Skip to main content

Samsung just gave us 3 big Galaxy Unpacked teasers

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event
JOSH EDELSON / Contributor

Samsung’s next Galaxy Unpacked is almost here, and in typical Samsung fashion, the company is offering a small glimpse of what we can expect from the festivities next week.

TM Roh, the current head of Samsung’s Mobile division, just shared his pre-Unpacked letter. While it’s mostly marketing hype to get Samsung fans excited about next week’s Unpacked event, there are a few teases that give us a small glimpse of what to expect.

Samsung’s foldables are getting lighter

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4.
Joe Maring/Digital Trends

In one part of the letter discussing Samsung’s design philosophy, Roh says Samsung has “raised the standards for foldable smartphone ergonomics” and that “a difference of millimeter in a device’s thickness may not sound like a big change, but every gram and millimeter in a foldable device requires an engineering breakthrough.”

The juicy bit comes a couple of sentences later, where Roh writes: “That’s why we’ve innovated to make our latest foldables slimmer and lighter than our previous generations.” There have been rumors that the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 will be slimmer and lighter than their predecessors, and this confirms those rumors. How much slimmer and lighter we can expect this year’s foldables to be remains up in the air, but we have confirmation that upgrades are coming on this front — and that’s great to see.

New tablets and smartwatches

Render of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra.
Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra render OnLeaks/MySmartPrice

But that’s not all TM Roh shared in his letter. A little further on, the Samsung head writes, “Samsung Galaxy Tab and Wearables are designed in the same spirit. They work with each other harmoniously in an ecosystem that opens up a powerful connected experience, serving as a seamless extension of your needs, priorities and unique personality.”

The specific mentions of Galaxy Tab and wearables strongly suggest we’ll also see announcements in these categories, which again lines up with the rumors we’ve been hearing.

On the tablet side of things, Samsung will likely show off its new Galaxy Tab S9 series — including the Galaxy Tab S9, Galaxy Tab S9 Plus, and Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra. These are expected to be fairly modest upgrades to last year’s Galaxy Tab S8 lineup, but for Android tablet fans, there should be plenty to dig into.

Leaked renders of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic.
Galaxy Watch 6 Classic render MySmartPrice/OnLeaks

What about wearables? Although Roh doesn’t mention it by name, “wearables” is almost certainly a reference to Samsung’s Galaxy Watch family. We’ve heard lots of rumors that Samsung has two new smartwatches in the works — specifically, the Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic.

The regular Galaxy Watch 6 should see a very minor spec bump compared to the Galaxy Watch 5, likely bringing not much more than increased horsepower and (hopefully) better battery efficiency. The Galaxy Watch 6 Classic should be much more interesting, as it’s likely bringing back a physically rotating bezel to navigate the user interface — something that was desperately missing from the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.

Unpacked is almost here

Official invite for Samsung's July 2023 Unpacked event.

The letter doesn’t say much else about what we’ll see at Unpacked, but the good news is that we really don’t have too much longer to wait.

Samsung’s Unpacked event officially kicks off at 4 a.m. PT / 7 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 26.

Editors' Recommendations

Joe Maring
Section Editor, Mobile
Joe Maring is the Section Editor for Digital Trends' Mobile team, leading the site's coverage for all things smartphones…
Does the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 have a headphone jack?
The top of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5.

If you're in the market for a folding phone, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is one of the best you can buy. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip (customized for Samsung) and features a sleeker build and brighter display, among other improvements, compared to its predecessor. The Galaxy Z Fold 5 also gets support for an improved S Pen and better multitasking abilities with support for up to four apps simultaneously.

Besides its productivity features, the Galaxy Z Fold's expansive inner screen also makes it an excellent device for entertainment and gaming. Samsung says the inner folding display gets as bright as 1,750 nits -- the brightest ever on any Galaxy Z Fold series device. This ensures the display delivers clear and well-defined output, irrespective of how challenging the ambient lighting may be. For purists looking to consume media on this large screen, one question remains: does the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 have a 3.5mm headphone jack?

Read more
Does the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 work with the iPhone?
Apps page on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 offers a bright and vibrant display and substantially improved battery life compared to its predecessors. And despite its slight price increase over earlier models, it still provides excellent value. While all this sounds terrific, you might wonder whether it's compatible with Apple iPhones.

Apple Watches are clearly the most obvious smartwatch choice if you have an iPhone, but considering how good the Galaxy Watch 6 is, it's understandable why iPhone owners may be curious about Samsung's wearable offering. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Watch 6 does not play nicely with iPhones.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 does not work with iPhones

Read more
Is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 waterproof?
Weather widget on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 cover screen.

Folding flip phones are quickly becoming more and more prevalent, and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 is one of the best you can get in 2023. Samsung made a couple of big improvements with the Flip 5 over its predecessor — including a new hinge that lets the phone close fully shut, plus a larger cover screen that allows you to do more without having to open the phone.

The improved hinge and the new display on the Galaxy Z Flip 5 sure make the clamshell phone desirable. On top of that, Samsung's proactive approach with frequent software updates -- and the promise of four Android platform upgrades and five years of security updates -- make the Flip 5 highly desirable to those who wish for a compact and swanky phone. Starting at just a penny short of $1,000, the Galaxy Z Flip 5 is also one of the lightest purchases on the pocket for anyone who wants to try folding smartphones.

Read more