If you’re hoping to splurge for a tricked-out Galaxy Z Fold 3 then you’re in luck – with the Z Fold 4 out now, the Fold 3 is cheaper than ever and enjoying huge discounts as we get into Black Friday season.
Black Friday itself may not arrive until 25 November, with Cyber Monday a few days later on 28 November, but the discounts have started already, with the phone available for less than $1,000/£1,000, and are set to continue throughout the month on the Z Fold 3 and other phones besides.
So what about the Fold 3? Samsung launched the flagship folding phone in August last year, alongside the smaller Z Flip 3. The phones launched together with the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Buds 2, refreshing Samsung’s mobile, audio and wearable lines for 2021.
The premium Galaxy Z Fold 3 benefitted from some cracking discounts last year, especially during Black Friday, but whether you’re looking to buy SIM-free (unlocked) or on-contract, there are now some even more sizeable offers out there worth considering – the best of which we’ve cherry-picked in this article.
Why not also check out our coverage on the best Galaxy Z Flip 3 deals and where to buy the Galaxy Watch 4, plus what to expect from Galaxy Z Fold 4 if you’d rather buy the newer model.
How much does the Galaxy Z Fold 3 cost?
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is available in the following configurations and price points across the US, UK, Europe, and India:
- 12GB RAM/256GB storage – $1,799/£1,599/€1,799/₹149,999
- 12GB RAM/512GB storage – $1,899/£1,699/€1,999/₹157,999
The Z Fold 3 is available in Phantom Black, Phantom Green and Phantom Silver.
Here’s everything there is to know about the Z Fold 3, if you want to learn more about the handset’s cameras, display and specs.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 deals
Save $850 in the US
If you buy directly from Samsung, the phone is available with $600 off, making it just $1,199, with further discounts available if you trade in an older phone. This is the cheapest you can buy the phone unlocked.
It’s even cheaper elsewhere if you’re happy to commit to a carrier though, with Best Buy offering as much as $850 off if you want a phone locked to AT&T, making the phone just $949. Verizon customers can get it for $999, while T-Mobile customers get it for $1,099.
Save £600 in the UK
The best offer by far right now comes from Amazon: you can save an enormous £600, getting the 256GB model for only £999, and double the storage for £1,099.
If that offer ends, the next best bet is Laptops Direct: you can save £300 on the 256GB model, getting it for a ‘mere’ £1,299, or you can pick up a Z Fold 3 with twice the storage (512GB) for £1,399.
If you prefer to buy from the source, it’s still £1,599 from Samsung directly, but there are steep discounts for trade-in, and 12 months of free Disney+ on offer among other perks.
Where to buy the Galaxy Z Fold 3 SIM-free
Where to buy the Galaxy Z Fold 3 on contract
Currently, the biggest contract offers in the UK are boosting data allowances so you can get anywhere from 100GB to unlimited data with the handset. US contract deals are offering the phone upfront for free in some cases when you trade in your old device and sign up to an unlimited plan.
- Verizon – Get a $200 Verizon gift card
- AT&T – Unlimited data for $85 per month w/ HBO Max included
- US Cellular – Unlimited data for $49 per month w/ 2x Redbox movie nights
- EE – Select plans currently come with £10 off the upfront cost and £10 off the monthly cost. Some plans also come with a free Note Pack, which includes a Flip Case, S Pen and 25W fast charger
- O2 – Best plan: 30GB data for £70.98 per month, £50 upfront
- Sky Mobile – Best plan: Get 50GB data for £72 per month, £36 upfront
- Three – Best plan: Get unlimited data for £83 per month, £99 upfront
- Virgin – Get unlimited data for £72 per month, no upfront cost
- Vodafone – Plans start at £68 per month, with £49 upfront
- Affordable Mobiles – Best plan: 100GB data for £58 per month, £199.99 upfront
- Carphone Warehouse – Best plan: Unlimited data for £93 per month, £99 upfront
- Mobile Phones Direct Best plan: Unlimited data for £77 per month, £99 upfront
What’s new in the Galaxy Z Fold 3?
With a focus on productivity, one of the biggest updates on the Z Fold 3 is S Pen support, which Samsung already offers on its Note and Galaxy Tab S tablet range. Now, customers can choose between the S Pen Fold Edition or S Pen Pro to use with the Z Fold 3. Both S Pens have special retractable tips designed to protect the screens from excessive force. Samsung is offering customers a free S Pen with purchase in some markets.
See our review, where it received 4/5 stars and an Editor’s Choice badge.
Other productivity highlights on the Fold 3 include a new taskbar for faster and easier access to apps, and ‘Flex mode’, which allows users to multi-task across the two screens. Fold 3 owners can, for instance, use one half of the phone for video calls (with optimised support for the likes of Microsoft Teams) and the other half for notetaking.
There’s greater durability too. Samsung promises the Fold 3 can withstand folding up to 200,000 times, while new IPX8 water resistance, an “Armour Aluminium” chassis – which Samsung claims is the strongest aluminium used on a phone – and a Gorilla Glass Victus display that’s “80% more durable than previous devices”, also join the list of durability upgrades.