Samsung is gearing up for an exciting event in its hometown of Seoul, South Korea. The highly anticipated Galaxy Unpacked event, scheduled for late July, promises to unveil the latest innovations from the tech giant.
While the exact date remains undisclosed, previous years’ patterns suggest that Samsung has moved the event a week or two earlier than usual.
According to the Korean site Chosun Ilbo, Unpacked 2023 is rumored to occur on July 26, but this information is yet to be confirmed.
Nevertheless, the significance of this event cannot be overstated, as it marks the first time Samsung has invited the world to its headquarters in Seoul.
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The company’s CEO, TM Roh, expressed the significance of hosting Unpacked in Seoul, stating that the city has become a thriving hub of innovation and culture, particularly in the foldable phone category.
As we eagerly await the event, leaks, and rumors have provided some insights into the anticipated devices.
These leaks, accompanied by potential spec sheets, offer a glimpse into what Samsung has in store for its customers.
Galaxy Z Flip 5
Breaking) Flip 5 device leaks pic.twitter.com/9At8qe3j75— Revegnus (@Tech_Reve) June 25, 2023
Let’s start with the Galaxy Z Flip 5. It appears that Samsung has made some noteworthy improvements to this device.
Reports suggest that the cover screen will increase from its previous 1.9-inch size to a more substantial 3.4 inches, boasting a 720-by-748 pixel resolution.
This adjustment aligns the Z Flip 5 with the Motorola Razr+ and its 3.6-inch external display, which proved to be highly functional. However, unlike the Razr+, Samsung’s cover screen will house two cameras and a flash.
Nevertheless, this increase in size is expected to enhance the usability of the device compared to its predecessor.
Leaked images from various sources, including Ice Universe and SnoopyTech, do not provide a clear profile view of the folded Flip 5.
However, a tweet by Revegnus showcases a real-world image of the device, albeit in a protective case. This image suggests that the Flip 5 will feature a hinge design that minimizes the gap between the two halves when folded.
Ice Universe’s tweet and The Elec’s report further support this notion. Additionally, Ross Young, the CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, mentioned in a tweet that the new hinge design will reduce the visibility of the seam—a significant improvement over previous models.
Color options for the Flip 5, as revealed by SnoopyTech, include off-white, light green, light purple, and black/dark gray. The inner screen bezel will be available in black, black, and black—an elegant and classic choice.
The Galaxy Z Fold 5
Moving on to the Galaxy Z Fold 5, leaks suggest that Samsung will offer the device in Phantom Black once again, along with new color options such as Icy Blue and Cream.
The Graygreen and Beige variants may be phased out. SnoopyTech’s image gallery of the Fold 5 showcases these colors, accentuated by a matching hinge.
Let’s delve into the specifications of these upcoming devices.
According to the leaked spec sheet by SnoopyTech, the Z Flip 5 will feature the powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S23 line.
It will also offer 8GB of RAM and storage options of 256GB or 512 GB. However, unlike its predecessor, there is no mention of a 128GB variant.
In terms of connectivity, the Flip 5 will upgrade to Wi-Fi 6E and feature a USB-C 3.2 port, offering faster transfer speeds compared to the previous USB-C 2.0. These enhancements ensure a smooth and efficient user experience.
The leaked spec sheet also suggests that several features will carry over from the Flip 4 to the Flip 5, including the inner screen, cameras, battery capacity, IP rating (IPX8), and weight.
While consistency is valuable, some enthusiasts may have hoped for more significant improvements in these areas.
Similarly, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is expected to share many similarities with its predecessor, the Fold 4. Reports indicate that the inner and outer screen sizes, resolutions, and maximum refresh rates will remain unchanged.
For those seeking a wider external screen, the Google Pixel Fold may be a viable alternative. Performance-wise, the Fold 5 is rumored to retain 12GB of RAM while incorporating the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.
Although the leaked spec sheet only mentions 256GB and 512GB storage options, it remains uncertain if a 1TB model will also be available, similar to the previous Fold.
The battery capacity is expected to stay at 4400mAh, with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 onboard. Additionally, the new Fold will maintain its IPX8 rating.
Notable improvements in the Fold 5 might include upgraded camera specifications. The telephoto lens is rumored to receive a boost from 10MP to 12MP, featuring a wider aperture of f/2.2.
This enhancement promises improved low-light photography compared to the f/2.4 aperture of the Fold 4.
The rear cameras are expected to be housed in a pill-shaped enclosure, with the flash shifting from the bottom to the right of the top lens. The under-display camera will likely remain at 4MP, but its aperture will improve from f/1.8 to f/1.7, resulting in better image quality for this concealed camera.
The remaining cameras are expected to be identical to the current model.
One aspect that might see significant improvement is the hinge design. Although a post by MySmartPrice containing images of the Fold 5 partially open and folded flat without a discernible gap has been taken down, some reports suggest that the new hinge design achieves a seamless closure.
The leaked images from SnoopyTech, however, make it difficult to determine the presence of a gap. Critics have voiced concerns about the appearance of the gap, while the Google Pixel Fold is celebrated for its flat, gapless closure.
Other Possible Debuts
Apart from the much-anticipated folding phones, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S line of tablets is also expected to receive an update at the event.
These tablets, which are typically refreshed every 18 months, may introduce the Galaxy Tab S9 line, potentially including models like the S9+ and S9 Ultra.
While no credible leaks have surfaced regarding these tablets, it is reasonable to anticipate an improvement in specifications compared to the capable Tab S8 line from 2022.
Last year, the S8 Ultra stood out with its massive 14.6-inch display, akin to a laptop screen.
Furthermore, Samsung has been diligent in releasing updated wearables almost every year.
Following last summer’s release of the Galaxy Watch 5, it is plausible that the Unpacked event in July will witness the unveiling of the Galaxy Watch 6 series. Rumored features for this series include a larger, curved-glass display, the revival of the beloved rotating bezel, and multiple models catering to different price points and feature sets.
The Galaxy Unpacked event promises to be a significant milestone for Samsung and the world of technology, showcasing cutting-edge devices and pushing the boundaries of innovation.