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Samsung announces Galaxy Z Fold 4, Flip 4, & more – everything you need to know

Updated Aug 10th, 2022 10:21AM EDT
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold
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Samsung’s big Unpacked press event of the summer is finally here, bringing fans a variety of new devices that will be available for preorder almost immediately after the show. Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 foldable phones are the main attraction of the press conference. But Samsung also has new wearables to go along with its next-gen phones. We’re looking at the Galaxy Watch 5 series and the new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro wireless earphones.

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The Fold 4 and Flip 4 represent Samsung’s newest foldable smartphones. They look almost identical to their predecessors, but Samsung has a few significant changes in place — especially for the Fold 4 model.

Designs aside, the two phones feature mostly the same main hardware components.

Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 platform powers the new Galaxy foldables, which should give them a significant performance bump over the Galaxy S22. And this System-on-Chip (SoC) should fix all the overheating and throttling issues from the previous generation.

The Galaxy Watch 5 comes in two sizes, keeping in place the circular design Samsung employs for its Apple Watch alternatives. But Samsung also unveiled a Pro version of the Watch 5 that offers a larger screen and better battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: Specs, price, and release date

The Galaxy Fold 4 is slightly shorter than its predecessor, but it’s also wider. This means the foldable screen is still quite large but the phone is more comfortable in the hand.

We’re looking at a 7.6-inch 120Hz panel with Ultra Thin Glass on top. The foldable has a redesigned hinge and should be slightly thinner than the Fold 3. It’s also 20g lighter than last year’s model.

Thanks to the new aspect ratio, the external display should be easier to use. It’s a 6.2-inch OLED panel that supports up to a 120Hz refresh rate.

The triple-lens camera system on the back also got a significant update. We’re looking at a 50-megapixel primary sensor, 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and 10-megapixel telephoto lens (3x zoom).

The selfie experience consists of a 4-megapixel under-display camera for the foldable screen and a 10-megapixel hole-punch selfie camera for the cover screen.

RAM and storage: 12GB of RAM, 256GB/512GB/1TB storage

Battery: 4,400 mAh with 25W wired and 15W wireless charging

Colors: Beige, GreyGreen, Phantom Black, and Burgundy

Price: Starts at $1,799 for the 256GB version — see all of Samsung’s preorder offers

Release date: August 26th

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4: Specs, price, and release date

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4 hasn’t seen as many design changes compared to the Fold 4. But we’re still looking at a clamshell foldable phone that should deliver a high-end Galaxy experience.

Samsung has improved the camera experience on the Flip 4. We’re still looking at 12-megapixel dual cameras on the back, but the wide camera has larger pixels. A 10-megapixel camera punches through the foldable screen.

The battery also got a big bump compared to last year’s models. Combined with the new, more efficient Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, battery life on this new model should see a substantial improvement.

RAM and storage: 8GB of RAM, 128GB/256GB/512GB of storage

Battery: 3,700 mAh with 25W wired and 15W wireless charging

Colors: Blue, Bora Purple, Graphite, and Pink Gold. Bespoke customizations will also be available from Samsung.

Price: Starts at $999 for the 128GB version — see all of Samsung’s preorder offers

Release date: August 26th

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5: Specs, price, and release date

The Galaxy Watch 5 series will come in GPS-only and Cellular models. We’re also looking at two sizes for the Watch 5: 40mm and 44mm. The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will have an even larger screen and a bulkier design. We’re looking at a 45mm device with a physical rotating bezel.

All models should support faster charging speeds than the Galaxy Watch 4 series. That’s 10W instead of 5W. Add to that slightly larger battery packs, and the Watch 5 models should feature decent battery life.

The infrared temperature sensor is one other highlight of the Galaxy Watch 5 series, as is the new sapphire display cover.

Colors: Graphite, Silver, and Pink Gold (40mm); Graphite, Silver, and Blue (44mm); Black and Gray Titanium (45mm)

Price: Starts at $279 for the base model. Galaxy Watch 5 Pro starts at $449.99. See all of Samsung’s preorder offers

Release date: August 26th

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro: Specs, price, and release date

Samsung is the latest smartphone vendor to renew its wireless earphone offerings. We already saw Google launch the new Pixel Buds Pro model, and Apple will follow with a new AirPods Pro 2 model reveal next month.

In the meantime, Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro model should help fill the void.

Galaxy Z Flip 4 in purple.
Galaxy Z Flip 4 in purple next to Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. Image source: Samsung

The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro come with active noise cancellation (ANC), a must-have feature on Pro earphones.

Besides ANC, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro will feature three microphones, 10mm drivers, 5.3mm tweeters, and IPX7 water resistance. Also, the new earphones feature Bluetooth 5.3 support, Samsung’s own Hi-Fi 24bit Audio codec, and Auto Switch support.

Battery: Up to 8 hours without ANC; 29 hours with the charging case. Up to 5 hours with ANC; 18 hours with the case.

Colors: Bora Purple, Graphite, and White

Price: $229 — see all of Samsung’s preorder offers

Release date: August 26th

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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