Samsung just conducted its latest Galaxy Unpacked event, announcing new devices such as a new Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold, the Galaxy Buds 2, and the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, the first smartwatches running on Google and Samsung’s unified wearable operating system. Despite the chip scarcity and supply line concerns plaguing most manufacturers, this is Samsung’s first late summer Unpacked event without the Galaxy Note series, and the company has still managed to put out an amazing slate of devices.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the star of the show, and we got our hands on one. It will take the place of the Note 21 as Samsung’s big-screen device, and it will include the S Pen.This isn’t a new feature; Samsung included it in the S21 Ultra earlier this year, albeit there’s no place to put it unless you acquire a case. It does, however, make the Note 21’s absence more bearable for pen lovers.
However, it won’t be the same S Pen we’re used to seeing on standard smartphones and tablets. Samsung is releasing two new pens: the S Pen Fold Edition and the S Pen Pro. They’re designed exclusively for the Z Fold 3 and have a retractable tip to protect the device’s screen. Samsung claims that this S Pen has even reduced latency than previous S Pens, resulting in “the finest S Pen experience yet.”
Samsung Electronics President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, Dr. TM Roh, said, “With Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3, Samsung is once again expanding the possibilities with foldable smartphones that empower consumers with the flexibility and versatility needed for today’s fast-paced world.” “With the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3, we’re thrilled to continue our tradition of innovation as a pioneer and industry leader in the foldable category. With an ecosystem founded on openness and innovation, these gadgets provide customers with technologies that unlock new ways to maximize and enjoy every moment.”
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, up to 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage power the Z Fold 3. It’s kept charged thanks to a 4,400mAh battery and 25W rapid charging.
It has a 6.2-inch 120Hz HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display on the outside for use while folded. When fully unfolded, users will enjoy a larger 7.6-inch 120Hz QHD AMOLED display on which to watch media and work. Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, and Phantom Green are the color possibilities for the models.
This is Samsung’s first foldable device to be IPX8-certified for water resistance (but not dust resistance). The firm claims that these gadgets are manufactured of “Armor Aluminum” and Gorilla Glass Victus, which is not the corporation’s sole concession to durability. They’ll be more resistant to scratches and falls than prior foldable. Samsung also claims that the Z Fold can fold 200,000 times. The company is eager to avoid the failure of the first Galaxy Fold, and these hardware upgrades will help.
With the Z Fold 3, Samsung is introducing the world’s first under-display camera. It won’t be very big, though, because it’ll only be 4MP. That only applies to the unfolded Fold. When folded, the 10MP front-facing camera on the cover screen should perform significantly better for selfies. On the back, Samsung is introducing a triple 12MP camera system with a wide-angle camera, an ultrawide camera, and a telephoto lens.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 was also a continuation of Samsung’s Z Flip range. While there is no “Flip 2,” it’s likely that Samsung will refer to the Galaxy Z Flip 5G as the Flip 2 in order to harmonize its foldables’ branding. It did the same thing with the Note and S-Line about the same time as the S7 and Note 7, so it’s not unheard of.
The internals of this device are comparable to those of the Galaxy Z Fold 3. When opened, the laptop has a 1.9-inch external display, a 6.7-inch AMOLED 120Hz display, and up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. It has a 3,300mAh battery and comes with a variety of fast charging methods, including 15W wired and 10W fast wireless charging.
The Flip 3 sports a 10MP front-facing camera and a dual 12MP camera system with wide-angle and ultrawide lenses. It, like the Z Fold 3, has an IPX8 rating and other tough features including Aluminum Armor and Gorilla Glass Victus. Samsung offers this in cream, green, lavender, and Phantom Black colors. Customers who purchase via Samsung.com will have the option of gray, white, or pink as well.
The Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
This year, Samsung is releasing two Watch-branded smartwatches instead of one. The Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Classic are the two models. These are Samsung’s first smartwatches to run the new Google Wear OS, and they’re powered by “One UI watch,” as the company describes it. For the first time in a long time, Google apps like Messages, Maps, Google Pay, and YouTube Music will be available alongside Samsung apps like SmartThings and Bixby on a Samsung smartwatch.
The standard Watch 4 is a sleek affair with an aluminum body and a rubber strap that is the spiritual successor of the Galaxy Watch Active 2. This is being marketed as a sleek, minimalist smartwatch for everyday use by Samsung. This will be available in two sizes (40mm and 44mm), with color possibilities altering depending on the size. Black, silver, and pink gold will be available in the 40mm variant, while black, silver, and green will be available in the 44mm option.
The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is the successor to the Galaxy Watch 3, and it is described as a “premium, timeless smartwatch design” with a rotating bezel. Users can choose between a stainless steel or aluminum case, and the display will be protected by Gorilla Glass DX or DX+, depending on which case they choose. The Watch 3 Classic is available in two different sizes: 42mm and 46mm. Both Black and Silver varieties will be available to buyers.
Inside, the Exynos W920, one of Samsung’s most powerful chips, will be combined with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of storage in both watches. Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, body composition analysis, enhanced sleep tracking, V02 Max, blood oxygen monitoring, an ECG, a heart rate monitor, optional LTE, and an Always On Display are some of the other features.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2
Apart from foldable and wearables, Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy Buds 2, the follow-up to the well-received Galaxy Buds. Samsung’s newest true wireless earbuds, which join the Galaxy Buds Live and Galaxy Buds Pro, bring variation to the company’s existing lineup.
Samsung touts the “smallest and lightest earphones yet,” claiming that they are “comfortable to wear.” Samsung has included dynamic two-way speakers and active noise cancellation in these phones, allowing you to choose between entirely immersing yourself in sound or paying closer attention to the real world.
The earbuds will be available in graphite, white, olive, and lavender, with the color options reflected on the interior of the case.
Pricing and availability of everything Samsung announced
Samsung promised earlier this year that it would make its foldable lines more accessible, and it delivered on that promise. Samsung’s Galaxy Z devices start at $1,000 for the Z Flip 3 and $1,800 for the Z Fold 3. It’s still a little pricey, but carrier offers and trade-ins will put downward pressure on the price, which will be discussed later.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 will cost $150, while the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch Classic will cost $249 and $349 for Bluetooth-only devices, respectively, and $299 and $399 for LTE ones. Limited Thom Browne editions are available for the Galaxy Z Flip 3, Z Fold 3, and Galaxy Watch Classic. The Watch 4 Classic is Rhodium-plated, and the foldables have Thom Browne’s characteristic red, white, and blue colors, as well as leather accents.
You’ll have similar discount options if you buy through AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile. When you trade in a qualifying smartphone and sign up for an installment plan or choose unlimited plans, AT&T will give you up to $1,000 off the Z Fold or Z Flip 3.
Verizon will offer the same, however on some plans, you’ll be able to get a Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G and a 128 Galaxy Z Flip 5G for the same price. If you trade in an eligible smartphone and join up for T-Equipment Mobile’s Installation Plan on Magenta Max, you can get up to $1,000 off the Z Fold 3 or Z Flip 3 (essentially making it free), or $500 off if you use any other postpaid plan.
Preorders for all of these devices begin today, with a year of Samsung Care+ included.