Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs Galaxy Z Fold 2: How Much Better Is The Upgrade?

Let's see how the brand new phones compare to their predecessors.


Samsung has just announced its latest foldable smartphones at the Galaxy UNPACKED 2021 event. These smartphones are the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. Out of the two, the former is the pricier one as it unfolds into a tablet.

Not only are these phones equipped with top specs, but they are also sturdy and more optimized than their corresponding previous versions. These improvements are certainly a move to attract more buyers as Samsung hopes to make the foldable phones mainstream in the future.

It wasn’t so long ago Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 2, its predecessor, was launched. Therefore, it is interesting to see how much the smartphone giant has improved its product this time.

Here is a direct specs comparison between Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 2, ranging from processor to battery backup.

Z Fold 3 vs Z Fold 2: Head-to-head Specs Comparison

SpecsZ Fold 3Z Fold 2
Processor5nm 64-bit Octa-core7nm 64-bit Octa-core
Cover Screen6.2-inches
Dynamic AMOLED 2X
120Hz Refresh Rate
60Hz refresh rate
Main Screen7.6-inches
Dynamic AMOLED 2X
120Hz refresh rate
Dynamic AMOLED 2X
120Hz refresh rate
Screen ProtectionIPX8, Corning Gorilla Glass VictusCorning Gorilla Glass Victus
Rear Camera12MP Ultrawide
12MP Wide-angle
12MP Telephoto
12MP Ultrawide
12MP Wide-angle
12MP Telephoto
Cover Camera10MP10MP
Third Camera4MP (under-display)10MP
OSAndroid 11Android 10
Storage256GB/512GB UFS 3.1256GB/512GB UFS 3.1
NetworkSupports 5GSupports 5G
Battery4400 mAh4500 mAh
Styli supportedS Pen Fold Edition
S Pen Pro

Z Flip 3 vs Z Flip 2 Comparison: Takeaway

Interestingly, you might notice there are only marginal improvements in several aspects. That’s because Z Fold 2 already boasted the best-in-class specs, all it needed was the chinks to be ironed out — and this is what Samsung has seemingly done. The sturdy display and durable build that comes with the new Z Fold make sure that people who buy this expensive phone, do not find it to be a fragile toy.

With future iterations, Samsung would likely use a similar approach and make these foldable smartphones an attractive investment for more consumers.

Based on the comparison, would you upgrade from Z Fold 2 to Z Fold 3? Tell us your opinion in the comments below.

Priye Rai

Priye Rai

Priye is a tech writer who writes about anything remotely related to tech, including gaming, smartphones, social media, etc. He prefers to be called a "video game journalist" and grimaces when he doesn't get to be "Player 1." If you want to share feedback or talk about games, reach out to @priyeakapj on Twitter.
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