The newest Galaxy Z Fold is here, meaning there’s new hardware for you to know about, and last year’s model will now be available for a lower cost. If you’ve wanted to buy yourself this folding device for a while now, you probably want to know whether or not the new device is worth the extra money or how it’s different. If so, here’s our comparison of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 against the Z Fold 2.
For interested buyers, the third generation Z Fold can now be preordered on Samsung’s website and will be available for sale from August 27th at a starting price of $1,799.99.
Design and Display
The design Samsung introduced with the Galaxy Z Fold 2 made significant strides compared to the first generation. It was thinner and much better looking, with a large cover display and an Infinity-O panel for both screens. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 continues on a similar wavelength by further reducing almost every dimension. It’s now 6.4mm thick at the hinge when unfolded versus the 6.9mm of Z Fold 2. These changes effectively mean the Z Fold 3 is more compact and easier to hold, but Samsung has kept the display sizes from last year — a huge plus!
But keep your focus on the displays because that’s also the second differentiating factor between the two devices. It’s not one based on dimensions but rather a hardware advancement. While the cover displays have nearly identical resolutions at (2268×832) on the Z Fold 3 and (2260×816) on the Z Fold 2, the new model’s screen now refreshes at 120Hz compared to 60Hz. And for the inner panel, Samsung is using an under-display camera, allowing them to provide users with a full-screen experience.
The Z Fold 3 uses a new ECO2 panel for a 7.6-inch 120Hz AMOLED display. It also features a new protective film, which Samsung claims is 80 percent more durable than the last version they shipped. We believe this new panel is also more responsive and plays a significant role in making the new phone S-Pen compatible. In terms of size and refresh rate, the Z Fold 2 had a similar 7.6-inch 120Hz panel.
Focusing on other physical aspects, the Z Fold 3 and Z Fold 2 feature Gorilla Glass Victus for the cover display and an aluminum frame. The one used on the Z Fold 3 is now called Armor Aluminum which Samsung claims is ten percent stronger than before. But a welcome addition is that Samsung now rates the Fold 3 to have IPX8 water resistance, a standard unavailable until now on foldable devices from the Korean OEM.
To ensure these devices never give up when required, driving them are flagship chipsets from Qualcomm. The Z Fold 2 featured the 7nm Snapdragon 865 Plus, whereas the Z Fold 3 features this year’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 888 5G. According to Qualcomm, the new chipset brings 25 percent better CPU performance and a 35 percent improvement in GPU results. So while the Z Fold 2 is no slouch, the Z Fold 3 does have a significant generational advantage.
Supporting the SoC, you’ll find 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage on both phones.
If you’re an avid smartphone photographer, last year’s Z Fold 2 was said by many to feature a set of sensors that were not the best, but delivered great shots, deeming it better than acceptable. According to the rumors we reported upon earlier, Samsung includes a familiar camera setup on the Z Fold 3.
Both the Z Fold 2 and Z Fold 3 feature a rear setup consisting of a 12MP ultra-wide, a 12MP wide with OIS and Dual Pixel Auto Focus, and a 12MP telephoto with OIS and 2x Zoom. The front camera on the cover display has the same 10MP unit. The shooter on the internal display is 10MP on the Z Fold 2, while the Z Fold 3 has a 4MP under-display camera.
As mentioned earlier, the Z Fold 3 features reduced dimensions, resulting in Samsung packing a marginally smaller 4400mAh cell in the foldable compared to the 4500mAh one found in the Z Fold 2. Nevertheless, both phones support wireless charging (even reverse) and 25W wired charging to ready up for a day of use.
That’s how the Z Fold 3 compares to the last generation. While the changes may not seem significant enough, this new iteration’s compact, water-resistant design and lower starting price are welcome. The added S-Pen support also makes it more of an option for those who like Samsung’s Note lineup.
Before we end, Samsung also announced the sporty Galaxy Watch 4 and traditional timepiece-like Galaxy Watch 4 Classic at the event, so make sure to read our report on those. If you’re interested in making a purchase, read our guide on the best bands available for these products and see how it compares to Apple’s Series 6.
Best deals today: Google Pixel 6 Pro, Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop, iPad Pro, and more
Google Pixel 6 Pro
Amazon’s latest deals come with excellent news for Pixel fans. The Google Pixel 6 Pro is now available for just $649 after receiving a very attractive discount that will get you $250 savings. The Google Pixel 6 Pro usually sells for $899, and it comes packed with Google’s proprietary Tensor chip, 128GB storage, 12GB RAM, a killer camera that will deliver some of the best shots on the market and other great features. This model also comes fully unlocked so that you can use it on the network of your choice.
Suppose you want a more affordable option that also sports the same fast and snappy software and a fantastic camera. In that case, you can also check out the regular Google Pixel 6 that now goes for just $499 after receiving a $100 discount. And if that’s still too much for your budget, you can also consider purchasing a new 2022 version of the Moto G Stylus that now sells for $200 after scoring the same $100 savings.
Google Pixel 6 Pro
The Google Pixel 6 Pro is the first flagship-level offering from Google after it spent a year away with mid-ranged devices. It features a 120Hz 1440p display and a triple camera system with all-new optics.
Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop
We have also spotted some interesting deals for gamers, as the Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop is now available for $3,208 after receiving a 13 percent discount that translates to more than $490 savings. This deal also comes with a special promo that will get you 6 free months of VEGAS Post 365, an amazing video tool for creators that includes everything you need for video editing, motion graphics, image composition, live streaming, and sound design.
The Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop comes packed with a powerful 14-core Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD storage, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics, and a 15.6-inch QHD display that will deliver up to 240Hz refresh rates. And if you’re looking for something a bit more affordable, you can also consider going for the Razer Blade 15, which comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and 15.6-inch FHD display with 360Hz that sells for $1,999 after scoring a 26 percent discount that will get you $700 savings. And you can complete your gaming package with a HyperX Pulsefire Dart Wireless RGB Gaming Mouse that sells for $40 after an insane 60 percent discount.
Razer Blade 15
The Razer Blade 15 features a powerful 14-core Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD storage, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics, and a 15.6-inch QHD display.
11-inch iPad Pro
Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro has been receiving tons of attention during the last couple of weeks, and you can now get yours for as low as $700 after the latest 12 percent discount that will get you $100 savings on the Wi-Fi-only model that packs 128GB storage space under the hood. This model also features a stunning 11-inch Liquid Retina Display with ProMotion, Apple’s M1 processor, an all-day battery, and support for the second-generation Apple Pencil that’s now available for just $99.
If you want more storage space and a $149 discount, you can also opt for the 1TB model in Space Gray that now sells for $1,350 after seeing a 10 percent discount. However, Amazon is also letting you save on some of its Fire tablets, starting with the Fire HD 8, which now sells for $50 after a $40 discount on its 32GB storage model with an ad-supported lock screen. And if you want a larger display, you can also consider the Fire HD 10 tablet that now sells for $100 after a $50 discount.
Apple 11-inch iPad Pro
Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro comes powered by Apple’s M1 processor, which means you get the same performance as its larger brother, but with a smaller canvas.
Jabra Elite 85t
Jabra is also starting to give us incredible deals on some of the company’s best earphones, starting with the Jabra Elite 85t that are now listed for just $140. These excellent, truly wireless earbuds with advanced noise-canceling usually sell for $230, which means that you can purchase a pair and take advantage of this $90 discount. However, you will have to stick with the Titanium Black and Copper Black color options, as the Gold Beige variant is even more expensive than the regular models.
The Jabra Elite 85t will deliver up to 25 hours of battery life with their wireless charging case, crystal clear calls, and other great features. However, you can also opt for a more affordable pair of Jabra Elite 7 Active in-Ear Bluetooth Earbuds that now sell for $116 after a $64 discount.
And if that’s still too much for your wallet, you can also consider heading over to Woot.com, where you will find the third generation AirPods selling for just $110 after a 39 percent discount, or get the AirPods Pro for $135 after a 46 percent discount. Just remember that these earphones are available in Grade A Refurbished condition before you pull the trigger.
Jabra Elite 85t
The Jabra Elite 85t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds feature cutting-edge technology for crystal clear calls and an outstanding music experience that will go for up to 25 hours, thanks to its compact Qi-certified charging case.
Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 G95NA Gaming Monitor
Finally, we have the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 Gaming Monitor receiving a massive 30 percent discount, which means you can take this baby home for $1,600. The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 Gaming Monitor usually sells for $1,600, so this deal will get you $600 savings. It also comes with a curved 4K UHD Mini LED display capable of reaching 240Hz refresh rates, 1ms response times, and other great features.
You can also get the same 49-inch curved monitor with a QLED display and 120Hz refresh rates for $900 after a $300 discount, in case you’re budget is limited. However, if you can go all out, we suggest you check out the latest 55-inch Odyssey Ark 4K UHD 165Hz 1ms Quantum Mini-LED Curved Gaming Screen, which is now receiving a $100 discount when you reserve yours. It is now available for $3,500, in case you’re interested.
Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 G95NA Gaming Monitor
The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 Gaming Monitor comes with a curved 4K UHD Mini LED display capable of reaching 240Hz refresh rates, 1ms response times, and other great features.
Top 7 Android 13 hidden features you might not know about
Google released Android 13 to the general public yesterday. The update is now available for all the eligible Google Pixel phones, while the devices from other Android manufacturers will receive it “later this year.” As we noted in our comparison post of Android 13 and Android 12, the new OS isn’t a major upgrade over the last year’s software, but it includes some minor changes and new features that make the whole user experience much better.
We have been playing with Android 13 for quite some time now, and we have spotted many small features throughout the operating system that you might not be aware of. Here are the top 7 hidden features in Android 13 that you should check out:
Android 13 Hidden Features
View 7-Day History in Privacy Dashboard
One of the best features of Android 13 is that it unifies the Security and Privacy settings, making it easier to discover all the features under one section. Interestingly, one of the hidden features of Android 13 is in the new Privacy Dashboard itself.
While the Privacy Dashboard is also available on devices with Android 12, the new operating system shows the sensitive permissions that apps have accessed not only in the last 24 hours but also in the last seven days. This 7-day view gives you a clearer idea of which apps are accessing sensitive permissions again and again. The feature, however, hasn’t rolled out on Pixel devices yet but is expected to be available in the near future.
Third-Party File Managers Can No Longer Access Android Data and Obb folders
If you have ever installed apps using third-party app stores or APK files, you must have used the /Android/data and /Android/obb folders. These folders are accessible via all the File Managers on Android. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to do so on Android 13 when using a third-party file manager, as Google is restricting access to these folders in the latest OS.
Launch Multiple Instances of Same App in Split-Screen Mode
Split-screen mode is gaining a number of new features with Android 13. First, the new OS brings a new way to launch split-screen mode directly from the notification shade. You can now simply long press on notifications and drag them to enter the split-screen mode.
Moreover, you can now launch a second instance of the same app when in split-screen view. For example, you can launch two Google Chrome windows side-by-side in split-screen mode. The feature is a part of large screen optimizations in Android 13. It is, however, worth pointing out that all the apps do not support this feature at launch, and developers will have to update their apps to bring support for this feature.
Clipboard Will Autoclear After 1 Hour
Android 13 comes with a revamped clipboard overlay. It not only allows you to view and edit the contents of your clipboard without pasting it anywhere, but it also provides relevant options depending upon the type of content you copy. For example, you’ll see an option to open a web browser when you copy a link. Similarly, you’ll see a photo editor option if you copy an image.
One less-known feature of Android 13’s clipboard is that it automatically clears all the contents that are older than 1 hour. Be it a picture, text, or link, the OS will clear the content of the keyboard after one hour. The feature has been implemented to improve the performance and security of the OS. It is already available in Google’s Gboard keyboard app, but Android 13 implements this feature system-wide.
Control Smart Home Devices Without Unlocking Your Phone
In Android 13, Google has added an option in Android 13’s Lock Screen settings that allows you to bypass the lock screen and control some smart home gadgets without unlocking your phone. While the previous version of Android also came with a similar ability, it didn’t allow users to control smart home devices without unlocking their smartphone, making the entire experience feel slow and clunky. In the new OS, smart home devices can be controlled more quickly thanks to the new option.
Quick Settings Tiles for One-Handed Mode and QR Code Scanner
Google introduced the one-handed mode with Android 12. It works pretty much like iOS, wherein you have to swipe down from the bottom of the screen to down bring the contents on top of the display. If you don’t like to activate the feature via the gesture, or find it hard to do so, Android 13 allows you to add a quick access toggle to trigger one-handed mode in the Quick Settings menu. In addition to this, Google has also added a dedicated QR code scanner in the quick settings menu. You can now swipe down and scan a QR code with just a few taps.
Cinematic Wallpapers and Wallpaper Dimming
Android 13 features a new WallpaperEffects API that makes the wallpaper move when your phone moves. Interestingly, it doesn’t require users to download compatible wallpapers. In fact, users can apply it to their current wallpapers as well. There is also a new wallpaper dimming feature that darkens your current wallpaper, so bright/vibrant wallpapers become less blinding.
Despite being a relatively small upgrade over last year’s Android 12, Android 13 offers several useful features (and stability improvements) that enhance the overall experience. Additionally, these hidden features further add to the quality of the experience. Have you installed Android 13 on your device yet? How has your experience been? Let us know in the comments section below!
Best deals today: Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Studio, Sony’s Xperia PRO-I, and more
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio
This week is packed with tons of great savings for those interested in a new laptop, PC, smartphone, and other great products. First up, we have the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio that is currently receiving a very compelling 19 percent discount, which leaves it up for grabs at $2,180. The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio usually sells for $2,700, the latest offer will help you score more than $500 savings, and the best part is that you will get tons of power. This model features a large 14.4-inch touchscreen display, an Intel Core i7 processor, a whopping 32GB storage space, and 1TB of internal SSD storage space.
Of course, you can also browse through the other configurations to see if something else fits your budget. For instance, you can try going for the Intel Core i7 model with 16GB RAM and 512GB storage that sells for $1,799 after scoring a $300 discount.
And suppose you’re more interested in buying a Mac. In that case, you can check out the latest deals on the M2-powered MacBook Air or the latest iMac sales event that will let you purchase a refurbished model starting at $215 if you can live with the 2015 model that comes with a 21.5-inch display, 8GB RAM, 1TB SATA storage and an Intel Core i5 processor under the hood. You will also find the latest 24-inch iMac Model and other great options on sale, but hurry before they sell out.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio
The Surface Laptop Studio is Microsoft’s best and most powerful business laptop created for Windows 11. It comes with top-of-the-line specs, an elegant design, and other great features.
Sony Xperia PRO-I
Moving on, we have the Sony Xperia PRO-I 5G receiving a 33 percent discount that translates to more than $600 savings. This model now sells for just $1,198, and it comes with a large 6.5-inch HDR OLED display that will deliver 120Hz refresh rates, a massive 1-inch image sensor on its triple camera array, and more.
The Sony Xperia PRO-I is on sale on Amazon and Adorama, and the best part is that you will get the chance to purchase the same device with the same 512GB storage, 12GB RAM, and processor for the same price.
And of course, you can also count on Samsung to deliver great deals on its Galaxy devices. You can now buy a new Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus for $800 after picking up a $200 discount that represents 20 percent savings. In addition, this model comes with 128GB storage space, 8GB RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, and other amazing features.
Xperia PRO-I 5G
The Xperia PRO-I 5G is one of Sony’s latest smartphones, and it is a great option for users who want to have an excellent camera on their mobile devices.
Sony 4K Ultra HD TV A80K Series
Sony’s 4K Ultra HD TV A80K Series BRAVIA XR OLED smart Google TV is also on sale. Today’s best savings come with the 55-inch model that sells for $1,498 after picking up a 25 percent discount representing $501.99 savings. In addition, the 65 and 77-inch models are also on sale, as they’re also receiving a $501.99 discount. In other words, you can get your new smart TV for $1,798 on its 65-inch version and $2,998 on the more prominent 77-inch version.
Today’s deals include [Amazon’s Echo Show 15(https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MQLDFF6?), which sells for $190 after getting a $60 discount. Indeed, this is by no means a smart TV alternative, but its large 15.6-inch FHD display will also let you stream your favorite content from Prime TV, Netflix, Disney Plus, and more.
Sony A80K Series BRAVIA XR Smart TV
The Sony A80K Series BRAVIA XR Smart TV comes with amazing features, including Dolby Vision HDR, exclusive features for the PlayStation 5, Sony’s Cognitive Processor XR and more.
Samsung Super Ultrawide Dual QHD Monitor
And since we’re talking about large displays, we must also include the Samsung Super Ultrawide Dual QHD Monitor that now sells for $1,030 after receiving an 18 percent discount that translates to $230 savings. This huge monitor features QLED technology with 4ms response time, USB-C connectivity, 120Hz refresh rates, and more.
However, you can also opt for more affordable options, including the ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ 27-inch Curved Monitor that sells for $247 after seeing a 15 percent discount, or go for the AOC U2790VQ 27-inch UHD Frameless Monitor that goes for $210 after a very interesting 22 percent discount.
Samsung Super Ultrawide Dual QHD Monitor
The Samsung Super Ultrawide Dual QHD Monitor features QLED technology with 4ms response time, USB-C connectivity, 120Hz refresh rates, and more to take your gaming experience to new levels.
Finally, the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Premium Noise Canceling Overhead Headphones now sell for just $231. These headphones usually sell for $348, so you can pick up a pair of these amazing headphones and still manage to keep $117 in your pocket. They feature amazing noise canceling, up to 30 hours of listening time, and more. However, this deal is only available on the Black version. And since we’re talking about audio products, we can also mention the latest savings on the Elgato Wave:3 Premium Studio Quality USB Condenser Microphone for Streaming that now goes for $120 after seeing a $30 discount that represents 20 percent savings.
The Sony WH-1000XM4 feature a comfortable design for long hours of use, up to 30 hours of non-stop music, active noise canceling, and more.
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