Samsung was earlier expected to hold an Unpacked event sometime around the middle of August to reveal a spate of new products including the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3, Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy Watch 4, and Galaxy Watch Active 4. The exact date of the event appears to have been leaked.
In a very cryptic tweet, well-known leaker Max Weinbach seems to suggest that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Z Flip 3 will be revealed alongside the Galaxy Watch
4 and Active Watch 4 on August 3 at the next Unpacked event.
As for the release date, Front Page Tech
says that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Z Flip 3 will begin shipping Friday, August 27. The same source
also claims that Samsung’s upcoming watches will hit the shelves on Wednesday, August 11.
This roughly aligns with a timeline shared by a Korean outlet.
Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3, Galaxy Watch 4, and Active Watch 4: What we know so far
Per previously available information, both Z Fold 3 and the Z Flip 3 will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. That said, we won’t be surprised if Samsung instead outfits the premium Z Fold 3 with the Snapdragon 888+ which is seemingly right around the corner.
The Fold 3 is expected to have largely the same design as the current model and rumored standout features include an under-panel selfie camera
and support for S Pen. The under-panel camera will allegedly be on par with conventional shooters but it will not entirely be invisible. The outer screen is rumored to flaunt a 120Hz refresh rate this time around.
Both devices are rumored to be more affordable
than their predecessors. They could cost up to 20 percent less than the outgoing models and if this rumor materializes, the Z Fold 3 will retail for $1,599 and the clamshell Flip 3 will go for $959.
Moving on to the new watches, the headlining update is a switch to Wear OS
, which is a unified operating system that will merge the best features of Google’s Wear OS and Samsung’s Tizen platform.
The Galaxy Watch 4 will allegedly be available in 42mm and 46mm sizes, and the Active Watch 4 will come in 40mm and 42mm variants.
On the hardware side of things, the rumored 5nm chipset
sounds like the biggest upgrade. That’s because the Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2 are fueled by the 10nm Exynos 9910 chip, and a smaller processor node theoretically guarantees better performance and improved power efficiency.
A new operating system and a more powerful chipset sound like just the combo Samsung needs to make these the best smartwatches of the year
. Also allegedly on the cards are design changes that could give the new watches a more refined look.
Although the previously rumored non-invasive glucose monitoring function might not make it
into Samsung’s new wearables, other health-related features like ECG and heart rate monitors will likely be there.
If the names are confusing, it might help to remember that the Active 4 is expected to be a watered-down version of the Watch 4 and will likely be positioned as an Apple Watch