Samsung unveils latest Galaxy foldable smartphones

Samsung just wrapped up its second Galaxy Unpacked event of the year and unveiled a slew of new devices under its Galaxy family. Apart from unveiling a bunch of new gadgets and announcements, the company also announced Galaxy for the Planet at the online-only virtual event. Galaxy for the Planet is Samsung’s newest mobile environmental sustainability vision to create a more sustainable Galaxy ecosystem. Samsung announced that it would work with a spirit of collaboration to take tangible climate actions across its entire business and operations. The company has established initial targets to reduce its environmental footprint and reduce overall resource depletion from production to disposal of its Galaxy products by 2025. But as for its product lineup, the most anticipated and exciting announcement was its latest Galaxy foldable smartphones. Samsung also showcased a couple of new smartwatches in its Galaxy arsenal and unveiled the newest wireless Buds 2 at the event. Here is a quick overview of what was announced at this Galaxy Unpacked event.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the company’s third-generation foldable smartphone that opens like a book to convert into a tablet from a smartphone. According to Samsung, the Fold 3 is also the company’s thinnest and most pocketable Fold yet with a 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED display which converts into a 7.6-inch display unfolded. This new smartphone supports S Pen and comes with an IPX8 water resistance rating.

Galaxy foldable smartphones

Under the hood, the device is powered by a 5nm 64-bit octa-core processor paired with 12GB of RAM. The device offers 265GB/512GB of onboard storage and runs on Android 10 out of the box. The Fold 3 comes with a 10MP selfie camera on the cover and a 4MP under-display camera when unfolded. The device’s rear sports a triple camera setup with a 12MP ultra-wide camera, 12MP wide-angle camera, and a 12MP telephoto camera.

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is priced at a whopping $1,799 for the 256GB variant and $1,899 for the 512GB variant. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is currently up for preorders and will be available for users to buy starting Aug. 27.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

For flip phone enthusiasts, Samsung also announced its third-generation foldable flip phone in the form of Galaxy Z Flip 3. Flip 3, thanks to its form factor, size, and price, will probably be a mainstream foldable smartphone.

The device sports a 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display and a 1.9-inch Super AMOLED cover display. This device is powered by a 5nm 64-bit octa-core processor paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of onboard storage. The device runs Android 11 out of the box and features a 12MP ultra-wide camera paired with a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera alongside 10-megapixel selfie cameras.

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The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is also up for preorders for $999 for the 128GB variant while the 256GB variant is priced at $1,049. Samsung is also bundling in a Samsung credit if you preorder any of these two newest foldable smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Watch4

Samsung has finally shifted its gears from its own Tizen operating system to embracing Google’s WearOS operating system. Samsung struggled in the smartwatch segment due to the proprietary nature of its operating system — the company had to reach out to the app developers to port the WearOS applications to work on the Tizen. With Samsung uniting with Google to leverage the WearOS, more application developers worldwide can actively build more apps for the WearOS.

Galaxy foldable smartphones

Samsung announced the Galaxy Watch4 and the Watch4 Classic at Galaxy Unpacked. While both watches still boast a similar user interface as seen on the previous Galaxy smartwatches, they have a new and improved set of innards, making them more capable than before. These watches are powered by a 5nm Samsung Exynos W920 processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. Both smartwatches sport high-resolution super AMOLED displays, up to 40 hours of battery life, alongside wireless fast charging capabilities. Both smartwatches also sport a plethora of sensors capable of measuring electrocardiograms, blood pressure, and VO2 Max readings. These devices also sport bioelectric impedance analysis, which lets you get granular body composition data such as skeletal muscle, body fat, and fat mass.

As far as the pricing is concerned, the Galaxy Watch4 starts at $249.99; the Watch4 Classic starts at $349.99. Both these watches are available in different sizes and offer an LTE option for an additional price. You can buy the Galaxy4 and the Galaxy4 Classic starting this Aug, 27.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2

It is no surprise that Samsung has been targeting Apple’s market for smartphones and other electronics. Accordingly, the company has launched a series of aggressively priced wireless earbuds to directly compete with Apple’s AirPods. At Galaxy Unpacked 2021, Samsung announced Galaxy Buds 2, the company’s newest pair of wireless earbuds. The Buds 2 features active noise cancellation (ANC) along with an ambient mode. According to Samsung, the Buds 2 can offer a playtime up to five hours with ANC and up to 7.5 hours with ANC turned off. They also feature a wireless quick charging capability and comes with tap controls. The Galaxy Buds 2 are priced at $149 and will go on sale starting this Aug. 27.

Galaxy foldable smartphones

On top of these announcements, Samsung also took a few moments to detail OneUI 3 for the Z series. While several smartphone makers are struggling to master the technology needed for foldable smartphones, Samsung has been on a roll for consistently delivering newer, better, and more advanced Galaxy foldable smartphones. What is your opinion of these announcements? Let us know in the comments.

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