Samsung has officially announced when it will hold its next Unpacked product event: August 11 at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT. It is widely expected to announce the next version of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 – both of which have already leaked quite a bit. Samsung isn’t ashamed of those expectations, as a quick glance at the invite reveals the outline for both devices.
Samsung is also expected to announce new Galaxy watches, which will be the first to use the new combined Wear platform announced at Google I/O earlier this year.
Samsung keeps the event virtually on its website and promises to post more details about the live stream here. It also keeps up with another Samsung trend: letting customers “reserve” his next flagship before it’s even been officially announced. Samsung says it will offer “increased trade-in credit and 12 months of Samsung Care+ at a discounted rate” for early reservations.
According to the images leaked by Evan Blass, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 looks very similar to the current version of the foldable phone. The biggest upgrade will apparently be compatibility with Samsung’s S Pen stylus. Samsung itself has long telegraphed that it would add stylus support to the Fold line.
As for the Galaxy Z Flip 3, the biggest update may be on the outside, with Samsung replacing a very small screen with a slightly larger but still quite small screen.
Samsung has done better with durability on its folding devices since it switched to using “ultra-thin glass” under a plastic sheet for these displays. However, the screens are still much more fragile than regular smartphone screens. If Samsung plans to encourage users to stick a plastic stick into the Z Fold 3’s screen, that folding screen should be made more durable.
While it probably won’t get the highest bill, the new Galaxy smartwatches will likely be a bigger shift than the iterative updates to the foldable phones. That’s because it will be the first Samsung smartwatch to use Google’s Wear operating system in more than half a decade. Samsung used its own Tizen-based operating system on smartwatches, which had advantages over Google’s Wear OS, but lacked an app library worth using. Now that the two operating systems have been combined, this upcoming Samsung watch will be the first real look at what the new Wear OS actually works for.
We expect both a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 with a rotating bezel and an unannounced Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 4, both in multiple colors.
It’s always possible there’s more on tap – Samsung’s Galaxy Buds lineup could also be due for a new model. We will know for sure when Samsung starts its livestream on August 11.