Samsung has officially revealed the date and time of their upcoming Unpacked product presentation, which will take place on August 11th at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT. The latest generation of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 are likely to be announced, both of which have already been heavily leaked. A cursory check at Samsung’s invite reveals the outline for both of those gadgets, indicating that the company isn’t bashful about those expectations.
Samsung is also anticipated to unveil new Galaxy watches, the first to use Google’s new integrated Wear platform, which was revealed earlier this year at Google I/O.
Samsung is simulating the event on its website, and it promises to provide more information about the webcast here. It also continues a Samsung habit of allowing buyers to “reserve” “its next flagship” before it is officially launched. Early registrations will receive “enhanced trade-in credit and 12 months of Samsung Care+ at a discounted rate,” according to Samsung.
The largest change to the Galaxy Z Flip 3 could be on the outside, where Samsung will replace a tiny screen with a little larger but still small screen.
Since switching to “Ultra thin glass” under a plastic sheet for these displays, Samsung has improved the longevity of its folding gadgets. The screens, however, are still far more brittle than those on normal smartphones. Samsung will need to make the Z Fold 3’s folding screen more durable if it wants consumers to poke at it with a plastic stick.
The new Galaxy smartwatches are expected to make a bigger move than the iterative improvements to the foldable phones, even if they won’t gain top prominence. That’s because it’ll be the first Samsung smartwatch in over a decade to use Google’s Wear operating system. On smartwatches, Samsung had been using its own Tizen-based OS, which had advantages over Google’s Wear OS but lacked a useful app catalog. This next Samsung watch will be our first true look at how the new Wear operating system functions now that the two operating systems have been integrated.
Both a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 with a rotating bezel and a Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 4 without a revolving bezel are expected to be introduced, both in a variety of colors.
It’s always possible that there will be more – Samsung’s Galaxy Buds lineup might be getting a refresh. When Samsung launches their livestream on August 11th, we’ll know for sure