Samsung Galaxy Unpacked recap: Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3, Watch 4, Buds 2 and everything announced

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CNET 11 August, 2021 - 11:11am 68 views

What time is the Samsung Unpacked event?

Samsung is holding its Galaxy Unpacked event today at 10AM ET / 7AM PT, where it's expected to show off its next generation of folding phones. The VergeSamsung Galaxy Unpacked Event: start time and how to watch

What time is the Samsung Unpacked event 2021?

The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event is scheduled for August 11, that is today. It will be held at 11 pm KST or Korea time, where Samsung is headquartered. This means that it will be held at 10 am ET or, in India specifically, at 7:30 pm on Wednesday. Financial ExpressSamsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 today: When and where to watch the event

Samsung's third Unpacked of 2021 is over, and like all events since the coronavirus spread around the world, Samsung's latest launch was all-virtual. Foldables are the big phones of the day: Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which expands outward from a phone into a tablet, and the Galaxy Z Flip 3, a clamshell design. New Galaxy Buds 2Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic models are also on tap to complement the new phones. And do you miss Bixby? It's back!

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The redesigned Z Flip 3 starts at $1,000, putting it in line with the Galaxy S21 Plus and the iPhone 12 Pro. The Z Fold 3, tweaked to include an under-display front camera, slightly lighter weight and 100 mAh less battery, will come in starting at $1,800; in contrast, when it was unveiled a year ago for $2,000, it was the company's most expensive phone

If you preorder, you'll get a year of extended support free.

The sleeker, cheaper Watch 4 starts at $250, while the more conventional-looking Watch 4 Classic's prices begin at $350, boast improved specs and herald the return of the rotating bezel. They both debut the new Google-Samsung jointly developed reboot of Android Wear OS.

New health features build on top of those carried over from the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 3, such as heart rate, blood oxygen, electrocardiogram and sleep tracking. They new ones include a few extras for sleep tracking, like snore detection and blood oxygen checks can run once a second or once every 60 seconds.  There's also a new electrical bioimpedance sensor on the rear array for full-body analysis of stats such as BMI, muscle mass and hydration.   

The Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic are available for preorder today and ship Aug. 27. Samsung is offering a $50 credit to those who preorder.

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We Really Want the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic

Droid Life 11 August, 2021 - 09:00am

Samsung unveiled its new smartwatches today, alongside its new foldables. The Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic are official, with pricing, specs, and new details about the new Wear OS 3 and One UI Watch they’ll run.

Before we get too deep into this, let’s make sure everyone understands which watch is which. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is the watch above, with classic watch styling and a rotating bezel. The Galaxy Watch 4 is the device below, with a simpler design that lacks the physical rotating bezel. We thought this was going to be called the Galaxy Watch Active 4 before Samsung shortened it up.

All good? Let’s talk about what we now know.

The Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic are the first to run the new Wear OS platform that Google and Samsung co-developed. It also runs Samsung’s One UI Watch, a take on its One UI, only built for watches and what Samsung is calling their “most intuitive user interface yet.”

We won’t know how good (or bad) the new Wear OS 3 is until we get these watches on the wrist. However, Samsung is talking about it as if this is the future. The Watch 4 line will automatically add compatible apps from your phone, auto switch earbuds between watch and phone, allow you to run assistants (like Bixby), use the bezel or gesture controls for navigation, and access all of the apps Samsung watch owners have been missing out on. We’re talking about Google Maps, a bunch of third party apps, and more.

Outside of the OS, Samsung is really pitching these watches as fitness or health companions. They both feature a “groundbreaking” BioActive Sensor that has 3 sensors on a single chip for optical heart rate, electrical heart, and bioelectrical impedance analysis. You can monitor blood pressure, detect an AFib irregular heartbeat, measure blood oxygen level, and calculate your body composition. That composition includes your skeletal muscle mass, basal metabolic rate, and body water and body fat percentage.

Of course, sleep tracking is here, with complete pictures of your sleep patterns and snore detection. Yes, the Galaxy Watch 4 will track your snoring.

As for specs, both watches are very equipped with the stuff you want. The Galaxy Watch 4 comes in 40mm and 44mm aluminum case sizes along with color options of black, green, silver, and pink gold. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic features stainless steel 42mm and 46mm cases. The Watch 4 Classic comes in black or silver.

Each watch runs the brand new Exynos W920 dual-core chip, with 1.5GB RAM and 16Gb storage, wireless charging, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi, NFC, GPS, and 5ATM + IP68 resistance. For batteries, you’ve got a 361mAh battery in the bigger watch from each family or a 247mAh battery in the smaller versions. The displays are 1.4″ or 1.2″ AMOLED depending on the watch size, with always on displays and with 450×450 or 396×396 resolutions.

For dimensions, since you are likely wondering how these will fit on the wrist, we have the following measurements:

If you are ready to buy either the Galaxy Watch 4 or Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, you won’t have to wait long. Both watches go up for pre-order today and should then arrive in stores on August 27. If you pre-order, Samsung is giving you a $50 credit to spend.

For pricing, the Galaxy Watch 4 starts at $249 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic starts at $349. Those are Bluetooth model prices, so if you want LTE, add another $50 to each price.

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