Samsung has despatched out invites for an August 11 product launch occasion. The invite won’t appear like a lot, but it surely strongly hints at what merchandise we’ll see: the Galaxy Z Fold 3 (the darkish grey form) and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 (the purple and light-weight grey form). It is clearly a foldables occasion, however we additionally would possibly see the Galaxy Watch 4, the launch gadget for Google and Samsung’s revamp of Put on OS.
Usually, Samsung’s August launch occasion would level to the announcement of the S-Pen-equipped Galaxy Observe, however all indications present that the Galaxy Observe is dead this 12 months. Samsung shipped an exterior S-Pen for the Galaxy S21 Extremely, and together with optionally available assist for the Z Fold 3, that must be sufficient for followers of handwriting.
The Fold 3
As ordinary, most of those units have leaked already. 91 Mobiles has official press renders of the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which seems to be so much just like the Z Fold 2 from final 12 months. Samsung’s second swing at a tablet-like foldable was a nice refinement of the original Galaxy Fold, with an even bigger entrance show and foldable glass on the within.
It seems to be like Samsung shouldn’t be going all-out with the digital camera on the Galaxy Fold 3, which solely options three spherical lenses, missing any of the flowery periscope tech you’d see on one thing just like the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The vital a part of this gadget is the foldable display, and there is hope that Samsung will reduce a couple of corners in different areas to convey the worth down a bit from the stratospheric $2,000 price ticket of the Galaxy Fold 1 and a pair of. A report from SamMobile claims that the telephone is getting a 20 % reduce, so possibly we’ll see one thing like a $1,600 price ticket? It is progress.
There’s not a lot of a tough spec sheet on the market but, however all of those flagship telephones have related specs. The shows are anticipated to be a 7.55-inch important show and a 6.23-inch outdoors show, and each shows will supposedly run at 120 Hz. The Fold 2 had a 60 Hz outdoors show and a 120 Hz inside show, which was odd. One of many wilder rumors is that Samsung’s foldables will be water-resistant this 12 months, which might be an engineering feat given all of the shifting components within the hinge and the floating, sliding inside show. You possibly can slip items of paper into the gaps of the unique Galaxy Fold, so water resistance would characterize a big bounce ahead.
The Flip 3
The invitation additionally hints on the Galaxy Z Flip 3, a regular-sized smartphone that folds up right into a chunky brick. The Z Flip 1 launched in 2020, and should you’re questioning, “Did Samsung actually launch three telephone fashions in 18 months?” the reply isn’t any—the Z Flip 2 by no means existed. Samsung needs quantity uniformity between the Fold and Flip, so it is skipping a quantity.
There are official press renders of this telephone, too (from GizNext), and inside, it seems to be so much just like the Z Flip 1. The massive modifications are on the surface, the place you get an even bigger 1.9-inch entrance show and two bigger cameras. The entrance show is almost double the scale of the microscopic 1.1-inch entrance show on the Z Flip 1 and may assist tackle what was one in every of our largest complaints with the gadget. All these foldables take a major quantity of effort to open up, often requiring two palms (the Flip hinge shouldn’t be spring-loaded like a flip telephone), and that makes having a succesful exterior display for fast interactions crucial. When your telephone beeps, you need to have the ability to shortly test a notification, and a bigger display will make that much more handy. The Z Flip nonetheless appears behind designs just like the Moto Razr, although, which had a 2.7-inch outdoors show.
Plus a watch, possibly?
It is a bit alarming that the invite makes no reference to the Galaxy Watch 4, however we’ll hopefully see Samsung’s flagship smartwatch introduced on the occasion, too. The gadget was already briefly listed on Amazon, and the official pictures have been captured by WinFuture.de. Samsung has a 44 mm common model and a 46 mm “Basic” design, which has second numbers engraved into the watch bezel.
Way more attention-grabbing than the design is the software program this watch will include: Google and Samsung’s team-up revamp of WearOS, Google’s struggling Android-based smartwatch platform. WearOS’ final massive characteristic replace was in 2018, and since then, we have solely seen fundamental upkeep growth. Not a lot is thought concerning the new model, however hopefully it’s going to have touches of the attractive “Material You” design direction Android 12 is emphasizing.
Samsung is abandoning Tizen for smartwatches and switching to Google’s OS, which ought to convey it higher app assist. Samsung can be bringing Samsung-designed SoCs to the get together, which ought to significantly assist the 2 firms area a aggressive smartwatch. Beforehand, Put on watches wanted a Qualcomm chip, and Qualcomm hasn’t really been fascinated by making aggressive SoCs for wearables. Even final 12 months’s Galaxy Watch 3 SoC, the ten nm Exynos 9110, could be an improve over something Qualcomm presently produces, however the Galaxy Watch 4 is getting an SoC a era forward of that with the Exynos W920. This is hoping Samsung gives particulars.
Apart from possibly an earbuds launch, that is all we’re anticipating for Samsung’s subsequent massive launch. Tune in on August 11!