Comparing Samsung Z Galaxy Fold3 and Fold2. Should I switch?

The question that constantly arises among those who own the second Fold is how significant the changes in the third model are to switch to it. Since my main device is the Fold2, I meticulously evaluated and compared ergonomics and other small things in the new model in order to assess how such a change is justified. For most people, Fold models are expensive, they have the highest price on the market, but they are definitely worth it. It is rational, of course, to use the Fold2 for at least another year, and then move on to the next device. On the other hand, if you have money why not Bicycle Mountain not change your smartphone to a new one?

After several weeks of simultaneous use of both models, I made a certain judgment, which I will share with you. But first, let's look at the technical characteristics of the models.

Table of Contents

  • Specifications
  • Weight and dimensions - ergonomics, body materials
  • Display, better protection plus S Pen support
  • Underscreen camera expanded
  • Dual SIM in Fold3
  • Cameras - almost no changes
  • Working time, work speed
  • Speaker volume - a little better and more melodic
  • In the bottom line - conclusions

Specifications


Z Fold2 (2020)Z Fold3 (2021)
Dimensions and weight159.2 × 128.2 × 6 mm (6.9 mm for the camera unit ) - open
159.2 × 68 × 13.8 mm (16.8 mm at the sash) - closed
282 grams
158.2 × 128.1 × 6.4 mm - open
158.2 × 67.1 × 14.4 mm (16 mm at the leaf) - closed
271 grams
Body materialsStainless steel, Corning Gorilla Glass 7Stainless steel, aluminum reinforced, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Display External screen 6.2 inches, HD+ 2260×816 pixels (25:9), Super AMOLED, automatic brightness control, protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass 7, AlwaysOn Display
7.6 inches, 2208×816 pixels (22.5 :18), 317 ppi, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, auto brightness control, AlwaysOn Display, HDR10+, 120Hz refresh rate, adaptive p mode, glass
External screen 6.2 inches, HD+ 2260×816 pixels (25:9), Dynamic AMOLED 2X, auto brightness control, protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, AlwaysOn Display
7.6 inches, 2208x816 pixels (22.5:18), 317 ppi, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, auto brightness adjustment, AlwaysOn Display, HDR10+, 120Hz refresh rate, adaptive mode, glass
S Pen support
80% increased glass strength on screen
Operating systemGoogle Android 10.0, OneUI 2.5 (including Responsive UI for dual screen operation)Google Android 11, OneUI 3.х
PlatformSnapdragon 865+ for all marketsSnapdragon 888 for all markets
Memory12/256 GB (224 GB user available), UFS 3.1 No memory card LPDDR5 RAM
12/256 or 12/512 GB, UFS 3.1 No memory card LPDDR5 RAM
Wireless InterfacesWi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac/ax Dual Band (Wi-Fi 6) , Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, ANT+
5G: NSA, 5G sub-6
LTE: Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20, download speed up to 2.0 Gb/s, downloads – up to 150 Mb/s
LTE Bands: B1(2100), B2(1900), B3(1800), B4(AWS), B5(850), B7(2600), B8(900), B12 (700), B13(700), B17(700), B18(800), B19(800), B20(800), B25(1900), B26(850), B28(700), B32(1500), B66 (AWS-3) B38(2600), B39(1900), B40(2300), B41(2500)

Weight and dimensions - ergonomics, body materials

One of the stereotypes that hangs over the Fold line is that they are brittle, break easily, and generally have a lot of problems. These statements are based solely on "common sense", and there is no real background behind them. The second Fold was created from the most durable materials at that time in order to protect it as much as possible in case of falls and other troubles. But it is impossible to make it completely indestructible, there are always weaknesses in the design. For example, foreign objects can get inside and push through the screen if you carry the device in your pocket with bank cards. I asked the service how many similar stories happened, it turned out that the bill goes to tens with sales of tens of thousands of pieces in our country. Statistics is a stubborn thing and shows that even with a free screen replacement (you pay only for the work), there were simply no people who wanted to change it. Which is logical, no one wants to hand over a working device for service, and why?

Comparing Samsung Z Galaxy Fold3 and Fold2. Should I switch?

The question that constantly arises among those who own the second Fold is how significant the changes in the third model are to switch to it. Since my main device is the Fold2, I meticulously evaluated and compared ergonomics and other small things in the new model in order to assess how such a change is justified. For most people, Fold models are expensive, they have the highest price on the market, but they are definitely worth it. It is rational, of course, to use the Fold2 for at least another year, and then move on to the next device. On the other hand, if you have money why not Bicycle Mountain not change your smartphone to a new one?

After several weeks of simultaneous use of both models, I made a certain judgment, which I will share with you. But first, let's look at the technical characteristics of the models.

Table of Contents

  • Specifications
  • Weight and dimensions - ergonomics, body materials
  • Display, better protection plus S Pen support
  • Underscreen camera expanded
  • Dual SIM in Fold3
  • Cameras - almost no changes
  • Working time, work speed
  • Speaker volume - a little better and more melodic
  • In the bottom line - conclusions

Specifications


Z Fold2 (2020)Z Fold3 (2021)
Dimensions and weight159.2 × 128.2 × 6 mm (6.9 mm for the camera unit ) - open
159.2 × 68 × 13.8 mm (16.8 mm at the sash) - closed
282 grams
158.2 × 128.1 × 6.4 mm - open
158.2 × 67.1 × 14.4 mm (16 mm at the leaf) - closed
271 grams
Body materialsStainless steel, Corning Gorilla Glass 7Stainless steel, aluminum reinforced, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Display External screen 6.2 inches, HD+ 2260×816 pixels (25:9), Super AMOLED, automatic brightness control, protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass 7, AlwaysOn Display
7.6 inches, 2208×816 pixels (22.5 :18), 317 ppi, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, auto brightness control, AlwaysOn Display, HDR10+, 120Hz refresh rate, adaptive p mode, glass
External screen 6.2 inches, HD+ 2260×816 pixels (25:9), Dynamic AMOLED 2X, auto brightness control, protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, AlwaysOn Display
7.6 inches, 2208x816 pixels (22.5:18), 317 ppi, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, auto brightness adjustment, AlwaysOn Display, HDR10+, 120Hz refresh rate, adaptive mode, glass
S Pen support
80% increased glass strength on screen
Operating systemGoogle Android 10.0, OneUI 2.5 (including Responsive UI for dual screen operation)Google Android 11, OneUI 3.х
PlatformSnapdragon 865+ for all marketsSnapdragon 888 for all markets
Memory12/256 GB (224 GB user available), UFS 3.1 No memory card LPDDR5 RAM
12/256 or 12/512 GB, UFS 3.1 No memory card LPDDR5 RAM
Wireless InterfacesWi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac/ax Dual Band (Wi-Fi 6) , Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, ANT+
5G: NSA, 5G sub-6
LTE: Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20, download speed up to 2.0 Gb/s, downloads – up to 150 Mb/s
LTE Bands: B1(2100), B2(1900), B3(1800), B4(AWS), B5(850), B7(2600), B8(900), B12 (700), B13(700), B17(700), B18(800), B19(800), B20(800), B25(1900), B26(850), B28(700), B32(1500), B66 (AWS-3) B38(2600), B39(1900), B40(2300), B41(2500)

Weight and dimensions - ergonomics, body materials

One of the stereotypes that hangs over the Fold line is that they are brittle, break easily, and generally have a lot of problems. These statements are based solely on "common sense", and there is no real background behind them. The second Fold was created from the most durable materials at that time in order to protect it as much as possible in case of falls and other troubles. But it is impossible to make it completely indestructible, there are always weaknesses in the design. For example, foreign objects can get inside and push through the screen if you carry the device in your pocket with bank cards. I asked the service how many similar stories happened, it turned out that the bill goes to tens with sales of tens of thousands of pieces in our country. Statistics is a stubborn thing and shows that even with a free screen replacement (you pay only for the work), there were simply no people who wanted to change it. Which is logical, no one wants to hand over a working device for service, and why?

Comparing Samsung Z Galaxy Fold3 and Fold2. Should I switch?

The question that constantly arises among those who own the second Fold is how significant the changes in the third model are to switch to it. Since my main device is the Fold2, I meticulously evaluated and compared ergonomics and other small things in the new model in order to assess how such a change is justified. For most people, Fold models are expensive, they have the highest price on the market, but they are definitely worth it. It is rational, of course, to use the Fold2 for at least another year, and then move on to the next device. On the other hand, if you have money why not Bicycle Mountain not change your smartphone to a new one?

After several weeks of simultaneous use of both models, I made a certain judgment, which I will share with you. But first, let's look at the technical characteristics of the models.

Table of Contents

  • Specifications
  • Weight and dimensions - ergonomics, body materials
  • Display, better protection plus S Pen support
  • Underscreen camera expanded
  • Dual SIM in Fold3
  • Cameras - almost no changes
  • Working time, work speed
  • Speaker volume - a little better and more melodic
  • In the bottom line - conclusions

Specifications

Snapdragon 865+ for all markets


Z Fold2 (2020)Z Fold3 (2021)
Dimensions and weight159.2 × 128.2 × 6 mm (6.9 mm for the camera unit ) - open
159.2 × 68 × 13.8 mm (16.8 mm at the sash) - closed
282 grams
158.2 × 128.1 × 6.4 mm - open
158.2 × 67.1 × 14.4 mm (16 mm at the sash) - closed
271 grams
Body materialsStainless steel, Corning Gorilla Glass 7Stainless steel, aluminum reinforced, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Display External screen 6.2 inches, HD+ 2260×816 pixels (25:9), Super AMOLED, automatic brightness control, protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass 7, AlwaysOn Display
7.6 inches, 2208×816 pixels (22.5 :18), 317 ppi, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, auto brightness control, AlwaysOn Display, HDR10+, 120Hz refresh rate, adaptive p mode, glass
External screen 6.2 inches, HD+ 2260×816 pixels (25:9), Dynamic AMOLED 2X, auto brightness control, protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, AlwaysOn Display
7.6 inches, 2208x816 pixels (22.5:18), 317 ppi, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, auto brightness adjustment, AlwaysOn Display, HDR10+, 120Hz refresh rate, adaptive mode, glass
S Pen support
80% increased glass strength on screen
Operating systemGoogle Android 10.0, OneUI 2.5 (including Responsive UI for dual screen operation)Google Android 11, OneUI 3.х
PlatformSnapdragon 888 for all markets
Memory12/256 GB (224 GB user available), UFS 3.1 No memory card LPDDR5 RAM
12/256 or 12/512 GB, UFS 3.1 No memory card LPDDR5 RAM
Wireless InterfacesWi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac/ax Dual Band (Wi-Fi 6) , Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, ANT+
5G: NSA, 5G sub-6
LTE: Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20, download speed up to 2.0 Gb/s, downloads – up to 150 Mb/s
LTE Bands: B1(2100), B2(1900), B3(1800), B4(AWS), B5(850), B7(2600), B8(900), B12 (700), B13(700), B17(700), B18(800), B19(800), B20(800), B25(1900), B26(850), B28(700), B32(1500), B66 (AWS-3) B38(2600), B39(1900), B40(2300), B41(2500)

Weight and dimensions - ergonomics, body materials

One of the stereotypes that hangs over the Fold line is that they are brittle, break easily, and generally have a lot of problems. These statements are based solely on "common sense", and there is no real background behind them. The second Fold was created from the most durable materials at that time in order to protect it as much as possible in case of falls and other troubles. But it is impossible to make it completely indestructible, there are always weaknesses in the design. For example, foreign objects can get inside and push through the screen if you carry the device in your pocket with bank cards. I asked the service how many similar stories happened, it turned out that the bill goes to tens with sales of tens of thousands of pieces in our country. Statistics is a stubborn thing and shows that even with a free screen replacement (you pay only for the work), there were simply no people who wanted to change it. Which is logical, no one wants to hand over a working device for service, and why?

Comparing Samsung Z Galaxy Fold3 and Fold2. Should I switch?

The question that constantly arises among those who own the second Fold is how significant the changes in the third model are to switch to it. Since my main device is the Fold2, I meticulously evaluated and compared ergonomics and other small things in the new model in order to assess how such a change is justified. For most people, Fold models are expensive, they have the highest price on the market, but they are definitely worth it. It is rational, of course, to use the Fold2 for at least another year, and then move on to the next device. On the other hand, if you have money, then why not Bicycle Mountain to change the smartphone to a new one?

The question that constantly arises among those who own the second Fold is how much the changes in the third model are significant in order to switch to it. Since my main device is the Fold2, I meticulously evaluated and compared ergonomics and other small things in the new model in order to assess how such a change is justified. For most people, Fold models are expensive, they have the highest price on the market, but they are definitely worth it. It is rational, of course, to use the Fold2 for at least another year, and then move on to the next device. On the other hand, if you have money, then why not Bicycle Mountain Bicycle mountain not change your smartphone to a new one?

After several weeks of simultaneous use of both models, I made a certain judgment, which I will share with you. But first, let's look at the technical characteristics of the models.

Table of Contents

  • Specifications
  • Weight and dimensions - ergonomics, body materials
  • Display, better protection plus S Pen support
  • Underscreen camera expanded
  • Dual SIM in Fold3
  • Cameras - almost no changes
  • Working time, work speed
  • Speaker volume - a little better and more melodic
  • In the bottom line - conclusions

Specifications

Z Fold2 (2020)Z Fold3 (2021)Dimensions and weight159.2 × 128.2 × 6 mm (6.9 mm at the camera unit) - open 159.2 × 68 × 13.8 mm (16.8 mm at the door) - closed 282 grams 158.2 × 128.1 × 6.4 mm - open 158.2 × 67.1 × 14.4 mm (16 mm at the leaf) - closed 271 gramsCase MaterialsStainless steel, Corning Gorilla Glass 7Stainless steel, aluminum reinforced, Corning Gorilla Glass VictusDisplay 6.2" external screen , HD+ 2260×816 pixels (25:9), Super AMOLED, automatic brightness control, protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass 7, AlwaysOn Display7.6 inches, 2208×816 pixels (22.5:18), 317 ppi, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, auto-brightness, AlwaysOn Display, HDR10+, 120Hz refresh rate, adaptive mode, glass 6.2" external screen, HD+ 2260×816 pixels (25:9), Dynamic AMOLED 2X, auto brightness control, protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, AlwaysOn Display7.6 inches, 2208x816 pixels (22.5:18), 317 ppi, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, automatic brightness control, AlwaysOn Display, HDR10 +, refresh rate 120 Hz, adaptive mode, glass Support S PenGoogle Android 10.0, OneUI 2.5 operating system (including Responsive UI for dual screen operation)Google Android 11, OneUI 3.x PlatformSnapdragon 865+ for all marketsSnapdragon 888 for all marketsMemory 12/256GB (224GB available to user), UFS 3.1 No memory card RAM LPDDR512/256 or 12/512 GB, UFS 3.1 No memory card RAM LPDDR5Wireless interfacesWi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band (Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0 , NFC, ANT+ 5G: NSA, 5G sub-6 LTE: Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20, up to 2.0 Gb/s download, 150 Mb/s upload LTE Bands: B1 (2100), B2(1900), B3(1800), B4(AWS), B5(850), B7(2600), B8(900), B12(700), B13(700), B17(700), B18 (800), B19(800), B20(800), B25(1900), B26(850), B28(700), B32(1500), B66(AWS-3) B38(2600), B39(1900), B40(2300), B41(2500)

Weight and dimensions - ergonomics, body materials

One of the stereotypes that hangs over the Fold line is that they are brittle, break easily, and generally have a lot of problems. These statements are based solely on "common sense", and there is no real background behind them. The second Fold was created from the most durable materials at that time in order to protect it as much as possible in case of falls and other troubles. But it is impossible to make it completely indestructible, there are always weaknesses in the design. For example, foreign objects can get inside and push through the screen if you carry the device in your pocket with bank cards. I asked the service how many similar stories happened, it turned out that the bill goes to tens with sales of tens of thousands of pieces in our country. Statistics is a stubborn thing and shows that even with a free screen replacement (you pay only for the work), there were simply no people who wanted to change it. Which is logical, no one wants to hand over a working device for service, and why?