Foldables! Two, in all probability! These are your headliners. Samsung tipped its hand with the occasion invite, which features a pair of geometrical objects that fairly clearly symbolize the new Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip.
The opposite headliner is what we gained’t be seeing on the occasion (Deadliner? Endliner?). The corporate already confirmed by way of company weblog that we gained’t be seeing the next version of the Galaxy Observe next week. That’s a giant break from the device’s long-standing annual refresh cycle.
We nonetheless don’t know if that is the end-end of the road for the phablet. Samsung instructed TechCrunch, “We won't be launching new Galaxy Observe units in 2021. As a substitute, Samsung plans to proceed to increase the Observe expertise and convey a lot of its in style productiveness and creativity features, together with the S Pen, throughout our Galaxy ecosystem. We are going to share extra particulars on our future portfolio as soon as we're prepared to announce.”
Rumors surfaced prior to this revelation that the corporate could have been compelled to put the device on maintain, as world provide chain points proceed to hamstring producers. There’s additionally an argument to be made, nevertheless, that Samsung has regularly made the Observe redundant over the previous a number of Galaxy S updates.
It appears telling that the corporate referred to a forthcoming “flagship” in its official Unpacked copy. With the Observe out of the picture and the Galaxy S about six months out from a refresh, this seems to refer to the Galaxy Fold gaining the (admittedly ceremonial) title. Whether or not which means two or three flagships within the firm’s Armada stays to be seen.
What we do know, nevertheless, is that — just like the Galaxy S earlier than it — no less than one of many forthcoming foldables shall be blurring that Observe line.
“I hope you’ll be part of us as we debut our next Galaxy Z household and share some foldable surprises — together with the first-ever S Pen designed particularly for foldable telephones,” the corporate’s president and head of Cellular Communications Enterprise, TM Roh wrote. The chief additionally promised “much more refined model, armed with extra sturdy, stronger materials” on the new Galaxy Z Flip.
Earlier — and subsequent — leaks have given us beauty at each the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3. Hell, it wouldn’t be a Samsung occasion if just about every thing didn’t leak out prior to the occasion.
A collection of tweets from EVLeaks has given us practically each angle of the upcoming foldable smartphones, together with (European) costs that put the Fold and Flip beginning at €1,899 and €1,099, respectively. Each mark a large lower from the earlier era. That’s good — if not solely shocking. Samsung’s plan all alongside has clearly been a protracted drop in pricing as foldable expertise scaled. We’re nonetheless an extended methods away from low-cost right here, however maybe nudging our means towards the realm of chance for extra customers.
Different leaked particulars for the Fold/Flip embody a 7.6/6.7-inch internal display, a Snapdragon 888 processor (each) and 12MP triple/dual cameras, respectively. Curiously, water resistance can be reportedly on board right here.
With a 12 months of digital occasions below its belt, the corporate appears to have a greater thought of pacing. Samsung — together with many different firms within the house — took liberties when occasions went extra from in-person to online, meting out bulletins occasion by occasion. Fortunately, next week’s Unpacked is a a lot larger, self-contained occasion.
The opposite anticipated highlights are each wearables. First is the long-awaited fruits of the partnership between Samsung and Google that was introduced at I/O. We didn’t get a variety of information on the time, past the truth that it's going to probably be a boon for customers and builders, with the power to collectively create apps for each the beleaguered Put on OS and Samsung’s custom model of Tizen.
“Samsung and Google have an extended historical past of collaboration, and every time we’ve labored collectively, the expertise for our shoppers has been dramatically higher for everybody,” Google SVP Sameer Samat stated at a June follow-up to the I/O news. “That actually holds true for this new, unified platform, which shall be rolling out for the primary time on Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch. In collaboration with Samsung, we’re thrilled to carry longer battery life, sooner performance and a variety of apps, together with many from Google to an entire new wearable expertise.”
The corporate held an (admittedly disappointing) occasion at MWC targeted on the forthcoming watch. There was, nevertheless, one key factor lacking: the watch. Primarily based on pure hypothesis, I’d counsel that the wearable simply didn’t come collectively on the timeline Samsung was anticipating, however the firm went forward and did a digital presser on the (largely digital) commerce present.
The corporate did, nevertheless, introduced One UI Watch — a wearable version of its streamlined OS interface. Samsung notes in a press launch:
One UI Watch along with the new unified platform will create a wholly new Galaxy Watch expertise. As a part of the new expertise, when you install watch-compatible apps on your smartphone, they are going to be swiftly downloaded onto your smartwatch. For those who’ve custom-made your clock app on your phone to present the time in numerous cities across the globe, this shall be mechanically mirrored on your watch as properly. And when you block calls and messages from your watch, they'll now be blocked on your smartphone, too.
Leaks have additionally revealed the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Traditional fashions together with (once more) European pricing. They’re reportedly set to begin at €279 and €379, respectively, with every that includes a number of sizing options. That final bit was all the time a sticking level for me with Samsung watches, which have historically been pretty large, knocking out a great variety of potential consumers within the course of.
The final large piece of the puzzle are the Galaxy Buds 2. The most recent upgrade to the corporate’s entry-level buds are stated to be gaining energetic noise canceling.
Will there be surprises as soon as issues kick off at 7AM PT/10AM ET on August 11? Little, ones, in all probability. These leaks generally tend to seize issues in broad strokes however miss a few of the key nuances within the course of. And whereas the corporate is greater than a bit acquainted with pre-show leaks, it’s nonetheless managed to shock us previously.
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