Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Impressions: Design Refresh!

[Music] hey what's up mkbhd here samsung had their foldy event today which means i get to show you the phones that i got to play with behind the scenes a little bit before they came out which is as we expected two folding phones so we've got the galaxy z fold three with a better cover screen more durable folding glass s pen support it's got an under display selfie camera i made an entire separate hands-on video with this phone it'll be the first thing to hold that like button definitely check it out it's really nice but then also there's this guy the z flip three and while honestly this feels like a less surprising pretty modest update comparably of all the folding phones this is actually the one that i feel like i'm most likely to start recommending to regular people they've made a lot of good calls here so the z-flip and z-flip 5g have been out for a little bit what were people asking for from a new flipping phone so a better bigger cover screen a high fresh rate main screen and lower the price a little bit okay check check and kind of check so let's just start with the price the flip 3 is going to start at 9.99 which is its lowest ever price it's the lowest price of any of their folding phones uh but the baseline version of it now has 128 gigs of storage where the previous flips all had higher prices but they all started at 256.

So they've made a lower priced version thus having a lowest ever price but you can see how they've sort of turned that narrative a little bit i still think 999 is pretty clutch though because while it is definitely still expensive it's now in line with some other regular flagship smartphones people are going to be considering buying it just happens to be the one that's folding in half so i'm happy to see this lower price but the inside screen the folding display which is still the same size and aspect ratio is also now 120 hertz which is great everything is now benefiting from being super smooth and you can always turn that down to 60 hertz if you want to literally feels like the iphone will be the last flagship to go higher fresh rate but that's the conversation for another day and all of this is wrapped in a design refresh that includes a larger and more functional cover display going from that tiny 1.1 inch screen from before to a 1.9 inch cover screen now it's not quite the huge 2.7 inch screen on the razer but this is a much bigger window and it makes a huge difference so by default it's still just going to be showing you the time which is the same as before cool plus you get the battery and the date but now swiping over to those different widgets and quick actions is way more functional and comfortable now it's not that tiny postage stamp size screen you've got music controls alarms timers and they're now an actually usable size and so this is the stuff you don't always want to have to open the phone to get to but the most important thing is notifications so if you swipe to the left of the time you get all the notifications on your phone and yes you can read more than one and you can actually swipe to dismiss individual notifications and you can actually manage them properly from the outside display that is beautiful so you can of course dive into the settings and customize a little more of what happens on this outside screen samsung's built a bunch of neat time animations so if you want a little more color or if you want to keep it clean or maybe you want multiple clocks for different time zones there's a lot to play with here and then you can even add or subtract widgets you don't use so i know i'd probably add in the weather widget and the calendar for myself and you can reorder them all of that is great and you always know what to expect when you swipe so overall that's a pretty big usability improvement for the outside screen on the flip of course it can still be your camera viewfinder when taking photos with the primary dual cameras it still shows you the phone number the name of whoever's calling you all that good stuff is still here just bigger and i don't know about you but i'm kind of liking this new dual tone design honestly if you didn't have any logos on it like if you just told a younger version of me that this was a folding pixel i probably would have believed you it kind of looks like the aesthetic from that panda pixel 2 but the sides are a little bit flatter too which definitely helps with modernizing it a bit and it feels good in the hand plus the new hinge is improved again and it's improved to the point where the whole phone is now ipx8 water resistant which is pretty sweet uh that means you can dunk the phone in water drop it in a puddle or spill something on it momentarily and it'll be fine which is cool now ipx8 does not mean dust resistant unfortunately the stuff that usually ends up plaguing folding phones like the grit and stuff that gets in the hinge can still make it through there so it's not certified to block that stuff out but it's cool to see a watertight seal but also they tossed in some better speakers this time so the original flips just had this one not that great speaker at the bottom and the earpiece now flip 3 actually gets a much improved speaker in the same spot and there are dolby atmos stereo speakers now so new gorilla glass invictus on the back same fingerprint reader on the power button this is nice this is a nice package this is a really nice folding phone design in 2021 now this doesn't go as far into the high end as the fold three so it doesn't have s pen support even though it does have 30 stronger screen protector on the inside folding glass and it also doesn't have the under display selfie camera it still has the hole punch but as far as the most reasonable folding phone put together so far in 2021 i mean this one i think this one takes the crown it has the flagship specs snapdragon 8 and 8 gigs of ram it has flagship cameras a standard and an ultra wide the battery is the same size as last year so that could be the only concern now that we just got high refresh rate but then putting this all in nicely designed water resistant refresh at 9.99 to me this has serious potential and even if this doesn't turn out to be the one that a lot of people start buying the trajectory is pretty good of getting down that price and making it as close to a regular phone as possible but all that being said i still have to test this phone i'm going to be reviewing it very soon so make sure you subscribe to see that if you haven't already and of course check out the fold three because you might be into that bigger more high end more interesting look again it's the link below but either way that's been it catch you guys the next one peace

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Durability Test – Fake Folding Glass?!

Samsung just released a new folding phone with a bolt claim that it has revolutionary flexible glass like it says here on their website we'll be putting that to the test today this is the Samsung Z flip or the flips depending on how you open the box it does come with a case one for each half of the phone kind of nice Samsung says this is a statement smartphone for people who want to stand out a phone that demands attention and I'd have to agree the ability to fold your phone in half is genuinely crazy and by crazy I mean crazy awesome we can now have a full sized phone and a compact design that takes up half the space the future is amazing it's time for a durability test let's go I mean let's get started [Music] [Applause] [Music] starting off pay very close attention to this first warning and remember it it says avoid pressing hard on the screen or the front camera lens tap the screen lightly to keep it safe Samsung said at their launch event that they've done the impossible and created ultra-thin glass that folds this glass can be folded over 200,000 times Samsung said when you fold it you're not just bending glass you're bending the laws of physics but that warning included on the phone isn't as confidence inducing as Samsung's launch event attempted to be it does feel nice though this type of fold is definitely my favorite so far I like having a phone that folds instead of having a tablet that folds there are two things I noticed right off the bat with the Z flip one is the crease here still along the center not a big deal there's also a small divot in the display above the front-facing camera lens you can see the curve of my lights along with the bend of the surface of that display the Samsung logo along the spine gets entirely covered up when the phone is open this new hinge design apparently has thin brushes inside to keep out dust we'll test that later there's also no screen lifting off the frame like we saw on the Motorola RAZR which probably makes this design much safer and more long-term there is a bit of a gap between the two halves of the phone when it's closed also fine and it makes sense because if the screen really is glass we can't have glass clacking against glass every time the phone gets closed that just wouldn't end well speaking of things not ending well it's time to see if this material really is glass or not I've been doing the same durability test on every major new smartphone since the galaxy s6 came out five years ago it is an expensive hobby yes but I think it's fairly useful in finding out what your phone is made from and how well it'll handle everyday life plastic as we know scratches at level two or three real glass would scratch it a five or six and sapphire would scratch at an eight or nine right under diamonds which are level ten as my first most pick touches the display of the galaxy Z flip we can see marks start to appear this is rather unfortunate continuing onward we can see deeper grooves happening at a level three this is exactly how a plastic screen would react exactly like we saw in the Galaxy fold the Motorola RAZR and basically every other plastic screen smartphone ever made for kicks and giggles we can bump it up to a level four and I could physically feel the tip of the pic start to cut the display surface open so why in the world would Samsung talk about flexible glass so much on their website and at the launch of it it could be that they are using a hybrid plastic polymer with little specks of glass ingredients inside and then just you know calling a glass but that doesn't really seem like a very nice thing to be doing if a company says glass their customers will think of a hard clear material that has excellent scratch resistance from a durability perspective that scratch resistance is the primary reason that glass is used on basically every smartphone display Samsung is calling this glass but this display clearly doesn't have the scratch resistance or structural benefits that customers are expecting from glass if glass isn't glass then truth doesn't matter and truth should matter this isn't American politics Samsung is currently the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world and we shouldn't be calling this screen glass when clearly my fingernail is leaving marks on the surface over and over I'm not sure what Samsung's thinking over there but we clearly have scratches at levels two three four and fingernail I don't know what material this is but Samsung definitely shouldn't be calling it glass and I'm disappointed even if I jump up here to the front facing ten megapixel selfie camera the surface is covered in that same so-called glass material and can still be scratched with my fingernail I'll come back to this again in just a second the raised screen bump around the edge of the screen is made from plastic this is the same thing we saw in the Galaxy fold this guy kind of holds the screen in place and keeps people from peeling off the top layer [Music] the volume rocker is made from metal the recessed power button here on the side is stretchable I'll set my finger print and see if it still works don't mind my thumb by the way I smashed it with a TV a few weeks ago now the phone is still able to be unlocked even though the fingerprint scanner is damaged but to test it some more I added some more scratches and after the additional scratches are in place my fingerprints stopped working interesting the frame of the galaxy z flip is made from metal and down here along the bottom you have more metal alongside the singular loudspeaker the USBC port and you know the no headphone jack the whole frame of the phone seems to be made from metal which is a good thing and will hopefully keep the phone together during the bin test later there are a few plastic antenna lines and a removable SIM card tray but no expandable memory the center hinge mechanism is made from metal which that Samsung logo recessed into the spine each of the tiny letters is made from a piece of shiny foil that is glued inside the cavity these will probably never fall out on their own but it's interesting to see what the Z flip is made from the rear panels are made from glass both the top and the bottom sections this mirror purple is kind of growing on me it gradually switches between purple and blue depending on how the light is shining on it there are two cameras on the back a 12 megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and they 12 megapixel normal camera both covered in real scratch resistant glass I think the fingerprints are getting a bit out of hand though thanks to our channel sponsored D brand for hooking me up with the limited edition robot camo each of these fingerprint fighting skins are totally unique no two phones will be the same and the individual drawings are super intricate and are currently available for every phone that D brand covers not just the galaxy Z flip I got one added to the back of the grip case for my note 10 plus since the grip case has the cutout for skins and can be swapped out whenever kind of fun I'll leave a link down in the description if you want to pick up some robot camo or a case for your own phone one cool thing about the folds is that has the world's tiniest viewfinder for selfie taking I can double click the power button and it lets me see myself and take a cute little pic thumbs up for that will perform the world's smallest scratch test on it and moving up through Mohs scale of hardness we can see that pics 1 through 5 don't leave any marks like we would expect we only see scratches starting at a level 6 with deeper grooves at a level 7 which is the scratch resistance we expect from anything with the word glass in the name anything that scratches earlier should not be called glass even if the Z flip displayed does hypothetically have glass ingredients in it we shouldn't be calling it glass unless it has the properties of glass I can't go make a pile of mud sprinkle in some chocolate chips and then call my mudda cookie just because it has some of the ingredients of a cookie that shouldn't be allowed but then display lasted about 15 seconds under the heat from my lighter when I pulled the flame away there were burn marks still left on the screen and it did not recover one really interesting thing though if you watch again is that you can physically see the screen change shape as the heat from my lighter heats it up plastic of course is affected by the temperature of my lighter glass however would not be physically affected in the same way as the surface cools down the shape of the screen returns to normal let's start with the slam shut test you know if you get a little aggressive with hanging up on someone after a phone call and you smash the phone closed we got to see if the phone survives it does have the physical raised bumpers all along the outer edge of the screen those bumpers are absorbing most of the slamming force and the screen is still in one piece of course the phone is meant to fold inwards Samsung said it was survived 200 thousand times which is a hundred eighty two times a day and if you plan on keeping your phone for three years bending back the opposite direction though is a different story with the first flex we get a small separation of the frame near the antenna line and the top half bumper started coming loose but the screen of the Z flip is still entirely intact and in one piece they still shuts and opens with no grinding of the hinge we'll try it again you can see the back panels of the phone meet in the center providing more support to keep the phone from bending backwards and the phone hinge does a really good job of keeping the phone shape for the most part only on our third bin did we finally hear a snap from the frame near that power button and even then the so-called glass screen of the Z flip is still intact folding screens are pretty resilient even though the phone doesn't really shut quite right anymore it's physically withstanding quite a bit more abuse than I initially thought it could only now after all its previous bins and cracks does the back panel shatter it's only a cosmetic wound since the display is still working just fine and this is good to know all the important things are still functional you might be asking hey Jerry what if there is a super thin layer of glass on top of the display if that were true we would start to see fractures and cracks from that nano layer but instead we only see the tip of my most pics cutting into the plastic like we would see with any piece of plastic that gets cut the screen is in no way scratch resistant whatsoever and if poked hard enough the pixels will still get damaged it does survive my bin test however and everything is still functional this is certainly the most durable folding phone we've seen yet Samsung did say that they designed this new hinge with little tiny fibers inside or little brushes to keep out dust and dirt from the folding bits it'll be awesome to see what this looks like from the inside during the teardown so make sure you're subscribed to that after pouring my rocks on the screen and making sure they cover the entire phone just like it would if you dropped it when you accidentally go outside initially I could hear a few little complaints of the dust inside the hinge [Music] but after blowing all the dust off those complaints mostly went away this new hinge design might actually be the start to something really good but the real danger of calling something glass means that people will think they have the protection of glass when that clearly is not the case glass distributes pressure along the whole phone while this plastic allows that pressure to get in and damage pixels you can see that each pressure point for my pick kills the line of pixels directly above it this would not happen if the screen were glass and it's dangerous to let people walk around with that false sense of security like Samsung gives them when they call it glass and that's not all each of these puncture wounds does let air get inside the sealed OLED layers which kills even more pixels a puncture or cut in the plastic screen is a cancer that will eventually spread across the whole display yeah I sound a bit apocalyptic but it's important to know what your phone is capable of and what might damage it so remember the Samsung Z flip does not have a true glass screen and it's still very fragile that being said it's also still pretty awesome Samsung should just correct their verbage let me know what you think of Samsung's verbage down in the comments if you enjoyed this durability test come check out my last video we monitored a wheelchair to go on a safari in Africa it turned out pretty cool coming out with me on Instagram and Twitter and thanks a ton for watching I'll see you around

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