Samsung has announced two new smartphones
as part of its big Unpacked online presentation – and there’s a new entry in the Fold series arriving in a matter of weeks.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G, to give it its full title, is a premium aluminium-framed foldable smartphone, available with two internal storage options (256GB or 512GB). It also includes 12GB of RAM to power all that multitasking you might want to get stuck into using its main display screen (7.6″ QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED, if you were wondering).
The phone will run Android 11 and is compatible with Samsung’s S-Pen. It will be available in three colour options (black, green or silver) from its August 27 release date – although as you would probably expect, the phones are in fact available to pre-order now.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 price isn’t exactly cheap on the smartphone scale – starting at £1,599 for the 256GB version – although it comes with a cheaper price than the Fold 2
did at launch. But if you want to review your options, then you can check out all the pre-order deals, tariffs, and other initiatives available via different retailers right here.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G specs
- Cover screen – 6.2″ HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2x display. 2268 x 832p resolution, 387ppi (pixels per inch), 120Hz adaptive refresh rate
- Main screen – 7.6″ QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED 2x display. Infinity Flex 2208 x 1768p resolution, 374ppi, 120Hz adaptive refresh rate
- Phone weight – 271g
- Phone dimensions – Folded: 67.1 x 158.2 x 16mm (at hinge end)/14.4mm (at opposite end). Unfolded: 128.1 x 158.2 x 6.4mm
- Memory – 12GB RAM
- Internal storage – 256GB or 512GB
- Processor – 5nanometre 64-bit Octacore processor (2.84GHz + 2.4GHz + 1.8Hz)
- Rear camera – Ultrawide 12MP, wide-angle 12MP, telephoto 12MP (with 2x optical zoom)
- Cover camera – 10MP
- Under display camera – 4MP
- Battery – 4,400mAh
- Waterproof to IPX8 standards
Samsung – Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – best pre-order deals
Samsung’s official store is carrying the Galaxy Z Fold 3 priced from £1,599 for the 256GB edition, and from £1,699 for the 512GB edition. A selection of pre-order perks and initiatives are also available.
If you pre-order before the August 27 release date, you can claim a year’s Samsung Care+ insurance for your new phone. You’ll need to register this within 30 days of making your purchase.
And until August 30, there’s also an opportunity to claim up to £600 when you trade in an old device. The amount of credit you receive will, of course, depend on the make, model, and condition of your previous handset. Samsung notes in its small print that the £600 example is based on “the highest value trade-ins, which are iPhone 12 Pro & Pro Max”.
Customers who order before the end of December can also get a free accessories starter kit, which is usually valued at £79.99. This includes a flip case, S Pen, and 25W travel adapter.
Also, customers who order direct via Samsung can claim 4 free months of YouTube Premium, as long as they’re “new YT Premium/YT Music Premium & Google Play Music subscribers”. This long-term offer is running until March 5, 2022, and claims must be redeemed with YouTube by April 5, 2022.
Samsung also offers a range of other initiatives including financing (subject to status, terms and conditions), and the ability to purchase a contract to go with your phone directly from its own store.
EE – Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – best pre-order deals
EE also has the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 available on pre-order
. Anyone who pre-orders can claim a free Note Pack bundling accessories, as mentioned above.
Shop Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 on EE
If you pre-order the phone on EE’s popular Full Works Plan
or a Smart Plan, then you can get a year’s worth of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
on EE, too – valued at over £120, it’s handy if you want to combine Microsoft’s vast library of games with an online multiplayer experience. It also offers cloud gaming functionality for a select number of devices, platforms and games.
Additionally, you can save £96 (£4/month) on Samsung’s new Watch 4 range
if you pre-order either the Fold 3 or the Flip 3 phone.
Other perks available to EE customers include Smart Benefits
. Available on selected plans, these benefits include Apple Music (on phone plans), Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade (on an Apple plan), a Netflix basic subscription (on Android plans), BT Sport Ultimate, Roam Abroad, or a Video Data Pass. Customers will have the option of choosing between one and three Smart Benefits if they’re on an eligible plan.
Finally, a trade-in offer is running until September 30 where you can qualify for a credit of up to £500 if you trade in an older Samsung device. The full range of pricing options, as well as further details on all the terms and conditions for the various pre-order initiatives, are available here
Three – Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – best pre-order deals
Three also now has the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G available for pre-order, and is also offering the Galaxy Note Kit accessories bundle until December 31 to those who pre-order.
Its Unlimited data plan, running for 24 months, offers a £99 upfront cost. It also provides a 50% discount on the first few months of the contract, with a cost of £52.50 per month for the first six months and then £105 per month after that.
Three has a trade-in programme, with a potential credit value of up to £426 towards your new handset depending on how much your old device is valued for. More details on that are available here
, and it will run until the end of September. Customers will also get a year’s free Samsung Care+
insurance for their new device.
O2 – Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – best pre-order deals
Shop Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G on O2
O2 has opened pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G, and it’s running that Samsung accessories bundle offer until the end of December, too.
It also has a trade-in programme called O2 Recycle
, where you can use the search function to estimate how much credit you could get towards the value of your new phone. The O2 Recycle terms are available here
and the initiative is running until the end of September.
O2 customers can also take advantage of perks including 6 months of Disney+ or Amazon Music Unlimited, or 12 months of Audible, Amazon Prime Video, Calm, and more via O2 Extras.
Vodafone – Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – best pre-order deals
At Vodafone, you can now pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G on a range of different plans, and it’s bundling the Samsung Note Kit accessories package until the end of the year, in line with many other retailers. It’s also offering a year’s inclusive Samsung Care+ to customers who pre-order before the release date of August 27.
Various pricing options are available but as an example, Vodafone is offering the 256GB edition of Fold 3 for an upfront cost of £49 and a monthly cost of £68 – this is on a 36-month phone plan and 24-month unlimited airtime plan.
Vodafone plans also include regular battery health checks and its two-year Total Care Warranty.
Sky Mobile – Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – best pre-order deals
Sky’s running a recycle initiative alongside its Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G pre-orders, where customers can claim an additional £250 on top of the trade-in value of their old phone via Samsung Recycle until the end of September. Find out more here
Eligible existing Sky customers who want to take up the opportunity to swap to the Fold can claim the £250 as a bill credit.
Note that Sky’s contracts run for either 24 months (with the option to swap to a different handset after 12 months) or 36 months (with the option to swap to a different handset after 24 months). Pricing for the 24-month ‘Swap 12’ contract starts at £49 upfront, then £104 monthly, for the 256GB handset on a 2GB data plan. This doesn’t include data allowances, which you can choose at checkout.
Any Sky Mobile customers who pre-order before the August 27 release date can also claim a year’s Samsung Care+ which will need to be registered within 30 days of purchase.
Virgin Media – Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – best pre-order deals
Virgin Media is carrying the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G on pre-order
with contract prices starting from £64 per month for a 2GB data plan on the 256GB handset.
You can also get up to £295 when you trade in your old handset – more details on Virgin Media’s trade-in programme are available here
Selfridges – Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – best pre-order deals
Selfridges is currently price-matching Samsung on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G, with a price of £1,599 for the 256GB handset
and £1,699 for the 512GB handset
– and it’s also running the accessories bundle offer until the end of December.
However, you’ll need to think about a SIM
for your phone – whether that’s on a contract or pay as you go.
John Lewis & Partners – Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – best pre-order deals
John Lewis also has the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 in stock for pre-order, and they’re price-matching Samsung and Selfridges at £1,599 for the 256GB handset
or £1,699 for the 512GB
While you’ll have to think about a SIM for your new phone, both handsets come with a 2-year guarantee. Subject to status, customers may be eligible to purchase the phone via a credit agreement. Terms, conditions and eligibility details can all be found here
Mobile Phones Direct – Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – best pre-order deals
Shop Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 on Mobile Phones Direct
Mobile Phones Direct, owned by AO, has listed the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 for pre-order with the accessories starter kit (until December 31), the opportunity to claim an additional £250 on top of the trade-in value of any old phone via Samsung Recycle (until September 30), and it’s also including 12 months of Samsung Care+ insurance in its pre-order offer bundle.
For the enhanced trade-in, Mobile Phones Direct notes “all claims to be submitted via the Samsung website
no later than 14/10/2021 by 23:59”.
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