According to the Twitter leaker FrontTron, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 will start at $ 1,249 for the model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. While that’s cheaper than the Galaxy Z Flip 5G’s original price of $ 1,449, it’s far from affordable.Obviously, there is no guarantee that the information from FrontTron is correct. We know the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is coming, but it could end up with a totally different price tag once launch day (which would be August 11) actually arrives.
It has not yet been revealed if there will be a more expensive Z Flip 3 model; it is conceivable that there could be a version with more RAM, storage, or both, and that would naturally have an even higher cost.
Either way, if that’s true, this rumor suggests that the price of foldable phones isn’t going to drop significantly anytime soon. Obviously, this is a major barrier to entry for most people, even those who split the cost of their phone on a two or three year plan.
Moreover, even the best and most expensive non-foldable devices cost less than this supposed price. Why spend nearly $ 1,300 on a foldable Samsung Galaxy when you can get a 256GB iPhone 12 Pro Max for $ 1,200 or a 256GB Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra for the same $ 1,249? The 128GB S21 Ultra costs $ 1,199.
Both phones are top of their respective classes and have proven to perform exactly as people expect.
As cool as the foldable screens are and as handy as it might be to be able to store a phone screen in half the normal size, they’re not at that point just yet. It certainly doesn’t help that Samsung is one of only two phone makers to sell foldable phones in the United States; most people haven’t used one yet, and many haven’t even seen it in the flesh. Lack of knowledge breeds caution, in this case, and foldables are not yet at the stage where people necessarily trust them.
This news also suggests that the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which has a lot more to offer than the Z Flip 3, will be even more expensive than that. It’s unclear how much more at this time, but hopefully it won’t be more than the $ 1,800 it cost to buy a Galaxy Z Fold 2 when it was new.
Galaxy Z Flip 3 is rumored to have an improved 120Hz interior display, 12MP dual-lens camera, an enlarged cover screen on the exterior, and a full-size camera. 10 MP selfie that may or may not be under the screen, and the most powerful Snapdragon 88 processor.
These are pretty hefty upgrades, and we should thank Samsung for allegedly including everything while lowering the price. But that doesn’t change the fact that foldable phones are too expensive, and if Samsung wants people to start buying them in greater numbers, something’s going to have to be done.
Perhaps this latest rumor will prove to be unfounded and the Z Flip 3 will arrive with a much more acceptable price tag. But if not, foldable devices are unlikely to become truly mainstream devices just yet.