Will you join the Flip Side?
The Pixel Fold finally arrives at customers’ doors. But Samsung is rushing in with a distraction: The next Samsung Unpacked event kicks off on July 26 (about a month earlier than usual), and naturally this year’s tagline is “Join the Other Side.”
Note: Samsung Unpacked begins on July 26 at 7 am ET (4 am PT). You can live stream the event from Samsung’s newsroom or Samsung’s YouTube channel.
As you can probably guess, Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 during this event. These phones are an incremental upgrade, though they will offer some notable new features.
We recently saw some real-world images of the Galaxy Z Fold 5. When opened up, this phone looks virtually identical to its predecessor. But it appears to use a new “waterdrop” hinge, which reduces the size of the phone’s footprint when closed. In theory, this hinge design will prevent debris from entering the folding screen. But in the event that dirt or sand does get on your phone, a gapless hinge can make things more dangerous.
Unfortunately, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 may not get a camera upgrade as Samsung is concerned about weight. But the device can run on a current-gen Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, so at the very least, you won’t have to worry about performance.
Samsung can give the Galaxy Z Flip 5 a little more love, which is expected to use a much larger 3.5-inch cover screen (which is nearly double the size of the Galaxy Z Flip 4’s outer screen). This phone may also receive a “waterdrop” hinge and may be a bit slimmer than last year’s model.
Along with these foldables, Samsung could introduce the Galaxy Tab 9 and Galaxy Watch 6 during its Unpacked event. But little is known about these devices. A recent escape from winfuture shows that the Tab 9 is basically identical to its predecessor (at least externally). And in a fugue by my smart pricethe Galaxy Watch 6 seems to bring back its control bezel, which was absent on the Watch 5 line.
Samsung Unpacked begins on July 26 at 7 am ET (4 am PT). This is the first Unpacked event to be held in Seoul, Korea. You can watch the event streamed live from the Samsung newsroom or YouTube channel.