Galaxy Z Fold 3: How does Samsung’s Flex mode work?


Samsung’s Flex mode is unique to its foldable smartphones just like the Galaxy Z Fold 3. It permits the show to adapt accordingly primarily based on the angle the place the smartphone show is at. Nevertheless, the million-dollar query stays: Is it actually helpful?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is working on the Android OneUI 3.1.1 pores and skin since its launch on August 27. It is a variant of Samsung’s person interface that continues to be unique to the Fold and Flip fashions, primarily as a result of it incorporates the Flex mode. This mode is not actually new because it was first launched on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 final yr, which I discussed in my full overview as nicely.

Flex, in English, also can confer with the act of displaying off, actually talking. Exhibiting off! “I am going to flex on you, bro.” However actually, other than displaying off your foldable smartphone, what’s the level of this Flex mode, and are the utilization situations actually related for on a regular basis use? Spoiler alert: Not likely, but it surely’s form of just like the 120Hz vs 90Hz refresh charge debate, when you get used to it you’ve a tough time with out it.

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Flex mode: Remodeling your Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 right into a mini (actually, actually mini) laptop computer

Flex mode actually refers back to the skill of the OneUI 3.1.1’s interface to adapt to the angle at which the display of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is folded. So as to be extra precise, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 must be tilted wherever between 75 and 115 levels to ensure that Flex mode to be activated, and this has been accessible for the reason that Z Fold 2.

This lets you use chosen functions with the display partially folded in two methods. On the one hand in “laptop computer” mode will make use of the twin interior screens (the principle display) and however in “tent” mode, it’s going to use only one display (see beneath to get a greater concept). Allow us to take a better take a look at the laptop computer mode.

Particularly, while you use an utility on the principle display (the part that folds), you may fold one of many two panels to activate Flex mode. Thus, all necessary data shall be displayed on the highest panel whereas the underside one will function the appliance controls or the digital keyboard, and many others…

The identical course of labored roughly equally nicely on on the spot messaging functions. On WhatsApp, I encountered some bugs at first with the highest display turning white after I typed on the underside display. However it labored usually after that, so I’m not positive whether or not it’s a one-off glitch or it impacts everybody. On Telegam, I did not discover any visible bugs.

This is available in particularly useful while you’re utilizing a GPS utility like Google Maps. You’ll be able to discover the map in unfolded mode, benefiting from the bigger show of the unfolded Z Fold 3. However as soon as you’ve got determined the place you wish to go, you may merely fold the cellphone and the GPS utility will proceed to perform with none interruption.

What’s fascinating is that this: you too can mix this Continuity function with Flex mode. For instance, after I take my lunch break on the workplace, I watch fascinating movies from the NextPit France Youtube channel with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in “tent” mode. The display is barely folded and the smartphone is flipped like a tent, doubling up as a tripod whereas the content material is displayed on one of many screens. In case you’re used to consuming video content material in your smartphone, that is virtually a killer-feature, and I’m not exaggerating (nicely OK, perhaps a little bit).

I did not use this function a lot since many of the functions I used did not require these capabilities. Additionally, this “Flex mode panel” takes up your entire backside display, which logically talking, hinders any try at multitasking.


Effectively, I’ve made lots of hue and cry about this well-known Flex mode. However actually, is it helpful? No, however it’s charming and funky!

It is not helpful within the sense that you just will not use these capabilities since you want them or as a result of your particular utilization sample requires it. Nevertheless, it’s far much less of a gimmick in comparison with Soli on the Pixel 4 (regardless that I used to be a fan of it), or the Fnatic mode on OnePlus smartphones, or the 2MP macro sensor on many smartphones.

Nevertheless, I additionally don’t intend to dismiss it utterly. These are completely optionally available options that you may dwell with out dropping part of your soul. However should you resolve to make use of them, they will not taint the person expertise. It is merely a bonus.

Personally, I feel it is also a matter of the shape issue. The Flex View mode, for instance, permits the Z Fold 3 for use in laptop computer mode and could be extra related if the smartphone had been to be barely bigger. With my fats fingers, I discovered typing on the keyboard reasonably uncomfortable over time.

On YouTube, watching a video on one aspect of the display in laptop computer or tent mode is a really good expertise. However could not we simply do the identical in full-screen mode with the smartphone absolutely unfolded, whereas letting the system stand in opposition to one thing to stay upright?

It is clearly not a killer-feature and these options are nonetheless a bit immature. However I feel they may ultimately absolutely justify the curiosity of this new type issue that Samsung is, for now, the one one to grasp. Personally, I am flexing in your iPhone 13s proper now.


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