While we’re here talking about foldable phones, remember Microsoft’s Courier from 2009? It was like a proto-collapsible… well, it didn’t even fold, it was two Windows PCs without a keyboard soldered together.
You interacted with a stylus, it sounded mega, you could move things from screen to screen taking notes… it’s clearly the granddaddy of the Surface Duo phone, but boy, did I want this so badly.
Speaking of Microsoft’s foldable world, let’s not forget that the Surface Duo was actually a pretty decent phone and was much loved by those who rated it…
quite enjoying it. uh oh pic.twitter.com/qpjak1JugHAugust 9, 2022
There was an excellent article in The Verge recently (opens in new tab) around the fact that Samsung is coming to the forefront in the foldable space, which is why it can make incremental changes to its phones.
It’s an interesting point – but the fact remains that without the huge marketing spend Samsung slammed into its foldable lineup with the Z Fold 3, it wouldn’t have sold 10 million units last year and would be back with Huawei, Oppo and (sort of) Microsoft now.
Let’s go team again – and this time, we’re already seeing the standard efforts to try and generate some buzz. Some exaggerations. Some thrash metal fun, on Twitter.
He did the standard thing for a social media presence to do: take a poll.
So… are you Team Fold or Team Flip?
Let’s prepare a beautiful battle here! Are you team Flip or team Fold? #SamsungUnzipped #GalaxyUnzippedAugust 10, 2022
At the time of posting, Team Fold is ahead, 60% to 40%. But then again, only 254 people voted… but I have a feeling that proportion will hold.
Shock of the century, there was a last minute leak of the Flip 4. Regular a clock, those are.
This time it’s from two sources: slashleaks (opens in new tab) published a dummy unit of the Z Flip 4, with the front and rear shown in black and white.
The leak of famous informant Roland Quandt in WinFuture (opens in new tab) (they clearly get along well with someone from Samsung’s food chain…) provides a lot more detail – noting a slimmer bezel, a smaller, more compact hinge, strong aluminum used in the construction, and crucially, a bigger battery to enjoy while the latest generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset with 8GB of RAM.
This really is a meaty phone – is it one you’ll buy?
While we’re talking massive leaks, how about this one? Almost everything from today’s event was leaked in one way or another, so there’s not much to be surprised about, but a few days ago we received a supposed official marketing image from WinFuture (opens in new tab) (although we don’t know until Unpacked unfurls) and some battery capacities too.
This is what excites me*:
“The 40mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 will apparently have a 284mAh battery, the 44mAh model will have a 410mAh battery, and the 45mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will apparently have a massive 590mAh battery.”
A 590mAh battery for the Watch 5 Pro? Given that high-end Garmin watches have a (approximately) 400-500mAh battery, this could be a game changer. However, the 5 Pro’s screen is likely to be a lot more power-hungry, so let’s not expect miracles here.
But that’s a huge boost, and it looks like we’re about to see a noisy little monster.
*Yes, I am an absolutely fun palace at parties.
Okay, let’s turn our attention to the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro (well, I suppose they officially be called Buds2 Pro because why not, huh, Samsung? Why bother with proper syntax?)
I recently bought the Galaxy Buds Pro, and they are… fine. Decent active noise cancelling, setting OK, battery life is not bad, sound is more than acceptable.
So what can we expect from the next models, a year later, should they appear?
“An updated Bluetooth codec would open the door (potentially) to 24-bit high-resolution audio,” says Becky Scarrott, our senior audio record company.
“If Samsung can get 24-bit high-res audio with its proprietary codec magic, the Galaxy Buds2 Pro could finally put Sammers on the map as a major player in wireless headphones – but only if they can work with that too. disappointing battery life”.
Oh, I thought the battery life was OK… it shows what I know. 😒
There’s one thing I’m very excited – like ‘s Running Man of Tech – to see today.
In a recent blog post (opens in new tab) on wellness innovation, TaeJong Jay Yang, Executive Vice President and Head of the Healthcare R&D Team at Samsung Electronics, said the following when referring to the upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event:
“Samsung is excited to continue expanding our Galaxy Watch lineup to better meet the many unique needs of our users – especially those with a passion for the outdoors.”
Now, you could easily think this means the new Watch 5 will have improved fitness elements, or a slightly larger bezel or something. But that’s not really going to change the game – Samsung has been making ‘very good’ fitness watches for a while and ‘expanding’ that means doing something better – and that means a device that properly takes on Garmin.
So the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro or Galaxy Watch 5 Rugged rumor is where I think this is going – and this could be something to contend with for Garmin. It will need a bigger screen, much better battery life (my Fenix 7 can last 28 days without a charge in smartwatch mode), and improved GPS capabilities.
So let’s go Unzipped – let’s see what you have…
There have been a number of leaks about the new Z Flip that we’ll be looking at today – and while you can never be sure of the validity of a leak until the device is actually shown on stage, we can be pretty confident that what’s been leaking is likely to be legit. .
The first leak came from Amazon in the Netherlands, where the phone’s specs were released to the world. Now, we traditionally ignore this as a retailer can sometimes put a list of products into their system on standby and do ‘best guess’ specs just to have something safe.
They can sometimes be broadcast live and therefore are seen as facts when they are not. But what looks most realistic with the Amazon leak are the photos – and there were a lot of pretty accurate marketing materials posted.
Looks like a lot of them have been edited out lately as Samsung seems to be shutting them down – but we can see Dutch images on Telegram (opens in new tab) if you want to check some of the dimensions.
I had a dream last night that I was running down some stairs, I jumped on the banister, slipped a little and then did a good lap on the floor.
A man looked at me, smiled and gave me the finger guns. I felt good about it.
That’s all – it was just a very good dream.
It’s important, when discussing leaked information, to always point to when the brand in question – in this case, it’s Samsung – pretty much shows a video of one of the devices it’s showing off in an upcoming release.
Now, I’m no forensic expert (I know a thing or two about phones…), but you don’t need a degree to see the new Galaxy Z Flip 4 in this teaser from Samsung:
Watch something bigger than before unfold in #SamsungUnpackedJuly 27, 2022
Let’s start with an interesting tidbit: while I don’t think this will happen, leakers have hinted that the Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 will only come as the Flip 4 and the Fold 4, as the Z is being used as a military symbol in the Russian attack on Ukraine (opens in new tab).
I doubt this will happen at this point as so many leaks have led them to still pack the ‘Z’ – but it’s an interesting note on how brands need to react to external events when considering how their naming conventions will fall.
Hello Hello! The sun is shining (well, depending on where you are and what time of day) and it’s time to get ready for one of the main events of the year: the August issue of Samsung Galaxy Unpacked.
Spoiler alert: we are going to see some new folding phones today. I’m not the one giving you inside information or anything… it’s just that Samsung has been so obvious about it that if no launch the new Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 today, I would be totally and completely shocked.