm
GPU: Adreno 660
Display: Main Screen

6.7″ FHD+ (2640 x 1080), Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display, 425ppi, HDR10+, 120Hz

Cover Display

1.9″ (512 x 260) Super AMOLED display, 303ppi

Storage: 128GB / 256GB UFS 3.1 (not expandable)
Camera: Main Camera(s)

12MP f/1.8 wide angle camera with Dual Pixel AF

12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle camera

Super Clear Glass with Gorilla Glass with DX

Front Camera

10MP f/2.4 wide-angle camera

OS: Android 11, One UI 3.1
Audio: Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot Bluetooth 5.2 5G Band: SA/NSA/Sub6 LTE-A (7CA) Cat20 2000/200 Mbps
SIM: Hybrid Sim (NanoSIM and eSIM)
Battery: Li-Po 3500 mAh (non-removable) dual battery 25W Fast charging, 11W wireless charging
Dimensions: Unfolded

166 x 72.2 x 6.9 mm


86.4 x 72.2 x 15.9~17.1 mm

Weight: 183g
Ingress protection: IPX8
Colors: Phantom Black, Cream, Green, Lavender, White, Pink, and Gray.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 First Impressions

For now, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 is in the middle of benchmark tests. I’ll be publishing my review of it as soon as I’m done with my testing so stay tuned for that.

Want to go all out and get the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 instead? Check out our first impressions of it by clicking right here.

About The Author
Aiman Maulana
Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one. YouTuber, video editor, tech head, and a wizard of gaming. What's up? :)