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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 Vs Fold2! Significant Upgrade?

Highlights: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 is compared with its ancestor Galaxy Z Fold 2 in terms of specifications, features, etc.,

Let’s accept the fact! Foldables are getting under our reach due to continuous improvements from OEMs like Samsung, Huawei Xiaomi,etc. But now it looks like Samsung is way ahead compared to other manufacturers of foldable due to the improvements the company have made over generations. As you all know, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – its third generation full-fledged folding phone was announced yesterday in an unpacked event with higher anticipation. So in this blog, I’m going to compare the all-new Z Fold 3 with Fold 2 which will give you an idea about the newly launched device and how’s it better compared to its previous gen. So without any further delay let’s start.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 Vs Galaxy Z Fold2:

Spec War:

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Parameters Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2
DisplayInner: 7.3-inch (2208 x 1768 pixels) QXGA+ 22.5:18 Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display, 374ppi, 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, 1200 nits(peak brightness), Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection
Outer: 6.2-inch (2268 x 832 pixels) 24.5:9) HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Cover Display, 387ppi, 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, 500 nits(peak)
Inner: 7.3-inch (2208 x 1768 pixels) QXGA+ 22.5:18 Infinity-O  Dynamic AMOLED 2x main display,
Outer: 6.2-inch (2260 x 816 pixels) 25:9 HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Flex cover display
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 888 5nm SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 865+ 7nm SoC with Adreno 650 GPU
RAM / ROM12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 256GB / 512GB (UFS 3.1) storage12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 256GB / 512GB (UFS 3.1) storage
SoftwareAndroid 11 with One UI 3.1Android 10 with One UI 2.5
Rear Cameras12MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, OIS, 12MP Telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom, up to 10x digital zoom, 12MP 120° Ultra Wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture, Super clear glass with Corning Gorilla Glass with DX12MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, OIS, 12MP Telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom, up to 10x digital zoom, 12MP 120° Ultra Wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture
Front Cameras10MP cover front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture 4MP Under display camera with f/1.8 aperture10MP cover and 10MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture
Dimensions & WeightDimensions Folded: 67.1 x 158.2 x 16.0mm(Hinge) ~ 14.4mm (Sagging), Unfolded: 128.1 x 158.2 x 6.4mm;

Weight: 271g
Dimensions Folded: 68.0 x 159.2 x13.8~16.8mm, Unfolded: 128.2 x 159.2 x 6.0~6.9mm;

Weight: 282g
Connectivity5G SA/NSA, Sub6 / mmWave, Wi-Fi 6E (2.4/5GHz), MIMO, 1024-Bluetooth 5.2 LE, Ultra Wide Band, GPS with GLONASS, USB Type-C (Gen 3.2), NFC5G SA/NSA, Sub6 / mmWave, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6 (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS with GLONASS, USB Type-C (Gen 3.2), NFC
Other FeaturesDual SIM (nano + eSIM), Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos
Side-mounted Fingerprint Sensor
Water-resistant (IPX8)
Dual SIM (nano + eSIM), Stereo speakers tuned by AKG, Dolby Atmos
Side-mounted Fingerprint Sensor
Battery & Charging speeds4400mAh battery with 25W wired and 10W wireless charging, 4.5W reverse wireless charging4500mAh battery with 25W wired and 11W wireless charging

Display: Tougher Now!

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3

The Galaxy Z Fold3 5G and Galaxy Z Fold2 5G have very identical designs. It still has two screens: a cover screen and the main screen, which is substantially larger. With a little variation in screen size and resolution, the cover screen is nearly identical to the main screen. The display utilized in the Samsung Z Fold3 5G is Dynamic AMOLED 2X, which is Super AMOLED but with HDR10+ support, which is a difference. It also has a 120Hz Adaptive refresh rate, which is missing from the Z Fold 2 5G. With its 7.6-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display with 120Hz Adaptive refresh rate and Gorilla Glass Victus, the main screen is nearly identical.

Foldable phones are notoriously flimsy, and while the Galaxy Z Fold 3 isn’t meant to be used roughly, it does appear to be more sturdy than Samsung’s prior foldable. The inside screen is not only 80 percent more durable than the Galaxy Z Fold 2’s, but the outer display also features new Gorilla Glass DX+ for added protection.

Improved Hinge and IPX8

The Galaxy Z Fold3 will be able to handle 200,000 folds in its lifetime thanks to a new Aluminum Armor hinge, although Samsung makes similar claims about all of its hinge designs. Because the new Z Fold 3 still lacks an IPX dust-resistance grade, it’s likely to be susceptible to dust and pocket sand like its predecessor. However, there is one noteworthy feature: an IPX8 water-resistance rating. Samsung claims that the Fold3 can withstand submersion, and in one of its promotional movies, the gadget is even shown next to a kiddie pool.

Cameras: A hidden selfie cam!

The cameras are nearly the same as well. The back cameras remain the same, with three 12MP sensors in the same setup. The lenses in the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G, on the other hand, have a Gorilla Glass DX coating for added scratch resistance. Both the cover camera and the front-facing camera in the main screen are 10MP, although the front-facing camera in the main screen has a lesser 4MP resolution than the predecessor’s 10MP. However, that 4MP camera uses an under-display technology, which means there will be no hole-punch on the panel for a more seamless look.

Meaningful UX improvements:

Samsung’s One UI skin is applied to Android 11 out of the box on the Galaxy Z Fold 3. It includes all of the features found in Android 11, as well as a few additions that will help you get the most out of the foldable display. These include UX improvements for Samsung’s stock apps, the ability to pin Edge Panels to the screen for easier access to apps, and split-screen view enhancements, among others. Samsung has also incorporated a few of S Pen-specific features onto the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

When using the S Pen Fold Edition with the phone in Flex Mode, you can open the Notes app by pressing the button on the S Pen and double-tapping the screen Samsung has teamed with app developers to enhance their programmes for the foldable form factor, in addition to the One UI optimizations. Spotify, TikTok, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Office, Google Chrome, YouTube, and Google Duo will all have a foldable display optimized layout. In the future, Samsung intends to add more apps to the mix.

S Pen for Improved Productivity:

The major advantage for Fold3 users will be the usability of the S Pen. Users can take advantage of having a larger inner screen for productivity purposes with a stylus which makes more sense than buying a foldable phone. The S Pen for the Z Fold3 is available in two versions: S Pen Fold Edition and S Pen Pro, both of which have a specifically developed retractable Pro tip with force limit technology to safeguard the Z Fold3’s Main Screen while using the S Pen.

The Fold3 lacks a place for the S Pen, just as the Galaxy S21 Ultra, so you’ll need to get a custom cover to install one. The Z Fold S Pen costs $49.99 (about Rs. 3,710), while the S Pen Pro costs $99.99. (Rs. 7,425 approx.). India cost should be available soon.

Hardware Improvements:

Snapdragon 888 Logo | Qualcomm

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage, while the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor with 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage. So, aside from graphic rendering capabilities and the image processing department, there won’t be any big differences.

Battery: Slightly Lower

In terms of battery capacity, the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G has a lesser capacity of 4,400mAh compared to the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G’s 4,500mAh. Both feature rapid charging as well as wireless charging.


Fold 3
  • Inner Display Protection Improved by 80%
  • Supports S Pen
  • IPX8 water resistant
  • 5nm SoC
Fold 2
  • Prone to damages during long term usages
  • Does not support S Pen support
  • No Water & Dust resistant
  • 7nm SoC

To summarise, Samsung is smartly optimizing the production costs of its foldable phones in 2021 by adding features that don’t cost an arm and a leg but contribute to the evolution of this burgeoning niche, as evidenced by the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s significant specs and feature advantage over the Z Fold 2. There’s no compelling incentive to upgrade if you still have the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G. Except for the S Pen, it’ll still be a capable tablet with most of the software capabilities. If you’re looking for your first foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G is a wonderful place to start. It improves on its predecessor in terms of refinements and additional functionality.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Pricing and Avilability:

Pre-orders already bagan on Samsung.com for $1799.99 (about Rs. 1,33,660) for the base 12GB+256GB model and $1899.99 (roughly Rs. 1,41,090) for the 12GB+512GB model, with worldwide shipping beginning August 27th.

Pursuing Engineering. Content writer by passion to technology. One who likes following mobile technology and it's revolutions on years coming. Keeps improving everyday!

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