Samsung basically started the trend for foldable smartphones with the arrival of the Galaxy Fold. The company was followed by Huawei with its Mate X. However, after the ban, the Chinese brand failed to keep up in this competitive and hard niche of devices. This allowed Samsung to shine and establish a solid domain in this segment. Despite the Galaxy Fold initial problems with the lackluster build quality, the company managed to iron out all the corners to deliver a solid product for customers. Last year, the brand unveiled the Galaxy Z Flip series which was a big hit due to its vertically-folding form factor, and also launched the Galaxy Z Fold2 that was a big upgrade over its predecessor. Nowadays, Samsung has the foldable phone segment under its belt. However, with more companies set to finally enter this race in 2021, the brand seems to be moving to establish its domain. The answer will come in the form of the Galaxy Z Flip2 and Galaxy Z Fold3.
The Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip2 will have One UI 3.5 straight out of the box
Today, an inside source revealed to SamMobile some of the key details about Samsung’s upcoming foldable phones. For now, the devices may carry Galaxy Z Flip2 and Galaxy Z Fold3 monikers. According to the report, the Z Fold3 bears the SM-F926 model number whereas the Z Flip2 has the SM-F711 model number. Both devices will come with One UI 3.5 straight out of the box. This hints that the release dates are scheduled for the second half of this year. After all, the most updated version of Samsung’s software skin is One UI 3.1. The latest firmware came running above the Galaxy S21 series. The Galaxy Note 21 series will probably say welcome to the new One UI 3.5 skin. These flagships usually debut in the second half of each year (August – September). So we may see the new foldable around the same date.
The report also states that the Galaxy Z Fold3 is believed to offer 256GB of Storage. The Z Flip2, on the other hand, will come in 128GB and 256GB flavors. The variant with less storage suggests that Samsung is aiming at a lower price tag for the vertically-folding device. Unlike last year, when the company unveiled a 4G-only Z Flip, we’re sure that this year the brand will bring two full 5G-enabled smartphones. According to rumors, the Galaxy Z Fold3 will also offer seamless support for the S-Pen. It will be the second device out of the Note series to get support for Samsung’s stylus.
We’re still several months away from a release, but as usual, we expect leaks to keep popping out in the coming days.