What to expect from Samsung’s next unbox – TechCrunch


Foldable! Two, probably! Those are your headliners. Samsung shook hands with the invitation to the event, which features a couple of geometric objects that quite clearly represent the new Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip.

The other headliner is what we won’t see at the event (Deadliner? Endliner?). The company has already confirmed through a corporate blog that we will not see the next version of the Galaxy Note next week. That’s a big break from the device’s long-standing annual update cycle.

We don’t know yet if this is the end of the line for the phablet. Samsung told TechCrunch: “We will not launch new Galaxy Note devices in 2021. Instead, Samsung plans to continue to expand the Note experience and bring many of its popular productivity and creativity features, including the S Pen, into our Galaxy ecosystem. We will share more details about our future portfolio once we are ready to announce. “

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Before this disclosure, rumors emerged that the company may have been forced to discontinue the device as global supply chain problems continue to cripple manufacturers. However, it can also be argued that Samsung has gradually made the Note redundant in the latest Galaxy S updates.

It seems telling that the company is referring to an upcoming “flagship” in its official Unpacked copy. With the Note out of the picture and the Galaxy S about six months into an update, this seems to refer to the Galaxy Fold winning the title (admittedly ceremonial). Whether that means two or three flagships in the company’s Navy remains to be seen.

What we do know, though, is that like the Galaxy S before it, at least one of the upcoming foldables will blur that Note line.

“I hope you will join us in the debut of our upcoming Galaxy Z family and share some foldable surprises, including the first S Pen designed specifically for foldable phones,” wrote TM Roh, company president and chief business officer, Mobile Communications. The executive also promised “an even more refined style, armed with a stronger and more durable material” in the new Galaxy Z Flip.

The leaks before and after have given us a good look on both the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Hell, it wouldn’t be a Samsung event if almost everything wasn’t leaked before the event.

A series of tweets from EVLeaks has given us just about every angle on the upcoming folding smartphones, along with (European) prices that put the Fold and Flip starting at € 1,899 and € 1,099, respectively. Both mark a considerable decrease from the previous generation. That’s good, though not entirely surprising. Samsung’s plan from the beginning has clearly been a prolonged drop in prices as foldable technology has escalated. We’re still a long way from cheap here, but perhaps moving into the realm of possibilities for more users.

Other leaked details for the Fold / Flip include a 7.6 / 6.7-inch internal screen, a Snapdragon 888 processor (both), and 12MP triple / dual cameras, respectively. Interestingly, water resistance is on board here too.

With a year of virtual events under its belt, the company seems to have a better idea of ​​the pace. Samsung, along with many other companies in the space, took liberties when events ranged from more than in-person to online, running announcements on an event-by-event basis. Fortunately, next week’s Unpacked is a much larger standalone event.

The other expected highlights are both wearable devices. First are the long-awaited fruits of the partnership between Samsung and Google that was announced at I / O. We didn’t get much information at the time, beyond the fact that it will potentially be a boon to users and developers, with the ability to create apps together for both the troubled Wear OS and Samsung’s custom Tizen brand.

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“Samsung and Google have a long history of collaboration, and each time we’ve worked together, the experience for our consumers has been dramatically better for everyone,” Google Senior Vice President Sameer Samat said in a June follow-up to news from I / O. “That’s certainly true for this new unified platform, which will launch for the first time on Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch. In collaboration with Samsung, we are delighted to offer longer battery life, faster performance and a wide range of apps, including many from Google, to a completely new on-the-go experience. “

The company held a (admittedly disappointing) event at MWC focused on the upcoming watch. However, one key thing was missing: the watch. Based on pure speculation, I would suggest that the wearable was simply not assembled on the timeline that Samsung was hoping for, but the company went ahead and made a virtual presser at the (mostly virtual) trade show.

However, the company announced One UI Watch, a portable version of its streamlined operating system interface. Samsung notes in a press release:

One UI Watch together with the new unified platform will create a completely new Galaxy Watch experience. As part of the new experience, once you install watch-compatible apps on your smartphone, they will quickly download to your smartwatch. If you have customized your clock app on your phone to show the time in different cities around the world, this will automatically reflect on your clock as well. And if you block calls and messages on your watch, they will now be blocked on your smartphone too.

The leaks have also revealed the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic models along with (again) European prices. They are reportedly scheduled to start at € 279 and € 379, respectively, with each featuring multiple size options. That last part was always a sticking point for me with Samsung watches, which have traditionally been quite massive, and have taken quite a few potential buyers breathless in the process.

The last big piece of the puzzle is the Galaxy Buds 2. The latest update to the company’s entry-level headphones is said to be gaining active noise cancellation.

Will there be any surprises once things start in 7 a. M., Pacific Time/10 a.m. ET on August 11? Small, probably. These leaks tend to capture things roughly, but miss some of the key nuances in the process. And while the company is more than a little familiar with the pre-show leaks, it still managed to surprise us in the past.


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