Samsung’s foldable phones are distinguished by their larger, folding screens. These devices are becoming more and more appealing as the entry cost drops year after year. It’s worth mentioning, though, that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 are still extremely expensive to repair.
This year’s Samsung displays are far superior.
First and foremost, let’s discuss the Galaxy Z lineup’s quality and durability this year. I’ve used both the Fold 3 and the Flip 3 and can tell that they’re significantly better than prior versions in terms of quality. Pre-installed plastic screen protectors on both the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Galaxy Z Flip/5G became troublesome over time. They regularly picked up smudges, and for some users, the edges might even pull up and accumulate dust over time.
The improvements this year are night and day. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 include a new screen protector that is constructed of a different material than the glass. The screen protector, according to Samsung, is far more resistant to scratches and dents, and it will stick to the display better, which means it will (presumably) not come up on its own.
More significantly, the screen protector’s covering feels more like glass. It features a superior oleophobic coating, which minimizes smudges and oils while also allowing your finger to slide more easily across the surface. It’s a huge step forward, and Samsung deserves a lot of credit for it. I’m excited to watch how it develops over time.
Repairing a Galaxy Z Fold 3, Flip 3 costs more over $350.
However, despite the increased durability, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 will cost more to repair if the displays are broken. Out-of-warranty repairs for the Flip 3 will cost $99 for the outside display and $369 for the inside display, according to Samsung. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 will be available for $149 for the outer display and $479 for the inner folding display.
Surprisingly, that pricing is far lower than the original Flip and the Fold 2. The Flip and Fold 2 were originally priced at $499 and $549, respectively. In instance, replacing the screen on a Galaxy S21 Ultra out of warranty costs $289.
Samsung also provides a $12.99/month “Care Plus” subscription as a pre-order bonus, which is free for the first year. That lowers the cost of any gadget down to $249, with the one-time deductible covering up to three screen repairs per year. The warranty is also extended for an extra two years with the subscription.