Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs. Galaxy Z Fold 2: Should you upgrade?

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Vs 3 Holding
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Vs 3 Holding (Image credit: Nick Sutrich / Android Central)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

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The Galaxy Z Fold 3 features a range of refinements that make it a desirable upgrade. Samsung is using a new plastic layer for the screen that feels like glass, the phone has IPX8 water resistance, and both the inner and outer screens now go up to 120Hz. And best of all, you can use the S Pen with the Z Fold 3, making it that much more useful as a productivity device.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Better in every way

More durable design
120Hz panels both inside and out
Works with S Pen
High-end internal hardware
IPX8 water resistance
Hole punch camera is covered by a grid of pixels
Prohibitively costly
Same rear cameras as Z Fold 2
Under-display camera is questionable quality

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

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The Galaxy Z Fold 2 still has a lot to offer, but when seen against the Z Fold 3, it doesn't quite measure up. There's no water resistance, the plastic coating covering the screen doesn't feel great in daily use and is prone to scratches, and the outer screen is limited to 60Hz. If you're frustrated by these shortcomings, you'll want to switch to the Z Fold 3.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

Outmatched

Similar design as Z Fold 3
High-end internals
Durable hinge
Decent cameras
No water resistance
Plastic screen coating gets scratched
Outer screen is 60Hz
Costlier than Z Fold 3

Samsung is ready for foldables to go mainstream, and that's evident once you look at the changes introduced with its latest launch. The South Korean brand is now positioning foldables as its second flagship series in lieu of the Galaxy Note series, and that gives us a good indication as to where Samsung's priorities lie in this area. So if you're already using the Galaxy Z Fold 2 or any other foldable and are interested in seeing what's new with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, here's what you need to know.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs. Z Fold 2 Design and display

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Vs 3 Displays

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The Galaxy Z Fold 3 ushers a new era of foldables, with Samsung confident enough in the durability of the device to position it as a viable alternative to the Galaxy Note series. While the Z Fold 3 looks largely identical to its predecessor, it is packed with new features that give it a distinct edge.

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a more durable design — and it even gets IPX8 water resistance.

Sure, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 wasn't a bad device by any measure, but Samsung introduced a lot of clever tweaks to the Z Fold 3 that make it a much more enticing option. First among them is the chassis itself; the Z Fold 3 uses a new Armor Aluminum alloy that makes it incredibly durable and resistant to any flexes.

Samsung also beefed up the hinge and made it smoother to use, a key consideration for a device that you'll unfold several times a day. But the biggest change has to do with the screen: Samsung is using a new PET screen cover that makes mimics the feel of glass. The Z Fold 2 has a plastic screen protector that feels flimsy and is prone to scratches, but that is not the case with the Z Fold 3; the new cover means interacting with the phone is as seamless as any of the best Android phones.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Vs 3 Front Displays<