If you’re a big Samsung fan, you’ve probably already marked your August 11 calendar, when the company maintains it next Galaxy Unpacked event. Although it took place many events as early as 2021, at least this time roughly the one we expected. In recent years, Samsung has introduced new Note phones every August. But on this unpacked, the company will do it no showing a new note. Thanks an enterprising rumor mill and, Samsung itself, we have a good idea of what we can expect next Wednesday.
Collapsible: Third generation
Company published a blog post last month in which its president TM Roh teased what follows. First: collapsible. Yes, it is plural. We’ll see the third generation Galaxy Z series, including the next Z Flip and Z Fold. If you remember, Z Flip is a smaller Moto Razr style phone that looks like a regular phone that you can close in half. In the meantime, Z Fold is a more hybrid tablet and phone, where a 6.2-inch device opens to reveal a 7.6-inch screen.
What could Samsung bring in new versions of these devices? Based leaks float on the InternetThe Z Flip 3 will likely have a 1.9-inch external display with a 6.7-inch internal flexible display. This outer board is significantly larger than the 1.1-inch board on the older Z Flip, which could make it more useful when the device is closed. We’ve also seen reports that the internal screen will run at 120Hz and have a dual 12-megapixel rear camera and a 10-megapixel selfie recorder.
Meanwhile, Z Fold 3 is it rustles have a similar setup as the existing model, with a 6.2-inch outer panel and a 7.6-inch version. They will likely have triple 12-megapixel cameras and two selfie cameras on either side. Both models have an IPX8 rating for water resistance, although dust resistance remains a challenge. These are all educated assumptions based on what was leaked, so I would take the details with a grain of salt.
What there is it has been confirmed that the foldable will support Samsung’s S pen. The pen was a trademark of the Note series and the company provided support on its flagship S series earlier this year. Roh said in his blog post that the S pen was specifically designed for folding.
A pen made for flexible folding screens was a widely sought-after feature and would make larger, open screens more useful. Of course, Samsung hasn’t said anything more about this S pen other than the fact that it’s coming, so there are a lot of unknowns right now. How to avoid damaging the softer, flexible screen? What is the size of the tip, what is the pressure sensitivity and will the folding elements have built-in slots for accommodation? Will it have Bluetooth support for remote control actions? It is clear that these are things that we will have to wait until August 11 to find out.
Wearable: New headphones and watches with Wear OS
Samsung has also already spilled the grain the upcoming Galaxy Watch with the new Wear OS that it is together with Google. We’ve also seen plenty of leaked renders of the alleged Galaxy Watch 4, which will likely appear in the Active and Classic editions. The latter could be available in three sizes, not just two, and appear to contain the popular rotating frames for which Samsung watches are known. Expect more hardware and user interface details on the Unpacked page, in addition to pricing and availability.
This is not the only wearable device that will appear. We are too he saw a leak indicating that the new Galaxy Buds 2 could appear in Unpacked. The company’s next wireless headphones seem to have a more refined design and more color options. One report based on a beta version of the upcoming add-on on Samsung’s update server also indicates the possibility of active noise cancellation, touch control and a simplified battery interface.
That’s roughly all we know so far, though I wouldn’t say Samsung has anything else hidden up its sleeve for this event. Will Blackpink show up? I want to. As for the actual hardware, this is already a pretty long list of things to expect 11. August. The launch of Samsung starts that day at 10 a.m. east, and you should come with us Engadget’s YouTube channel. We’ll start at 9:40 a.m. East with a pre-sale and hang out after Samsung is done to answer your burning questions. I hope to see you then!
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