A flat lay of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3

By Miss May Leong October 15, 2021

Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Flip3 is big enough to capture every piece of content I’ve ever wanted, while still being small enough to fit into my everyday life. Here’s what I loved about it.


I’m an illustrator, designer and content creator with almost 400,000 followers on Instagram and a thriving online store. I need a device that can keep up with everything I do, but not be so clunky and massive that it slows me down.

Enter the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3.

It’s a sleek new flagship device from Samsung that’s meant for anyone who wants all the power of a big phone without it taking up so much room in your hand or your bag.

I’ve been using the Z Flip3 for a few weeks now, and I’ve found a few things I really love about it.

Miss May holding Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 posing for a selfie

First things first, it’s so compact, sleek and practical. I really disliked having to have a big, clunky phone in the past, so the Z Flip3 is so welcome in my life.

I love the fact that I can fold it into half and pop the Z Flip3 into my pocket or tote bag without having to worry about the screen getting any smudges.

As a content creator, sometimes I’m on the go, and I see things I love and I needed a shot right away. The Z Flip3 is so accessible, there are many ways I can access the camera and photo albums on my mobile, including my fingerprints, facial recognition and passcode. It’s too easy.

I’m a multitasker, and the bigger cover screen also means I can do more as well. The new colourway of Cream even matches my little fur baby, Louis Booboo!

Speaking of colour, you know that I just live for it. Especially if you’ve seen my Instagram. The first thing I did when I got my hands on the Z Flip3 was start to make content. It’s coming into Spring here in Sydney – my favourite season next to Autumn – so I had a great opportunity to test the camera!

The vibrant colours I’ve captured with the Z Flip3 definitely spark my joy, and it inspires me to create. I love the snaps that I’ve taken as well, the colours always turned up stunning and vibrant.

Miss May holding Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

I’d recommend trying out the Quick Selfie feature. Omigosh, I could even take a selfie even when the Flip is folded. It’s a neat little party trick, I reckon.

I love creating using the Single Take feature. It’s handy to shoot a video just once, and the Z Flip3 will basically sort the rest out for you, by capturing up to 14 ways of snaps and stills. How cool is that? It even gives you a black and white, just for kicks.

I was able to shoot a cute video on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 which I’ve added above to show you more about my favourite new phone!

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 with the S Pen Pro on a desk with paints
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How to use the Samsung S Pen to create awesome illustrations

By Sha'an d'Anthes October 13, 2021

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 is a lot of things: from a productivity powerhouse through to an illustrator’s best friend. We take a closer look at the new S Pen stylus accessories for the new Z Fold3, and how you can make the most of it.

We turned the Galaxy Z Fold3 and the incredible new S Pen Pro over to our new friend, Sha’an d’Anthes. You may also know her as incredible Sydney-based illustrator, furrylittlepeach!

If you’ve ever seen or loved a Samsung Galaxy Note device, you know the S Pen: a small stylus that can be used for everything from note taking to a handheld media remote.

Even though there’s no new Galaxy Note this year, Samsung has brought not one but two S Pens to the party for use with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3.

Here’s what they both do.

What is the S Pen Fold Edition?

The S Pen Fold Edition is the smaller, go-everywhere kind of stylus. If you’re a Galaxy Z Fold3 user who loves to take notes, doodle over images and draw the occasional sketch, you’re going to want to check this out.

It’s slimmer than the S Pen Pro, more portable and features a slim 1.5mm pen tip so it feels more like a real pen than a stylus.

It only works with the Galaxy Z Fold3, and doesn’t use Bluetooth which means that while you don’t have to charge it, you also can’t use it for things like Samsung’s Air Command features.

But because the S Pen can’t be docked with the unit this time, you get a snazzy leather case for your device when you purchase which has a built-in nook for the stylus.

What is the S Pen Pro?

This is the one that I prefer to go for. Especially if you have multiple Samsung devices.

Samsung S Pen Pro being used on the Galaxy Z Fold 3

The S Pen Pro is bigger, heftier and more capable than its smaller and more portable sibling.

It has its own battery – with a claimed life of 16 days – and Bluetooth which means it can work cross-device on everything from your Z Fold3 to your compatible Galaxy tablets.

In fact the Bluetooth in the S Pen Pro is so clever, you can smart snip something on your phone, store it in the S Pen Pro and drop it onto another device like a tablet or laptop (as long as they’re both signed into the same Samsung account). Crazy right?

The S Pen Pro is an illustrator’s best friend, and I went and found one to put it to the test.

Tips for getting started with the new S Pen

Over the years I’ve shared my process with my audience online (on Instagram, Youtube and now TikTok), and I want to share how I create work on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 so you can get the most out of it too!

What inspired my illustration?

I loved the idea of including a glowing pink roofed phone booth as a subtle nod to Telstra in this illo. When I was looking up photos of the phone booths I loved the beacon like glow they had at night – this prompted me to paint a night scene so I could capture it and balance it with the glow of the stars and the moon.

I’ve also based the palette on the Telstra brand colours The rural landscape is a nod to Telstra’s coverage – I think they have the largest coverage out of all the telecom providers, so no matter how far you are, they are there [Ed: we do! Thanks Sha’an!].

Samsung S Pen pro being used to mix colours on the Galaxy Z Fold 3

While creating, I loved the big, 6.2-inch screen! The bigger the screen, the better when it comes to creating, editing and viewing images and illustrations on a phone.

Also, the S-Pen has always been a mobile game-changer for me. The fact that there is a phone stylus that is pressure and angle sensitive akin to those used on professional graphics tablets is awesome. It means that I have a studio in my pocket AND that I can create wherever I am without also carrying a tablet or sketchbook.

Colour is such an important part of my work and so I always start there by creating a palette to pull from.

Next, create a loose sketch, and bring down the opacity so you can use it as a guide. Fill in the large blocks of colour first.

Then add texture. Drawing with the S-Pen on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a completely different experience.

Samsung S Pen Pro used to produce different pressured lines on the Z Fold 3

Unlike a regular stylus, the S-Pen uses pressure sensitivity which means that you can vary the size and look of a line using pressure alone – no fiddling around with settings – we don’t have time for that we have things to make!

Lastly, we’ll add some of the finer details. Voila – your work is ready to share with the world!

Generic tablet and smartphone device for Telstra Day deals
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Telstra Day is back, with bigger deals than ever

By Luke Hopewell August 31, 2021

Update: Telstra Day is over for September, but October Telstra Day deals are about to begin!

Telstra Day – our one-day sale event where we offer unreal deals on a great range of products – is back once again. Here’s what’s on offer this time around.

If there’s one thing we learned running last month’s inaugural Telstra Day, it’s that you folks love a deal! We’re running Telstra Day again this month so you can get your hands on some goodies.

What is Telstra Day?

Telstra Day is a new monthly event full of deals on Telstra.com.

Once a month, we will be offering deep discounts on all the latest tech. Deals are different every month, but previous Telstra Days have included smartphones, smart watches, headphones and other accessories.

New and existing customers can shop the deals both via our online store and even in-store. Of course, we understand restrictions mean that you can’t get out to our stores in some areas, so make sure you’re complying with local health guidelines before coming to see us!

You can even call and collect your purchases from your nearest Telstra Store. Find your nearest one here and give them a call.

A few days before the event, we will tease a few deals to whet your appetite. Once Telstra Day arrives, we’ll be dropping the full list of deals here on Telstra Exchange.

You can choose to pay upfront for your purchases, or pay it off later on your Telstra bill. And if you find a cheaper price somewhere else, let us know within 7 days and we’ll refund you the difference on your Telstra post-paid account (conditions apply, of course). You can even pay with your Telstra Plus loyalty points!

This month’s deals are great if you’re in the market for a new smartphone!

Read more: Our hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G

Telstra Day deals: September

We’ve got some real bangers!

We will be taking 50% off the price of the Samsung Galaxy S21 128GB and 256GB. Both models are down to $624 and $672 respectively.

How about 40% off the RRP of an iPhone 12 mini? Was $1199, now it’s $720. Save $479! Or, maybe you’re a tablet fan. We’ve got the 20% off the RRP of an iPad Air: now $880, saving you $219. Only on Telstra Day!

And there are plenty more where that came from!

Update: Here’s the full list of deals.

Telstra Day Price % Discount $ Discount
Samsung Galaxy S21 128GB $ 624.00

50%

$ 624.00
Samsung Galaxy S21 256GB $ 672.00

50%

$ 672.00
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 128GB $ 1,293.60

30%

$ 554.40
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 256GB $ 1,360.80

30%

$ 583.20
Samsung Galaxy FE 5G $ 699.30

30%

$ 299.70
Samsung Galaxy A32 $ 336.00

30%

$ 144.00
iPhone 12 Mini 64GB $ 719.40

40%

$ 479.60
iPhone 12 Mini 128GB $ 767.40

40%

$ 511.60
iPad Air 64GB $ 879

20%

$ 220

We also have a special for new Telstra Home Broadband customers, with $100 welcome credit on offer on selected home internet plans (for new customers only).

Head to Telstra.com to get your hands on the specials.

Remember: these deals are for one day only. We can’t offer these prices every day, so if you miss out, you’ll have to wait until next time!




Things you need to know

7 Day Price Match: There are some limits to our 7-day Price Match. For example, we will not match with online only retailers or clearance items, and there are limits to the number of phones per customer we will match the price for. For the full detail see our Telstra Price Match website.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 range in different colours
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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G hands-on: price, release date and specs

By Luke Hopewell August 27, 2021

We got our hands on the new flipping legend from Samsung: the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, and it’s proof that great things come in small packages.

What is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G?

Samsung bet big on folding phones a few years ago, and now it is streaks ahead of the competition.

The Z Flip3 5G is one such folding device in a clamshell format. It flips open and closed with a strong hinge to reveal a massive screen in a tiny footprint.

The new Z Flip3 5G is cheaper than previous models, lighter, stronger and even more capable.

It’s the folding phone for everyone. Here’s why.

Related: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G review

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G: big screen, small phone

Phones with big screens, allowing you to watch all your content and take your video calls on the massive display, have become all the rage. The trouble is they’re unwieldly and take up a stack of space in your pocket or bag.

The Z Flip3 5G doesn’t need you to make that compromise: it’s all the benefits of a massive screen in a device that flips down into half its size.

The 6.7-inch display on the inside has less bezel than previous models, making it better for viewing truly cinematic content, playing games or just getting stuff done in comfort. It also has twice the refresh rate of previous models at 120Hz, so it’s smooth and easy on the eyes. Does trying to understand Hertz hurt? Think of it like this: 120Hz is a measure of how many times the screen refreshes per second. 120 means there are 120 images being shown on screen every single second. More images means a smoother image, and that’s what you get here. You notice how buttery smooth it is while scrolling, opening apps and running animations.

The new screen is also brighter and yet more battery-efficient than previous models thanks to something Samsung is calling Eco2 display technology. Great for indoor and outdoor use.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 closed on a desk

It’s even useful when closed, with a new cover screen that is almost twice the size of the previous models’. It’s 1.9-inches and allows you to see your notifications at a glance; change your music; check your steps and more.

In the same way that a smartwatch can give you a clue whether you need to open your device or not, the cover screen does the same.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G: not just for nerds

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 in someone's hand above a notebook

I get it. It’s a folding phone. In a sea of black rectangles, it’s a little bit different. The newest Z Flip model, however, is designed for everyone.

It’s thinner than ever at just 1.7cm closed, making it super pocketable; it has a range of new colourways that you’ll actually love to look at, and it’s just so damn practical.

I can’t quite put my finger on it, but this is the first foldable phone that I feel the non-tech savvy crowd will love. It’s a folding phone that doesn’t take any extra effort to get used to. The gimmick has faded away into something really useful for the everyday user.

It’s a big phone when you need it, and a small phone when you don’t. It has a camera that makes every pic look good without having to mess around with settings (although you can if you like); and it just does everything you’d want a flagship smartphone to do.

It’s a smart design, and one that is really going to win a lot of everyday fans. Speaking of design, it’s also meant to go everywhere with you, and not handled with kid gloves. The glass is stronger thanks to Gorilla Glass Victus, and the internal screen is more scratch resistant than previous models.

The whole frame is also reinforced with Samsung’s Armour Aluminium, so you don’t have to worry about snapping it when flipping your phone shut like a 90’s TV icon.

The cameras are more than sufficient, with a dual-lens camera system for your wide and ultra-wide shots, and the internal camera is a healthy 10-megapixels for your meetings, selfies and quick ‘fit checks.

Speaking of the camera, check out a little of what it can do:

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G: what’s in the box?

To keep the new devices a little more green, Samsung isn’t bundling a charger in the box this year.

The device charges via USB-C, so you do get a USB-C to USB-C cable shipped in the box, but no charger. Nor is there a pair of bundled headphones. Samsung assumes that by this point you have headphones and a charging plug you prefer using anyway, and by not making them it’s being more environmentally friendly.

Elsewhere in the box, you’re getting your How To manuals, and the all-important SIM Ejector Tool. Try not to lose this one!

Availability: price and release date

We’re excited to carry the new Samsung Galaxy ZFlip3 5G on our awesome network.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G RRP
256GB 512GB
$1499 $1599

Pre-order bonuses from Telstra and Samsung

Ordering your new Z Fold3 5G or Z Flip3 5G from Telstra and adding a Medium or above mobile data plan means you get access to our awesome 5G network[1] that works in more places than ever. We’re also throwing in some incredible exclusive gifts with purchase to anyone who pre-orders on an eligible plan before September 2021.

Customers who shop at Telstra and pre-order the Galaxy Z Fold3 or Z Flip3 before September 09 2021 score a bonus Samsung 43-inch AU8000 Crystal UHD 4K Smart TV (RRP value $949), as well as a bonus Telstra TV when you join Telstra Plus. We’ll also upgrade new Telstra Plus members or non-Gold tier members to Gold tier membership on, unlocking a range of other benefits.[2]

Samsung is also throwing in a choice of bonus packs.

For the Z Flip3, you can choose between Samsung Galaxy Buds Live or a Power Pack (Black Trio Wireless Charger and Aramid Cover Black).

Things you need to know:

Bonus offers: Redemption and eligibility criteria apply. Redeem bonus gifts by 15 October 2021. For more information please see https://www.samsung.com/au/offer/galaxy-z-series-offer/terms/telstra/.

Telstra Plus: Must be 18+ with an active service. Points are earned on payment for services bill or pre-paid recharge (excluding outright purchases, refunds, credits & late payment fees). Points expire 3 years from earning. Marketing opt-in required (preferences can be changed). Excludes Telstra Enterprise and Corporate accounts. S Pens sold separately.

[1] 5G rolling out in selected areas on selected plans

[2] Current Gold tier members will not receive any additional benefits

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 open on a table surrounded by coffee and books
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G, Galaxy Z Flip3 5G and everything from Unpacked 2021

By Luke Hopewell August 12, 2021

Stronger, smarter and loaded with new features and innovations. Samsung blessed the timeline with a whole suite of new foldable and flippable devices at its virtual Unpacked press event overnight. Here’s what’s new, and when you can get your hands on them, and how you can score a free TV in the process.

This is a first look at the awesome new gear from Samsung, but we’ve already unboxed them and will be bringing you our first look review in the coming week. Stay tuned by signing up to our newsletter.



Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 opened playing media of a whale

Samsung is no stranger to folding phones, but it’s shooting for the stars with the new Galaxy Z Fold3 5G.

A phone when it’s closed – sporting a 6.2-inch cover screen – becomes tablet-like in seconds as soon as it’s opened. The thin clamshell hides a massive 7.6-inch display, designed for everything in your digital life.

That screen hides some nifty tricks, too. Tricks like secreting a camera underneath the display so that nothing gets in the way of your content! And speaking of cameras, you get a triple camera rig on the back with a 2x telephoto and wide-angle shooter, as well as a 10-megapixel camera on the cover display to boot.

The Z Fold3 is also compatible with two new S Pens now on sale. There’s an S Pen Fold Edition exclusive to this device for great on-the-go note taking, and an S Pen Pro for more serious artists.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 closed next to a new S Pen

And to make sure your phone survives you, Samsung is boasting some big strength and durability upgrades.

On the rear of the device and over the cover screen, you get new Gorilla Glass Victus which Samsung says is 50% stronger than before. On the inside, there’s a new protective film for better scratch resistance, and it’s all reinforced by Samsung’s new Armor Aluminium frame and hinge, which it says is the strongest material they have ever used on a smartphone.

All that reinforcement doesn’t add bulk, either. In fact, it’s lighter than the previous Fold models!

And to top it all off, it’s IPX8-rated water resistant – the first folding phone to be so – protecting it against spills, splashes and the odd dunk.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 range in different colours

In a sea of black rectangles, not every device is created equally. Instead of being a regular candybar smartphone design, the Z Flip3 simply folds vertically shut when you’re done. Think of it like this – the Z Fold3 opens like a book, while the Z Flip3 opens like a high-tech compact mirror.

The Z Flip3 5G really proves that good things come in small packages. You no longer have to make a choice between style and functionality, as you get all the top shelf gear without the big size.

Gear like bigger and better screens, cameras and more power to boot, all in a huge range of colours. If you want the best of Samsung in a small, more portable package, you’re home!

You get a dual rear-camera for wide and ultra-wide shots, as well as an awesome 10-megapixel camera on the inside for top-shelf selfies.

The new front-screen – which is larger and sharper than the last model – also allows you to take a pic while the cover is closed.

The rigid design also means you can flip the phone into its own stand and make it your own tripod, perfect for everything from Zoom catch ups to TikTok challenges. How nifty’s that!

It’s not only good for making content, but it’s great for experiencing it too.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 in someone's hand above a notebook

With smaller bezel – that border between the screen and the phone’s frame – you get more screen for your buck in a true cinematic aspect ratio. That also makes it handy for gaming on the go. Plus, there’s new Dual Speakers with Dolby ATMOS Sound for a super crisp experience.

Samsung has done all the same strengthening work to the Z Flip3 as it has to the Fold to make it tough enough to withstand everyday life. It has the same Armor Aluminium frame and hinge; new Gorilla Glass Victus and new protective film on the internal screen which Samsung says is 80% more durable than previous models.

Plus, it joins the Z Fold3 as the world’s first IPX8-rated water resistant folding smartphones

Release date, pricing and a bonus TV!

Pre-orders for the new devices open from 9am AEST, 12 August 2021 through to 9am AEST, 9 September 2021

All the extra features mean these phones are going to be more expensive, right? Wrong!

Both the Z Flip3 and Z Fold3 models retail for less than the launch prices of their predecessors.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G RRP Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G RRP
256GB 512GB 128GB 256GB
$2499 $2649 $1499 $1599

Ordering your new Z Fold3 5G or Z Flip3 5G from Telstra and adding a Medium or above mobile data plan means you get access to our awesome 5G network[1] that works in more places than ever. We’re also throwing in some incredible exclusive gifts with purchase to anyone who pre-orders on an eligible plan before September 2021.

Customers who shop at Telstra and pre-order the Galaxy Z Fold3 or Z Flip3 before September 09 2021 score a bonus Samsung 43-inch AU8000 Crystal UHD 4K Smart TV (RRP value $949), as well as a bonus Telstra TV when you join Telstra Plus. We’ll also upgrade new Telstra Plus members or non-Gold tier members to Gold tier membership on, unlocking a range of other benefits.[2]

Samsung is also throwing in a choice of bonus packs.

For the Z Fold3, you can choose between a set of Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, a Productivity Pack (S Pen Pro, Universal stand and Trio Universal Keyboard) or a Power Pack (Cover with S Pen and Black Trio Wireless Charger). For the Z Flip3, you can choose between Samsung Galaxy Buds Live or a Power Pack (Black Trio Wireless Charger and Aramid Cover Black).

Things you need to know:

Bonus offers: Redemption and eligibility criteria apply. Redeem bonus gifts by 15 October 2021. For more information please see https://www.samsung.com/au/offer/galaxy-z-series-offer/terms/telstra/.

Telstra Plus: Must be 18+ with an active service. Points are earned on payment for services bill or pre-paid recharge (excluding outright purchases, refunds, credits & late payment fees). Points expire 3 years from earning. Marketing opt-in required (preferences can be changed). Excludes Telstra Enterprise and Corporate accounts. S Pens sold separately.

[1] 5G rolling out in selected areas on selected plans

[2] Current Gold tier members will not receive any additional benefits