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Samsung Now Live Online Shopping Platform Unveiled; Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Flip 3 Displays Expensive to Repair

Samsung Now will bring additional offers for shoppers who pre-book during the live event.

Samsung Now Live Online Shopping Platform Unveiled; Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Flip 3 Displays Expensive to Repair

Photo Credit: YouTube/ PBKreviews

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is quite difficult to repair

Highlights
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 to go on sale from September 10
  • Samsung Now event will bring additional offers for those who pre-order
  • Samsung will host a live pre-booking event for foldables on August 23

Samsung Now is a new live online shopping platform introduced to Samsung India website for the live pre-book event of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3. The Korean tech giant shared the development on its newsroom website stating that customers interested in the new foldable smartphones will be able to live-pre book them on August 23. Additionally, screen repair costs for the two foldables will be reportedly very expensive and both phones have received poor reparability scores.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 were launched in India earlier this week and will go on sale from September 10. Samsung is now allowing interested shoppers to pre-book the foldables on August 23 from 6pm through a live pre-book event called ‘Samsung Now.' Those who pre-book the phones during this event will get early delivery and exclusive limited period offers which include free Galaxy SmartTag, Galaxy Z Fold 3 Flip Cover with S Pen, and Galaxy Z Flip 3 Silicon Cover with Ring.

The offers during the live pre-book event are in addition to the offers announced at the time of launch. These pre-order offers for Samsung Galaxy Fold 3 and Samsung Galaxy Flip 3 include an upgrade voucher of up to Rs. 7,000 or HDFC Bank cashback of up to Rs. 7,000 when using credit and debit card. Shoppers will be eligible for free one-year Samsung Care+ accidental damage protection on pre-booking Galaxy Z Fold 3 (worth Rs. 7,999) and or Galaxy Z Flip 3 (Rs. 4,799). Those who have already pre-reserved either of the phones are eligible for a free Galaxy SmartTag as well.

Samsung has also reportedly shared the repair costs for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3. A report by The Verge cites Samsung and states that repairing the interior folding screen will cost $479 (roughly Rs. 35,600) for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and $369 (roughly Rs. 27,400) for the Galaxy Z Flip 3. The external display repair will cost $149 (roughly Rs. 11,000) and $99 (roughly Rs. 7,400) respectively.

The two foldable phones underwent a teardown as well on PBK reviews, a YouTube channel that does teardowns and dissembles, and gives them a reparability score. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 got a reparability score of 2 on 10 while the Galaxy Z Flip 3 got a score of 4 on 10. Given how complex and intricate the two foldable phones are, these reparability scores aren't really surprising.


Are the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 still made for enthusiasts — or are they good enough for everyone? We discussed this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Large, vibrant folding display
  • Intuitive software for multitasking
  • Top-tier performance
  • Great-sounding speakers
  • Water-resistant design
  • Bad
  • Average battery life
  • Cameras could do better in low light
  • Heavy, bulky when folded
  • Expensive
Display (Primary) 7.60-inch
Processor octa-core
Front Camera 10-megapixel + 4-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel
RAM 12GB
Storage 256GB
Battery Capacity 4400mAh
OS Android 11
Resolution 2208x1768 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Vibrant folding display
  • Very good build quality, easily pocketable
  • Top-tier performance
  • Water-resistant design
  • Bad
  • Main screen washes out under sunlight
  • Cover screen could be more functional
  • Weak battery life, slow charging
  • Low-light video could be better
Display (Primary) 6.70-inch
Processor octa-core
Front Camera 10-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel
RAM 8GB
Storage 256GB
Battery Capacity 3300mAh
OS Android 11
Resolution 1080x2640 pixels
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