Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event: All the rumors on the fold, flip and watch

Samsung’s annual summer launch is approaching. The company will hold the August Galaxy Unpacked event August 10 at 9 a.m. ET, one year and one day after last year’s Focused Folding event. And if the rumors are to be believed, we’re ready for several very similar announcements consisting of a pair of foldable devices – the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 – a new set of smartwatches with the Galaxy Watch 5, and most likely some new earbuds.

We know there are folds in the way because Samsung mainly showed it to us in its promotional photos and Official trailer for its release on August 10Samsung’s smartphone chief provokes a “new Samsung Galaxy foldable” in Blog post about the launch. The pure Quantity From Watching 5 leaks makes us pretty sure that they are due to be revealed soon. Last year also saw the announcement of a new pair of true wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds 2This year, we expect to see the launch of the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. We are already some Makes this last monthand Big leak at the last minute It seems to confirm their readiness for the event itself.

Samsung used to use summer launch events to announce a new generation of Galaxy Note phones. But last year, he skip release What could have been the entire Galaxy Note 21 and officially confirmed that it was Stop 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 Galaxy S22 Ultra It features a note-inspired design and a built-in S Pen.

In other words, don’t expect the Note 22 to be announced this week. Instead, here’s what Samsung can offer.

Galaxy Z Fold 4

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

leaky Snapshots Press Z Fold 4 He points out that it could also feature a very similar design to last year’s phone. They show three cameras on the back inside an oval camera bump as well as what appears to be a selfie hole with a central hole on the cover screen.

But while the device as a whole looks the same, there are hints of some upcoming changes to this year’s phone. For starters, although the corner-to-corner internal screen size looks the same, Ice Universe . reports That the screen might have a slightly wider and closer to square aspect ratio than the 5:4 aspect ratio we saw last time.

Reports suggest that there are also some tangible upgrades on the way. Obviously there will likely be a faster processor rumored to be the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 this time around, but it also looks like the Z Fold 4 could get a camera upgrade. Leaked specs suggest it will now have a 50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, and 10MP rear camera, according to Ice Universe — the same as what we saw on this year’s Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus. Last year’s model had three 12MP shooters instead, which means we might get a higher-resolution main camera at the expense of a slightly less accurate telephoto.

Unfortunately, Ice Universe leaks suggest that we may once again get an under-display selfie camera inside the Fold 4, which was responsible for some really mediocre shots. On the phone last year. It is also said that it is still only 4MP.

Visible leaked press footage of the Z Fold 4.
Photo: Evan Blass / 91 mobiles

But perhaps the most interesting upgrade we might see comes with a foldable feature this year thanks to Google, Its Android 12L update It was released earlier this year and contains a number of improvements specifically targeting devices with large screens. It’s also updating its own apps to run 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 in this year’s Z Fold 4.

Galaxy Z Flip 4

The leaks suggest that we’ll also be doing minor upgrades for a year with the Z Flip 4, which is the next entry in Samsung’s lineup of clamshell foldable devices. Leaker Evan Blass also posted what it looks like Flip 4 official press releases, which shows a device similar to last year’s phone. There’s a two-tone design on the back with a pair of cameras next to a small external notification screen, and internally, it looks like we’re getting another punch-hole instead of an under-display camera (thank God).

Leaked screenshots of the Z Flip 4.
Photo: Evan Blass / 91 mobiles

This does not mean that there will not be any noticeable changes. Two different leaks suggested that the Z Flip 4 might feature less noticeable creases as the inner screen folds in half. Leaker Ice Universe reports that it will be “shallow“From the wrinkle on the Z Flip 3, which certainly seems to be the case based on some Leaked clear pictures of the device. That’s not to say the fold on the Z Flip 3 was particularly problematic; My colleague Dan Seifert said he basically forgot about it After two days of use, but hey, we’d never say no to the improved industrial design.

If the leaks are to be believed, it’s not just the internal display that gets a few upgrades. Ross Young, a reliable source for the show leaks, said he expects to see a Bigger notification screen The Z Flip 4 has two inches or more instead of the 1.9-inch screen we saw on last year’s model. Other rumored improvements include Bigger 3700mAh battery And a faster processor, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.

Galaxy Watch 5

Of all the devices on this list, we might 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 fan-favorite rotating bezel), it seems This year it feels like we’re getting the Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro – and there’s no A material rotating frame on the horizon.

It was the pictures of the two smartwatches It was announced at the beginning of July By leaker Evan Blass (who else?). The Watch 5 Pro appears to be only available in a larger 45mm size (which will apparently allow it Pack in a bigger battery), while the standard Watch 5 will be available in two smaller sizes, widely assumed to be 44mm and 40mm, in line with last year’s Watch 4.

Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (left) and Watch 5 (right).
picture: Evan Blass / 91 mobiles

Details are a little thinner in terms of the new functionality that the watches can offer. that FCC filing from June Suggest we might see fast shipping on this year’s models during Another report claims We can see the temperature sensor is available (probably useful to know if you have a fever).

The watches are supposed to include support for the Google Assistant at launch, while the Google Voice Assistant only came to the Watch 4 Months after its release. Due to the massive bribery made by Samsung and Google Samsung smartwatches running Wear OS instead of last year’s Tizen, It seems very likely that the Galaxy Watch 5 will continue to run Wear OS 3.

Galaxy Buds Pro 2

We didn’t have a huge amount of leaks about the Galaxy Buds Pro 2 until just this week, when subscriber What claimed to be official photos and specifications of the earbuds.

According to this report, we expect the Buds Pro 2’s big features to be a revised design and improved active noise cancellation where “even the loudest ambient noise” (eg. WinFuture Apparently quoting from Samsung) algorithmically. Other specs include IPX7 water resistance, 10mm drivers, 360-degree audio, Bluetooth 5.3, and up to eight hours of playtime on a single charge, which can be extended up to 29 hours with the case. We assume that the eight-hour battery life is without ANC, given that Galaxy Buds 2 offer 7.5 hours of non-ANC battery and five hours with ANC is turned on.

Formerly 9to5Google mentioned That the earbuds can cost $230 (up from $200 for the original Buds Pro) and feature 24-bit audio support, while WinFuture He says its price will be 229 euros in Europe. Given more affordable last year Galaxy Buds other than Pro 2 They were so good that they undercut Samsung’s Pro models, and the company needs to up its game to make the Buds Pro 2 stand out.

The leaked images allegedly show the Galaxy Buds Pro 2.

some surprises

While most Samsung announcements usually leak before events like this, there’s always some hope that the South Korean company might have a surprise or two in store. Could we see the company announce new laptops? Some new smart home functionality for SmartThings? Or maybe even back Galaxy Home Bixby Smart Speaker? I’ll be honest, the latter is unlikely. But it’s fun to dream, eh?