It’s been a few weeks since the last big tech event. Thankfully, that draft is coming to an end.
Samsung is back with a new series of product announcements next week. The latest Galaxy Unpacked live stream takes place at 7 a.m. ET on July 26 (an early start because it’s in South Korea), and we already have a pretty good idea of what we can expect to see at the event .
Let’s not waste any more time. Here are the products you’ll most likely see next week when Samsung goes live from Seoul.
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Galaxy Z Flip and Fold 5
Around this time last year, Samsung held a Galaxy Unpacked broadcast to announce its newest phone models at the time, the Galaxy Z Flip and Z Fold. Common sense suggests the same will be true this year.
In fairness, however, there is much more than common sense to this prediction. Both of these phones have been leaked to varying degrees, up to and including alleged product photos floating around the internet. Pictures of the Z Fold 5 are on Reddit and pictures of the Z Flip 5 were leaked on Twitter before being taken down. Fortunately, you can still see them courtesy of 9to5Google.
So what’s new? Both phones look pretty similar to how they’ve always looked, with the Z Fold having a similar tablet-like shape to the Google Pixel Fold and the Z Flip coming in more of a clamshell style. The big new improvement for both phones appears to be a new hinge that allows the two sides of the phone to fully extend when folded, compared to last year’s models that left a small gap open when folded.
In addition, the Z Flip 5 appears to have a much larger external display that can support a full keyboard for texting this time around. It’s reasonable to expect the usual processor and camera upgrades as well, but to what extent we don’t know yet. Finally, a leak on Greek website TechManiacs suggests that the Z Fold 5 may have a slight price hike over last year’s $1,800 price tag.
Galaxy Tab S9
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Another announcement that we can be pretty sure will be heading to the next Galaxy Unpacked broadcast is that of the Galaxy Tab S9.
More specifically, leaks from sites like WinFuture indicate that we’ll likely see three Tab S9 models: a base version, the Tab S9 Plus, and the Tab S9 Ultra. All three models look quite similar to the Tab S8, although a dual camera array on the back is worth noting. Other than that, not much is known about the new Galaxy tablets.
There are a few bits of information, to be fair. Screen Analyst Ross Young revealed that the base Tab S9 will have an OLED display, which is nice. According to SamMobile, it will also have IP67 water resistance, giving it an edge over previous models. Another Stream on Twitter indicated that the Tab S9 Ultra will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2+ chip, although we still have to wait and see what kind of processing power the other two models will have.
Galaxy Watch 6
Samsung’s summer showcase has been the place to see new Galaxy Watch models for the past few years, so let’s go ahead and assume that the latest batch of Galaxy watches will be on display here as well.
The point is, assuming that’s all we can do at this stage. We don’t know exactly what to expect from the Galaxy Watch 6 in terms of model differences or new features because there haven’t been many leaks. The most essential information we got from the leaker The ice universe on Twitter, who said the new Galaxy Watch could have a curved display.
Besides, your guess is as good as ours.
Every “what to expect” piece should include at least one pie-in-the-sky prediction that isn’t likely to actually happen. That’s what this is.
In February at the recent Unpacked event, Samsung announced that it is working with Google and Qualcomm on some kind of future mixed reality platform. Whether this is a specific product or product line (or something else entirely) remains to be seen. There’s no real indication that Samsung will elaborate on this partnership at the July Unpacked, but with Apple recently unveiling its Vision Pro XR headphones, we can at least cross our fingers and hope to see more from the growing race of XR weapons.