Samsung launches its third Galaxy Fold smartphone – for £1,700

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Samsung has launched its most expensive smartphone yet – the £1,700 Galaxy Z Fold3 – which folds vertically down the middle of the screen. 

The new phone is one of two new additions to the Galaxy Z series – Samsung’s line of foldable phones. 

The firm calls Galaxy Z Fold3 ‘a true multitasking powerhouse’ with a main screen measuring 7.6 inches when unfolded and IPX8 water resistance. 

It’s also the first ever foldable device from Samsung to come with an S Pen stylus. 

The Korean tech giant has also launched the £1,000 Z Flip3, which flips open like a retro 90s phone thanks to a horizontal hinge through the middle of the screen. 

Both 5G-compatible devices are available for pre-order today (August 11) and go on sale August 27.  

Samsung calls the Galaxy Z Fold3 (pictured) 'a true multitasking powerhouse' with a 7.6-inch Infinity Flex Display and IPX8 Water Resistance

Samsung calls the Galaxy Z Fold3 (pictured) ‘a true multitasking powerhouse’ with a 7.6-inch Infinity Flex Display and IPX8 Water Resistance

Galaxy Z Fold3 has two screens - one smaller one on the outside that customers can use when it's folded, and the larger interior screen

Galaxy Z Fold3 has two screens – one smaller one on the outside that customers can use when it’s folded, and the larger interior screen 

Samsung had already released the original Galaxy Z Fold in 2019 and its follow-up the Galaxy Z Fold2, as well as the original Galaxy Z Flip, last year.  

But these two new additions are the most durable phones in the Galaxy Z series so far, the company claims.  

‘We are proud pioneers of the foldable smartphone category and continue building on our legacy of innovation to shape the future of this industry,’ said Conor Pierce, corporate vice president for UK and Ireland at Samsung Electronics. 

‘With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Flip3, we are evolving our Galaxy Z Series portfolio with two devices built for the varying demands of today’s fast-paced world. 

‘For the first time, our much-loved S Pen is coming to the Galaxy Z Series with the Galaxy Z Fold3, while the Galaxy Z Flip3 is equipped with more power than ever before. 

Samsung has brought S Pen functionality to Galaxy Z Fold3. 'This is Samsung’s best S Pen experience yet', the firm says

Samsung has brought S Pen functionality to Galaxy Z Fold3. ‘This is Samsung’s best S Pen experience yet’, the firm says

‘Alongside new additions to our best-in-class ecosystem, the Galaxy Z Series provides our customers with the ultimate choice of foldable technology that will turn the industry on its head and set the precedence for the next era of smartphones.’

Galaxy Z Fold3 is built with a new design which is sleeker, thinner, and lighter for even better portability than Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2, Samsung says.    

One of the benefits of the Galaxy Z series is the adjustable hinge, which means users can keep the phone open and place it on a level surface for hands-free use – like watching films when eating a meal, for example. 

The firm’s ‘sweeper’ technology along the hinge now makes it even more difficult for dust to infiltrate the folding mechanism – which was one of the problems Samsung originally had with the first model.    

Measured diagonally, the main screen of Samsung's new Galaxy Z Fold3 (pictured) is 7.6 inches

Measured diagonally, the main screen of Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Fold3 (pictured) is 7.6 inches

Both the new devices are also built with new Armour Aluminium – the strongest aluminium ever used on a smartphone – along with the toughest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus to protect against scratches and accidental drops. 

They also have a new protective film made of a stretchable polyethylene terephthalate (PET), resulting in a screen that’s 80 per cent more durable than previous devices. 

Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 were also put through a strenuous folding test, verified by certification company Bureau Veritas, to withstand folding 200,000 times.   

Pictured, the Galaxy Z Flip3. New 'stylish' ring grips and strap cases make it even easier to hold and fold the phone, according to the tech giant

Pictured, the Galaxy Z Flip3. New ‘stylish’ ring grips and strap cases make it even easier to hold and fold the phone, according to the tech giant

The smaller Galaxy Z Flip3 has been built with a ‘sleek, compact, and pocketable design’, as well as and a larger cover screen (the secondary screen that’s displayed when the phone is snapped shut). 

It also has optional ‘stylish’ ring grips and strap cases make it even easier to hold and fold the phone, according to the tech giant. 

Galaxy Z Fold3 comes in four colours – Phantom Black, Phantom Green, and Phantom Silver.

Galaxy Z Flip3, meanwhile, comes in Cream, Lavender, Green and Phantom Black, as well as Grey, White and Light Pink available exclusively from Samsung.com. 

Samsung has also revealed new wireless earbuds, Galaxy Buds2, and new smartwatches, the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic. 

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