Samsung announced a number of cool devices during its Unpacked event on Wednesday among which is the Galaxy Z Fold 3 which stole the show, While the premium foldable smartphone comes with some pretty great features, there were other nice products that were unveiled at the event also.
The new Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic both got their time on stage and then there was the Galaxy Buds 2 with a more compact design as well as being powered by AKG. Finally, there was the Galaxy Z Flip 3 – a more practical foldable smartphone at a relatively cheaper price point despite offering more hardware revamps over the previous model.
So let’s examine each product one after
The foldables: Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3
These are devices are the peak of Samsung in 2021 and there have been numerous news about the Korean company not wanting to go further with the release of its other flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note series. So if you’re a big fan of the Note series, it’ll be better to hold on to the current Galaxy Note 20 Ultra or upgrade from the Galaxy Note 9 or Galaxy Note 8 if those are the ones you have because there isn’t much difference between the Note 10 Plus and Note 20 Ultra.
For the first time ever, Samsung might be making the foldable more mainstream especially with their build quality as well as the reduced price point. The more affordable of the two is the Galaxy Z Flip 3 which for whatever reason, Samsung skipped the naming “Z Flip 2” probably because they wanted the number of the Fold and the Flip to be the same as these devices are the new focus for the Korean tech giant.
With US$999.99, you can get yourself a decent Galaxy Z Flip 3 with an external 1.9-inch OLED panel that is more usable compared to the tiny 1.1-inch panel on the previous model. And if you want to upgrade, you can get the new Galaxy Z Fold 3 for about US$1,799.99.
Support for S-Pen seems to be another cool feature of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Samsung already made the S-Pen Pro with a specific switch that makes it more compatible with the foldable smartphone. All in all, you’re getting a big value.
If you preorder, you’ll get a year of extended support free.
Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic
The next group of smart devices unveiled during the Unpacked event are the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Watch 4 Classic both of which now feature a Samsung-Google jointly developed Android WearOS.
The Galaxy Watch 4 is the cheaper model starting at just US$250 while the Watch 4 Classic comes with a price tag of about US$350. Both devices now have improved specifications and cool features that make them outstanding. One of the coolest is the rotating bezel.
There are also health features such as heart rate monitor, blood oxygen measurement, electrocardiogram, and sleep tracking. While the Apple Watch 6 might be great with health tracking, Samsung is also excelling in this aspect as well making their wearable devices more usable and health-focused.
The new ones include a few extras for sleep tracking, like snore detection and blood oxygen checks, which can run once a second or once every 60 seconds. There’s also a new electrical bioimpedance sensor on the rear array for full-body analysis of stats such as BMI, muscle mass, and hydration.
Samsung is also giving US$50 credit to anyone that preorders either of these devices as shipping starts by August 27th.
The Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic are available for preorder today and ship on Aug. 27. Samsung is offering a $50 credit to those who preorder.
Galaxy Buds 2
Last but not least is a TWS earbud, the new Galaxy Buds 2 with a US$149.99 price tag. With this good price point, you still get the Active Noise Cancellation feature to clear out ambient noise all around you.
The design is much more compact and Samsung has refused to release earbuds with stems – maybe it doesn’t want to create anything that people will say “looks like AirPods” since that sentence gets thrown around across the internet. Many brands like Huawei, Xiaomi, and even Nothing dealt with those.
The earbuds come in quad color options such as graphite, white, olive and lavender but they all come in a white case – which confirms our previous rumors about the color of the devices and their casing.
Preorder has started and shipping will take place on Aug. 27th.