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Samsung’s Flip 3 is very well made and has a more usable external screen – but opening it is still rather annoying for us. When it comes to smartphones with foldable displays, Samsung is the most active of all manufacturers. In addition to the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which can be folded out into a small tablet, the South Korean company recently introduced the Galaxy Z Flip 3 – a classic clamshell design with an internal display.

We took a close look at the Flip 3 in the test and found that Samsung had noticeably improved the concept. The construction makes a high-quality impression, the outside screen can be used more sensibly than before. For us, however, the design is nothing for everyday use – the flap still annoys us as with its predecessors.

When folded, the Flip 3 is very comfortable to hold. Our test device is made of black metal and glass, all surfaces except the external display are matt. The external display measures a diagonal of 1.9 inches and has a resolution of 512 x 260 pixels. This makes it much larger than the thumbnail-sized external display of the Flip 5G.

The hinge is stable and has good resistance

If we open the Flip 3, we use it to unfold the 6.7-inch screen on the inside. The hinge runs very smoothly during the folding process, but at the same time, there is good resistance. Thanks to this resistance, we can leave the Flip 3 unfolded in almost any position without it opening or closing automatically.

When opened, the Flip 3 is very thin at just under 7 mm. When folded, the smartphone is 17 mm thick at the thickest point. At 86.5 x 72 mm, the device is much more handy when folded than normal smartphones, which should make it attractive for one or the other – that doesn’t apply to us, but more on that later.

The OLED display has a resolution of 2,640 x 1,080 pixels, a frame rate of up to 120 Hz and is covered with a protective film. This can be removed without damaging the actual panel, but Samsung advises not to replace the film yourself. Thanks to the film, the display surface feels like a glass panel, which is pleasant when scrolling and swiping.

The panel underneath, however, is made of softer plastic – so you should be careful with sharp objects near the display. If we press the display lightly with a fingernail, a visible trace remains at first. This will regress over time, unless we have exerted too much pressure. Such strong marks should probably not appear during normal use, but there shouldn’t be any foreign objects between the halves of the display when closing.

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