When is a phone not a phone? When it opens into a 7.6” tablet! Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold3 5G is a deeply impressive folding phone, combining the best of a regular smartphone with a powerful and flexible tablet computer. Read More...
When is a phone not a phone? When it opens into a 7.6” tablet! Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold3 5G is a deeply impressive folding phone, combining the best of a regular smartphone with a powerful and flexible tablet computer.
Being Samsung, this is far from a compromised half-way house. As a phone, the Z Fold3 5G offers a 6.2”, 120Hz OLED screen. As a tablet, enjoy using an optional S Pen and the huge 2,208x1,768 display to capture ideas as quickly as you have them.
Powering it all you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip paired with a generous 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. And with Android updates to 2025, the Z Fold3 5G even has the future covered!Read less
- Tech specs
- Internal memory: 256GB, 512GB
- Size: Unfolded: 158.2 x 128.1 x 6.4 mm , Folded: 158.2 x 67.1 x 14.4-16 mm
- Weight: 271 g
- Display: Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1200 nits (peak)
- Resolution: 1768 x 2208 pixels
- RAM: 12GB RAM
- Battery: Li-Po 4400 mAh, non-removable
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)
- Operating System: Android 11, upgradable to Android 12, One UI 4.0
- CPU: Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 680)
- SIM: Nano-SIM and eSIM
- Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
- Primary camera: 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 12 MP, f/2.2, 123?, 12mm (ultrawide)
- Secondary camera: 4 MP, f/1.8, 2.0µm, under display, Cover camera: 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3", 1.22µm
- Video: 4K@60fps, 1080p@60/240fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps (gyro-EIS), HDR10+
- Connectivity: WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth: 5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, NFC: Yes, USB: USB Type-C 3.2
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- What's included
As well as your new phone, you’ll receive:
Free USB charging cable
Free 12-month parts and labour warranty
Free 90-point pre-delivery diagnostic check
Free SIM card removal tool
Free 2 months’ protection when you choose our accidental damage insurance
Timed delivery to your door
New or Refurbished condition:
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Why buy a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G?
The phone that thinks it’s a tablet
S Pen support for note taking and sketching
Not convinced? Try one of these alternatives to a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G:
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G - similarly awesome, but without the folding screen
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G - the smaller folding option
Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G - a cheaper way to get pen input
If you absolutely want the biggest screen you can (just!) fit in your pocket, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold3 5G is impossible to ignore. A 7.6” tablet that folds down into a 6.2” smartphone, it offers acres of screen space, enhanced by S Pen support.
While other folding phones focus on fitting a regular smartphone into a smaller space, the Z Fold3 5G goes the other way. At 271 grams it’s pushing the boundaries of portability - and quite possibly the seams of your pockets, but the payoff is a gloriously mobile, high spec device with the flexibility to master all kinds of business and creative roles.
The Z Fold3 5G is constructed with a strong aluminium frame, adding a reassuring degree of precision to the way its huge central screen folds open and shut. It’s an unavoidably big phone, despite the modest-sounding 6.2” outer display. Aside from its extra weight, it’s 14-16mm thick when folded - about twice as deep as a non-folding flagship. Despite this, it’ll still fit in large pockets, and in all but the smallest day bags.
This phone’s folding design allows it to stand upright by itself, letting you watch content without having to hold it. Unfortunately, and unlike the Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G, there’s no slot to tuck away an S Pen - and no S Pen is supplied. On the plus side, the Z Fold3 5G is IPX8 rated, meaning it should shrug off splashes of water without any trouble.
This phone doesn’t set out to compete with the high-end cameras on Samsung’s other flagships, but it’s still rocking some impressive specs. Its triple array at the rear combines 12 megapixel (MP) wide, ultra-wide and telephoto lenses, and features optical image stabilisation to help sharpen things up during longer exposures. Due to the folding design, you can use either the outer screen (folded) or main screen (unfolded) to frame and review shots. And keen photographers will benefit from the extra screen space available for editing apps.
This phone has two front-facing cameras. The first, mounted on the cover screen, offers 10 megapixels and electronic image stabilisation with HDR. By contrast, the camera under the main display is rather unimpressive, offering just a 4MP resolution.
Like other recent Samsung phones, the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G offers impressive video capabilities. While it’s not 8K capable, any of its three rear cameras can shoot 4K at up to 60fps, and 1,080p content at 60fps, or in 240fps slow motion. There’s even an incredible 960fps slo-mo mode if you can live with 720p resolution. Again, the 10MP cover camera is reasonable, offering 1,080p or 4K recording at 30fps, while the main display camera is really only suitable for video calling.
Without doubt, this phone’s most exciting features are its dual displays. When folded up, the 6.2” cover screen lets you use the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G almost like a normal smartphone. Almost, because the screen’s unusual 2,268x832 resolution gives it an ultrawide 25:9 ratio. In portrait orientation, it’s tall and narrow compared to a standard phone. This is a quality display, though, with a variable refresh rate up to 120Hz, and plenty of space for everyday phone apps and entertainment.
But if it’s space you want, opening up the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G reveals its epic 2,208x1,768 resolution main screen. It’s almost as big as two standard screens side by side, and with the enhanced large screen support in Android 12 it often allows you to work like that. You can split the screen between a couple of apps, or just use all of the space for entertainment, documents or spreadsheets.
This huge space is ideal if you need to work with graphics, drawing or video editing packages, as is the 120Hz screen’s support for Samsung’s S Pen. You can sketch and edit with pen input, giving you an unparalleled creative workstation in your pocket.
One drawback of this phone’s unusual screen configuration is that you may encounter apps that aren’t optimised for a larger, 5:4 format display. They’ll still run, they just may not have the ideal layout or appearance.
The Z Fold3 5G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip, giving it some serious number-crunching power. It’s an eight-core processor, which means it can work on up to eight things at the same time. The fastest core is clocked at a rapid 2.84GHz - it can run almost three billion instructions every second!
The Snapdragon 888 places the ZFold 3 5G towards the top of the Android performance table. It’s comfortably quick enough to breeze through modern apps and, with 12GB of RAM, it’s able to handle demanding multimedia apps such as video editors. It also has the power for challenging games, though its raw performance is ultimately some way short of the latest iPhones.
With such a large body when unfolded, you might expect this phone to have space for a large battery, but at 4,400mAh it’s no bigger than you’d find in a non-folding smartphone. Unavoidably, this limits the amount of time you’ll get to play with the device in tablet mode. Reviews suggest that with intensive use you’ll run out of power 2-3 hours sooner than with typical non-folding phones.
Despite this, many users will find that the Z Fold3 5G will last a full day between overnight charges. For top-ups, it supports wireless charging at 10W, and wired charging at up to 25W - you’ll need to buy a suitable power adaptor, though.
Colours and options
You can get the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G in silver, black, or the very dark Phantom Green. The only other choice is between 256GB or 512GB of storage. You’ll only get a charging cable and a SIM tray tool in the box - in common with other makers, Samsung no longer bundles earphones or a charger to cut down on electronic waste.