The Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 have inherited a battery saver that was previously unique only to Samsung tablets, which when activated is designed to maximize battery life, reports SamMobile. The “Protect Battery” feature is designed to limit the charge level of devices to 85 percent, preventing a full charge by 100 percent, which can wear down the batteries over the years.
The feature, available in the app under Settings, Device care, Battery, more battery settings, comes with the obvious mission of limiting the maximum battery life the user will get from each phone per charge. In their analysis, they noted that both the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 battery last on average about a day by default, which means that the user may have to recharge at midday if only charging until 85 percent.
This can be a price that is definitely worth paying if the user wants to get as many years of use as possible, especially considering the difficulty of fixing any of the devices.
SamMobile notes that this is not the first time that Samsung has included the battery protection feature on its devices. But this is the first time it appears on one of the company’s phones. The feature is available with One UI 3.1.1 on both collapsibles, but hasn’t appeared on other smartphones with the same update.
Other smartphone manufacturers already offer this similar battery protection feature. However, while Samsung’s feature never lets a device’s battery charge beyond 85 percent, Apple’s and OnePlus’ equivalent features only limit their charge levels to 80 percent, before attempting to recharge their batteries to 100 percent must disable the battery protection limiter to achieve full charge.