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Samsung unveiled its newest phones, headphones and other gadgets at its Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event Wednesday, and they're already available for pre-order before hitting stores on August 27.
Showcased items at the event include Samsung's newest foldable Galaxy phones—the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3—as well as a new set of true wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds 2, and a pair of smartwatches in the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.
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Here's what you need to know about the latest Samsung Galaxy devices, and how to pre-order them for your very own:
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
The Fold 3 is the new Galaxy Z flagship, kitted out for maximum productivity compared to the more affordable Flip 3. With the latest Fold, you're getting a 7.6-inch Infinity Flex display, a claimed 29% increase in brightness compared to the Fold 2, and rapid 120Hz refresh rates on both the main and cover screens.
The newest feature here is support for Samsung's signature S Pen (sold separately). Samsung is certain that the S Pen will be a welcome addition to the Fold 3, thanks to the facility it delivers for actions like note jotting and photo taking. This time around, the S Pen is available in two editions: S Pen Fold Edition, and S Pen Pro.
Thanks to the Fold 3's productivity-focused design, users can take notes on one screen while connected to a video call on the other screen. Samsung has also confirmed that the Fold 3 is both thinner and lighter than the previous Fold 2, despite the Fold 3 starting at a more affordable price point. The Fold 3 is available in Phantom Black, Phantom Green or Phantom Silver.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
Samsung's other new foldable wonder-phone is the Galaxy Z Flip 3, starting at $999. Less productivity-focused than the Fold 3, the Flip 3 delivers a sleek, foldable design in a wide range of color options: Cream, Green, Lavender and Phantom Black, and some Samsung exclusive colors including Gray, Pink and White. Samsung has also unveiled a range of ring grips and strap cases to make using the Flip 3 even easier.
One major improvement over the Flip 2 is the size of the cover screen: it's four times larger, making it easier to use and interact with the phone without needing to open it. The cover screen works similarly to the new Galaxy Watch models (and your wallpaper can even be synced between them), making it easy to access schedule notifications, check the weather or keep track of a daily Samsung Health step count all from the cover screen.
Samsung has also touted the Flip 3's facility as a media streaming device: a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, Dolby-equipped stereo speakers and the ability to watch in "Flex Mode" with the phone partially folded into a viewing position stand out as notable improvements compared to the Flip 2.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2
While Samsung's newest Galaxy Z phones are the headliners for the Galaxy Unpacked event, we're no less excited about the new Samsung Galaxy Buds 2, available in Graphite, White, Oliver or Lavender for $149.99.
The Buds 2 appear to be replacing the Galaxy Buds+ within Samsung's true wireless earbud lineup, joining the Galaxy Buds Live and Galaxy Buds Pro. The Buds 2 continue to offer dynamic two-way microphones for facilitating functions like Active Noise Canceling, Ambient Sound and phone calls. Samsung also claims that a new AI-based algorithm will improve their ability to isolate your voice during phone calls.
The Buds 2 are the smallest and lightest of Samsung's true wireless lineup yet, but despite their shrinking size, Samsung is confident that the new shape will produce even better sound quality than before. We've already had a chance to check out the Buds 2 for ourselves, and you can read our full review right now.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 & Watch 4 Classic
Last but not least, Samsung debuted its latest smart watches: the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. Featuring a new Wear OS-driven operating system, the new Watch 4 line looks to be Samsung's most advanced yet.
Samsung Watch 4
The Watch 4 is technically the newest member of Samsung's Active line, boasting a 3-in-1 biometric sensor called BioActive that simultaneously measures three health-focused somatic metrics: optical heart rate, electrical heart and bioelectrical impedance analysis.
For the first time, the Watch 4 also wields a Body Composition sensor, allowing it to (supposedly) gather as many as 2,400 data points to triangulate metrics such as the user's skeletal muscle mass, basal metabolic rate, body water and body fat percentage. The new Watch 4 is available in 44mm (Black, Green, Silver) and 40mm (Black, Pink Gold, Silver).
Samsung Watch 4 Classic
For its part, the new Watch 4 Classic promises all the same health-monitoring functions as the Watch 4, but with a more traditional wristwatch design. The Watch 4 Classic is available in larger 46mm and 42mm sizes, utilizing stainless steel designs in Black or Silver finishes. There's also a rhodium-plated Watch 4 Classic Thom Browne limited edition model coming in September.
All Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic models get you Samsung's new One UI Watch, which syncs and pairs apps between the watch and your smartphone or tablet, as well as a new 5nm processor, a 20% faster GPU, and 50% more RAM than the Watch 3 line.
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