Samsung has introduced its second Galaxy Unpacked series with two foldable, new smartwatches, and an upgrade to its Galaxy Buds Pro range, as predicted. While the company’s announcement did not surprise us, the revisions appear to be quality adjustments across the board; nevertheless, as usual, you should wait for comprehensive reviews of the items to see whether they are actually major improvements.
Carry on to learn more about the announcements.
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4
The Z Flip 4 looks similar to its previous and it still folds down like old-school flip phones. However, there are a few new software features, such as viewing selfie previews on the cover screen with the same screen resolution as the image itself and fast charging, which can charge the phone up to 50% in around 30 minutes.
The main panel remains 6.7 inches with a variable refresh rate of 120Hz, and it’s said to be 45 percent stronger this time around owing to modifications in the display structure and stronger ultra-thin glass. This year, the glue that secures the (essential) screen protector in place is even stronger. When that adhesive loses its hold, as discovered, awful things happen. The overall durability rating has remained the same. It’s still IPX8, with strong water resistance and no dust resistance.
Galaxy Z Fold 4: Not too different
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is not changed much by Samsung. The design remains mostly unchanged, however, it is somewhat lighter than previously, and Samsung made significant upgrades to the camera array, including a new 50-megapixel primary sensor. However, at a starting price of $1,799, it is still an expensive phone.
With a smaller hinge and bezels, the final look is slightly sleeker. This is primarily ornamental and makes little difference in how compact the phone folds down by just a fraction of a millimeter. It weighs somewhat less: 263 g against 271 g for the Z Fold 3. It’s still a big phone, which is to be anticipated for something that can function as both a phone and a tiny tablet.
Galaxy Watch 5 Smartwatches
Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro are prepared with larger batteries this time as compared to the previous version of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch. It also has a body temperature sensor, which is reported to be coming to the Apple Watch this year.
The Galaxy Watch 5 is out in 40mm and 44mm sizes, while the Pro is available in a single 45mm size. The Galaxy Watch 5 series also has an enhanced version of the Watch 4’s 3-in-1 BioActive sensor, which allows for ECGs, heart rate, and body composition measurements. The enhanced sensor, according to Samsung, brings more refined sleep monitoring functions to the Watch 5, including customized sleep coaching. Built-in GPS, contactless payments, optional LTE, Bluetooth 5.2, and Wi-Fi are also offered. Both watches are also dust and water resistant to 5ATM and IP68 standards.
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
The new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro from Samsung has redesigned the product that is 15% smaller than the previous pair and features 24-bit hi-fi music through Bluetooth. But those upgrades come at a cost. The buds cost $229.99, a $30 premium over the original Galaxy Buds Pro.
Samsung has expanded the venting grille to allow more airflow to reach the ears and reduce any jammed-up feeling during prolonged usage. Hopefully, this will make the earphones’ transparency mode sound even better.