Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs S21 Ultra: Is Foldable Better Option Than Standard Top? | Comparative

Samsung has launched the new folding Galaxy Z Fold 3 with a focus on improving some features that are still missing or initial in phones of this type. Will this new generation already manage to be more advantageous than a common top of the line, as is the case with the Galaxy S21 Ultra? Let’s find out the answer now, in the TudoCelular Comparison.



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Comparative Index

Design

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Here we have very different designs. The Z Fold 3 bets on two layouts: a closed one, which resembles a regular cell phone, but is thicker than the S21 Ultra; and an open one, similar to a tablet, when it becomes thinner than its conventional “brother”. Regardless of the shape, you’ll have a heavier device in your hand with it.

Samsung has now inserted a water resistance into the flexible model, but not yet against dust, as the traditional Galaxy says. The Fold’s rear camera block has shrunk and become more compact than the Ultra’s, while the front of the internal screen is under the screen. But the one on the external display still has the hole, just like the appearance of the standard top.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

The folding body is made of a metal alloy called Armor Aluminum, which is more durable than regular Galaxy S aluminum, according to the manufacturer. The rear of both has glass covered with Gorilla Glass Victus, but the front of the flexible has a plastic ring around the main screen, to protect against impact when closing.

The Z Fold 3 biometric reader is integrated into the power button. The S21 Ultra brings the solution under the screen. To top it off, the two are similar in the absence of a memory expansion slot.

With different proposals and designs, we give each one a point.

best construction

Both of them

more modern look

Galaxy Z Fold 3

Is Slot Hybrid or Dedicated?

None

Best endurance certification

Galaxy S21 Ultra

Best notch solution

Galaxy Z Fold 3

Best biometrics solution

Galaxy S21 Ultra

Which is lighter and more compact?

Galaxy S21 Ultra

Multimedia and resources

Screen


Because it works both folded and open, the Fold comes with two screens. It delivers a 7.6-inch inner sturdier than previous generations, but still lacks the shine as strong as the traditional top. The external one can be a little smaller than that of the S21 Ultra, but it already equals in brightness and has the same Dynamic AMOLED 2X material. Only the Full HD+ resolution was missing in this case, but it is compensated by the Quad HD of the bigger one.

The Korean even inserted a 120 Hz refresh rate in all the displays we have here, from the two folding ones to the Galaxy S’s one. This means that none of them will let you down when it comes to fluid animation and games. In terms of quality, the panels of both smartphones have HDR and a good viewing angle.

Play with a big screen versus having a brighter display. Another tie for them.

Best screen technology

Both of them

More screens/versatility

Galaxy Z Fold 3

Best screen resolution

Galaxy Z Fold 3

Better screen/body ratio

Galaxy S21 Ultra

High Hz screen?

Both of them

Overall screen quality

Both of them

As


Both in the foldable and in the conventional, Samsung took great care to put two speakers, to have a stereo system. The result is a good immersion and very high sound power.

The audio from both also delivers good balance and we find here well-reinforced bass balanced with mids and trebles. The manufacturer repeated the feat with the S21 Ultra and kept out the physical headphone jack and the Z Fold 3 box accessory itself.

With practically the same experience, this item ends in a tie.

Sound is stereo?

Both of them

Does it have a P2 input?

None

Greater frequency balance

Both of them

sound power

Both of them

Do headphones come in the box?

None

System


Both devices come out of the box with Android 11 under the One UI 3.1 interface. As they are part of the most advanced lines of the brand, they will offer the user three years of system updates and a little more time with the security packages. The fluidity also makes good use of the 120 Hz panel in these devices, apart from the support for the 5G network in the pair.

In terms of features, both provide what Samsung delivers best, in addition to support for the S Pen, with a special model for the Fold, so as not to damage your screen. The software still has some differentials in the foldable, to make better use of its exclusive functions.

In it, you can open the system in two menus, as it works on Android tablets, and also switch windows between the external and internal display.

For the added features, the point goes to the flexible cell phone.

Well updated system?

Both of them

Will system be updated in the future?

Both of them

Which system or customization has the most and best features?

Galaxy Z Fold 3

Missing connections? Are there any left over?

None

More fluid software

Both of them

Performance



This is a duel between Fold’s Snapdragon 888 against Galaxy S’s Exynos 2100. I imagine you expected a victory from Qualcomm’s chip, right? Well, in our speed tests, the S21 Ultra chip got the better of it by about six seconds of advantage.

Do you like high numbers in the benchmarks? So here, you will have higher numbers for the foldable in some indicators, mainly in AnTuTu. In Geekbench, the conventional model is above. Several of the games we tested also managed to run at 120 fps. Overall, the gaming experience with these two will be pretty fluid and no-hassle.

The point goes to the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Who does best on the opening test?

Galaxy S21 Ultra

Who gets the better of the most demanding games?

Both of them

Who has the best benchmark numbers?

Galaxy Z Fold 3

What is the most updated processor?

Both of them

Which has better RAM/processor balance?

Galaxy S21 Ultra

Which has more storage?

Both of them

Drums



Battery still seems to be a challenge in the flexible cell phone segment. In the case of the Z Fold 3, the total capacity reaches 4400 mAh, divided into two parts. The total is still less than the 5,000 mAh of the S21 Ultra. And how is their autonomy in practice? The conventional device lasts 26 hours, more than eight in front of the folding “brother”.

When charging, both suffer from the same problem of not coming with an adapter in the box, in addition to the 25 W supported limitation. With a charger model at this power, you get practically the same delay time in each one of them, which is just under an hour and a half.

One more point for the Galaxy S.

Which one has more battery?

Galaxy S21 Ultra

Which reloads faster?

Galaxy Z Fold 3

Which one lasts longer according to the TC battery test?

Galaxy S21 Ultra

Do you have wireless charging?

Both of them

Cmera

The folding rear camera set had the three sensors of the predecessor kept, as the 12 MP primary, while the S21 Ultra already features a fourth lens this time, not counting the 108 MP main. In practice, the S line will deliver better quality photos, with colors closer to reality and an accurate HDR. Besides, at night, Fold suffers much more from loss of detail.

Their ultrawide does a decent job, except the Ultra has auto focus, to integrate the macro function. The flexible telephoto only reaches twice the optical zoom, which has a drop closer than that by software. On the other hand, the traditional top combines the three times the standard telephoto lens with the ten times the periscopic to deliver a maximum of 100 times. The details are not the same as up to ten, but it is already a differential over the bigger “brother”.

The S21 Ultra notes the point again.

Best rear camera set

Galaxy S21 Ultra

Best pictures overall

Galaxy S21 Ultra

best night photos

Galaxy S21 Ultra

Most versatile set

Galaxy S21 Ultra

best ultrawide

Galaxy S21 Ultra

best telephoto

Galaxy S21 Ultra

best macro

Galaxy S21 Ultra (via ultrawide)

better depth

None

Photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

In videos, both will support 4K recording at 60fps, with efficient stabilization, very nimble focusing and stereo sound capture that greatly reduces wind noise. But the Galaxy S is still a little ahead in the quality of footage, not to mention that it already comes with 8K support.

The S21 Ultra scores again.

Does it have optical stabilization?

Both of them

Does it have electronic stabilization?

Both of them

more agile focus

Both of them

Write in 8K?

Galaxy S21 Ultra

Record in 4K at 60 fps?

Both of them

Better audio capture

Both of them

best in video

Galaxy S21 Ultra

Photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

If we consider only the front cameras, the external and under the screen of the Fold combined do not reach the quality presented by the S21 Ultra. But the foldable has the differential of using the rear set for selfies, as it is guided by the external display. This becomes the best solution of all the proposals here, as you will also have an ultrawide sensor and a telephoto, in addition to all the features delivered by the main lens.

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 scores in this regard.

Best Front Camera Set

Galaxy Z Fold 3

Front camera records in 4K?

Both of them

best selfie

Galaxy Z Fold 3

price

We arrived at one of the key points in the consumer’s decision: the price. The two devices were officially launched in Brazil, but the S21 Ultra came less expensive, starting at R$ 9,500. Fold, on the other hand, had its sales started at the value of R$ 12,800. In the current market, the conventional top is already found in the range of R$ 6 thousand, while the foldable top has not yet dropped from the five digits.

So the Galaxy S closes the Comparative with an easy point.

Which one had the best launch price?

Galaxy S21 Ultra

Which is the most cost-effective today?

Galaxy S21 Ultra

7.8
Hardware

3.7
Cost Benefit

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G

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8.4
Hardware

3.9
Cost Benefit

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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Concluded

Although it was a close score in favor of the Galaxy S21 Ultra, this one is much more advanced in its unique points, while the Z Fold 3 always has a few “butts” even when it has the advantage. On-screen, it delivers versatility in options but not the strongest glare; in the system, it has some more details; and in selfies, you only score for being able to use the set that was not made for that in the function.

Now, if you want the best that Samsung can offer you, the S line flagship is still the most complete option. In addition to a tougher-than-foldable design, it offers fast performance and longer battery life on a charge, apart from higher quality cameras. As a bonus, it also costs half the price of Fold on the current market.

OUTCOME

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: 5 POINTS

  • Versatile design
  • two screens
  • tie in sound
  • best software
  • best selfie

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: 8 POINTS

  • Sturdier design
  • Brightest screen
  • tie in sound
  • best performance
  • Best in battery
  • best rear camera
  • best in videos
  • best value for money

In your opinion, what is missing for the folding top to be a more advantageous choice than the conventional top? Tell us there in the space below.

(Updated November 24, 2021 at 7:26 PM)

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