Samsung is the one that usually kicks off the top mobiles of the second half of the year and, traditionally, at its Unpacked event in August we see new watches, some tablets, and, above all, the Galaxy Note.

However, this year it looks like the Note family is going to take a break, as everything is focused on the new foldable.

And, although they have just been presented, a few days ago we were able to have the phones in our hands and we tell you everything that we have thought of both the Galaxy Fold 3 and the Z Flip 3 in these prints.

The maturity of the Z Flip family is noticeable

I will start with the one that caught my attention the most. And, I think the Z Flip 3 has taken a giant step in terms of quality and feel in hand.

We have a mobile that is very slightly smaller than the previous generation, but on the other hand, it feels more comfortable and, above all, premium. And besides, it's IPX8, so it has more protection than the previous generation.

  Galaxy Z Flip 3
External display 1.9" panel | SuperAMOLED | 260 x 512 pixels | resolution 302 pixels per inch
Internal display 6.7" | Dynamic AMOLED 2X | 2,640 x 1,080 pixels | 425 pixels per | 120 Hz
Processor Snapdragon 888
RAM 8 GB
Storage 128 or 256 GB UFS 3.1
Main cameras 12 Mpx f/1.8 OIS main | 12 Mpx f/2.2 wide-angle
Front camera internal display 10 Mpx f/2.4
Battery 3,300 mAh
Operating system Android 11 + OneUI
Folded dimensions 86.4 x 72.2 x 17.1 mm
Dimensions deployed 166 x 72.2 x 6.9 mm
Weight 183 grams

The screen frames are thinner and are built-in textured aluminum that has a very nice silky feel. The previous one was also metallic, but with a glossy finish that did not give the feeling of being premium, the truth.

The external screen is now useful, as it has grown to 1.9" and we will be able to place different widgets on it. In the previous one, we could see some notifications, the time, and control of the music, but now we have a screen that will be useful in the day-to-day and that contributes to a more top design.

In fact, I really like this concept because it will save us on many occasions to open the mobile for actions as simple as changing songs, seeing a notification that is not urgent, the weather app the calendar, for example.

In this folded format it is a mobile that I love because it fits anywhere and, as I say, I think it has taken a step forward both in quality of materials and in the refined design if we compare it with last year's model.

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When we open it we find a 6.7" screen. It has FullHD+ resolution, is a Dynamic AMOLED 2x panel, and has a refresh rate of 120 Hz, so it is up to the high end as far as
specifications are concerned.

It looks pretty good and Samsung promises it's an 80% stronger panel– something that will have to be seen over time. We were also not told how resistant as to what, whether to bumps or scratches, something that is quite easy to do in this type of panel.

Inside we have the Snapdragon 888 with 8 GB of storage and 128 or 256 GB of UFS 3.1 memory and the battery is 3,300 mAh. Obviously, it goes very fast, but we will talk more about this when we can test it thoroughly.

What we could see is that it maintains that Flex model that adapts certain apps to the screen when we bend it a little.

This is splitting the interface of some compatible apps to display certain main information on the top screen and another type of interface on the bottom screen, which is supported on a table, for example.

Galaxy Z Flip 3 prints
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And in the cameras, we have two cameras on the back of 12 megapixels each both main and wide-angle and at the bottom, in a circle in the center, is the selfie camera. Obviously, we couldn't test the cameras, but that's what the X Flip 3 analysis is for in a few weeks.

As I say, I think it has improved a lot over the previous generation both in features and design and Samsung is clear that it is its most youthful mobile and will accompany it with several covers that are very cool.

Galaxy Z Flip 3 prints
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The price will start from 1,059 euros, being cheaper than the previous generation when it was launched, so we are seeing an attempt to democratize, in a way, the technology of folding.

Improving what was already quite TOP, so is the Galaxy Fold 3

And on the other hand, we have what we can qualify as top of the range, the Fold 3. Here you notice a little less the evolution in materials because the previous generation was already very top, but still, we noticed improvements.

Samsung Galaxy Fold 3 Prints
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On the other hand, it is a mobile that feels like a top of the range and the truth is that you have to wait for the analysis to see how it goes on a day-to-day basis, but it follows the lines of Fold 2 with an external screen that is fully functional and an internal screen that is an absolute pass by colors and brightness.

  Galaxy Fold 3
External display 6.2" panel | Dynamic AMOLED 2X | 24.5:9 | format HD+ resolution of 2,268 x 832 pixels | 387 pixels per | inch 120 Hz
Internal display 7.6" panel | Dynamic AMOLED 2X | Format 22.5:18 | Resolution of 2,208 x 1,768 pixels | 374 pixels per inch | 120 Hz
Processor Snapdragon 888
RAM 12 GB
Storage 256 or 512 GB UFS 3.1
Main cameras 12 Mpx f/1.8 OIS main | 12 Mpx f/2.2 wide angle | 12 Mpx f/2.4 OIS 2x telephoto
Front camera external display 10 Mpx f/2.2
Front camera internal display 4 Mpx f/1.8 | Under the screen
Battery 4,400 mAh
Operating system Android 11 + OneUI
Folded dimensions 158.2 x 67.1 x 16 mm
Dimensions deployed 158.2 x 128.1 x 6.4 mm
Weight 271 grams

Speaking of the panel, we also have that internal screen 80% more resistant and IPX8 protection, as in the Z Flip 3, but as you know, the format changes radically.

Here the idea is to have a tablet and a phone, a two in one and, for this, we have the external screen of 6.2 " with the elongated format, 120 Hz and HD + resolution and an internal one of 7.6 " more square with FullHD + resolution and 120 Hz.

The two screens look really good with very Samsung colors that are vibrant and a tad saturated, but that does not catch us by surprise.

The truth is that, as I say, the experience with the two screens is very good and Samsung wants to give a little more importance to the Fold as a mobile to create content thanks to a new S-PEN that will be compatible with these new foldable.

There will be two models of S-PEN, the Fold Edition that will only be compatible with the Fold and one more 'Pro' that will have a button that will allow us to switch between compatibility with the latest Samsung terminals and foldable ones.

And of course, do not think that the Fold has a little hollow to put the pen, since that would be very intrusive for the battery, for example, and the solution is a cover with a kind of backpack like the one we already saw for the S21 Ultra -analysis-.

Inside we have what we can expect from mobile-like this: Snapdragon 888, 12 GB of memory, and memories of 256 or 512 GB UFS 3.1 and 4.4.00 mAh.

Now, as for the cameras, we have three external 12 megapixels for angular, main, and tele 2 magnification, as well as a selfie camera on the external screen of 10 megapixels and another camera on the internal screen.

Samsung bets on the cameras under the screen and is a sensor of 4 megapixels, but with a huge pixel that allows you to see through the pixels that are just above.

A universe of wearables with the new Buds 2 and Galaxy Watch 4

Galaxy Watch 4

Of course, in addition to new phones, we could also spend a little time with the new generation of wearables.

On the one hand, we have the Galaxy Buds 2, which are headphones that keep that box format so tiny and promise an autonomy of 5 hours with noise cancellation activated and up to 20 hours with the charges of the box.

Each headset has three microphones that will be responsible for capturing external sound to calculate the noise cancellation of three levels for both when we play content and when we call.

In addition, according to Samsung, they can suppress 98% of the external noise at the frequency of 110.36 Hz. It's something very concrete and we'll see how it works on a day-to-day basis.

Music is handled by a dual speaker in each headset and you will be able to easily pair both the watch and Samsung tablets and mobiles, as well as quickly switch between them.

The watches, on the other hand, are the Galaxy Watch 4 and Samsung is going to unify the family, since the Watch 4 Classic is the one with the physical rotating bezel while the Watch 4 is the one that, until now, was the Watch Active. This one has a flat-screen and keeps the digital bezel.

They debut a 5-nanometer processor and the most interesting thing is that they forget about Tizen to bet on Google's WearOS and, in addition, there is a function called Autoapps that automatically installs apps compatible with the watch between the mobile and the Watch itself.

And it is that the Watch 4 model that replaces the Active abandons the curved sides and opts for a flat-screen. It looks different, yes, but the control, the finger-moving on the digital bezel, is not as comfortable as in previous models. Of course, it will have to be tested more thoroughly. 

The session gave for what it gave and we focused on mobiles, but over the next few days, we will bring you the analysis of everything, including the Buds and the two Galaxy Watches.

And yes, we'll see what happens to the Samsung S21 FE that so many voices are calling for, as last year's model came together wonderfully.