Samsung‘s new Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 have similar moving parts to previous generations. Phones are somewhat resistant to things like waterfalls and minor stings, but folding phones add a whole new level of complexity to waterproofing. There are many other ways to go underwater and some of them have rock entry points.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the most durable foldable phone. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 uses the Gorilla Glass Victus on the outer screen, which is 50% stronger than the Gorilla Glass 6 found on the Galaxy Z Fold 2. The interior screen features a new protective film with a redesigned finish that enhances structural integrity up to 80%.
This is one of the biggest improvements as the internal display is likely to fail. The metal hinges and frame on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 are made with a new material called Armor Aluminum and are 10% stronger than the previous generation.
Adding to this, here are some tips on how to keep your Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 devices in their best condition:
What does IPX8-rated water resistance mean?
These are the first waterproof foldable smartphones in the world. The IPX8 rating means you can open the phone freely even if you get caught in the rain. However, this does not mean that they are dust resistant.
Follow these important tips below to make your foldable device work wonderfully and better.
Galaxy Z Fold 3 | Flip 3 supports IPX8 water resistance!
Both Galaxy Z Fold3 and Galaxy Z Flip3 devices support IPX8 water resistance. The devices have been tested in controlled settings and have been shown to be water-resistant in some cases. (International standard IEC 60529, IPX8 production, test conditions: 15-35 ℃, 86-106 kPa, freshwater, up to 1.5 m, up to 30 minutes).
For proper water resistance, please know the instructions below. Failure to follow the instructions below may affect the performance and appearance of your device.
- The Galaxy Z Fold3 and Galaxy Z Flip3 are water-resistant and can withstand the rain if left in outdoor situations for a while, such as camping.
- When dirty or smeared, you may clean your device with fresh water.
- As your device is water-resistant, it can withstand spills of freshwater from the kitchen or under other ordinary circumstances.
Note: IPX8-rated water resistance is only guaranteed when your device is free of any damage. If your device is exposed to the rain for an extended period of time or becomes submerged due to heavy rain, IPX8-rated water resistance is no longer guaranteed.
Samsung Galaxy A55 with flat edge design revealed in 5K renders
Samsung will unveil several new Galaxy A series phones next year. The next year’s Galaxy devices are said to introduce a new design language, with a flat edge being the most highlighting. Well, folks over at MySmartPrice (in collaboration with Onleaks) managed to reveal Samsung Galaxy A55 design in renders.
Similar to Galaxy S24 flagships, the renders of Samsung Galaxy A55 showcase flat edge design. Notably, the device is likely to bring metal frame rather than the conventional material. In terms of dimensions, the device will roughly measure 161.1 x 77.3 / 77.9 x 8.2mm.
Check renders below:
Galaxy A55 Specs [Rumored]
6.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 120Hz refresh rate, Full HD+ resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
Exynos 1480 chipset, AMD GPU
Rear Cameras –
50MP primary camera, OIS, 12MP ultra-wide lens,5MP macro sensor
Front Camera –
Battery & Charging –
5,000mAh, 25W fast charging
Flagship phones to get more pricey as Samsung hikes camera sensor prices
Camera-centric flagship smartphones could be expensive as Samsung has increased the price of ISOCELL image sensors. As camera sensors are one of the most expensive parts, it could increase the price of 2024 flagships.
While companies are working hard to improve the smartphone camera experience, flagship models with cameras as their core selling point are likely to become more expensive. The main reason is that Samsung has increased the price of its components.
The smartphone industry has slowed down over the past few years, leaving manufacturers involved in component production with excess inventory. Samsung is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of CMOS sensors, which are used in its own phones and those of other brands.
As the smartphone market slowly grows, Samsung has reportedly sent notices to phone manufacturers to increase the price of its imaging sensors by 25%. The new prices may take effect in early 2024. Samsung’s increase in the price of imaging sensors will mainly affect sensors of 32 million pixels and above.
This could force smartphone manufacturers to increase the cost of high-end smartphones. Meanwhile, Samsung’s rivals in the field, Sony and OmniVision, have yet to announce price increases.
Nintendo may use Samsung OLED display on its new console
Nintendo is in talks with Samsung Display for supply of the next-generation OLED panels, following Valve’s SteamDeck. Both companies initially considered China’s BOE as a supplier but changed way to Samsung due to the burden of the risk arising from the patent infringement lawsuit.
According to the report, Japan’s Nintendo is known to have requested the supply of OLED panels from Samsung Display, following Valve. These companies negotiated with China’s BOE to lower device prices, but it is said that they chose Samsung Display panels.
In June 2022, Samsung Display filed a patent infringement lawsuit against China’s BOE in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The technology that Samsung Display claims to be infringing on is five OLED display patents for all products released after the iPhone 12.
Last December, Samsung Display filed a complaint with the ITC against 17 US parts wholesalers to keep BOE in check, asking the ITC to stop using parts and panels that infringe on the company’s ‘Diamond Pixel’.
Accordingly, BOE filed a countersuit in Chongqing’s First Intermediate People’s Court in May against Samsung Display China and Samsung Elec China, claiming patent infringement.