Everything Samsung announced at Galaxy Unpacked
In the wee hours of this morning, after months of leaks and rumours, Samsung finally announced its next generation of foldable smartphones and wearables during its Galaxy Unpacked event. We finally saw the new Galaxy Z Fold3 5g, the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, the Galaxy Watch4, and the Galaxy Buds2. While we knew some of what was coming thanks to some well-placed industry insiders, there was one major surprise when Samsung unveiled its next-gen foldable lineup – the price. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
Here’s everything Samsung announced during Galaxy Unpacked.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
With each generation of the Galaxy Z Fold, Samsung has focused on refining its design and form factor. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that the Galaxy Z Fold3 is slimmer, lighter and more durable than ever. It’s made from Samsung’s strongest aluminium frame yet with Gorilla Glass Victus (Corning’s toughest glass) and an IPX8 water-resistance rating, which should mean the Fold 3 can withstand fresh water submersion of up to 1.5 metres for half an hour.
The Z Fold3 also supports S-Pen (sold separately) and is the first to feature an under-display 4MP camera for the main inside display, while a hole-punch 10MP lens remains on the front screen. As for the rear camera array, you’ll find a 12MP ultra-wide main camera, 12MP wide lens and 12MP telephoto lens.
It comes in three colours (Phantom Black, Phantom Green and Phantom Silver), with prices starting from $2,499. Sounds expensive, yes, but it’s actually $500 cheaper than the Fold2 at launch. If you’re interested, it releases on September 10, with preorders available right now. For those who prefer to buy on a plan, The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 is available through Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Woolworths Mobile.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
Harking back to the flip phones of yore, the Galaxy Z Flip3 delivers a bunch of much-needed upgrades, including the cover screen, which has quadrupled in size to 1.9 inches. Because it’s larger, it can now display widgets for apps like messages and weather, and you can even use it to take selfies.
In keeping with Samsung’s shifted focus to durability, the Galaxy Z Flip3 features the same armour aluminium frame, Gorilla Glass Victus and IPX8 water resistance. It’s also slimmer than its predecessor, and comes in four colours: Cream, Green, Lavender and Phantom Black. Yet again, Samsung has slashed the launch price of the Flip3, which retails for $1,499 – $650 cheaper than last year’s 5G model, and bringing it more in line with the likes of the iPhone 12 Pro and Galaxy S21+. It’s available for preorder right now with an official release date of September 10. You can also grab the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 through Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Woolworths Mobile.
Samsung Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic
Samsung has taken a slightly different route this year with its Galaxy Watch4, releasing not one, but two new models: Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic. Though they’re essentially the same under the hood, the Watch4 Classic features a more traditional watch design with a rotating bezel. Both models come in a range of colours.
Both the Watch4 and Watch4 Classic are slimmer than their predecessors and come with a slew of health features including the new BioActive Sensor, which can conduct PPG, ECG and BIA scans. It can even analyse your body composition, providing an overview of your BMI and body fat.
Powering the Watch4 and Watch4 Classic is a 5nm processor, longer-lasting (and faster-charging) battery, more storage (16GB instead of 8GB), and a crisper, higher-resolution display.
Like Samsung’s foldable, the new smartwatches can be preordered right now with a release date of September 10. The standard Galaxy Watch4 starts at $399, while the Galaxy Watch4 Classic starts at $549.
Samsung Galaxy Buds2
Finally, we have the next generation of Samsung’s true wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds2. The Buds2 feature active noise cancelling (ANC) and a three-microphone system to ensure your phone calls are crisp and clear. Samsung claims they’re the lightest earbuds they’ve ever made at just 5g per bud.
The Galaxy Buds come in four colours (Graphite, White, Olive and Lavender) and cost $219.