Samsung is supposedly going all on foldable phones out next year but there’s still some uncertainty on what exactly the line up will be. Of course, there’s the Galaxy Z Fold 3 that may or may not have S Pen stylus support but the rest of the roster seems to still be in a state of flux. There are rumors of an affordable “Lite” foldable phone in addition to a Galaxy Z Flip 3 clamshell. Whether those two are one and the same is also still unknown but a recent report hints that it could very well be the case.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3, given the number, should be taking after the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, which is reportedly what Samsung considers to be the Galaxy Z Flip 2. Considering how high-end these foldable clamshells have been, it’s only normal to expect the successor to have higher specs. According to GalaxyClub, however, that might not be the case.
It stumbled upon a certain SM-F720F, most likely one of the Flips headed to the market next year. Unfortunately, the site’s information claims that it will be sold as an LTE-only device, just like the first Galaxy Z Flip. Even more, it will still be running on a Snapdragon 865, instead of the shiny new Snapdragon 888. Ironically, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 already has 5G built-in.
These two critical features seem to suggest that this would be a “Lite” variant of the Galaxy Z Flip 3, perhaps the Galaxy Z Flip Lite. It would definitely be a puzzling step back if Samsung decided to promote this as the high-end Galaxy Z Flip 3. Of course, few would probably complain if it also ended being Samsung’s sub-$1,000 foldable.
SamMobile does note that the report leaves the possibility open for a 5G model, one that may have an SM-F721B model. Whether previous leaks about the clamshell foldable, like the larger external display and increased number of cameras, applies to which variant is equally unknown at this point.