If you thought Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 was pretty much a “seen that, done that” kind of deal, think again! With one month left until the Samsung Unpacked event, some things are still being debated and awaiting official confirmation. Here are the six latest major rumors and updates you’ll wanna know about. Including… a possible Galaxy Z Flip Lite showing up.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Always on Cover Display
As much as I appreciate the fact that Samsung gave us a bigger cover display this time around, I have to warn you: it won’t come with all the bells and whistles. You will have a 1.9-inches screen to see notifications at a glance but there won’t be an Always-On feature as we thought initially. That is a bit of a letdown, not gonna lie; if you think about it, most of us treat the cover display like a smartwatch anyway, checking notifications and the hour easily, so that would have made a lot of sense.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Less RAM Than We Thought
Another Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 rumor of late is on the memory side. We previously said Samsung is considering bumping the RAM up to 12GB but the latest rumors disagree. It seems like we are going to have to do with 8GB of RAM which is not too disappointing if you think about it.
One reason Samsung may have hesitated to increase the memory is that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will offer 12GB of RAM. Since the company really wants to differentiate between the two and place Z Fold 3 as the more premium phone, the decision makes sense. After all, Samsung is keeping the Snapdragon 888 chips exclusively for the Galaxy Z Fold 3, outfitting the Galaxy Z Flip 3 with the Snapdragon 870.
Battery-wise, nothing will change. It’s very probable that the 3,300mAh unit will return, split into two cells like last year. The 15W charging and 9W wireless charging are also on the spec sheet.
When you flip it open, you’ll come face to face with One UI, Samsung’s skin that was just released for Galaxy Watches. Samsung unveiled the skin at MWC recently, and it definitely looks snappier and more fun than Tizen. It will make the Galaxy phone-to-watch sync easier while offering access to all the Google apps you can dream of.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Release Date (Unpacked Event)
By the way, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is gonna show up at the same Unpacked event as the Z smartphones. When exactly will that happen? On August 11 at 10 am EST. So, if you’re on vacation, remember to tune in on YouTube to see the video event.
We still have a while until then but the Galaxy Watch 4 is making some big waves, already. The smartwatch from Samsung will look a bit different than what you’re used to, have plenty more health features, and cost the same as its predecessor!
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Price Update, Z Flip Lite
Since we’re talking about price, there is an update in that area, too. While we knew the Galaxy Z Flip 3 would cost less than the original model, we didn’t know the price difference back then. Now, the word is Samsung is making it 20% cheaper so around $1,000 as opposed to the $1,400 you had to pay for the original model.
However, there are some people who are saying that it’s not going to be such a dramatic price change. In fact, the starting price for Galaxy Z Flip 3 will be $1,249. That be would less than ideal but still a price drop in Samsung’s eyes.
If the Z Flip 3 drops to $1250, which is about 100-200 dollars less than the predecessor, Samsung could be adding another version to the series.
There is talk about a Z Flip Lite. The addition of a Lite version would be a game-changer since it would cater to more pockets. But I don’t see Samsung going to the trouble of launching a second model if it releases a $1,000 Z Flip 3. In the end, it all comes down to the company’s pricing strategy.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Thom Browne Edition Is Back
What is a safe bet at this point is another Thom Browne edition. Remember the designer version, in silver grey and stripes? That one is returning, with a Galaxy Watch 4 and Buds 2 in tow.
Just like the previous edition, this one will be limited, too. And the limited aspect of it can lure in many users. After all, last time, Samsung’s site crashed from the increased demand even though the Thom Browne Z Flip cost double! And don’t even get me started on the Z Fold 2 Thom Browne one; Samsung made only 5,000 units of those for South Korea, but received 230,000 requests! No reason this year’s edition won’t sell like crazy, too.
Speaking of the Galaxy Z Fold 3, this one should also be a bit cheaper, as well. And if you’re interested in the foldable more than the flip phone or wanna compare the two and see what to pick, check out our video about it here!
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Should I Buy It?
Bottom line: what’s in it for you if you go for the Z Flip 3? Well, you’ll get a cheaper flip-flagship smartphone. You won’t have to sacrifice specs for form this time around. Samsung pretty much incorporated our feedback in the sense that we get a bigger outer display of 1.9 inches and a 120Hz refresh rate on a generous inner screen of 6.7 inches.
The phone will run on the Snapdragon 870 that, while not the latest from Qualcomm, it’s pretty darn good. Coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, expect great performance and plenty of space for all your media.
The dual 12MP cameras and 10MP selfie camera are unchanged which is a bit of a downer but not a complete turn-off. Again, a 3,300mAh battery is nothing to frown upon and the best thing is you will get all of that in a format that we all loved back in the day and at a price that is considerably lower than last time.
Think about buying one? Or are you waiting for the real foldable, the Z Fold 3?