Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event: all the rumors about the Fold, Flip and Watch

Samsung’s annual summer launch event is almost here. The company will hold its August Galaxy Unpacked event on August 10 at 9:00 am ET, one year and one day after last year’s leaflet-focused event. And, if the rumors are to be believed, we are ready for a bunch of very similar announcements consisting of a couple of foldables – the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Galaxy Z Flip 4 – a new range of smartwatches with the Galaxy Watch 5, and most likely of the new earphones.

We know there are leaflets on the way because Samsung pretty much showed them to us in its promotional images and official launch trailer on August 10, and Samsung’s smartphone boss teased the “new Samsung Galaxy leaflets” in a post. on the launch blog. Watch 5’s sheer amount of leaks also has us quite confident that an imminent revelation is expected. Last year the announcement of a new pair of true wireless earbuds was also announced, the Galaxy Buds 2, and this year we expect to see the launch of the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. We have previously done some renders of the latter. last month and a big last-minute leak seems to confirm that they are ready for the event itself.

Samsung used its summer launch events to announce a new generation of Galaxy Note phones. But last year, it skipped the release of what would have been the Galaxy Note 21 completely and officially confirmed it would be discontinuing the brand earlier this year. Instead, the branding features of the Note range have been integrated into the more premium devices in the Galaxy S range, with the Galaxy S22 Ultra sporting a Note-inspired design and an integrated S Pen stylus.

In other words, don’t expect a 22 note to be announced this week. Instead, here’s what Samsung might have to offer.

Galaxy Z Fold 4

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold devices are designed to match the pocket capacity of a typical smartphone with the larger screen size of a tablet. That doesn’t seem to change for the fourth generation of the fold, which, like last year, appears to pair a 7.6-inch internal foldable display with a 6.2-inch display of coverage, according to a leaked spec list published by Twitter leaker Ice Universe.

Leaked press photos of the Z Fold 4 suggest it may also feature a very similar design to last year’s phone. They show a trio of cameras on the back contained within an oval camera protrusion, as well as what appears to be a centrally oriented perforated selfie cutout on the cover display.

But while the device as a whole looks similar, there are hints of some changes coming to the phone this year. For starters, although the corner-to-corner dimensions of the internal display appear to remain the same, Ice Universe reports that the screen may have a slightly wider aspect ratio that’s closer to a square than the 5: 4 aspect ratio we saw last time around.

Reports suggest there are some more tangible updates on the way as well. Of course there is likely to be a faster processor rumored to be a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 this time around, but it also looks like the Z Fold 4 may be getting a camera upgrade. The leaked specs suggest it will now be equipped with a 50-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel ultrawide, and 10-megapixel telephoto lens on the back, according to Ice Universe, the same we saw on this year’s Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus. Last year’s model had a trio of 12-megapixel shots instead, meaning we could get a higher resolution main camera at the expense of a slightly lower resolution telephoto lens.

Unfortunately, the Ice Universe leaks suggest we may once again have an under-display selfie camera inside the Fold 4, which was responsible for some really mediocre shots on last year’s phone. It still has only 4 megapixels of resolution reportedly.

Apparent leaked press photos of the Z Fold 4.
Image: Evan Blass / 91Mobile phones

But perhaps the most interesting update we could see with this year’s foldout comes thanks to Google, whose Android 12L update released earlier this year contains a number of optimizations aimed specifically at large-screen devices. It is also updating its apps to work better on tablet-sized screens and pushing third-party developers to do the same. These are all improvements that could lead to a better software experience on this year’s Z Fold 4.

Galaxy Z Flip 4

The leaks suggest we are also in a year of small updates with the Z Flip 4, the next entry in Samsung’s clamshell range. Leaker Evan Blass has also posted what appear to be official press renders of the Flip 4, which show a similar device to last year’s phone. There’s a two-tone design on the back with a couple of cameras alongside a small external notification display, and internally, it looks like we’re getting another perforated notch rather than an under-display camera (thank goodness).

Apparent leaked shots of the Z Flip 4.
Image: Evan Blass / 91Mobile phones

This is not to say that there will be no noticeable changes. A couple of different leaks have suggested that the Z Flip 4 may have a less noticeable crease where the internal screen folds in half. The Ice Universe leaker reports that it will be “less deep”Compared to the crease on the Z Flip 3, which certainly appears to be the case based on some apparent leaked photos of the device. This is not to say that the fold of the Z Flip 3 was particularly problematic; my colleague Dan Seifert said he pretty much forgot about it after a couple of days of use, but hey, we’ll never say no to improving industrial design.

If leaks are to be believed, it’s not just the internal display that gets some updates. Ross Young, a reliable source of display leaks, said he expects to see a wider notification view on the Z Flip 4 of two inches or more rather than the 1.9-inch screen we saw on last year’s model. Other purported improvements include a larger 3,700mAh battery and a faster processor, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.

Galaxy Watch 5

Of all the devices on this list, we may have the best idea of ​​what to expect from the Galaxy Watch 5. While last year’s Watch 4 range was split into the standard Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic (which came with a favorite from the rotating bezel fans), this year it looks like we will have a Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro and there is no physical rotating bezel in sight.

The images of the two smartwatches were made public in early July by leaker Evan Blass (who else?). The Watch 5 Pro appears to only be available in a single larger 45mm size (which will apparently allow it to pack in a larger battery), while the standard Watch 5 will be available in two smaller sizes, widely assumed 44mm and 40. mm, in line with last year’s Watch 4.

Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (left) and Watch 5 (right).
Image: Evan Blass / 91Mobile phones

The details are more subtle about the new features the watches might offer. An FCC filing in June suggested we might see fast charging on this year’s models, while another report says we might see temperature sensing available (potentially useful for seeing if you have a fever).

Presumably, the watches will include support for Google Assistant at launch, while Google’s voice assistant arrived on the Watch just 4 months after its release. Given the huge success that Samsung and Google made last year on Samsung smartwatches with Wear OS instead of Tizen, it seems highly likely that the Galaxy Watch 5 will continue to run Wear OS 3.

Galaxy Buds Pro 2

We haven’t had a huge amount of leaks on the Galaxy Buds Pro 2 until this week when WinFuture.de shared what he claimed were official photos and specs for the earbuds.

According to this report, we expect the great features of the Buds Pro 2 to be a revised design and better active noise cancellation for which “even the loudest ambient noise” (to quote Win Future apparently citing Samsung) can be algorithmically damped. Other specs include water resistance up to IPX7, 10mm drivers, 360-degree audio, Bluetooth 5.3, and eight hours of battery life on a single charge, which can be extended up to 29 hours with the case. Let’s assume the battery life of eight hours is without ANC, as the Galaxy Buds 2 offered 7.5 hours of non-ANC battery and five hours with ANC activated.

9to5Google previously reported that the earbuds could cost $ 230 (from $ 200 for the original Buds Pro) and support 24-bit audio, while Win Future says they will be priced at € 229 in Europe. Since last year’s cheaper non-Pro Galaxy Buds 2 were good enough to undermine Samsung’s Pro models, the company needs to improve its game to make the Buds Pro 2 stand out.

Leaked images allegedly showing the Galaxy Buds Pro 2.
Image: WinFuture.de

Some surprises

While most of Samsung’s announcements typically leaked ahead of events like these, there’s always some hope that the South Korean company may have a surprise or two in store. Could we see the company announce new laptops? Some new smart home features for SmartThings? Or maybe even the return of the Galaxy Home Bixby smart speaker? I’ll be honest, the latter is unlikely. But it’s fun to dream, huh?

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