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Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3 chargers certified: Don't expect fast charging speeds

You might have to settle for tardy charging with Samsung's next round of foldables.

Published onMay 7, 2021

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip folded in hand
  • Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 charger specs have emerged.
  • According to a 3C listing, the phones’ chargers will sport the same speeds as their predecessors.
  • This means the Galaxy Z Flip 3 settles for meager 15W charging.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 have seen plenty of leaks in the past few weeks. The foldables are rumored to pack smarter design elements and quicker hardware. But if you’re looking for fast charging smartphones, you may have to look elsewhere.

A 3C certification spotted by Digital Chat Station showcases the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3’s charger specs. If you were expecting a significant upgrade here, you’d be disappointed.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, Z Fold 3 charging speeds

The Galaxy Z Flip 3’s charger will support a maximum of 15W — the same output as its predecessor. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 charger will also sport 25W like the Z Fold 2, per the listing.

This isn’t a big surprise as rapid charging isn’t a primary focus for Samsung. But 15W is arguably too slow for a premium smartphone. In our Galaxy Z Flip review, it took some 90 minutes to charge the meager 3,300mAh battery. Charging the Galaxy Z Fold 2 was a less tedious process in our review, though.

Fast charging is essential to users, too. In a recent poll, only a small portion of Android Authority readers would trade fast charging on their phones for a lower price. It seems more critical to some than SD card support, the latest chipsets, and even an in-box charger. Users expect rapid charging to feature on more premium devices. Considering the Galaxy Z Flip 3 may launch around its predecessor’s ~$1,299 price tag, that expectation is arguably warranted.

As we’ve seen with the Galaxy S21, the certification doesn’t necessarily mean that Samsung will bundle the chargers with the phones either. We’ll know for sure once the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 debut later this year.

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