The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 have a potentially valuable new battery protection feature.
Samsung’s latest foldable phones are out in the wild, prompting reviewers and early adopters to delve into every corner and flex slot. One useful feature we picked up SamMobile is a battery saving tool that has never been found on Samsung phones before.
As part of the One UI 3.1.1 software update that ships with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 at launch, you’ll find the ‘Protect Battery’ feature in the settings menu. When this function is active, this function serves to limit the maximum charge level to 85%, not to fill up to 100%.
It may sound counterintuitive, but it is believed that fully charging a device’s battery will shorten its lifespan. And if you’re spending £ 1,599 on a device (in the case of the Galaxy Z Fold 3), you might just want it to last longer than a couple of years.
Of course, if you actually activate this option, you will even have to connect to the network before going to bed even more. In our Galaxy Z Flip 3 review, we noticed that battery life isn’t a strong point.
The folding clamshell gimmick didn’t leave much room for a strong battery, resulting in a smaller cell size than we would normally expect to see in a phone with a 6.7-inch 120Hz AMOLED display.
While this Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 battery protection feature is a first for Samsung phones, we’ve seen it before on Samsung’s tablet lineup. That says a lot about the hybrid nature of Samsung’s latest foldable experiments, especially the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which, when fully unfolded, resembles a compact tablet.