In February 2008, Nokia unveiled a concept mobile device — Nokia Morph, at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City. While this was just a peek into the possible future of the functionality of smartphones, it wasn’t till 2013 that Samsung presented several concepts — codenamed Youm, for smartphones with flexible displays. While Samsung has been a pioneer in the foldable smartphone space, it was Chinese start-up Royole that released the first commercially available foldable smartphone with an OLED display — the Royole Flexpai.
Soon after this launch in 2018, Samsung teased the prototype of its foldable device that finally debuted in 2019. We saw the much improved Fold 2 and the Flip series with its unique clamshell style foldable display. Motorola also revisited its iconic Razr with a stylish 2020s version and a foldable screen. This year Samsung unveiled two showstopper devices at its annual Unpacked event. The Galaxy Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 are the clearest indication that Samsung is betting big on foldables.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G
Is this a fashion statement or a device that brings a whole new functionality? We think it’s a bit of both. Samsung expands the cover screen; it’s now 1.9-inches, allowing you to catch key alerts and notifications without flipping the screen open.
The third gen Galaxy Z Flip 3 is also more ready for the rough and tumble — it gets IPX 8 water resistance. It’s also got the hardware to get stuff done. The Z Flip 3 comes with a 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x Infinity Flex display with a 120Hz refresh rate and is propelled by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor.
Price: Rs84,999 onwards
Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G
Samsung’s new flagship makes a strong case for a foldable smartphone with major enhancements over its predecessors. The first thing you will notice is the 6.2-inch cover screen (in this case the secondary display). It gets the same attention as the larger screen with 120Hz refresh rate display that maxes out at a peak brightness of 1500 nits.
You’re likely to buy this device for the 7.6-inch QXGA+ primary display that pushes the Fold 3 into tablet territory. One of the cribs of the first-gen foldables was the flimsy form factor. Not this one. It is IPX8 certified, making it the first water resistant foldable. Samsung has also added S Pen support — a
feature previously reserved for its Note series.
Price: Rs1,49,999 onwards