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Biggest Announcements From Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 Event

Samsung launched new foldable phones, Galaxy Watch, and much more. 

SEOUL, South Korea — The South Korean tech giant Samsung, recently held its Galaxy Unpacked event, where it announced the next generation of its foldable devices, wearables, and earbuds. 

Samsung finally launched its updated ‘Z’ lineup comprising the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3. The company also unveiled the Galaxy Watch 4 and Samsung Galaxy Buds 2, as per a media report.

The major announcements included the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. 

“The new Fold 3 features two displays, with the outer screen now more capable than ever,” said Bryan Choi, Executive Vice-President and Head of Strategic Marketing, Samsung Mobile Communications Business, in a blog.

“Both screens now also feature 120Hz adaptive refresh rate AMOLED display panels.”

This foldable smartphone has some new tricks up its sleeve, including support for the S Pen, IPX8 water resistance, and an under-display selfie camera for the main screen. A Snapdragon 888 processor powers it.

The Z Fold 3 is also getting an experimental setting that will allow any app to be used in the phone’s multi-window mode, even if the developers haven’t designed the app for it. It will cost $1,799 and be available on Aug. 27. 

The company also announced the Z Flip 3, which has the same processor and water-resistance as the Z Fold but comes in at a much lower price, starting at $1,000.

“For the new foldable series, we had a big mission: the durability, so that our customers can use the devices with peace of mind for everyday extended use,” said Won-Joon Choi, Executive Vice-President and Head of the Flagship Product R&D Team, Samsung Mobile Communications Business. 

“To do that, we started from scratch in order to make the ‘impossible,’ ‘possible.’ Water resistance and increased durability are the key features we focused on for our new foldable devices so that users can take their devices with them anywhere with confidence, whether they are breaking a sweat at the gym or relaxing by the pool.”

Samsung also announced two smartwatches, the Galaxy Watch 4 (which starts at $249) and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (starting at $349). 

Both watches have a new Exynos processor, but more importantly, they’re running a long-promised new OS — the product of Google and Samsung combining Wear OS and Tizen.

The watches also feature a wide range of health-related features, including sleep tracking. And if you were worried that a new OS and redesign would mean losing out on genuinely cool features from previous Galaxy watches, worry not. The Classic features the physical rotating bezel that’s been a staple for years.

“The Galaxy Watch series has been empowering millions of users to access detailed insights into their overall health for years,” said Janghyun Yoon, Executive Vice-President and Head of Software Platform Team, Samsung Mobile Communications Business. 

“Now, we have equipped our new Galaxy Watch4 with our most advanced sensor technology ever in order to deliver our most comprehensive health experience yet.”

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is available in 40mm and 44mm variants, while the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Edition will be available in 42mm and 44mm variants.

Samsung also announced the latest in its lineup of wireless earbuds, and they will be coming in some fun colors. The company also said that the Galaxy Buds 2 are the lightest in its lineup and include active noise cancellation.

The Galaxy Buds 2 cost $149.99 and will replace the Galaxy Buds Plus in the company’s lineup. The Buds 2 will be available on Aug. 27.

The new buds have a design similar to the more expensive Galaxy Buds Pro, only smaller. Also, like the Buds Pro, the Buds 2 have two-way drivers with a woofer and tweeter in each earbud that “deliver crisp, clear high notes and a deep bass.”

They set themselves apart from the older Buds Plus with the addition of active noise cancellation, and Samsung includes an ambient sound mode that lets you adjust how much outside noise is let through.

(With inputs from ANI)

Edited by Amrita Das and Praveen Pramod Tewari