Live: Samsung Unpacked 2022, with Galaxy Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4 and Watch 5 expected
While we’re talking foldable phones here, remember Microsoft’s Courier from 2009? It was like a proto-foldable… well, it didn’t even fold at all, it was two Windows PCs without keyboards soldered together.
You interacted with a stylus, it sounded mega, you could move things from screen to screen so you could take notes… it’s clearly the grandma of the Surface Duo phone, but man alive, I wanted it so badly.
Speaking of Microsoft’s foldable world, let’s not forget that the Surface Duo was actually a pretty decent phone and was well-liked by those who reviewed it…but more lovingly than overly impressed.
totally enjoying it. uh oh pic.twitter.com/qpjak1JugHAugust 9, 2022
There was a great article on The Verge recently (opens in a new tab) around the fact that Samsung is far ahead in the foldable space, which is why it can afford to make incremental changes to its phones.
It’s an interesting point – but the fact is that, without Samsung’s massive marketing spend on its foldable range with the Z Fold 3, it wouldn’t have sold 10 million units last year, and it would be back with Huawei. , Oppo and (sort of) Microsoft right now.
Back to the team – and this time we already see the standard efforts to try to generate buzz. A bit of hype. Fun thrash metal, on Twitter.
It’s the standard thing to do for a social media presence: run a poll.
So… are you Team Fold or Team Flip?
Let’s prepare a great battle here! Are you Team Flip or Team Fold? #SamsungUnpacked #GalaxyUnpackedAugust 10, 2022
At press time, Team Fold is ahead, 60% to 40%. But then again, only 254 people voted…but I have a feeling that ratio will hold.
Shock of the century, there was a last-minute leak of the Flip 4. Regularly a clockwork thing, these are.
This time, it comes from two sources: Slashleaks (opens in a new tab) released a dummy unit of the Z Flip 4, with the front and back in white and black.
The leak of famous tipster Roland Quandt on WinFuture (opens in a new tab) (they clearly have good contact with someone in the Samsung food chain…) gives much more detail – noting thinner bezel, smaller and more compact hinge, solid aluminum used in construction and, above all, a bigger battery to make the most of the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, with 8 GB of RAM.
It’s a meaty phone indeed – is it the one you’ll buy though?
While we’re talking massive leaks, what about this one? Almost everything from today’s event has leaked in one form or another, so it’s not much that will come as a surprise, but a few days ago we received a supposedly official marketing image from WinFuture (opens in a new tab) (although we don’t know until Unpacked rolls out) and some battery capacities too.
This is what excites me *:
“The 40mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 will reportedly have a 284mAh battery, the 44mAh model will reportedly have a 410mAh battery, and the 45mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will reportedly get a whopping 590mAh battery.”
A 590mAh battery for the Watch 5 Pro? Considering that high-end Garmin watches have a (approximately) 400-500mAh battery inside, this could be a game-changer. However, it’s likely that the 5 Pro’s screen will be much more power hungry, so don’t expect miracles here.
But it’s a big boost, and it looks like we’re about to see a chonky little monster.
* Yes, I am an absolute pleasure palate at parties.
Okay, let’s turn our attention to the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro (well, I’m guessing they’ll officially is called the Buds2 Pro because why not, huh, Samsung? Why bother with correct syntax?)
I recently purchased the Galaxy Buds Pro, and they’re doing… great. Active noise cancellation decent, fit OK, battery life not bad, sound more than okay.
So what can we expect from the next models, a year later, should they appear?
“An updated Bluetooth codec would (potentially) open the door to 24-bit Hi-Res Audio,” says Becky Scarrott, our Senior Audio Writer.
“If Samsung can achieve 24-bit Hi-Res audio with its proprietary codec magic, the Galaxy Buds2 Pro could finally put Sammers on the map as a key player in wireless headphones – but only if they can work on that too. disappointing battery life”.
Oh I thought the battery life was ok…show what I know. 😒
There’s one thing I’m really excited about – as TechRadar’s Running Man of Tech – seeing today.
In a recent blog post (opens in a new tab) Speaking of wellness innovation, TaeJong Jay Yang, Executive Vice President and Health R&D Team Leader at Samsung Electronics, said the following with reference to the upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event:
“Samsung is excited to continue to expand its Galaxy Watch lineup to better meet the many unique needs of our users, especially those with a passion for the outdoors.”
Now, you could easily think that means the new Watch 5 will have improved fitness elements, or a slightly larger bezel or something. But that’s not really going to be a game-changer – Samsung has been making “really good” fitness watches for some time, and to “extend” means doing something better – and it means a device that takes on Garmin properly.
So I think the rumored Galaxy Watch 5 Pro or Galaxy Watch 5 Rugged is where it’s at – and that might be something to take on Garmin. It will need a bigger screen, a much better battery (my Fenix 7 can last 28 days without charging in smartwatch mode), and improved GPS functionality.
So go Unpacked – let’s see what you have…
There have been a number of leaks about the new Z Flip we’ll be seeing today – and while you can never be sure if a leak is valid until the device is actually shown on stage , we can be quite confident that what is disclosed is likely to be legitimate.
The first leak came from Amazon in the Netherlands, where the specs of the phone were unveiled to the world. Now, we traditionally ignore them because sometimes a retailer might put a list of products into their readiness system and do “best guess” specs just to have something hold up.
These can sometimes be posted online and are therefore considered facts when they are not. But what looks more realistic with Amazon’s leak are the images – and plenty of pretty accurate marketing material has been released.
It looks like a number of them have been redacted lately, as Samsung seems to be shutting them down – but we can see said Dutch pictures on Telegram (opens in a new tab) if you want to check some of the dimensions.
I dreamed last night that I was jogging up some stairs, jumping up the railing, slipping a bit, and doing a pretty good spin on the floor.
A man looked at me, smiled and handed me the guns. I felt good there.
That’s all – it was just a beautiful dream.
It’s important, when discussing leaked information, to always state when the brand in question – in this case, it’s Samsung – shows pretty much just a video of one of the devices it’s showcasing during an event. an upcoming launch.
Now, I’m no forensic expert (I know a little about phones…) but you don’t need a degree to see the new Galaxy Z Flip 4 in this teaser from Samsung:
Watch something bigger than before unfold at https://t.co/pJFipgbFzl #SamsungUnpackedJuly 27, 2022
Let’s start with an interesting rumour: while I don’t think it will happen, leaks have hinted that the Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 will just be the Flip 4 and the Fold. 4, as the Z is used as a military symbol in the Russian attack on Ukraine (opens in a new tab).
I doubt that will happen at this point because so many leaks have them always packing the ‘Z’ – but it’s an interesting note on how brands need to react to outside events when considering how their naming conventions will drop.
Hello Hello! The sun is shining (well, depending on where you are and what time of day) and it’s time to get ready for one of the year’s biggest events: the Samsung Galaxy August edition. Unpacked.
Spoiler alert: we’re going to see some new foldable phones today. It’s not me giving you the scoop or anything… it’s just that Samsung has been so obvious about it that if it doesn’t to launch the new Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 today, I would be completely and utterly shocked.