First Impressions: Unfolding The Galaxy Z Fold3 5G

We unpack Samsung's latest foldable phone to see what all the hype is about.

Easily one of the most anticipated mobile releases this year, the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G from Samsung has created quite a buzz since it's release at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked in mid-August.

To be clear, Samsung's first generation foldable phone was not without its hiccups, but gadget fans still applauded the Korean giant's gumption in attempting something we've only previously fantasised about. Now, don't confuse Samsung's foldables with the clamshells of the early 2000s because we're not simply talking about a mobile phone that closes like a compact here. What's groundbreaking about Samsung's innovation is that it's the screen that's foldable, in essence doubling the size of your smartphone display. And as with the latest iteration of any gadget, many are expecting for the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G to address whatever shortcomings its predecessors possessed to now offer a truly powerful smartphone that's high on performance and function as opposed to mere gimmick.

BAZAAR is lucky enough to get our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G, and will share our first impressions of this highly coveted smartphone.

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Then comes the scary part. If you’re not used to the experience, the first attempt at trying to fold a foldable phone can be daunting. Will the glass break? How delicate should I fold it? At 271 grams, the Galaxy Z Fold3 is substantially heavier than most smartphones (that averages around 200 grams), and perhaps because of that you just assume that it’s more fragile, that you’re more likely to drop it. I’ve actually passed the phone around to friends whenever I get the chance and everyone was nervous about handling it—they unfold the phone with such trepidation.

But fret not. Samsung insists that the screen and folding mechanism is strong enough to withstand 100 folds a day for the next five years. And once you familiarise yourself with the folding gesture, you actually become more comfortable with it and realise how sturdy the phone truly is.

And you get used to the weight, specifically because of its ergonomic dimensions. When folded, the Galaxy Z Fold3 is slimmer but thicker than most smartphones in the market now, measuring 67.1 x 158.2 x 16.0 mm in comparison, say, to its cousin the Galaxy S21 at 71.2 x 151.7 x 7.9 mm. Its thickness actually allows for a more comfortable grip.

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