Samsung is getting ready to hold its Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event on August 11. This is one of the company’s two annual launches where it unveils some of its most anticipated products. The event was confirmed recently with an invite reading, “Get ready to unfold,” making it clear that Samsung’s new foldable phones are coming. Also recently, a thread from leaker Evan Blass showcased 3D renders of all upcoming products. We’ve also seen evidence making it clear that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Active will launch alongside the two new foldable devices.
Aside from the new foldables and wearables, we may possibly get a cheaper version of the Galaxy S21 with the Galaxy S21 FE.
The highlight of this launch is expected to be the Galaxy Z Fold 3. In the absence of the Note 21, the company’s second 2021 flagship is predicted to be the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
In the lead-up to this event, leaks from a variety of sources have detailed the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s specs. The biggest change expected from the Fold is the adoption of the S Pen. This is not an unprecedented change; Samsung added it to the S21 Ultra earlier in the year, albeit without a place to slot it — unless you get a case. It does, however, make the absence of the Note 21 easier to swallow for pen enthusiasts.
It won’t be the same old S Pen we’re used to on traditional smartphones and tablets, though. Samsung says that it’ll be introducing “the first-ever S Pen designed specifically for foldable phones” at Unpacked.
The Z Fold 3 is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, up to 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. A 4,400mAh battery and 25W fast charging help keep it topped up.
On the outside, it will have a 6.2-inch display for use while it is folded. Unfolded, users will have a large 7.5-inch 120Hz QHD AMOLED display to consume media and be productive with. For color options, the models are black, white, and green.
Samsung is expected to have this IP-certified for water and dust resistance as well. It would be the first foldable from Samsung to be IP certified, if true. Specifically, a report from Evan Blass says the phones will be IPX8 certified for water resistance (but not dust).
One of the more interesting reports about this phone is the prediction of an under-display front camera on the main display. Rather than a notch or a cut-out, Samsung is expected to place the camera under the screen. It won’t be very large, though, with Blass claiming a small size of 4 megapixels. There is said to be a 10MP front-facing camera on the cover screen alongside a triple 12MP camera set up on the rear for users who prefer a stronger camera selection.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 price will be much cheaper at launch than the Fold 2, according to a new report. It is said to cost between 1,900,000 and 1,999,000 South Korean won, a rate that translates to $1,655 to $1,741. The Fold 2 launched at $2,000.
Samsung is also expected to continue with the Galaxy Z Flip line. Reports say the company is planning a Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G. While there’s no “Flip 2,” it is likely that Samsung is thinking of the Galaxy Z Flip
As for what will be inside this device, it’s a little similar to the Galaxy Z Fold 3. There’s a 1.9-inch external display, a 6.7-inch AMOLED 120Hz display when unfolded, and reports of up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. According to a TENAA certification, Samsung is expected to equip this with a 3,300mAh battery. The Flip 3 is expected to have a dual 12MP camera system with a 10MP front-facing camera and feature an IP rating as well. Buyers are said to have launch color options for dark green, light violet, beige, gray, black, pink, dark blue, and white.
Just like the Fold, the Flip 3 is also expected to have a lower starting price than the Z Flip
Samsung is predicted to be launching two Watch-branded smartwatches this year as opposed to one. Earlier reports claim the company will be reviving its “Classic” brand for the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, which will be marketed alongside a Galaxy Watch 4 for sports enthusiasts.
The regular Watch 4 is the spiritual successor to the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and is a sleekly designed affair with an aluminum case and a rubber strap. Samsung will offer this in two sizes (40mm and 44mm), and the watch is reportedly coming in black, silver, green, and gold.
The Watch 4 Classic is the successor to the Galaxy Watch 3 and is expected to ship with a rotating bezel. Users are offered a choice of either a stainless steel or aluminum case, and the display will be covered in Gorilla Glass DX or DX+ depending on the case you get. The Watch may come in three sizes — 40mm, 42mm, and 44mm — a wider variety than what Samsung will be offering for the Watch Active. For color options, Samsung will offer more subdued black, white, and gray color options.
For both watches, Samsung is said to be using the Google Wear with a One UI overlay, making them the first two watches we’ll see running the revamped Google Wear.
Pricing- and availability-wise, a now-removed Amazon listing reveals the Galaxy Watch 4 would cost between $250 and $280, with the Watch 4 Classic going for between $340 and $370. A street date of August 27 was also shared by the retailer.
Aside from phones and wearables, Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy Buds 2, a successor to its well-received Samsung Galaxy Buds.
Galaxy Buds 2 renders shared by Blass show the upcoming pair of earbuds in four colors: Black, green, purple, and white. If these renders turn out to be accurate, the outside of the case will be white, with the inside reflecting the choice of color.
— Evan (@evleaks) July 10, 2021
Reports have claimed they will cost between $149 and $169, with Bluetooth LE support on-board. It will have a combined battery of 120mAh for both earbuds, with the case having 500mAh for on-the-go recharging. Active noise cancellation may also be featured.
While the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has been characterized as being set for a launch in the fall, its inclusion in the August 11 announcement thread by Evan Blass suggested that Samsung may have been set to announce it at that event. Later reports clarified that while Samsung had planned an August launch for the FE, it’s now aiming for a launch date between October and December.
— Evan (@evleaks) July 10, 2021
If the rumors are true, then the S21 FE will have a 6.41-inch full HD AMOLED display with a 120HZ refresh rate. It’ll have one of Samsung’s Infinity-O displays, with a 32MP hole-punch camera around the front. The rear is said to have a triple-camera layout containing a 12MP main camera, a 12MP ultrawide, and an 8MP telephoto. A Snapdragon 888, up to 8GB of RAM, and a 4,370mAh battery wrap up the rumored specs.
Samsung was said to have canceled or delayed this phone in light of the chip shortage, while later reports said the company would work on a mix-and-match strategy, alternating between Exynos and Snapdragon chip to mitigate the chip shortage effect.
The Note 21 is not so ambiguous. Samsung has publicly stated that it would not be launching a Note 21 this year. “Instead of unveiling a new Galaxy Note this time around, we will further broaden beloved Note features to more Samsung Galaxy devices,” Samsung confirmed. As for whether it plans to deliver one next year, that is unknown.
August 11 is approaching quickly, so we won’t have long to wait to see what actually launches.
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