Samsung Now is a new live online shopping platform launched on the Samsung India website for the live pre-book event of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3. The Korean tech giant shared the development on its editorial website, stating that customers were interested in the new foldable smartphones, they can be pre-ordered live on August 23. In addition, the screen repair costs for the two foldable smartphones will reportedly be very expensive and both phones have received poor recovery scores.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 launched in India earlier this week and will go on sale from September 10. Samsung is now allowing interested buyers to pre-order the foldables on August 23 from 6 p.m. through a live pre-book event called “Samsung Now.” Those who pre-order the phones during this event will get early delivery and exclusive offers for a limited period of time, including free Galaxy SmartTag, Galaxy Z Fold 3 Flip Cover with S Pen and Galaxy Z Flip 3 Silicon Cover with Ring.
The offers during the live pre-book event are in addition to those announced at the time of launch. These pre-order offers for Samsung Galaxy Fold 3 and Samsung Galaxy Flip 3 include an upgrade voucher of up to Rs. 7,000 or HDFC Bank cashback up to Rs. 7,000 when using credit and debit card. Buyers are eligible for one year of free Samsung Care+ accidental damage protection when pre-booking Galaxy Z Fold 3 (worth Rs. 7,999) and/or Galaxy Z Flip 3 (Rs. 4,799). Those who have already pre-ordered one of the phones are also eligible for a free Galaxy SmartTag.
Samsung has also reportedly shared the repair costs for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3. A report from The Verge quotes Samsung as saying that repairing the interior folding screen will cost $479 (approximately Rs. 35,600) for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and $369 (approximately Rs. 27,400) for the Galaxy Z Flip 3. The external display repair will cost $149 (approximately Rs. 11,000) and $99 (approximately Rs. 7,400), respectively.
The two foldable phones also went through a teardown on PBK Reviews, a YouTube channel that does teardowns and teardowns and gives them a repairability score. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 got a recovery score of 2 out of 10, while the Galaxy Z Flip 3 got a score of 4 out of 10. Given how complex and intricate the two foldable phones are, these recovery scores aren’t exactly surprising.