This year’s Samsung “Unpacked” event is shaping up to be very exciting, with two new foldable phones and refreshed Galaxy Watch 5 models on the horizon.
On August 10, the world will turn its eyes to the South Korean tech giant, for the launch of its latest products. The big show will once again be held remotely due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in many parts of the world. We’re expecting two new foldable phones – the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4, two Galaxy Watch 5 models, and a third-generation Galaxy Buds.
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This year’s event could be a break or a watershed moment for Samsung and the foldable phone form factor. Analysts don’t expect Samsung to sell its foldable phones at lower prices this year. Brands like Samsung and Apple are under pressure to raise prices for their products amid rising manufacturing costs and rising semiconductor prices. Samsung could absorb some of the costs, affecting its margins, while keeping the price stable to keep consumers in the ecosystem. But the main draw, despite slowing smartphone sales, will be the kind of improvements Samsung makes to its foldable phones.
There are a lot of rumors and leaks surrounding this year’s Unpacked event, here’s what to expect from Samsung’s presentation on August 10.
Galaxy Z Fold 4
You can expect the Galaxy Z Fold 4 to look exactly like last year’s Fold 3, save for a few design tweaks here and there. The existing Fold 3 starts at $1,800 and includes a 6.2-inch cover display on the front and an internal 7.6-inch foldable display. But while the design of the Fold 4 will be identical to the current model, there will be a few changes to this year’s model. Rumors suggest that the Fold 4’s cover screen will have a slightly wider aspect ratio, a more powerful Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor under the hood, and improved cameras – the same we’ve seen on the Galaxy S22 and S22+. And yes, the Fold 4 will once again get a sub-display which would still be 4MP in resolution. With Google bringing Android 12L aimed at large-screen devices this year, we hope to see better software and a less disjointed software experience on Fold 4.
Galaxy ZFlip 4
As for the Galaxy Z Flip 4, we expect minor upgrades. The next-gen cover-style foldable phone will still have a two-tone design on the back with a pair of dual cameras alongside a slightly larger cover display. Leaks of what appear to be official photos of the device show a less noticeable crease where the internal screen bends in half. Rumors also suggest that the phone will come in multiple color options. As for features and pricing, we’ll have to wait and see, but obviously the Flip 4 won’t be cheaper.
Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro
We could also see a new generation of smartwatches at Samsung’s Unpacked event on Wednesday. Reports from Bloomberg and other news outlets reveal that we will see three two Galaxy Watch 5 models this year, one of them will be a “Pro” version. Probably called Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, the smartwatch will offer a premium look with a titanium case, a more rugged design, a bigger screen and LTE connectivity. Neither the Galaxy Watch 5 nor the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will come with a physical rotating bezel. Both smartwatches will continue to run WearOS 3
Interestingly, Apple has also reportedly announced the launch of a “pro-grade” model of Apple Watch later this year. It is said to have a stronger titanium casing and a more durable screen and is aimed at extreme sports enthusiasts. Perhaps the big improvement could be battery life. As for pricing, details are still unclear, but it’s expected to be priced significantly higher than the upcoming Apple Watch Series 8, with a rumored price of between $900 and $1,000.
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
A pair of high-end Buds Pro 2 truly wireless earbuds are also reportedly in the works for 2022. Although not much is known about them, Samsung is due to launch a high-end TWS before the rumored AirPods release. Apple’s Pro 2. that the Buds Pro 2 could feature a revised design, improved active noise cancellation, waterproofing up to IPX7, 10mm drivers, 360-degree audio, Bluetooth 5.3 and eight-hour battery backup on a single charge, extendable up to 29 hours with the case. These headphones will likely cost more than the Buds 2.
Of course, as always, we won’t really know what’s in store until August 10th, but it sure looks like we’re going to have a busy evening.
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First published on: 09/08/2022 at 14:09:56