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It looks like promotional marketing videos of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3 have extensively leaked, with video and images emerging.
- It’s juicy stuff if accurate: the first indication of Samsung going with an under-display camera in a flagship with the Fold 3, along with an S Pen, and fresh designs and color information.
- How trustworthy are the leaks? Unclear. They’re unusually sourced, allegedly via Polish sources, but detailed enough to look real.
- I give it a rating of moderately likely — the devices are probably still around two months away given the expected July launch, but it all makes too much sense.
So, what do we have?
Galaxy Z Fold 3:
First the back of the phone:
- These images look like renders, especially the flash at the bottom, but you can see the straight-lens array that looks unique enough compared to previous Samsung designs, although by no means a new innovation.
- The lenses each look like a copy of the other too, no obvious lens differences between main/ultrawide/telephoto.
Then there’s the under-display camera showing in a pic:
And finally a glimpse of the S Pen:
Over on the Flip 3:
This gif gives most of the detail away:
- Here we see a fresh design, with the Flip 3 holding on to the secondary display, and the dual-cameras on the back likely to be two 12MP main and ultra-wide shooters. 12MP seems low, though that’s what we saw on the Z Flip, too.
- There’s also another shot of the body which shows a thicker, more squared-out device compared to the previous Flip, with the gap better hidden.
- (The scribbled out diagonal lines are supposedly hiding security information that may identify the source).
What’s most interesting:
- On the basis these leaks are mostly accurate, we can see a continuing refinement and evolution to the folding lineup. And, just maybe, Pixel 2 aesthetics?
- The under-display camera on the Fold 3 is going to be fascinating.
- The first attempt we saw, back in late 2020 from ZTE, wasn’t up to any selfie camera from the last five years or even further. It’s a smudgy, smeary affair, just as the technology would suggest when pixels get in the way of the image sensor.
- You’d expect Samsung would want a nice bit of new tech to keep the hype about its flagship, and likely still very expensive, foldable.
- But it would have to be good enough to not be a negative on the device. It’ll likely be ok in bright conditions at least.
- Maybe, just maybe, being able to take selfies with the back of the phone when it’s unfolded, might mean that it doesn’t matter if the under-display camera is a bit below average?
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