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Pre-orders in South Korea show heavier demand for Samsung’s foldable phones
Samsung compares the Galaxy Z Fold 3 with last year’s Galaxy Note 20
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The price of the two phones remains prohibitive for many consumers. In Korea, the 256GB version of the Fold 3 is priced at KRW 1,987,000 (U.S. price is $1,799.99) and costs KRW 2,097,700 for the 512GB variant (priced at $1,899.99 in the states). The Flip 3 carries a price of KRW 1,650,000 ($999.99 in the states). Eventually, as component prices start to drop, retail prices will come down too allowing the foldable sector to become mainstream.
Prices start to drop but there is a long way to go before foldable phones become mainstream
Despite the lower prices, Samsung did make the two phones sturdier and added IPX8 water-resistance to the pair. Both phones can now be submerged in water to a depth of 1.5 meters (4.92 feet) for up to 30 minutes and emerge unscathed. The Fold 3 sports an aluminum frame that is 10% stronger and the device now supports the S Pen.
As for the Galaxy Flip 3, the phone’s display is protected by Corning’s most protective version of Gorilla Glass. Gorilla Glass Victus is 50% stronger than the Gorilla Glass 6 used on the Galaxy Z Flip. And the hinge is now made using Armor Aluminum which is the strongest aluminum used by Samsung on a handset to date. And we shouldn’t forget that the Flip 3 delivers stereo sound which is something that the original Flip did not.
One change that Samsung didn’t make to the Flip 3 that users are going to wish was made is a increase in battery capacity. Both the original model and the new unit are powered by a 3300mAh battery.