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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 first alleged benchmarks tip specs and performance

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If you're curious as to what will power the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 when the new version of the foldable arrives in a month, wonder no more. Benchmark results for the Galaxy Z Fold 2 successor have appeared on Geekbench's website, and they reveal the processor Samsung will use for the Z Fold 3.

Sammobile spotted the Geekbench post, noting that the phone in question is powered by a Qualcomm system-on-chip called Lahaina. That refers to the Snapdragon 888, the same chipset found inside Samsung's Galaxy S21 lineup. That's a bit of a surprise since Qualcomm just released an improved version, the Snapdragon 888 Plus, that's supposed to start appearing in phones as soon as this month.

Nevertheless, the Snapdragon 888 remains a powerful piece of silicon that Samsung's augmenting with 12GB of RAM, according to the Geekbench listing. Sammobile's report claims there could be a model with 16GB of RAM as well.

As for the benchmarks themselves, the device we're assuming is the Galaxy Z Fold 3 posted a single-core score of 1,124 and a multicore result of 3,350. To put those numbers into context, the Snapdragon 888-powered Galaxy S21 Ultra posted results of 1,123 and 3,440, respectively, on those same tests — essentially similar performance.

We're getting a pretty complete picture of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 specs, helped out by an additional leak tweeted out by a Twitter user named Tron who posts details about upcoming phones. According to the tweet, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will feature a triple camera array on its back — a 12MP main camera, augmented by 12MP ultrawide and 12MP telephoto lenses. The ultrawide lens will add autofocus, while the telephoto camera will support a 2x zoom. 

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Additionally, the Galaxy Z Fold could feature a 10MP selfie cam on its cover display plus a 16MP under-display camera that you can use when you unfold the phone.

Thanks to previous leaks, we already expect the Galaxy Z Fold 3 to feature a 6.2-inch cover display on the outside of the phone and a 7.55-inch screen when you open the Z fold up. Both of those screens should offer 120Hz refresh rates. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 will join the S21 Ultra in adding support for Samsung's S Pen stylus.

Now it just remains for Samsung to release the phone and make everything official. Rumors point to a Galaxy Z Fold 3 launch event happening in August, at which time Samsung is likely to show off its other foldable, the Galaxy Z Flip 3.

Philip Michaels is a Managing Editor at Tom's Guide. He's been covering personal technology since 1999 and was in the building when Steve Jobs showed off the iPhone for the first time. He's been evaluating smartphones since that first iPhone debuted in 2007, and he's been following phone carriers and smartphone plans since 2015. He has strong opinions about Apple, the Oakland Athletics, old movies and proper butchery techniques. Follow him at @PhilipMichaels.