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During an event in August 2020, Samsung announced the Galaxy Z Fold 2, followed by full details at the beginning of September 2020, so we’ll be coming up to a year since the last Fold device, which means it’s time for a refresh. There have been numerous rumors surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.
We round up all the information we’ve heard so far about the foldable, including what features we might see, when it might be released, and how it might look.
A “fixed” version of the Galaxy Fold was revealed at the Berlin consumer electronics show IFA 2019 shortly after the original model was unveiled at Mobile World Congress. Samsung’s second-generation Galaxy Z Fold was announced in September 2020, so there is no pattern for the device as there is for Samsung’s other devices.
Apparently, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 won’t arrive in June 2021 as previously rumored. There have been recent rumours that suggest an August launch date, with either the 3rd or 11th of August for the Unpacked event, followed by the 27th of August for the on-sale date.
There will be no new Note device in 2021 – the Z Fold 3 is expected to take over S Pen duties instead. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is likely to cost the same in both the UK and US as the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is expected to adopt the same book-style vertical fold as the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Fold 2, with the horizontal fold reserved for the Galaxy Z Flip series. In addition, we expect to see multiple angles offered by the hinge. Images from Evan Blass (AKA @evleaks) have all but confirmed this.
91Mobiles also revealed three colour options for the design. According to previous rumors, the Z Fold 3 will be compatible with the S Pen just like the Galaxy S21 Ultra. As with the Note, it could come with a slot internally or it may be applicable if purchased separately, just as it is with the S21 Ultra.
It was also speculated that the Galaxy Z Fold 2 would be compatible with the S Pen, but it was thought the folding display couldn’t handle the pressure the stylus would exert, which Samsung has now overcome. Earlier this year, a patent surfaced showing the use of the S Pen on a folding phone, similar to the Galaxy Fold. In leaked images, there is also a smaller gap between the two halves of the folding screen – and those images show an under-display front camera.
Z Fold 3 – or a future Z Fold device – may come with gesture controls instead of buttons, and users will be able to customize the gestures and actions. Waterproofing was a topic of discussion before the Z Fold 2 arrived, but sources suggest that the Z Fold 3 might get an IP rating – but the level is unclear.
The Samsung company has also registered the term Armor Frame as a trademark. Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 could be the first phone to benefit from a strengthening frame design or material. Perhaps that is why the phone is rumored to be thicker, but with a smaller battery capacity than its predecessor.