Stunning Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 design takes Galaxy S21 Ultra to the next level

Galaxy Z Fold 3 render
(Image credit: Ben Geskin/@BenGeskin)

It's no secret that Samsung has been working to bolster its folding phone game, whether it's cutting prices on the Galaxy Z Flip 5G or working on new types of foldable designs. And that could mean big changes for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.

It’s already expected that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will follow the lede of the Galaxy S21 Ultra and add support for the S Pen that had previously been exclusive to Galaxy Note phones. But the upcoming foldable could take even more cues from Samsung’s newest flagship, according to some new concepts designs.

Designer Ben Geskin tweeted a couple of new images that give us a look at what the Galaxy Z Fold 3 might offer when it arrives later this year. These aren’t official designs, but they’re still pretty interesting, making the Galaxy Z Fold 3 look like a svelte yet large device. There's a larger camera bump that looks a lot like the S21 Ultra's setup — a possible indication that the Fold could adapt a similar camera array, with a 108MP main camera with laser autofocus.

Aside from the cameras, though,, the new foldable  might look very much like the current Galaxy Z Fold 2. The latest Fold might also include a secondary screen that takes up one leaf of the phone's rear panel. As far as the main folding display, it's reportedly around 7.6 inches diagonally.

The renders don't indicate any sort of under-display camera, which tipsters have touged as a possibility. Some thought that feature may debut with the Galaxy S21, but Samsung passed on that opportunity. Geskin's renders don't seem to indicate any front-facing under-display selfie cameras here, however.

The render also includes an S Pen, a widely rumored addition to the Galaxy Z Fold 3. There's no indication that there'd be any place to dock the stylus within the phone itself. It's likely it will simply have to clip onto the phone or stored in a separate case. (For the S21 Ultra, the S Pen is optional, so you have to a separate case to attach it to something.) 

As eye-catching as the renders are, we’re still very much in the dark about concrete specifics the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will offer. In fact, we still don't know an official announcement or release date for the new device, though rumors point to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 arriving in May. If so, that will be earlier in the year than the August 2020 unveiling that the Galaxy Z Fold 2 enjoyed.

Brittany Vincent

Brittany Vincent has been covering video games and tech for over 13 years for publications including Tom's Guide, MTV, Rolling Stone, CNN, Popular Science, Playboy, IGN, GamesRadar, Polygon, Kotaku, Maxim, and more. She's also appeared as a panelist at video game conventions like PAX East and PAX West and has coordinated social media for companies like CNET. When she's not writing or gaming, she's looking for the next great visual novel in the vein of Saya no Uta. You can follow her on Twitter @MolotovCupcake.