HARIANHALUAN.COM – Through the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, Samsung wants to bring foldable cellphone products to the mainstream segment. Can?
Now, foldable cell phone technology is more mature. Although it’s not really perfect.
More mature in terms of specifications. More mature in terms of technology. And more importantly in terms of price.
Samsung has been trying to enter the foldable phone market since 2019. To be precise, through the first Galaxy Fold. You could say, the product is a test product.
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And in presenting a completely new technology, then what will happen is like this: the price is high (high), the experience is not very comfortable (low).
That’s very reasonable, and has indeed become a stage that must be passed by Samsung, which wants to be at the forefront of this foldable phone technology.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 which was released in Indonesia in 2020 is a validation product to the market. There have been a lot of improvements in terms of features. Already many consumers are getting interested. However, the price is still very high. Namely, the official price is Rp. 30,888,000.
Well, the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which was just launched yesterday, can be said to be a take-off product.
The features provided are much faster and heavier, the form factor gets a lot of improvements, and the price has touched a “reasonable” number.
No longer at IDR 30 million and above. However, at Rp. 25 million. Even cheaper than the price of the iPhone Pro Max 512 GB which is at IDR 27 million.
Likewise with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 which is at Rp. 15 million. Even more affordable than the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra which is priced at IDR 17 million. Both phones carry the current fastest processor Snapdragon 888, a chip with a 5 nm architecture.
Even though the foldable/folding phone market itself is still limited to the premium segment, 2021 will be the start of the acceptance point for foldable phones to mainstream society in Indonesia.
Why? Because there is no reason not to try a smartphone with a completely new form factor.
In 2020, Sindonews has not recommended foldable phones because the specifications of foldable phones are far inferior to cellphones in the same class/price range. At that time, consumers seemed to be forced to choose: form factor (folding design) or specifications.
Now, at the same price, consumers can get both. Top notch specifications, also fold design advantages.
Moreover, Samsung also heard a lot of consumer input when designing the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Galaxy Z Flip3.
Most of the improvements they provided on both phones came directly from early adopter consumers.
For example, now the Galaxy Z Fold3 is combined with the S Pen stylus to be able to take advantage of the massive 7.6-inch screen when opened.
The software was also improved, increasing productivity activities that can be done. For example the handwriting to text feature, Multiwindow, to drag and drop.
In addition, durability is also Samsung’s focus. Maybe because there are so many questions about this. How strong is the folding screen? How sturdy are the hinges? And others.
So, Samsung answered it by strengthening the screen protector up to 80 percent more sturdy. Then, add Gorilla Glass Victus on the front screen.
While the aluminum hinge is also 10 percent stronger, it can be opened and closed up to 200,000 times. And more importantly, the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Galaxy Z Flip3 are the first foldable phones that are waterproof, submersible for up to 30 minutes.
This includes adopting new under-display camera technology. Not the first in the world, but the first in Indonesia.
The Galaxy Z Fold3 is available at prices starting at Rp. 24,999,000, while the Galaxy Z Flip3 is priced from Rp. 14,999,000.
Both phones will be available for pre-order starting August 11, 2021 and will be launched on August 27, 2021 in a number of regions such as the United States, Europe, and South Korea.