Samsung launched its latest flagship folding phones at its Galaxy Unpacked event on 11 August in the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3. The phones launched alongside the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Buds 2.
The phones are available to buy now, after a short pre-order period that ended on 27 August. In India, the wait is a bit longer – pre-orders began on 24 August and the phone will go on sale on 10 September.
What’s new in the Z Fold 3?
With a focus on productivity, one of the biggest updates on the Z Fold 3 is S Pen support, which Samsung already offers on its Note and Galaxy Tab S7 tablet range. Now, customers can choose between the S Pen Fold Edition or S Pen Pro to use with the Z Fold 3. Both S Pens have special retractable tips designed to protect the screens from excessive force. Samsung is offering customers a free S Pen with purchase.
Other productivity highlights on the Fold 3 include a new Taskbar for faster and easier access to apps, and ‘Flex mode’, which allows users to multi-task across the two screens. Fold 3 owners can, for instance, use one half of the phone for video calls (with optimised support for Microsoft Teams) and the other half for notetaking.
There’s greater durability too. Samsung promises the Fold 3 can withstand folding up to 200,000 times, while new IPX8 water resistance, an “Armour Aluminum” chassis – which Samsung claims is the strongest aluminum used on a phone – and a Gorilla Glass Victus display that’s “80% more durable than previous devices”, also join the list of durability upgrades.
Here’s everything there is to know about the Z Fold 3 if you want to learn more about the handset’s cameras, display and specs.
How much does the Galaxy Z Fold 3 cost (UK/US/India)?
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is available in the following configurations and price points:
- 12GB RAM/256GB storage – £1,599/$1,799.99/₹1,49,999
- 12GB RAM/512GB storage – £1,699/$1,899.99/₹1,57,999
The phones are available in Phantom Black, Phantom Green, and Phantom Silver.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 deals
As a brand new phone, deals are hard to come by for the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but if you know where to look you can pick up some perks when you buy.
If you’re in the UK, you can buy the Fold 3 from Samsung itself and get a free Starter Kit, which (worth £79), which includes a Flip Case, S Pen and 25W Fast Charger. Customers also get YouTube Premium for free for four months.
US Customers buying the Galaxy Z Fold 3 from Samsung can benefit from $900 credit towards their phone with trade-in thanks to Enhanced Trade-in offers available now. You can trade in up to four devices. You’ll also get a free Flip Cover with Pen worth $79.99, four months of YouTube Premium for free and three months of Spotify Premium.
In India, the phone isn’t on sale until 10 September, but it is available to pre-order. Samsung is offering a “Pre-book” deal that can get you an extra ₹7000 off when you trade in your old devices. You’ll also get a year of Samsung Care+ Accidental and Liquid Damage Protection for free.
Where to buy the Galaxy Z Fold 3 SIM-free
Apart from Samsung the Z Fold 3 is available from:
We’re still waiting for confirmation from the following major retailers:
Where to buy the Galaxy Z Fold 3 on contract – Free Xbox Game Pass from EE
Confirmed UK networks
Confirmed US networks
In the UK EE’s plans for the Z Fold 3 are some of the most impressive. On top of the Galaxy Note Pack with the free S Pen, you can also save up to £500 when you trade in your old eligible device. Plans start at £100 upfront and £85 per month for 10GB data.
Three was the first to confirm Z Fold 3 stock, with prices starting at £99 upfront and £105 per month for unlimited data. Customers can also get 50% off the monthly rate for the first 6 month, as well as that £79.99 Galaxy Starter Kit.
Mobile Phones Direct has a variety of plans from O2 and Three with prices that are more competitive for bigger data plans, compared to going directly to the network, while Affordable Mobiles has similarly competitive plans from O2, Three and Vodafone.
The Fold 3 is available from Carphone Warehouse too, on Vodafone plans starting at £69.99 upfront and £85 per month for 50GB data.
Plans are customizable at O2 as well and include up to 6 months of Disney+ or up to 12 months of another streaming app such as Amazon Prime Video. Prices start at £50 upfront and £60.99 per month for 1GB data (over 36 months). Until 30 September, you can save up to £530 when you trade in your old Samsung Galaxy device.
Sky Mobile has also confirmed its plans with prices starting at £12 upfront and £64 a month for 2GB data.
We’ll be adding more retailers, networks, and deals as they’re confirmed, so stay tuned! If you missed the Galaxy Unpacked event, here’s how to watch it again.