Samsung’s successor to the Z Fold 2 could be smaller, but maybe not in the size you want


Samsung’s next Galaxy Z Fold folding phone may have a slightly smaller screen than its previous models, a smaller battery, and may launch in July alongside a new Galaxy Z Flip, The Elec reports (through XDA Developers

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 will reportedly have a 7.5-inch main tablet screen and a 6.2-inch screen on the front of the phone. The Elec writes, which would be pretty much the same as the Fold 2’s 7.6-inch main display and 6.2-inch cover display. The Elec says these screen sizes have the added benefit of ‘zero bezels’, so while the screens are the same size, the third fold may feel slightly smaller as the actual phone case can shrink.

Compared to the Fold 2’s 4,500 mAh battery, the Fold 3 will reportedly do with a slightly smaller 4,380 mAh battery. Again, not a dramatic change in size and it may not even have a noticeable impact on battery life, but it’s interesting to note if it affects other changes to the Fold’s design.

Even with a slight taper, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is still almost as thick as two phones back to back.
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There are other rumors that changes have been made to the Fold line, including the option of S Pen support, just like the Galaxy S21 Ultra got earlier this year. For the Fold, a stylus can also pose additional challenges if Samsung tries to integrate the stylus storage directly into the phone instead of using an add-on case like the Ultra. A hole for a stylus can take up space that can be filled with extra battery capacity or removed altogether for an overall thinner phone.

And however The Elec doesn’t say it at all, so don’t expect a change – thinness is the dimension that really matters when it comes to a new Galaxy Fold. Including the extra opening created by the hinge, the Fold 2 is about two S21 Ultra thick when folded. If Samsung doesn’t thin out the rumored Fold 3 to make it easier to hold and fit in a pocket, I hope they’ll consider that next time: it can also help Samsung compete with newcomers like Huawei’s Mate X2 and Xiaomi’s Mi Mix Fold that both use similar folding designs and are already thinner than the Fold 2.