Third attempt for flexible display devices. Steps forward and low prices, but not everything still convinces starting from usability
Paolo Ottolina / by Paolo Ottolina / CorriereTv
Samsung at the Unpacked event (here all the news) presented the new Galaxy Z Fold3 and Galaxy Z Flip3. It is the third generation of “foldable phones”, two years after the debut of the first Fold in 2019. The Korean company has invested heavily in research and development and has no intention of giving up. But what are these foldable smartphones like? More solid and refined, improved in the software and a little less expensive than the previous 2020 versions (but we are still talking about a minimum of 1,099 euros for Flip3 and 1,849 for Fold3). However, the limits that have emerged in the last two years remain. The open display maintains a fold that is often visible and easily perceptible to the touch, therefore not very pleasant. Above all, there is a clear usability limit (for many activities you have to open the smartphone, this is 95% of the cases on the Flip3 and very often on the Fold3) and the cons are not as clear-cut. Not enough, at least, to compensate for an extra complication of use, the increased weight and dimensions (at least in the Fold3), the congenital fragility of a device with moving parts and a flexing screen. In short, the direction seems right but the folded ones are still going along, certainly not at a trot and even less at a gallop. We are in a niche that, for reasons of productivity (Fold3) or style (Flip3, which is really very pleasant to look at and handle), may interest someone but certainly not the majority of users.
September 9, 2021 – Updated September 9, 2021, 3:22 pm
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