Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 release date, rumours, features and news

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(Pocket-lint) - Samsung revealed the Galaxy Z Fold 2 alongside the Note 20 during an lawsuit successful August 2020, followed by afloat details astatine the opening of September 2020, truthful we're coming up to a twelvemonth since the past Fold device, which should mean a refresh is due.

There person been plentifulness of rumours surrounding the Galaxy Z Fold 3. This diagnostic rounds up everything we person heard truthful acold astir the foldable, including what features we mightiness see, erstwhile it is expected to beryllium released, and what it mightiness look like.

Release day and price

  • 11 August event
  • On merchantability 27 August 2021?
  • Likely astir £1800/$2000

Samsung has scheduled its next Galaxy Unpacked event for 11 August, which is wherever the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is highly expected to beryllium announced. Rumours person claimed we could spot an on-sale day of 27 August.

In presumption of price, we'd expect it to beryllium wrong the aforesaid portion arsenic the Galaxy Z Fold 2, which costs £1799 successful the UK and $1999 successful the US. So if you're aft Samsung's adjacent folding flagship, it mightiness beryllium clip to commencement saving.


  • Vertical fold
  • Armor Frame?
  • IP rating
  • S Pen compatibility

We are expecting the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 to follow the aforesaid book-style vertical fold arsenic the archetypal Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Fold 2, reserving the horizontal fold for the Galaxy Z Flip series. We besides expect to spot the hinge offering aggregate angles again.

This has each but been confirmed successful a pictures leak connected Twitter, courtesy of Evan Blass (AKA @evleaks). Extra renders from 91Mobiles besides corroborate the design, and uncover 3 colour options.

As per erstwhile rumours suggesting the Z Fold 3 volition beryllium compatible with the S Pen - conscionable similar the Galaxy S21 Ultra - the supra representation helps cement that reality. Samsung itself has confirmed determination volition beryllium an S Pen specifically designed for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 though, which is simply a somewhat antithetic conception to the S21 Ultra.

S Pen compatibility rumours surfaced earlier the Galaxy Z Fold 2 was revealed too, but it was thought the folding show couldn't accommodate the pressures the stylus would exert, which Samsung has intelligibly present overcome.

In different plan leaks, images amusement a somewhat smaller spread betwixt the 2 halves of the folding surface - and those images besides amusement an under-display beforehand camera too.

Another patent suggests the Z Fold 3 - oregon a aboriginal Z Fold instrumentality - could opt for motion controls alternatively of buttons, and users volition beryllium capable to customise the gestures and actions.

There was immoderate treatment regarding waterproofing earlier the Z Fold 2 arrived, but sources suggest that the Z Fold 3 could get an IP rating - said to beryllium IPX8, which is the aforesaid arsenic what has veen predicted for the Z Flip 3 too.

Samsung has besides filed a trademark for the look Armor Frame. It's being speculated that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 mightiness beryllium the archetypal beneficiary of a caller plan oregon worldly to fortify the framework of the phone. This could besides beryllium portion of the crushed the telephone is rumoured to beryllium thicker, but with a smaller artillery capableness than its predecessor.


  • 7.56-inch, 2208 x 1768 pixels (internal); 6.23-inch, 2268 x 832 pixels (internal)
  • 120Hz refresh rate

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 to person a ample flexible show inside, arsenic good arsenic an outer show erstwhile folded.

According to a reputable leaker, the interior show volition measurement 7.56-inches with a solution of 2208 x 1768 pixels. The outer show volition person a 6.23-inch size, with a solution of 2268 x 832 pixels. It's besides been claimed the interior show volition beryllium an LTPO (Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxid) backplane and athletics a 120Hz refresh rate.

It's expected that determination volition beryllium a punch spread camera connected the beforehand display, portion assorted rumours person suggested an under-display camera connected the main display.

Hardware and specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 likely
  • Exynos with AMD GPU?
  • 12GB RAM/256GB storage
  • 5G connectivity

Expect flagship hardware nether the hood of the Galaxy Z Fold 3. No rumours person suggested what nonstop specs we mightiness spot connected the Z Fold 3 but it could beryllium the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or 888 Plus nether the hood on with a bully magnitude of RAM - astir apt astatine slightest 12GB - and astatine slightest 256GB of storage. Alternatively, Samsung could usage Exynos with an AMD GPU - which the institution is said to beryllium moving on.

As mentioned: artillery capableness is claimed to beryllium somewhat smaller than the Galaxy Z Fold 2, but the aforesaid arsenic the archetypal Fold, astatine 4380mAh. This whitethorn look peculair, fixed the telephone is thought to beryllium thicker, but that thickness indispensable to beryllium accommodate further tech - beryllium that unit sensitivity layers, amended surface management, oregon the Armor Frame, arsenic discussed.

In presumption of connectivity, some the archetypal Fold and the Z Fold 2 were 5G enabled, truthful we would expect the aforesaid for the Z Fold 3.


  • 10MP punch-hole front
  • 4MP/16MP under-display camera
  • Triple 12MP main camera system

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a triple rear camera and a dual 10-megapixel punch-hole beforehand camera. The rear camera is made up of a 12-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel telephoto sensor, and 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera.

A leak successful July revealed that this basal setup is going to enactment mostly the same. That means 3 12-megapixel sensors successful the main strategy connected the backmost and 10-megapixel connected the front. This whitethorn beryllium owed to abstraction constraints and truthful limitations connected whether larger sensors and lenses tin sensibly beryllium utilized successful the phone's design.

— Tron (@FrontTron) July 1, 2021

This leaked database suggests Samsung volition usage PDAF (phase detection autofocus) connected each 3 of the cameras, meaning we should get fast, close focusing connected the main, ultrawide and telephoto 2x zoom camera. 

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The leaked representation supra shows a akin rear camera statement - albeit much 'disguised' wrong the body, protruding little from the assemblage than successful the earlier devices.

However, the large quality is the Z Fold 3 is each but confirmed to big an under-display camera - oregon 'UPC' (Under Panel Camera), arsenic Samsung has trademarked this technology. According to the spec leak, this UPC volition diagnostic a 16-megapixel sensor, though a 4-megapixel sensor has besides been claimed. Leaked images connected Twitter besides amusement the evident Z Fold 3 with this UPC.

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27 July 2021: Samsung confirms nary caller Note astatine August lawsuit and an S Pen for foldables

Samsung's mobile president published a blog station up of the company's Galaxy Unpacked lawsuit successful August to uncover accusation astir what radical should expect from the show, including that determination volition beryllium nary caller Note telephone this twelvemonth and it designed an S-Pen for foldables.

27 July 2021: New Samsung Flip 3 and Fold 3 render shows phones resisting h2o splashes

Leaker Evan Blass tweeted accusation astir the Z Fold 3, astir of which corroborates existing reports, but helium besides included an image. 

Evan Blass

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21 July 2021: Samsung Galaxy Unpacked confirmed

Following weeks of rumours, Samsung officially sent retired invites to its Unpacked event, taking spot connected 11 August.

19 July 2021: Major leak claims Samsung 120Hz LTPO show volition thrust astir 2021 foldable phones

Ross Young, AKA @DSCCRoss, claimed that Samsung's Z Fold 3 would athletics a 7.55-inch 120Hz LTPO display.

12 July 2021: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 volition enactment the S Pen Pro, FCC filings reveal

An S Pen Pro has appeared connected the US Federal Communication Commission filings. In the details, it is said to enactment the Z Fold 3.

12 July 2021: 11 August Samsung Galaxy Unpacked to beryllium packed with launches, spot them here

Evan Blass posted a fig of abbreviated videos to his Twitter relationship revealing each the devices helium is expecting to beryllium revealed during Unpacked. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 was 1 of the videos.

5 July 2021: Samsung officially confirms day of Galaxy Unpacked 2021

Korean tract Digital Daily reported that a Samsung authoritative has confirmed the day of Galaxy Unpacked for 11 August 2021.

2 July 2021: Z Fold 3 camera specs leaked 

Frequent spec-leaker @FrontTron connected Twitter has leaked a afloat spec expanse for each the cameras connected the adjacent Z Fold 3. 

30 June 2021: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 to travel successful 3 colour options - instrumentality a look

91Mobiles published immoderate renders of the Galaxy Z Fold 3, supporting erstwhile leaks. The renders amusement 3 colour options, including black, greenish and pink.

27 June 2021: Galaxy Z Fold 3 surface specs confirmed

It seems that galore radical inactive don't cognize the surface parameters of Fold 3:
7.56 " 1768 × 2208
6.23 " 832x2268
Almost the aforesaid arsenic Fold 2.

— Ice beingness (@UniverseIce) June 27, 2021

25 June 2021: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3 pictures leak

Here's a archetypal look astatine the next-gen foldables successful pictures.

22 June 2021: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 tipped for 3 August reveal

New study says Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 volition beryllium revealed astatine an Unpacked lawsuit connected 3 August. Mass accumulation said to person started.

15 June 2021: Leak points to caller merchandise day for Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3

Report claims the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 volition vessel from 27 August.

9 June 2021: 'Confirmed': Samsung Galaxy Fold 3 to diagnostic under-display camera

"Can confirm: Fold 3 has an nether show camera," reads the Tweet by Max Winebach, a freelance writer for Android Police with a beardown way record.

25 May 2021: Will Galaxy Z Fold 3 ditch buttons for gestures? Maybe, patents hints

The World Intellectual Property Organisation granted Samsung a patent (via LetsGo Digital) for "Galaxy Z Fold Squeeze Gesture." It suggests Samsung could swap buttons for gestures successful the Z Fold 3 and take which gestures execute definite tasks.

11 May 2021: Samsung eyeing an August Unpacked lawsuit to motorboat Fold 3, Flip 3 and Galaxy S21 FE

Sources assertion Samsung is considering an August Unpacked lawsuit to uncover 3 devices, including the Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE.

3 May 2021: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3 afloat revealed successful leaked images

Twitter idiosyncratic @TheGalox_ tweeted immoderate images of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 showing an under-display camera, smaller spread betwixt the 2 folds and a triple camera. The telephone volition reportedly beryllium disposable successful black, silver, and greenish colours, and a beige colour was besides noted.

19 April 2021: Samsung Galaxy Fold 3 volition person an IP rating

Sources talking to SamMobile person revealed that the Galaxy Fold 3 volition person an IP rating.

18 April 2021: Samsung trademarks Armor Frame 

Samsung has applied for a trademark of the word Armor Frame, declaring that it applies to smartphones. It mightiness beryllium applied to a caller plan oregon worldly connected the Galaxy Fold 3.

13 April 2021: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 could person a smaller artillery and 'zero bezels'

Korean quality tract The Elec claims the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 volition person a smaller artillery capableness than the Z Fold 2, arsenic good arsenic a smaller main surface with zero bezels.

8 April 2021: Patent shows S Pen usage connected a Folding phone

An uncovered patent shows disconnected stylus usage connected an folding phone, suggesting this remains a semipermanent ambition for Samsung.

24 February 2021: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 volition enactment S Pen, study says

A study from Korean quality outlet ET News, claimed Samsung has "succeeded successful implementing the pen relation for foldable phones with precocious method difficulty" and it volition beryllium coming to the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

23 February 2021: Samsung's June uncover of its GPU developed with AMD mightiness beryllium conscionable successful clip for the Galaxy Z Fold 3

A reliable leaker of Samsung information suggested that determination volition beryllium a showcase of the Samsung-AMD GPU successful June, which mightiness beryllium conscionable successful clip to spot it motorboat successful the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

17 February 2021: Galaxy Z Fold 3 leak suggests under-display camera is coming

Ice Universe claimed the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is "very likely" to instrumentality an under-display beforehand camera.

Galaxy Z Fold3 is inactive precise apt to follow UPC

— Ice beingness (@UniverseIce) February 15, 2021

8 February 2021: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 could motorboat successful July

Leaker Ice Universe claimed the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 2/3 could motorboat successful July - which would enactment the motorboat of the adjacent foldable devices successful the mediate of the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note launches.

1 February 2021: Samsung Display processing rollable and slidable displays

Samsung Display is said to beryllium looking astatine processing slidable and rollable displays successful a bid to cement its enactment successful the foldable displaymarket.

15 January 2021: Samsung is bringing S Pen enactment to different merchandise categories

Samsung confirmed the expansion of the S Pen enactment to the Galaxy S21 Ultra wasn't a 1 off: "We've made the bold determination to grow the S Pen acquisition to Galaxy S21 Ultra, and program to grow the S Pen acquisition crossed further instrumentality categories successful the future." That sounds unequivocally similar we tin expect to spot S Pen enactment much widely. 

In the abbreviated term, that means that the adjacent iteration of the Galaxy Fold could good enactment with it.

24 December 2020: Displays to trim for Galaxy Z Fold 3

According to leaker Ross Young, who has a bully way record, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 volition spot somewhat reduced displays successful bid ro accommodate the S Pen rumoured to beryllium coming to the device.

My Xmas leaks - Galaxy Fold 3 - main show shrinks from 7.59" to 7.55". Cover show goes from 6.23" to 6.21". Need much abstraction for S Pen.
Galaxy Z Flip 3/Flip Lite - grows somewhat from 6.67" to 6.70". 120Hz and LTPO connected the Z Flip 3.

— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) December 24, 2020

23 November 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 could beryllium scheduled for June 2021, with S Pen support

Ajou News reported that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 would get successful June 2021, coupled with S Pen support. An under-display camera was besides mentioned successful the report.

7 October 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 could person airy up hinge

LetsGoDigital reported that Samsung had filed a patent titled "Galaxy Z Fold with Light Indicator" successful March 2019, granted successful Ocotber 2020. The tract made a fig of mock up renders suggesting what the Galaxy Z Fold 3 could look similar if it adopted the exertion successful the patent.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle. Originally published connected 25 November 2020.

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