Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 review: The first foldable phone under $1,000

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The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is here, and it’s the “cheapest” foldable phone yet at $999. No, a grand isn’t cheap, but the Galaxy Z Flip 3 brings foldable phone technology down to a much more attainable price. And more people can try out the foldable life than ever before.

Will that lower price win people over to the foldable phone side? The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is also more durable than its predecessor, thanks to IPX8 water resistance. The screen is 80% more durable and the phone itself sports Gorilla Glass Victus on the outer display and Samsung’s new Armor Aluminum body. In short, the Z Flip 3 is built to withstand more punishment than the original Galaxy Z Flip, though we still wouldn’t drop it.

But one area where the Galaxy Z Flip 3 majorly stumbles in battery life. It’s not pretty. With that said, I also encourage you to see our Galaxy Z Fold 3 review, too. And, our Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs. Galaxy Z Flip 3 comparison looks at how the two new foldables differ, as well.

We’ve collected everything we need to make a final verdict on the Galaxy Z Flip 3, including battery life test results and benchmarks. While the Flip 3 is a good phone for the most part, its poor battery life holds it back from being great. Read on for our Galaxy Z Flip 3 review.

With a $999 starting price, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is an “affordable” foldable, with a 6.7-inch FHD+ inner display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The outer display is four times bigger and more durable than its predecessor, but the 3,300 mAh battery has us worried about the Flip 3’s longevity.

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  • More affordable
  • Enhanced durability
  • Bigger cover display
  • 120Hz refresh rate on inner display
  • IPX8 water resistance


  • Terrible battery life
  • Slow charging
  • No telephoto lens
  • Crease is still noticeable


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