If you're very online, it's likely you've seen Samsung's new Z Flip 3 pop up on your social feeds. And for a split second, you might've even stopped scrolling and thought about purchasing one of these flippy bois.
While I'd love to tell you whether or not you should buy it, I can't yet. It's only been a few days since Samsung sent me my review unit. But having used the original Z Flip for a short 24 hours back in 2020, I can tell you about some of the notable changes Samsung made to its third-generation foldable.
Here are five things to know about Samsung's Z Flip 3:
I'd really like to see someone drop a Flip 3 from a rooftop.
Sure, the Z Flip series doesn't have as troubled of a past as the original Z Fold did in terms of durability. But that didn't stop Samsung from coating the Flip 3 in as much protective material as possible.
The outside of the phone is made up of "Armor Aluminum," which Samsung claims is its strongest aluminum ever on a Galaxy smartphone. The cover display also features a layer of Corning's Gorilla Glass Victus — which is Corning's strongest glass ever. The main display, on the other hand, is made up of the company's Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) plus a few additional protective layers of plastic.
Are you spotting a pattern here? Because, same. And, to top it all off, it's also IPX8 rated. In plain English, that means you can safely take the phone out in the rain and submerge it in water (5 feet for up to 30 minutes, to be exact).
A CUTE LIL BUNNY. Credit: brenda stolyar / mashable
The Z Flip 3's bigger cover display is already one of my favorite upgrades. The increase from 1.1-inches to 1.9-inches makes a huge difference. You can now see more notifications at once and add useful widgets (like weather, timer, alarms, and today's schedule).
But the best part about it is the new animated clock. You'll have the choice between animals or blob-like formations with eyeballs — both of which change whenever you tap on the cover screen.
It'll definitely eat up your battery life, but the animations are so freakin' cute I don't even mind it. (I can happily sit here and tap on the display all day.)