Although all of Samsung’s announcements for the latest Galaxy Unpacked event leaked a few weeks ago, the company officially unveiled new products today. On the smartphone side we have Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. For smart watches there are Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. Some new buds were also introduced – Galaxy Buds 2 with active noise removal. Fortunately, we were able to get some time for all four new products this week in New York.
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Galaxy Z Fold 3: the leading foldable smartphone
Samsung’s new flagship smartphone is the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which is the obvious successor to the Galaxy Z Fold 2. The showcase of the device is its large 7.6-inch Infinity Flex flip screen (2208×1768), which now uses Eco technology to increase brightness by almost 30 percent , while consuming less energy compared to the previous generation. In addition, not only does the screen have a refresh rate of 120Hz, but it also includes Samsung’s first selfie camera under the screen (4 MP, f / 1.8, 80 degrees FOV).
The new screen also works with the S pen, which has long been exclusive to the Galaxy Note family in the field of smartphones. Given the large amount of real estate offered by the Galaxy Z Fold 3, it makes sense for the S Pen to appear here. Two options will be available to customers: the S Pen Fold Edition and the S Pen Pro, both of which have a retractable tip and force limiting technology that protects the fragile, flexible screen from scratches.
As before, the Z Fold 3 has a 6.2-inch protective screen with a resolution of 2269×832 (HD +). It also has a refresh rate of 120Hz along with a 10 MP selfie camera. In addition, there are three 12 MP cameras on the back (wide angle, ultra wide angle and telephoto) that are covered with Gorilla Glass DX.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC connected with 12 GB of RAM, and users can choose between 256 GB or 512 GB of UFS 3.1 internal memory. The device is powered by a 4,400 mAh battery that supports 10 W wireless charging or 25 W fast charging. You can also reverse the wireless charging of other accessories (and phones) up to 4.5 watts.
Finally, we should note that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a capacitive fingerprint reader on the side of the device, not an option below the screen. The device is now also rated with the IPX8 water resistance standard.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is priced at $ 1,799 (down from $ 1,999), the lowest starting price ever for a member of the Fold family. In addition, those who ordered Z Fold 3 between August 11thth and August 26thth will receive a $ 200 Samsung loan that can be used at Samsung.com.
Galaxy Z Flip 3: better features and lower price
Lower on the totem pole comes the Galaxy Z Flip 3, the successor to the Galaxy Z Flip 5G. It now has a 6.7-inch Infinity Flex screen (2640×1080) with a refresh rate of 120Hz (compared to 60Hz for its predecessor). The new, larger protective screen now measures 1.9 inches with a resolution of 260×512. A 10-megapixel selfie camera is included, while two 12-megapixel sensors cover wide and ultra-wide angle shooting lengths.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 also comes with a Snapdragon 888 SoC, but is paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. This time you will find a 3,300 mAh battery inside that supports fast 10 watt / 15 watt wireless / wired charging or 4.5 watt reverse wireless charging.
What is most surprising about the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is its price. Despite improved performance, screens, cameras and the new IPX8 certification, it now has a price tag of just $ 999, compared to the original asking price of $ 1449 for the July 2020 Galaxy Z Flip 5G. Those who pre-order can give $ 150 credit to Samsung’s Internet trade.
Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
By shifting gears we come to the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. As we told you yesterday, both smartphones run Samsung’s new Exynos W920 SoC, which is built on a 5nm process node. The Galaxy Watch 4 family includes Samsung’s new BioActive sensor, which includes optical pulse sensors, an electric pulse sensor and bioelectrical impedance analysis sensors.
The watches include a 450×450 screen always included AMOLED screen, 1.5 GB of RAM and a generous 16 GB of internal memory. The Galaxy Watch 4 is available in a 40mm or 44mm aluminum case, while the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic comes in a 42mm or 46mm stainless steel case with a rotating mask. The smaller Galaxy Watch 4 / Galaxy Watch 4 Classic screen has 247 mAh batteries, while the larger models come with a 361 mAh battery.
Previous rumors have said that the Galaxy Watch 4 will last up to seven days after charging, but the official reading is much less (and more likely). Instead, Samsung says smartwatches can last up to 40 hours per charge (compared to just 18 hours for the Apple Watch Series 6), with a 30-minute charge adding 10 hours of work.
These are also Samsung’s first smartwatches to use Wear OS 3.0, customized with the One UI Watch. In addition, Bixby voice control is included along with motion controls. For the first time, users will also get access to popular Google apps like Google Maps and Samsung basic things like SmartThings and Samsung Pay.
The Galaxy Watch 4 starts at $ 249.99 for Bluetooth models or $ 299.99 for LTE versions. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic starts at $ 349.99, while choosing LTE will add $ 50 to the price. Customers who pre-order will receive a $ 50 credit in Samsung credit.
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