August 11 looks to be a big day for Samsung, as rumors suggest it's when we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, and potentially other devices. But yet another phone is now rumored to be in the mix, namely the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Lite.
That’s according to The Korea Herald (opens in new tab), citing industry sources, and if true it could help make foldable phones a lot more affordable. The Galaxy Z Flip range is already cheaper than the Galaxy Z Fold range, and a Lite model would be cheaper still, though an exact price hasn’t been put forward here.
It’s worth noting however that this claim should be taken with a serious helping of salt, as while there have been occasional rumors of a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Lite, it’s not something we’ve heard much about, and recently Ross Young (a leaker with a good track record) claimed that the Galaxy Z Flip 3 Lite had been canceled (opens in new tab) due to the ongoing chipset shortage.
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Lower prices are likely
Still, even if we don’t get a Galaxy Z Flip 3 Lite, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 itself could be cheaper than its predecessor. Several leaks have pointed in this direction, including a recent one from leaker @FrontTron (opens in new tab), who claimed that the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G will cost $1,249 (around £900 / AU$1,650) for a model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
For reference, the original Galaxy Z Flip sold for $1,380 / £1,300 / AU$1,800, so this would be a significant reduction if true.
We should find out soon, because all signs point to Samsung announcing its upcoming devices in August – originally we thought August 3, but both The Korea Times and another recent report now point to August 11.
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