Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, Z Flip3 Preorders Open from September in Kenya, and They Cost a Pretty Penny

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Samsung held the August Unpacked event yesterday. The fair, as it has become the norm, was held online because of the ongoing pandemic.

We have also come to expect the Note series this time of the year, but that did not happen, and we have somehow made peace with that.

Follow our Unpacked Twitter commentary

Samsung, however, has its eye on foldables. You know, it has been said many times before that bending phones are the future, and earlier attempts to make this a reality are still in their infancy, which is another phrase for ‘not good.’


But somehow, Samsung thinks or knows, that this path will bear fruits in the long run. And trust Samsung to do that.

Announced at the show were four devices:

  1. Galaxy Z Fold3
  2. Galaxy Z Flip3
  3. Watch 4 Series
  4. Galaxy Buds 2

The Buds2 are everything about what mid-tier wireless earbuds should be. They are tinier weighing at 5g apiece, have active noise cancellation and above-average battery life.

They will be available locally from September 2021.

Price: KES 22000

The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic will also be available in the same month. This time around, Samsung worked with Google to bundle WearOS (WearOS powered by Samsung). The wearable has a host of health and fitness features, eSIM support, takes the round design language, and is on the whole a looker.

Cost: KES 32000

As said, Samsung has been releasing foldables for a while now.

Now, the new Galaxy Z Fold3 is a marked departure from its two earlier siblings. It is slowly and surely becoming mature and introduces three new features that mark its seriousness in the foldable space.

The package is now water-resistant, an engineering feat owing to the phone’s many moving parts.

It also now supports the S-Pen, and Samsung has a separate, newer S-Pen just for the phone. However, there is no silo for it, unless you purchase a separate case for it.

The front camera is hidden under the display, so it makes the screen use uninterrupted after years of enduring notches.

Notable developments, right?

And have we mentioned that we are only getting S888 versions in Kenya, finally? We do not know what happened because the EMEA market has always been graced by Exynos variants.

Here are the rest of the Z Fold3’s specs and pricing in Kenya when the phone arrives on our shores in September:

Z Fold3 Specs
5GYes
Weight 271g
ProtectionIPX8 water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
ScreenFoldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1200 nits (peak)
7.6"
1768 x 2208 pixels

Cover display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
6.2 inches, 832 x 2268 pixels

SoftwareAndroid 11, One UI 3.5
ChipsSnapdragon 888 5G
Adreno 660
Memory12/256 GB
12/512 GB
No SD card slot
CamerasMain (triple)
12 MP wide, OIS
12 MP, telephoto, OIS
12 MP, ultrawide

Front
16 MP

Cover camera
10 MP
Fingerprint readerSide-mounted
SoundStereo speakers
No headphone socket
Battery4400 mAh
25W charging
11W wireless charging
4.5W reverse charging
ColoursPhantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Green
Price12/512 GB - KES 221000
12/256 GB - KES 210000

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 was announced alongside the Z Fold3, and other interesting wearables.

It is basically the smaller sibling of the Z Fold3, and as its name suggest, it flips (or folds), just like the original Z Flip and the Z Flip2.

It has a tiny footprint too but has done some improvements over its earlier siblings. For instance, it has a larger cover display, and the main screen refreshes faster at 120 Hz.

Like the Z Fold3, it is IPX8 certified, meaning it can survive water of up to 1.5m for 30 mins.


The phone will be coming to Kenya in September too, and here are its additional specifications:

Z Flip 3Specs
5GYes
Weight183g
ProtectionIPX8
ScreensFoldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+
6.7"
1080 x 2640 pixels

Cover Display
Super AMOLED, 1.9 inches, 260 x 512 pixels
SoftwareAndroid 11
One UI 3.5
ChipsSnapdragon 888
Adreno 660
Memory8/128 GB
8/256 GB

No microSD card slot
CamerasMain, dual
12 MP, OIS
12 MP, ultrawide

Front
10 MP in a centred notch
Battery3300 mAh
25W charging
11W wireless charging
4.5W reverse wireless charging
Fingerprint readerSide-mounted
ColoursPhantom Black, Green, Lavender, Cream, White, Pink, Gray
Price KES 123000

Lastly, the preorders start from September 6, with freebies in tow. Arrival of the devices start from 22nd of the same month.


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