Samsung’s most exciting phones this year have arrived, plus new watches and a new noise-canceling earbuds
Samsung earbuds and smartphones
In addition to two foldable smartphones, the South Korean manufacturer also put watches and noise-canceling earphones on the table on Thursday. We also picked up Samsung’s phone, whose front-facing camera was first hidden from the screen by the company.
In recent years, we have become accustomed to, if August and Samsung, then a new Note. We have bad news for fans of the top mobile, which can also be used with a pencil, at the 2021 summer product presentation event. According to the preliminary report, not a single new Note was represented. However, two phones with flexible displays, two completely renewed smartphones, and a new wireless headset, which we could pick up shortly before the official presentation.
Samsung made its debut in the flexible phone market in 2019 with the Galaxy Fold, which was still considered the most technological force at the time, and whose successor, the Galaxy Z Fold2, arrived last year. And now here’s the third run-in, the Galaxy Z Fold3.
One of the significant innovations of the 2021 Fold, which is a hair smaller and lighter than its predecessor, is the first waterproof design in the category (IPX8), i.e., the fact that the technique does not hurt if it spends 30 minutes in 1.5-meter deep water. It is also an essential innovation that after the S21 Ultra, this device can also be operated with a pencil. You can take notes and draw on the internal screen with the optional pens called S Pen Fold Edition or S Pen Pro.
The 120 Hz inner panel remains unchanged at 7.6 inches but has higher brightness and a new protective layer. And by the way, it includes the manufacturer’s first camera hidden in the display – the new type of module allows you to take 4-megapixel self-portraits. The advantage of this solution is that nothing interferes with the image of the tablet-like colossal panel.
The external display remained 6.2-inch and had a much longer design than the Huawei Mate X2, but its refresh rate increased from 60 to 120 Hz. A traditional 10-megapixel camera has been added outside, the battery capacity split in two has been reduced from 4,500 to 4,400 mAh, the wired charge has remained at 25 W, and there is no charging head at the base price.
The rear camera set is disappointing, and we didn’t get the S21 Ultra set. All three cameras have a resolution of 12 megapixels, and the optical zoom of the telephoto unit can only magnify twice.
The Fold3, available in black, silver, and green and has a more robust aluminum housing than ever before, runs Android 11. The Snapdragon 888 chipset is guaranteed to work briskly in all conditions – no Exynos version is made. The RAM is 12 GB, and the flash memory is 256-512 GB depending on the performance.
The former version can be purchased for 2,247 USD and the latter for 2,343 USD, i.e., the opening prices have slightly decreased compared to last year.
The Z Flip, which did not close in the longitudinal direction but its width, appeared on the scene early last year, and the creased Z Flip 5G made its summer debut a year ago. And now here’s the Z Flip3, which, like its big brother, has also become a little more compact, but its weight has remained the same.
The Gorilla Glass Victus-protected, aluminum-framed novelty also has an IPX8 waterproof design and, unlike its predecessor, attacks in three but seven colors. The additional external display has become much more usable thanks to an increase in size from 1.1 to 1.9 inches.
The 22: 9 aspect ratio internal panel has an adaptive update of 120 Hz as expected today but did not receive the Fold3’s special hidden camera. On the other hand, the standard selfie unit has a resolution of 10 megapixels instead of 4. The rear primary camera and the wide-angle unit have a 12-megapixel zoom camera.
With the Snapdragon 888 chipset (not an Exynos Vision), 8GB RAM, 128/256GB internal memory, the Z Flip3 is powered by the same 3300mAh battery as its predecessor. The device can be charged with a maximum of 15 W. This time, and no charging head is included in the basic package.
They charge 1,284 USD for the 128 basic model and 1,348 USD for the 256, so this device is also opened cheaper than its predecessor.
Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic
Samsung’s 2021 smartphones have been completely revamped in both hardware and software. The latter means that the manufacturer’s long-used ten operating systems have been replaced by Google’s Wear OS, and the One UI Watch user interface has been added to it. In the future, Tizen will only be available on smart TVs.
The aluminum-enclosed Watch4 is available in four colors in 40- and 44-millimeter versions with 1.19 and 1.36-inch displays and 10 percent higher resolution than before. The Watch4 Classic, which features stainless steel and is available in two colors, is available in 42 and 46 mm versions, and the scrollable function ring provides its uniqueness.
The watches, which support 100 sports activities, have advanced sleep monitoring, and at night, the technique monitors the blood oxygen level and the duration of snoring. The new type of wrist gesture-controlled devices also includes a heart rate monitor and an ECG, as well as information on, among other things, the amount of fat, muscle, and water in our body.
The GPU became 10 percent, the CPU 20 percent faster, the RAM increased from 1 to 1.5 GB, and the flash memory 16 GB. For Bluetooth, wifi, and eSIM versions, the battery of WatchEs with LTE compatible IP68 dust and water resistance has a capacity of 247-361 mAh. The fully rechargeable battery in 2 hours, according to the manufacturer, provides about 40 hours of operation, which is lower than the 5-day level time of the Huawei Watch 3 Pro, which is significantly more modest and has been thoroughly tested by us due to the more closed system.
The novelty is the Hybrid Leather Band, which is made of silicone on the inside and leather on the outside, so it ensures comfortable to wear while playing sports and can look elegant at the same time.
The base price of the Watch4 is 300 USD, for the LTE version 380 USD. The basic version of Watch4 Classic costs 400- 480 USD, and the mobile internet version costs 500 – 550 USD
The Buds and Buds + tabs that came out in 2019 and 2020 did not yet have active noise filtering. Buds Live, which appeared a year ago, and then the Buds Pro, which debuted with the S21 series earlier this year, knew this, and this popular feature was also included in the now unveiled Buds2.
The manufacturer’s smallest and lightest earphones to date, with 2-2 speakers and 3-3 microphones per side, strive for the best possible sound quality. The Buds2, available in four colors, is the manufacturer’s first Bluetooth 5.2-capable model, which has also received Buds Pro’s IPX7 water resistance to the delight of many.
The earpiece, which can be used with several Samsung devices (mobile, tablet) simultaneously, can automatically switch between the given devices. The test function available with the application helps select the rubber bell that best fits our ears.
With a more straightforward pairing procedure than before, the Buds2 provides 5 hours of operation on a single charge, and with the case, you can expect up to 20 hours of use. With wired and wireless charging, you can gain up to an hour of music listening time in 5 minutes.
As we have learned, Buds2 will replace Buds + in the product range, and the price will be 182 dollars. For comparison, the Buds Live, which opened at 215 dollars, can now be collected at the height of 99.9 dollars, and the price of Buds Pro has been tampered with from 298 dollars to 232 dollars in recent months.
The Samsung innovations that have just been unveiled will soon be reported in detailed tests. Pre-orders can be placed on August 11 from 4:30 pm, and sales will begin on August 27.