[REVIEW] : The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 + the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic almost half price!

A multi-step promotion with ODR

Here’s how to take advantage of this rather crazy offer that you find at Darty. First, add the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 to your cart (also works with the Galaxy Z Fold 3). This is displayed at €899 instead of €1059. But that’s not all. Also add the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 42 mm watch which is at €339.99 instead of €369.99. (If you opted for the Galaxy Z Fold 3, you have to take the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 46 mm).

Once in the basket, you will have a total of €1238.99. But if you enter the promo code GALAXYZFLIP3 (or GALAXYZFOLD3), the latter will increase to €899 for both products. And how to reach the famous 729€ in this case? Quite simply by completing the two available ODRs: the one for the Galaxy Z Flip 3 for a refund of €100. And the one for the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic for a refund of 70€.

An innovative smartphone, an essential watch

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a smartphone that has the particularity of folding in half to take up less space in length. It has two screens, a 6.7″ that folds in half, and a 1.9″ that appears on the folded side. This model has an internal memory of 128 GB with 8 GB of RAM.

It runs with a Snapdragon 888 processor and a GPU

Adreno 660. The battery, with a capacity of 3300 mAh, offers a comfortable autonomy of one day. And it is compatible with 15W fast charging. On the photo side, you have two 12MP rear sensors and a 10MP front sensor.

The connected watch is connected via Bluetooth to the smartphone. It measures your heartbeat, but also the calories lost when you exercise or the quality of your sleep. It is also tactile and allows you to see the messages received and the notifications of the applications that you have authorized. Equipped with a microphone and a loudspeaker, it also allows you to make calls in hands-free mode.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 would still be the best choice of fingerprint reader possible

The past few years have seen the influx of two major innovations into the smartphone market. As early as 2018, we saw the first smartphones appear with fingerprint readers positioned within the screen itself. A year later, manufacturers launched their first phones with folding screens.

However, if these two technologies have indeed marked the end of the 2010s and the beginning of the 2020s, we are still waiting to find them simultaneously in a Samsung smartphone.

Today, on its two foldable screen smartphones, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Galaxy Z Fold 3, the Korean firm still does not offer a fingerprint reader integrated into the screen. To unlock smartphones using your fingerprints, you have to go through a fingerprint reader positioned on the edge of the two smartphones. However, the fingerprint reader solution in the screen is still not planned for this year’s models.

After studying the question, Samsung has decided to keep the fingerprint reader on the edge for its two future folding smartphones, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4. “The fourth generation of folding smartphones will unlock with a module fingerprint recognition integrated into the physical power button on the side of the folding devices when folded, just like their predecessors.

A CHOICE JUSTIFIED BY REASONS OF USER EXPERIENCE

This choice would have been decided because of a more favorable user experience with the fingerprint reader on the side. The advantage of the fingerprint reader on the edge is to allow the device to be unlocked both when it is open and when it is closed. If Samsung were to integrate a fingerprint reader under the screen, then the user could only unlock his smartphone when it is open. This is all the more relevant in the context of contactless payment where it is not necessary to open the smartphone to unlock it and be able to make payments simply by placing it on the edge of the closed smartphone.

However, we know that Samsung has been working for some time on integrating a fingerprint reader into a folding screen. The Korean firm had already filed a patent application to this effect. Above all, several competing manufacturers are working on devices with both technologies.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 & Z Flip 4 again without in-display fingerprint sensor

According to a new report, Samsung will also not install an in-display fingerprint sensor in the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4. A patent that surfaced some time ago has fueled speculation that Samsung will use under-display fingerprint sensors in upcoming foldables.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 will again not have an in-display fingerprint sensor. Like its predecessors, the next generation of foldable smartphones should once again be able to be unlocked using a button with an integrated fingerprint sensor. The reason for not using the in-display fingerprint sensor is probably not the difficult technical feasibility.

Are in-display fingerprint sensors useful for foldables?

Samsung filed a patent application with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) some time ago. There, a rather complicated method is shown how foldable smartphones can be unlocked with in-screen fingerprint sensors both in the folded and unfolded state.

After the patent became public, many tech websites and industry insiders speculated that this new unlock method might already be used on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4. However, Samsung sticks with capacitive fingerprint sensors for now.

According to experts, there is a good reason for this. The renewed decision for capacitive sensors has nothing to do with the fact that in-display fingerprint sensors are not technically feasible. Capacitive sensors are simply much more convenient in terms of user experience. According to experts, it is much more natural to put your thumb on the button with the built-in fingerprint sensor when unfolding the smartphone.

Samsung’s Galaxy could get Android 13 much sooner than expected

Android 13 is coming towards the end of the year. We can bet on a release at the same time as the Pixel 7 around October. Samsung smartphones should benefit from it from the end of 2022, or even the beginning of 2023 at the latest. Nevertheless, the beta phase could start much earlier.

Sammobile, which would not be at its first scoop, has indicated that the beta phase of Android 13 could begin from July on Galaxy smartphones, when it usually only starts in September. Of course, this is only for users who want it.

ANDROID 13 AND ONE UI 5 COMING TO THE GALAXY

The arrival of Android 13 on Galaxy smartphones would of course be accompanied by the new version of the manufacturer’s overlay, namely One UI 5.0. As usual, beta users will have to face the plasters in order to offer a stable and correct experience to the general public a few months later. It is also useful for developers to perfect the compatibility of their applications.

SamMobile specifies that a dozen smartphones would be eligible for this beta, so the latest terminals, such as the Galaxy S22, S22 + and S22 Ultra. The next foldable smartphones, like the Z Fold 4, could also be in the game. This beta should be available all over the world but not at the same time, keeping a wave system. In parallel, Samsung would still develop One UI 4.1.1, but for Android 12 this time. This version of the overlay is a bit special, since it is intended for its foldable screen smartphones.

Anyway, this beta phase deployed earlier is good news for developers, who will have more time to polish their copy. For Samsung, it is also the guarantee of releasing a stable and well-finished overlay when the time comes.

Galaxy Z Fold 4: Samsung would have given up the fingerprint sensor under the screen

Samsung would have indeed given up integrating such a sensor in its foldable smartphone for technical questions. So we should always find the sensor included in the power button, located on one of the edges. If this placement is ideal and practical, it is however a bit anachronistic compared to the rest of the smartphone, which breathes the future.

THE GALAXY Z FOLD 4 WOULDN’T HAVE AN UNDER-SCREEN SENSOR

However, Samsung would have tried to integrate this sensor under its foldable screen. A patent filed recently unveiled a two-sided system. The sensor was both placed under the outer and inner screen, allowing both to be used for unlocking.