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New Samsung Flip and Fold leaks show water resistance, renders, and an S Pen case


According to new leaks, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3 will both have IPX8 water resistance, putting them on par with Samsung’s non-folding phones. Max Weinbach had previously posted the information, which has now been confirmed by Evan Blass, who tweeted the rating along with what appears to be an image from Samsung showing the phones getting splashed. The water resistance tidbit adds to the slew of leaks and images we’ve seen leading up to Samsung’s Unpacked event on August 11th, where the phones are expected to be unveiled.

As SlashGear points out, the rumoured IPX8 rating for the phones does not include dust resistance, which has been a source of concern since Samsung began producing folding phones. (This explainer does an excellent job of explaining how IP ratings work.) An official water resistance rating, on the other hand, would likely be a relief for those concerned about the durability of the historically expensive handsets. It also helps the phones blend in with the rest of Samsung’s flagships, which have long had water resistance.

The camera and screen specifications for the phones, as well as the S Pen options that will reportedly be available for the Z Fold 3, are also mentioned in Blass’ tweet. Thanks to a separate leak, we’ve also got an idea how Samsung wants us to attach the stylus to the phone: using a case that fits it in right over the hinge. It’s a similar approach to how Samsung handled the inclusion of pen support on the Galaxy S21 Ultra, though maybe a touch more elegant.

We’ve also seen what are reportedly leaked official marketing renders of the Z Flip 3 from WinFuture, giving us a good look at the bigger outside screen and re-oriented dual cameras (though they unfortunately don’t show the fun two-tone color scheme we’ve seen in previous leaks). The original Z Flip and Z Flip 5G had a tiny outside screen, relegating the notifications and clock to a corner of the phone’s cover. The next generation appears to be making it easier for those attempting to view notifications or take selfies with the main cameras.

The rumours of water resistance and S Pen compatibility with the Z Fold point to Samsung’s foldable phones receiving features that its more traditional phones have already received. It would be a step towards making them less of an extravagant purchase and more of a practical one, but there’s still a ways to go — even when discounted, the Z Flip 5G and Z Fold 2 come at a price premium, and can be worse in some ways (looking at you, Z Flip camera).


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