Samsung confirms August 11th occasion – this awaits you
Invitation from Samsung. This is a black Galaxy Fold 3 and a purple / gray Galaxy Flip.
Samsung sent out invitations to a product launch event on August 11th. The invitation might not look like much, but it strongly suggests which products we’ll see: the Galaxy Z Fold 3 (the dark gray shape) and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 (the purple and light gray shape). It’s clearly a foldable event, but we could also see the Galaxy Watch 4, the launch device for Google and Samsung’s overhaul of Wear OS.
Ordinarily, Samsung’s August launch event would herald the announcement of the S-Pen-equipped Galaxy Note, but all indications are that the Galaxy Note is dead this year. Samsung has included an external S-Pen for the Galaxy S21 Ultra, and together with the optional support for the Z Fold 3, that should be enough for fans of handwriting.
The fold 3
As usual, most of these devices have already been leaked. 91 Mobiles has official press renders of the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which looks very similar to last year’s Z Fold 2. Samsung’s second swing on a tablet-like foldable device was a nice evolution of the original Galaxy Fold, with a larger front display and foldable glass inside.
It looks like Samsung is going all out with the Galaxy Fold 3’s camera, which only has three round lenses and doesn’t have any of the fancy periscope technologies seen on something like the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The important part of this device is the foldable screen, and there is hope that Samsung will cut corners in other areas to bring the price a little below the Galaxy Fold 1 and 2’s stratospheric price of $ 2,000. A report from SamMobile claims the phone will be cut by 20 percent, so maybe we’ll see something like a price of $ 1,600? It’s progress.
There’s not much of a tough spec sheet yet, but all of these flagship phones have similar specs. The displays should be a 7.55-inch main display and a 6.23-inch external display, and both displays should run at 120 Hz. The Fold 2 had a 60Hz outdoor display and a 120Hz indoor display, which was weird. One of the wilder rumors is that Samsung’s foldables will be waterproof this year, which would be a feat of engineering considering all the moving parts in the hinge and floating, sliding interior display. You could stick pieces of paper in the gaps on the original Galaxy Fold so the waterproofing would be a big leap forward.
The flip 3
The Z Flip 3. It looks a lot like the Z Flip 1.
However, these larger front windows are an upgrade.
The invitation also points to the Galaxy Z Flip 3, a full-size smartphone that folds into a chunky brick. The Z Flip 1 was launched in 2020, and if you’re wondering, “Has Samsung really launched three phone models in 18 months?” the answer is no – the Z Flip 2 never existed. Samsung wants the number uniformity between fold and flip, so it skips a number.
There are official press renders of this phone (from GizNext) too, and inside it looks a lot like the Z Flip 1. The big changes are on the outside, where you get a bigger 1.9-inch front display and two bigger cameras. The front display is almost twice the size of the microscopic 1.1-inch front display on the Z Flip 1 and should help clear up one of our biggest complaints with the device. All of these foldable elements require a significant amount of force to open and usually require two hands (the flip hinge is not spring loaded like a flip phone), and that makes a powerful outdoor screen very important for quick interactions. When your phone beeps, you want to be able to quickly check a notification, and a bigger screen makes it a lot more convenient. However, the Z Flip still seems to be behind designs like the Moto Razr, which had a 2.7-inch outdoor display.
Plus a watch maybe?
The Galaxy Watch 4. What secrets are hiding?
It’s a bit alarming that the invitation doesn’t point out the Galaxy Watch 4, but hopefully we’ll also see Samsung’s flagship smartwatch announced at the event. The device was already briefly listed on Amazon, the official photos were taken by WinFuture.de. Samsung has a 44mm regular version and a 46mm “classic” design with second numbers engraved on the watch bezel.
Much more interesting than the design is the software this watch comes with: Google and Samsung’s team-up overhaul of WearOS, Google’s battered Android-based smartwatch platform. The last major feature update to WearOS was in 2018, and we’ve only seen basic maintenance development since then. Not much is known about the new version, but hopefully it will have a touch of the beautiful “Material You” design that Android 12 emphasizes.
Samsung is giving up Tizen for smartwatches and switching to Google’s OS, which should bring better app support. Samsung is also bringing Samsung-developed SoCs to the party that should help the two companies bring a competitive smartwatch to market. Previously, wear watches needed a Qualcomm chip, and Qualcomm wasn’t really interested in making competitive SoCs for wearables. Even last year’s Galaxy Watch 3 SoC, the 10 nm Exynos 9110, would be an upgrade over anything Qualcomm currently produces, but the Galaxy Watch 4 is getting a SoC a generation ahead with the Exynos W920. We hope Samsung provides details.
Aside from maybe a release of earbuds, that’s all we expect for Samsung’s next big launch. Tune in on August 11th!