Samsung expected to launch two new foldable phones at Galaxy Unpacked next month

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Last month Samsung hosted a rather underwhelming MWC press conference, especially if you were hoping to see new hardware being revealed by the South Korean manufacturer. That could change come August though as reports from 9to5Google suggest as many as five new devices will be revealed at a yet-to-be announced Galaxy Unpacked event.

All of the new devices are believed to be refreshed iterations of current Samsung products, with two updated foldable phones added to the mix too.

To that end, the leaks say we could see the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 4 Active and Galaxy Buds 2 come 11th August, when the Unpacked event is said to be happening.

For now, Samsung has remained mum on any Galaxy Unpacked event, with this week focusing on its latest quarterly earnings instead.

Of the aforementioned devices, it may not be the foldable phones that garner the most interest, but rather the smartwatches as they will be the first to feature the new iteration of Wear OS that Samsung has been working on with Google.

With the likes of Huawei leading the way for non-watchOS wearables of late, it will be interesting to see whether the closer collaboration with Google will yield a better on device experience.

Shifting back to the foldables, it will also be intriguing to see whether Samsung’s update for them is incremental or more substantial.

We reviewed both the Z Fold2 and Z Flip last year and while there was some impressive elements on both devices, the price tags and fragile nature of the screens still means that both are designed for those happy to be early adopters or with spare cash to drop on experimental devices. Hopefully then, these new iterations feature improvements across the board as foldable phones are yet to find a willing market.

Either way, if the leaks are indeed true, we should have some new Samsung hardware to fawn over and dissect come next month.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Editor of Hypertext. Covers smartphones, IoT, 5G, cloud computing and a few things in between. Also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games when not taking the hatchet to stories.


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