There’s a lot to like (and, yes, even love) about Samsung’s 5G-enabled folding devices for 2020, especially after the original Galaxy Fold fiasco in 2019, but one major thing the company couldn’t pull off last year was any kind of water or dust resistance.
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 5G come with premium water resistance
What remained unclear after the above-mentioned report from more than three months ago was how well the two next-generation foldable devices would withstand the various types of water contact.
While we weren’t particularly optimistic about the chances of the two of them at first, with the outdoor survival abilities of the Galaxy S21 family or even the Galaxy A52 5G mid-range, as it turns out, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 could well exceed our humble expectations from this important point of view.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Samsung’s 2021 foldable devices should be more than capable of handling full water Immersion in addition to the occasional spatter or a few raindrops.
For those who are familiar with the intricacies of the Ingress Protection Code, an IPX8 certification means that the handset manufacturer cannot make any promises about dust resistance while guaranteeing that your phone will withstand not only “strong jets of water” but also “long” time underwater.
If this “X” is your concern, you should know that a few specks of dust probably won’t ruin your next $ 1,000 device altogether. What you might want to be careful about is taking the Z Fold 3 or Z Flip 3 5G to a sandy beach, which is obviously not the case for the jumpsuit the best phones on the market with most of their traditional designs rated IP67 or IP68 for dust and water resistance.
That being said, it’s certainly impressive to hear both the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and The Z Flip 3 could actually match the water protection level of the S21 range given the complexity of foldable designs these days.
It’s true, at least based on the unconfirmed information we have at the moment, that the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 5G will be somehow cheaper, more durable and of course more powerful than their predecessors.
The Z Flip 3 could start at under $ 1,000 with standard 5G support, 120 Hz refresh rate for the otherwise unchanged 6.7-inch primary screen, a significantly larger 1.8-inch cover display, and a state-of-the-art Snapdragon 888 processor below the Hood paired with at least 8 GB of RAM.
Unsurprisingly, the. powered by the same SoC mentioned above The Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G is expected to cost around $ 1,600 in the US, with a whopping 12 GB of memory and 256 GB of deck space, plus a 120 Hz 7.6-inch primary display, a 6.23-inch secondary panel and about 4,400 mAh battery capacity.
That may not sound radically different from that The data sheet of Z Fold 2, but the third generation model will also feature a groundbreaking under-display selfie camera, S Pen support (with the actual “Pro” style, which is sold separately) and an exciting new generation of ultra-thin glass that can handle even more abuse than the previous one.