Samsung is widely expected to announce its next Unpacked product event on August 11th at 10:00 AM ET/7:00 AM PT. The already quite leaked Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the next version of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 will be announced. Samsung isn’t shy about these expectations, as a quick glance at the invitation will give you an overview of both devices.
Samsung is also expected to announce a new Galaxy watch using the new combined Wear platform announced at Google I/O earlier this year.
Samsung is actually hosting the event again on their website and promises to post more details about the live stream here. It’s also keeping up with another trend from Samsung that forces customers to “book” their “next flagship” even before it’s officially announced. Samsung Electronics announced that early reservation customers will be offered “increased compensation credit and 12-month Samsung Care Plus subscription at a discounted price.”
According to images leaked by Evan Blass, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is very similar to the current foldable phone. The biggest upgrade will certainly be compatibility with Samsung’s S Pen stylus. Samsung itself has been telegramming for a very long time that it will add stylus support to its fold line.
For the Galaxy Z Flip 3, the biggest update could be outside. Here, Samsung replaces the very small screen with a slightly larger but still fairly small screen.
Samsung has done a better job on the durability of its folding devices since switching to using “ultra-thin glass” under the plastic sheeting of these displays. However, the screen is still much weaker than the normal smartphone screen. If Samsung wants to encourage users to poke the Z Fold 3’s screen with a plastic rod, the folding screen needs to be more durable.
It’s unlikely they’ll charge you the highest rates, but the new Galaxy smartwatch is likely to be a bigger change than repeated updates to foldable phones. This is because it will be the first Samsung smartwatch to be equipped with the Google Wear operating system in half a year. Samsung was using its own Tizen-based OS for their smartwatches, which has advantages over Google’s Wear OS, but didn’t have an app library to use. Now that the two operating systems are combined, this upcoming Samsung watch will be the first to actually see the new Wear operating system in action.
Both the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 with rotating bezel and the unannounced Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 4 are expected to be available in multiple colors.
There is always a chance that there will be more tabs. Samsung’s Galaxy Buds lineup could also be launched as a new model. We’ll know for sure when Samsung starts live streaming on August 11th.