Samsung will hold its next Unpacked live stream on August 10 and expectations are high. The company has used previous summer events to introduce new foldable phones, smartwatches, and headphones, and the company has effectively confirmed a repeat in 2022. What will show up this time, though? Don’t worry, we’ll let you know what you’re likely to see when Samsung takes the virtual stage.
How to watch Unpacked
It will be easy to follow Samsung announcements. The company will stream Unpacked live on August 10 at 9 am ET. You can watch it on Samsung’s website, and you’ll usually find a stream on the brand’s YouTube channel. Naturally, you can expect event coverage from Engadget.
Galaxy Z Fold 4
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is almost a year old, so it arguably needs an update, and Samsung’s Unpacked teasers hint that one is coming. That said, we wouldn’t expect a Z Fold 4 to represent a major overhaul. If the leaks are correct, the new model will represent a refinement of the pop-up tent.
Rendered images shared by OnLeaks and smart priceas well as Evan Blass and 91Mobiles, suggest that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will combine the series’ phone-bar-tablet formula with design elements from the S22 Ultra. You’d get Ultra-like rear camera bumps and slightly tweaked dimensions, but it’d be very familiar otherwise. It is not that we rule out functional changes. Leaky Ice Universe claim (it is the Z Fold 4 would have less prominent screen creases, for example.
Performance upgrades could be more substantial, if predictable. Featured Fugue Yogesh Brar He says the Z Fold 4 would use the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip combined with 12GB or 16GB of RAM. It would see an improved 50-megapixel main rear camera, as well as a much sharper 16-megapixel inner under-display camera. You can expect familiar 12MP ultra-wide and 3X zoom sensors on the back, and an external 10MP selfie shooter. However, there is a dispute over storage. While Brar maintains that the Z Fold 4 would start with 256GB of space, Evan Blass has discovered references to a 128 GB edition.
That storage issue can affect the price. While YouTuber Jon Prosser and others believe the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will hit stores on August 26, it is not clear how much the device will cost. A 128GB variant could command a lower starting price than its predecessor’s $1,800. Just don’t expect higher capacities than last year when no storage options beyond 512GB have been mentioned.
Galaxy ZFlip 4
There’s even less mystery to the upcoming Galaxy Z Flip. Samsung’s teaser video for the Unpacked event very clearly shows a new version of the foldable phone, so it’s really just a matter of what the Z Flip 4 will offer compared to its predecessor.
Don’t expect a major redesign. If the OnLeaks and Evan Blass images (plus a deleted TechTalkTV video) are accurate, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is pretty much a carbon copy of the Flip 3 with similar rear cameras, a slightly larger external screen, and different colors. That’s not necessarily a problem, but it could be disappointing if you were looking for a completely new look. The Fold 4’s less pronounced screen crease could also continue.
The updates under the hood would be more subtle than those of the Fold 4, according to rumors. Yogesh Brar claim (it is the Z Flip 4 would make the jump to a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, but would still pack 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of non-expandable storage, and a 6.7-inch 120Hz display. You’d get a bigger battery though 3,700mAh (vs. 3,300mAh in the Flip 3) and 25W charging (vs. 15W), so the Flip 4 could last longer. The 12MP dual rear cameras and 10MP selfie camera from the previous phone would be carried over to the new model.
Samsung usually releases new Galaxy Z Flip and Z Fold models at the same time, and Prosser has heard that the Flip 4 will hit stores on August 26 as its high-end counterpart. If so, cost might be the only remaining mystery. There is no certainty that the Flip 4 will maintain its predecessor’s $999 price tag. However, if there is a 128GB model, we wouldn’t expect the latest device to be much more expensive, if at all.
Galaxy Watch 5 and 5 Pro
The Galaxy Watch 4 marked a revival of Samsung’s smartwatch strategy with its switch to Wear OS and a sleeker design. The company could be keen to preserve that momentum, as there are signs it’s preparing a Galaxy Watch 5 family with some notable changes.
Yes 91MobilesThe shared renders are authentic, Samsung will be ditching its high-end Classic model in favor of a more modern-looking (yet still stylish) Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. You may not get the fluted bezel of the previous smartwatch, but the Pro would be upgraded from a steel case to a lightweight yet strong titanium. Inadvertently, Samsung hinted at the Pro name in its Health app, though it provided no further clues.
The regular Galaxy Watch 5 wouldn’t be much of a difference. You could expect the same minimalist fitness-oriented design as before. SamMobile Rumors surfaced that the wristwatch would have a 10 percent larger battery than its one-year-old counterpart, but whether that will translate into a longer-lasting watch is unknown. It is not yet clear if Samsung will implement a new processor or body sensor that could affect battery life.
You may have to pay more than you expected. winfutureby Roland Quandt heard in june The regular Galaxy Watch 5 would start around €300 (around $306) for a 40mm Bluetooth mode and top out at €400 ($409) for a 44mm LTE unit. Titanium is a historically expensive watch case material, and that would push the 5 Pro’s price to around €490 ($502) for a 45mm Bluetooth model and €540 ($552) for its LTE equivalent.
New Galaxy Buds Pro
The entry-level Galaxy Buds 2 debuted at last year’s Unpacked, and Samsung could follow up with a higher-end option. Evan Blaise and 91Mobiles Renders of what they say are the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro have recently been released.
Aesthetically, the true wireless earbuds would look almost the same as the existing Galaxy Buds Pro introduced in January 2021. 9to5Google sources claim it would get questionably useful 24-bit audio support, and there have been rumors of a bigger battery. Otherwise, Samsung could play it safe with the familiar active noise cancellation and multi-device pairing support.
Prepare to pay more. A from 9 to 5 The retail tipster maintains that the Buds 2 Pro will cost $230, or $30 more. While that still makes them more affordable than rivals like the AirPods Pro (officially $249), you may not save much by choosing Samsung’s in-ear headphones.
We wouldn’t rule out a surprise or two at the Unpacked event in August, but don’t count on any either. There’s no sign of a replacement for the Galaxy Buds 2 or other earbuds. Similarly, Samsung updated the Galaxy A and S series earlier this year. The company’s upcoming hardware updates are very predictable at this stage, and any unusual announcements will probably be reserved for follow-up presentations.
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