The design for smartphones has remained somewhat the same for a very long time. It seemed that innovation in the smartphone space was waning. Then in 2019, Samsung decided to swing for the fences and launched the Galaxy Fold, an actual folding smartphone. It couldn’t have come at a better time, as Counterpoint Research predicts the foldable smartphone market in 2021 will grow three time more compared to last year.
Admittedly, I’m a sceptic when it comes to foldable phones. Samsung’s first two iterations of the device left something to be desired, but the third time is the charm because the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the best premium foldable device on the market. Let me explain.
Foldable smartphones are notoriously delicate. Unlike conventional smartphones, foldable devices have moving parts, so the risk of critical damage is more severe on these devices. Fortunately, Samsung has made some improvements in this department.
Impressively, the Z Fold 3 is now IPX8 water-resistant. This means the phone can be submerged in 1m of water without any fear of leakage. Curiously, it does not feature any form of dust resistance. So while this means it is perfectly safe to use the Z Fold 3 by the pool side, it is not advisable to take it out to the beach.
Adding to that, the phone’s rear exterior is covered in what Samsung calls armour aluminium that is supposedly tougher than the previous version. Then there's the 6.2-inch Gorilla Glass Victus cover display that protects against drops and scratches. More importantly, the 7.6-inch main display now has an improved protective layer that feels more like glass than a plastic sheet.
It’s a good thing Samsung has built the Z Fold 3 tougher before it feels a little slippery in hand when using it without a case. I almost dropped the phone on several occasions, but I would strongly advise getting a protective cover for it, especially considering how expensive it costs.