In front of his upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung has posted a blog post from its president TM Roh who is basically telling us what he plans to announce next month. In addition to a the new Galaxy Watch running Wear OS, the company will launch the third generation of its Galaxy Z series and “the first S Pen designed specifically for folding phones.”
Pen made for flexible screens on folding elements Galaxy Z Fold 2 i Z Flip it was a generally sought-after feature, and larger open screens would make it more useful. Of course, Samsung has shared something more about this S Pen besides the fact that it is coming, so there are a lot of unknowns at the moment. How will it avoid damaging the softer, flexible screen? How accurate will the pencil be? What is the size of the tip, what is the sensitivity to pressure and will the folding parts have built-in slots for accommodation? Will it have Bluetooth support for actions on the remote control? It is clear that these are things that we will have to wait until the unpacking on August 11 to find out more.
Roh also confirmed that Samsung will not be introducing a new Note handset at the event, saying that “Instead of introducing a new Galaxy Note this time, we will further expand the beloved Note functions to more Samsung Galaxy devices.”
As for the third-generation Galaxy Z phones we’ll see at the event, Roh said the company has “set up even more partner apps that make the most of the versatile folding format”. We can expect “optimized hands-free video calls with the Google Duo and watching videos in Flex mode on YouTube,” as well as “multitasking in Microsoft Teams”.
Specifically, the next Galaxy Z Flip will have “even more refined style” and “more durable, firmer materials”, while the upcoming Z Fold “will combine the best that smartphones and tablets offer and [deliver] completely new ways of working, connecting and creating. “
It’s a surprisingly vague language, as Samsung can’t give all the details ahead of Unpacked. But he also obviously wants people to be excited – excited enough that they might be tempted to already book one of the new Z-series devices. If you choose to pass Reserve Now program, you can replace up to two devices, including phones, tablets and wearables, according to the new Galaxy product. I would recommend until we find out more about what’s coming on August 11th before you do, and you can join us Engadget’s YouTube channel to watch unpacked live. We’ll start the prep show at 9:40 a.m. Eastern Time and answer your questions in the post-show after Samsung’s wrap-up.
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