Samsung Unpacked 2022 announced everything we've been waiting for, including the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Watch 5, and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. Not the biggest of surprises thanks to the number of leaks telling us what's coming.
So, what did we see? First off, we got a look at the Galaxy Z Flip 4 (with BTS turning up to show it off) and it comes with a bundle of neat upgrades, including enhanced photo and video software, and a sleeker, more durable design. We also got a look at the Galaxy Z Fold 4, with the three big talking points being upgraded the cameras, display, and processor.
The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are also official, boasting a new, compact design, Hi-Fi audio quality and 360 audio, along with 24-bit audio for the first time in Samsung earbuds. Finally, we also got to see the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. These wearables come with a new body temperature sensor and a bunch of enhanced fitness and health tracking features.
Samsung Galaxy 2022 August event: Biggest announcements
We went hands-on with each device, and you can check out all you need to know about each device. Stick right here to find out all the major announcements as they happened during the Unpacked event. Oh, and you can catch the livestream right here, too.
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
And we're kicking off! Welcome to the live blog, where we'll be dishing out the latest updates on all things Samsung Unpacked. It's no secret that Samsung is gearing up to unveil its next set of foldables, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4.
How are we certain these are coming? Through the numerous leaks and rumors around. That, and smartphone boss TM Roh talked about all things foldable in a blog post prior to the Unpacked event. Even stating: "At our upcoming Unpacked on August 10th, you’ll see that the impact of our innovation is not only about what technology can do."
Get ready for some new foldables.
We've seen plenty of leaks about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. In fact, we may have already gotten a sneak peek at what's under the hood and what it may look like.
Apparently, we're getting all the features we were hoping for. The design remains largely unchanged from the homage to the flip phones of old that we know and love, except for this new blue colorway in the leaked photos. It will reportedly be a little smaller and thinner, too, with dimensions for the new model when unfolded measuring 6.1 x 5.1 x 0.27 inches, compared to 6.2 x 5 x 0.25 inches for the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
As for everything else, expect a larger 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, along with the main shooter being upgraded to a 50MP sensor, alongside the 12MP telephoto and ultrawide cameras. Plus, we'll see the SnapDragon 8+ Gen 1 under the hood.
As for the Galaxy Z Flip 4, Samsung left little to the imagination with its trailer for the event with a device that is unmistakably the Galaxy Z Flip 4 pictured only marginally obscured in shadow.
As reported, the oft-reliable Ice Universe that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 “becomes smaller and lighter. Bezel narrower.” While this likely means that the battery size is at best staying the same 3,300mAh capacity, another leak points out a larger 3,700 mAh battery, along with a larger 6.7-inch AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 2640 x 1080-pixel resolution. That said, this leaker points out the popular foldable will be slightly thicker and taller.
Perhaps the most attention will be on the price for the Galaxy Z Flip 4. Samsung managed to deliver the Galaxy Z Flip 3 for $999 and some rumors suggest that could go up again this year, but a sub-$1,000 foldable was a major breakthrough for the category that's hard to imagine Samsung giving up.
Leaks regarding the Galaxy Watch 5 have been notably lighter than Samsung's foldables, but we have gotten some details and the renders.
The most significant rumored change is the elimination of the "Classic" branding in favor of a Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. The new model would no longer feature the rotating bezel that defined the Galaxy Watch for years, but after weeks with the Galaxy Watch 4, I found the virtual implementation works reliably. Overall, the design changes give the Watch 5 Pro a sleeker look than its predecessor, but we'll be intrigued as to what else makes it "Pro."
The basic Galaxy Watch 5 appears to be almost completely unchanged from last year's model, which, given its popularity, probably isn't a bad thing. But we're sure Samsung will have some tricks up its sleeve even if the design remains the same.
Now, what about the Galaxy Buds Pro 2? We're big fans of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, with their compact, comfortable and durable design, good audio quality, and strong ANC. The next-gen models, whatever they end up being called, are set to deliver the same, with a few tweaks here and there.
The new Buds Pro are rumored to once again come in around that $199 price point of the originals. Leaks have also indicated that they are going to offer a slight size reduction, but not as diminutive as the Galaxy Buds 2.
ANC will, of course, be present and hopefully, we see a slight bump up in battery life from the roughly 5 hours of the Buds Pro.
The Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro are set to be in sizes we're familiar with, according to this massive leak from Winfuture. Apparently, these are press images of the smartwatches, with the Galaxy Watch 5 set to come in 40mm and 44mm sizes, while the Pro model will come in a 45mm case.
According to the leak, the main difference between the standard and Pro model is that the Pro will come in a titanium body and will also offer a larger battery.
The report states that the 40mm Galaxy Watch 5 will have a 284mAh battery capacity, while the 44mm will have a 410mAh battery. As for the Pro model, expect a big 590mAh battery. That's better than the Galaxy Watch 4 lineup.
You can also expect a 1.19-inch 396 x 396 AMOLED display on the 40mm model and a 1.36-inch 450 x 450 AMOLED display on both the 44mm and 45mm models. Oh, and an Exynos W920 chip, GPS, NFC, and eSIM.
These precise details seem legit, but we won't know for sure until Samsung officially announces them at the event. Over 2 hours to go...
Hello, more leaks. You're more than welcome here. Thanks to Slashleaks, we've got more images of the Galaxy Z Flip 4. From Leakspinner, the images are apparently dummy units of the foldable, one in all-black and the other in beige. With it being so close to the Unpacked event, these look legit, and there's even a hands-on video to go along with it.
As other leaks have shown, they don't look all the different from the Galaxy Z Flip 3. Although, they apparently have a smaller, compact hinge and thinner bezels.
We're here for it. But we'll finally get a detailed look at them in just a couple of hours.
Hey! If you're in London or New York City, Samsung is inviting you to a Samsung Unpacked Experience. Apparently, there's a special surprise for you, too.
In New York, Samsung states "experience the best of #GalaxyxBTS." We're intrigued. Check out the dates on the post.
What’s up NYC 🇺🇸 You’re invited to the Samsung Unpacked Experience! 📩Experience the best of #GalaxyxBTS 💜 (with a special surprise! 💜🎁😉)📍: 60 10th Ave., New York🗓: From 11-31 Aug, Mon-Thu: 10:00-20:00, Fri-Sat: 10:00-21:00, Sun: 11:00-20:00 #SamsungUnpacked pic.twitter.com/C1OEJOiDFWAugust 10, 2022
As for London, there's still a special surprise in store. Head over to the Regent Street location to find out what it is.
Hello LDN 🇬🇧 Here’s an exclusive invite to the Samsung Unpacked Experience (where you may even get a special surprise too~💜🎁😉)📍: 55 Regent St., London🗓: From 11-31 Aug, Mon-Fri: 10:00-20:00, Sat: 11:00-20:00, Sun: 12:00-18:00#GalaxyxBTS #SamsungUnpacked pic.twitter.com/TcHExXTwCMAugust 10, 2022
Samsung is all about the foldable hype. In a blog post, Samsung smartphone boss TM Roh stated that nearly 10 million foldables shipped worldwide last year. "That’s an industry increase of more than 300% from 2020, and I predict this fast-paced growth will continue." That significant rise is likely largely to do with the popularity of the Galaxy Z Flip 3, as the post points out that "70% of Galaxy foldable users turned to the Flip."
Clearly, Samsung has something to prove with the upcoming Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4. Display analyst Ross Young stated earlier this year that foldable phone production and shipment will rise by more than 100% in 2022, with Samsung alone aiming to ship over 14 million foldables and Samsung Display, the manufacturer of foldable panels, to ship around 19 million panels.
However, Roh believes the mainstream moment for foldables is here, and the next-gen Flip and Fold smartphones will prove that.
"Three years ago, Samsung Galaxy foldables could be summed up in a single word: radical. Very quickly, however, it became clear that this groundbreaking, flexible design fit perfectly into modern lifestyles. As a result, what was once a novelty three years ago, is now the preferred choice for millions."
Only 2 hours until that "mainstream moment" arrives.
Low and behold, yet another leak! Leaker Nishant Pathak on Twitter has given us a peak at the prices for all the products set to be announced at the Galaxy Unpacked event. They're UK prices, but we don't expect many differences from what they'll be priced at in the US.
As always, take this in with a grain of salt. However, we're happy to see the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will keep its $999/£999 price tag, but the Galaxy Z Fold 4 looks to still be on the pricey side. The Galaxy Pro Buds 2 seem to be getting an increase over the $199 price.
Are these the prices to expect? Only time will tell. In fact, in over an hour.
#SamsungUnpacked UK PricesWatch 5 BT 40 mm = £269.00Watch 5 BT 44 mm = £289.00Watch 5 Pro BT 45 mm = £429All 4G Versions + £50Z Flip4 128GB = £999Z Flip4 256GB = £1059Z Fold4 256GB = £1649Z Fold4 512GB = £1769Z Fold4 1TB = £2019Buds 2 Pro = £219 pic.twitter.com/Yw1jln8JxbAugust 10, 2022
The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is expected to be the most popular choice for foldable fans. In our Galaxy Z Flip 3 review, we said it should be the first foldable you should buy, thanks to its unique and stunning design, bright, vivid 120Hz display, excellent camera performance, and affordable price tag.
If it can improve on its weak battery life and bring a telephoto lens, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 would be a worthy successor. We heard rumblings of a bigger battery capacity, although other leaks also state it will be slimmer. At least we'll expect to see an upgraded Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, along with other upgrades the Flip 4 is bound to get.
Just over an hour to go.
The event is less than an hour away, but what are you most looking forward to seeing? More of a Flip person? or liking the Fold? Maybe you have the Galaxy Watch in your sights. Let us know on Twitter!
#SamsungUnpacked is gearing up for some flippin' amazing announcements 👀 What are you hyped for?August 10, 2022
The official livestream has kicked off! Well, kind of. We're seeing a bunch of usual animations going through the designs of past Galaxy Unpacked events. We're not far away from all the big announcements, so keep it locked here.
By the way, no need to refresh this page for the latest updates. This page will do it all for you.
Under 30 minutes to go. So, how long can we expect this show to be? We're expecting a lot of announcements, but Samsung last Unpacked event in February, announcing the Galaxy S22 lineup, Galaxy Tab S8, and more, took an hour, so we're expecting the same length for August's Unpacked.
Get the popcorn ready.
With just 10 minutes left, I'm seeing plenty of fans on Twitter sporting that #SamsungUnpacked, with plenty checking out the event in person. Well, you can also watch it livestreamed on YouTube, or check out Samsung's official website. Or Twitter. Basically anywhere.
But we'll give you all the spicy announcements right here. Stay tuned, y'all.
Geez, Samsung put a lot of effort in the "boxed" animations throughout the years. Also I'm enjoying all these versions of its theme tune. Especially the jazzier ones. Don't mind me, I'm just spouting nonsense and waiting for the show to finally get started.
Anyway, just 5 minutes until it all unfolds.
Oh, and before it all kicks off, the results are in! Looks like the Flip 4 and Buds Pro 2 will be the highlights of the event. Not too much love for the other two.
#SamsungUnpacked is gearing up for some flippin' amazing announcements 👀 What are you hyped for?August 10, 2022
Here. We. Go. Let's get this box unpacked already.
And we're starting off with an ad. Would you look at that, the Galaxy Z Flip is at centre stage. Samsung was pitching a lot of acrobatics, which, really, I would have liked to see.
Respect that baguette! I can do that.
Now we're kicking off. And a big point about the phones is looking to be their durability, including being water resistant.
Hello, TM Roh. He talks about the how long it took to develop Samsung's foldable phones, saying that it took 8 years. Whew.
The sleek and sexy Galaxy Z Flip 4 has finally been revealed. The fourth-generation Galaxy Flip, it looks very similar to the Flip 3, albeit with a phew tweaks.
Check out how the Galaxy Z Flip 4 looks!
Samsung boasts that it upgraded the Z Flip 4's Quick Shot mode, a perk that lets you take high-quality selfies while the device is still folded and compact. One of those upgrades includes allowing users to launch video recording in Quick Shot mode before seamlessly transitioning into Flex Mode.
Plus, you can expect an upgraded camera with a 65% brighter sensor that begets crisper photos and videos (even at nighttime).
Hello, Adam head of Instagram. The Flip will get some neat software specifically for those apps, which is always a nice touch.
Samsung also upgraded Portrait Mode, allowing users to see previews in their actual photo ratio while using Quick Shot. Basically, the cover screen will also be your selfie camera.
The Cover Screen comes with a host of quality of life features, and you can even pay when the phone is closed via the Cover Screen. Plus, you can customize it the way you like with different widgets and themes.
Oh, and Samsung Knox makes sure everything is secure so no nosy threat actors can take advantage of the Cover display.
And you'll be able to fully customize the Z Flip 4 on the outside and inside. The Z Flip 4 comes with a cornucopia of color options to choose from: Bora Purple, Graphite, Pink Gold, Blue, and more.
You can even create a Cover Screen that features your own designs in various formats, including GIF and video.
It sports a slimmer hinge, straightened edges, contrasting hazed-back glass and glossy metal frames, much like rumors and leaks have pointed out. As for durability, expect an IPX8 rating, meaning its water proof!
As for the cover screen, expect a 1.9-inch, 260 x 512-pixel Super AMOLED display. The main panel (the display you see when unfolded) is a 6.7-inch, FHD+, 2,640 x 1,080-pixel display. It features Dynamic AMOLED 2X technology and comes with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate that drops down to 1Hz to save battery when viewing static content.
The Galaxy Z Flip 4 Bespoke edition has also been announced, allowing you to mix and match colors to your liking. I'm liking that kind of customization, especially with the five different color covers to choose from.
Find out more about the Galaxy Z Flip 4 right here.
Oh hey there, Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. These are the first Samsung earbuds to feature 24-bit audio. Ooh lah lah! 24-bit audio allows for a higher dynamic range, and that means that the earbuds can reach louder volumes before distortion sets in. Take advantage of this feature on Apple Music, Tidal, Qobuz and Amazon Music.
Check out a first look at them.
Later this year, you'll also be able to record more 360 audio, "capturing audio precisely as you hear it." I'm on board.
Along with the Hi-Fi audio quality, 360 audio, and active noise cancellation, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are 15% smaller (0.19 ounces, 0.8 x 0.9 x 0.7 inches) than its predecessor. They're considerably smaller than the AirPods Pro (1.2 x 0.9 x 0.9 inches).
Plus, they can link up to other Samsung devices seamlessly, allowing you to switch from one device to the other on the fly.
And now we're getting a look at the brand-new Galaxy Watch 5. And it comes with plenty of new watch faces, switching them on the fly. Like leaks have mentioned,
it's equipped with Sapphire crystal for durability, and it comes with a new workout system, even allowing you to track your body composition. It will also come with more sleep tracking capabilities. Samsung seems to be going all in on health features, with an increased surface area to get more data.
Check out how it looks.
The Galaxy Watch 5 also comes with a new infrared temperature sensor. Samsung will explore more ways to use the sensor, but it can provide a lot of accurate readings for your health. Plus, Samsung Knox will make sure you data stays private. That's not just the watch, that's every Samsung device.
A Privacy Dashboard gives you control on what features and data you want to keep private. All pairing seamlessly within the Samsung Galaxy ecosystem.
For all you need to know about the Galaxy Watch 5, we've got you covered.
Hey, that cat looks kind of familiar...
Stray (2022) 😼#GalaxyUnpacked pic.twitter.com/TQuH9b6gS0August 10, 2022
We're now getting into what Samsung is doing for the environment. 99% of devices now have a component of recycled materials, including ocean waste.
That also comes to packaging. 100% of the packaging in the Galaxy Flip and Fold will be recycled paper, and also more compact. Samsung pledges to "do more, with less."
Back to TM. Samsung is "raining the bar for productivity" with these new foldables, with sustainability in mind. Samsung claims they're the most durable Samsung phones yet.
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 is official, and it looks like Samsung wants to address many of the issues with the already excellent Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Check out what it looks like!
Thanks to a newly designed hinge, we're getting the slimmest and lightest Galaxy Z Fold yet.
Samsung has changed the display to make it a more durable than ever, all without sacrificing how the display looks. In fact, giving it an upgrade.
Like the leaks and rumors have pointed out, we’re getting a 7.6-inch AMOLED panel. The main display has the same 2176 x 1812–pixel resolution and 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, but Samsung claims it is brighter thanks to Samsung’s AMOLED 2X technology. The cover display stays the same with a 6.2-inch HD+ 120Hz display.
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There's an improved under-display camera as well, with advanced image processing technology. And, interestingly, it comes with Android 12L.
A special version that has been purpose-built for the larger display of foldables or tablets, expect small but welcome tweaks. This includes a permanent taskbar with additional buttons that give you an almost PC-esque interface, dramatically better multitasking with new swipe interactions and the smart use of drag and drop for copy and paste.
Microsoft apps will be in tune with the updated OS, allowing you to split screen while working on two different apps, like Office or Power Point. Plus, on Microsoft Teams, you can work on a presentation while being on a video call. Neat!
Now for the cameras. Instead of the triple 12MP camera array of the Fold 3, you’re getting an upgraded 50MP main snapper with an f/1.8 aperture, alongside a 12MP ultra wide at f/2.2 and a 10MP telephoto.
Up front, you have a 10MP hole-punch selfie camera at the top of the cover display and a smaller 4MP sensor under the display on the inside, which has been better concealed with an improved subpixel arrangement.
Both the main and telephoto are packed with optical image stabilization, which allows the zoom lens to deliver a 30X Space Zoom (a combo of 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom with AI super-resolution technology). This matches the cameras of the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus, a significant step up from the Galaxy S21 FE level cameras in the Fold 3.
You like shopping? Well the Fold 4 is designed to make it easier to compare prices with the split screen.
As for gaming, this is the most powerful Galaxy device for gaming, Samsung claims. And, with the bigger screen, you're getting more screen real estate to play the latest Android games on.
Google has a few things to say about Wear OS. Google will be bringing more media apps, including Soundcloud and Deezer to listen from your watch. There's also a new Google Assistant for the Galaxy Watch, allowing you to pick songs from Spotify on the fly.
Plus, Google is making it easier to use your watch without needing your phone, meaning you can leave it behind and still use a bunch of features. Hoorah!
And now the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is here, and it looks to be all about taking exercise to new heights.
The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro replaces the Classic and takes it in a new direction as the rugged and outdoor-enthusiast-focused model in the lineup. What makes it more rugged? It features a titanium casing (versus aluminum on the Galaxy Watch 5) and a more protective protruding bezel to keep that new sapphire crystal display from getting dinged up.
It comes with a compass and even a dial to see when the sunset or sunrise will arrive. I'm intrigued.
Interestingly, it also comes with a track back feature, all so you know how to get back home after a wild hike.
Beyond its rugged durability the battery life of the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is the other standout feature with a 60% larger battery than the Galaxy Watch 4 that the company claims can last up to 80 hours on a single charge. Whether you are cycling, running, hiking or any other outdoor activity this should allow the Watch 5 Pro to track even your longest workouts.
The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is also notably larger than the Galaxy Watch 5 at 45.4mm and 46.5 grams compared to 44mm and 33.5 grams for the Galaxy Watch 5.
That enhanced durability and added battery life bumps the price of the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro up to $449 for the Bluetooth model and $499 for the LTE model. It will also be shipping starting August 26th and pre-orders placed by August 25 large eligible for a Wireless Charger Duo, $125 off with eligible smartwatch trade-in and $50 in Samsung credit.
Hey, there's also a golf-focussed Galaxy Watch 5 Pro for all you golfers out there.