Galaxy ZFlip4? Watch5? What to Expect at Samsung’s Aug. 10 Unpacked Event – Michmutters

Galaxy ZFlip4? Watch5? What to Expect at Samsung’s Aug. 10 Unpacked Event

Samsung is holding a big fall event on Wednesday, Aug. 10, where we expect to see two folding phones—the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4—along with two Galaxy Watch 5 watches and new Galaxy Buds earbuds.

Super-leaker Evan Blass recently published a massive gallery of all the new devices(Opens in a new window) on the Indian website he works with, 91Mobiles. He shows every device in an array of different colors. I encourage you to go to Evan’s story to see the full array.

The event will be virtual, held at 9 am ET on Aug. 10, and you can watch it on Samsung’s website(Opens in a new window) or on YouTube(Opens in a new window). But folks in New York City get a special surprise: A massive, mysterious Samsung pop-up space has appeared on 10th Avenue near the High Line in Manhattan (photo above), and the hours on the currently closed door say it will be open from Aug.11-31.

If you aren’t on ET, here are some other time zones for the Unpacked event:

  • 6 a.m. PT

  • 2pm BST

  • 3 p.m. CET

  • 7 p.m. in Mumbai

  • 9 p.m. in Taipei

  • 10 pm in Seoul

  • 11 p.m. in Sydney

When Will These Products Be Available?

You can currently “reserve” the new Samsung products to get a special coupon, with no commitment necessary. They are anticipated to go on pre-sale shortly after the event ends, with a sale date of Aug. 26.

They will be available at all the major US carriers as well as Samsung, Best Buy, and Amazon. Samsung will almost certainly have aggressive trade-in deals for your old phones and watches.

pop up space

The new pop-up space takes up most of a block along Tenth Avenue. (Sasha Segan)

How Much Will They Cost?

One of the big questions around the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 and Z Fold4 is how much they will cost in the US.

Samsung’s mobile head TM Roh says he’s aiming to make foldables “mainstream” this year, which may signal more affordable prices. The Galaxy Z Flip3 cost $999.99 and comprised 70% of last year’s Samsung foldable sales; the Galaxy Z Fold3, at $1799.99, was the other 30%.

A recent leak of a Dutch Amazon page(Opens in a new window) for the Z Fold4 claims that the phone will cost $10,374. I can say with 100% confidence that the Galaxy Z Fold4 will not cost more than $5,000.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 looks a lot like the Z Flip3, according to renders and leaks. The biggest immediate change is what looks like a less protruding hinge, which will make the whole device feel slightly smaller in your pocket.

A writer for 91Mobiles claims to have specifications for the phone. The most important is a bigger battery: 3,700mAh versus 3,300mAh in the Z Flip3. I cited the Z Flip3’s battery life as its biggest minus in my review. He also says the front screen is a touch bigger, going from 1.9 to 2.1 inches.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4

Reliable leaker Ice Universe showed a Fold4 (right) next to a Fold3 (left) and calls it “a further optimized version of Fold3.” You can see in his comparison that the Fold4 is slightly shorter and wider, giving the front display a more natural aspect ratio; the bezel also appears to be slimmer.

Ice also tweeted some other specs earlier this year, including a new camera system with 50MP, 12MP ultra-wide, and 10MP 3x zoom cameras. Maybe I just like Ice right now because it’s 90 degrees in my home office.

One Twitter leaker who I don’t know, has been endorsed by Ice Universe, a leaker I trust. He gives good news about some performance improvements with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, but points out that charging is still limited to 25 watts.

Samsung Galaxy Watch5

A French website, Dealabs, appears to give many of the details(Opens in a new window) on the new watches, which go on sale on Aug. 26. The main Watch5, which replaces the basic Watch4 model, will come in 40mm and 44mm sizes in Bluetooth and 4G models. The Galaxy Watch5 Pro, a more rugged device, will come in only a 45mm size.

The watches run Google’s Wear OS on Samsung Exynos W920 processors, according to the site, and are IP68 rated for waterproofing.


The new pop-up space will be open for two weeks after the product launch. (Credit: Sascha Segan)

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro

German website WinFuture claims to have full information(Opens in a new window) on Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 Pro earbuds. According to the site, the buds will have eight hours of battery life per charge, with a total of 29 hours in their charging case.

The Buds will have 10mm main drivers and a 5.3mm high-frequency tweeter. They’ll offer a 33dB reduction in ambient sound with their active noise cancellation. They’ll be expensive, though: at $233 in Europe, they’re competing with Apple’s AirPods Pro.

We hope to have hands on with these new devices right after the launch event.

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