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When is the Samsung Unpacked event?

When does Galaxy Unpacked take place? Last month, Samsung sent out official invites to its upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event. Like most big shows and conferences being held right now, the event is virtual. It takes place on Aug. 11 at 7 a.m. CNETSamsung Unpacked: Last chance to reserve Samsung's next big devices early

Samsung Unpacked live blog: Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Watch 4 launch as it happens

TechRadar 11 August, 2021 - 07:18am

There's no Samsung Galaxy Note 21 this year - the company has already confirmed so - and instead, it's focusing on its foldable phones and other accessories such as its upcoming smartwatches.

Samsung Unpacked starts at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm BST on August 11 (or that's 12am AEST, August 12) with a virtual launch set to take place on the company's own YouTube channel.

Want to hear about all the new announcements first? Our live blog is here to talk you through what's happening on stage so you can either watch along and read our commentary or you can just follow along here to hear all about the latest announcements.

Before the new products are unveiled, we'll be including all the latest leaks and rumors that break throughout the day, running you through what we've heard about the products so far and lots more.

Want to see the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 ahead of time? Famed Twitter leaker Evleaks has shared a video of the foldable an hour and a half before it's scheduled to be unveiled on stage. You can watch the video below.

pic.twitter.com/bLcAhGUI8OAugust 11, 2021

While the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 was launched at the late 2020 Samsung Unpacked event, the Galaxy Tab S8 is said to be delayed, something the relatively-recent launch of the Tab S7 FE backs up.

We're expecting a Galaxy Tab S8 Plus and Ultra as well as the standard device, with screens of 11, 12.4 and 14.6 inches, which would make the Ultra pretty huge. The super-spec Ultra has been leaked most and is said to have a 12,000mAh battery, Snapdragon 888 chipset, multiple rear cameras and a 120Hz screen refresh rate.

Most recent leaks suggest the Tab S8 line will launch alongside the Galaxy S22 range in early 2022, and with all the tech already slated to appear at Unpacked on August 11, we seriously wouldn't expect three tablets to be in attendance too.

Like the Note 21, it seems the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has possibly been canceled, and even if not it's very likely delayed. We say this because, though there are quite a few leaks about the phone, recent leaks suggest it won't appear in August.

The S21 FE will apparently have similar specs to the Galaxy S21, including the Snapdragon 888 chipset, three rear cameras and a similar amount of RAM. We're also expecting a 6.4-inch screen, a 4,500mAh battery and 45W wired charging.

While the Galaxy S21 FE might not show up at Unpacked, it might come in the following months, with an October launch date rumored. It probably won't get a dedicated launch event though, as the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE didn't.

Samsung's smartwatch game may be a little confusing - we were expecting the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch Active 4, but leaks suggest there will actually be the Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic, with the 'Classic' replacing the standard watch and the 'Active' name being dropped from the sporty version.

In any case, we're expecting two different smartwatches, both running Google's brand-new Wear OS 3 software. Leaks suggest different sizes for both, ranging between 40mm and 46mm, with perhaps three side buttons and a brand-new Exynos chipset.

It's hard to know for sure though, both with the naming confusion, and the myriad contradictory leaks we've seen. More so than the other devices on this list, we'd recommend watching the Samsung stream with an open mind and no expectations.

Another foldable phone that could come alongside, or instead of, the Z Fold 3 is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 - there wasn't actually a Z Flip 2, not unless you count the Z Flip 5G. This is set to be a small-body 'clamshell' style foldable phone, similar to the original Galaxy Z Flip.

According to leaks, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 could have a 6.7-inch screen when unfolded, with a smaller information panel on the front of the device when it's folded up, a bigger battery than the original Flip, and perhaps up to three rear cameras, though this sounds unlikely.

There have been a good few Galaxy Z Flip 3 leaks, but we're still struggling to get a clear picture of the folding device, so our eyes will be peeled during the event to get a better picture as to how it could look and function.

Will we see any computing announcements today? Matt Hanson, TechRadar's Computing Editor says, "Samsung has recently released a pair of (rather good) laptops - the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro and Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360, so I don't expect to see any laptop-related announcements today. 

"Although all laptops are technically foldable, I doubt we'd see a foldable laptop in the same vein as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 any time soon. Samsung needs to justify its foldable phone ambitions, so it would be wise to concentrate on the new handset today, rather than throwing out a load of other products as well."

Throughout today we'll be running you through the products we're expecting to see today. We're starting with the big one, which is Samsung's next big exciting foldable phone.

Samsung has confirmed there will be foldable phones at its August 11 event, and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is set to be the headliner. This is Samsung's third-generation book-style folding device.

We're expecting a handset with three rear cameras, a 7.5-inch 120Hz main screen (for when the device is opened up), a smaller battery than the Galaxy Z Fold 2, and compatibility with Samsung's S Pen stylus - with one possibly coming bundled with the smartphone.

The odds on this phone coming are pretty high, since the Z Fold 2 debuted at Samsung's similarly timed event in 2020, and loads of leaks are pointing to the device being on the way.

Welcome to our Samsung Unpacked 2021 live blog, and it looks like it's going to be a big day for anyone interested in products from the South Korean company.

In a traditional year, we'd be expecting to talk about a new Samsung Galaxy Note phone today, but that won't be happening today. In fact, that won't be happening at all in 2021.

Last month TM Roh, Samsung's President and Head of Mobile Communications, said, "Instead of unveiling a new Galaxy Note this time around, we will further broaden beloved Note features to more Samsung Galaxy devices."

Leaks and rumors suggest the S Pen stylus is making its way to foldable phones, and that's likely what TM Roh is speaking about there in that quote.

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Galaxy Unpacked is today! Here's how to watch the launch of Samsung's latest

Android Authority 11 August, 2021 - 04:00am

This Galaxy Unpacked event starts at 10:00 AM ET on August 11, 2021. To convert that to your local timezone, just click here.

Samsung will have streams going on most popular social networks and sites. Here are the relevant links:

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 are basically assured for the Galaxy Unpacked event. We expect both devices to be solid upgrades over their 2020 counterparts with the same or possibly even cheaper pricing. If you are ready to buy one of these already, you have a few hours left to reserve yours.

The Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic will introduce the new Wear OS 3 to the world. Hardware-wise, both watches should be significant upgrades over last year’s models, with a chipset that far exceeds any Wear OS-based watch.

Finally, the Galaxy Buds 2 should offer a middle-ground between the original Galaxy Buds and the Galaxy Buds Pro.

What are you most excited to see at Galaxy Unpacked?

Samsung Canada spoils Unpacked 2021 with leak of full video presentation - MSPoweruser

MSPoweruser 11 August, 2021 - 01:53am

It’s only a few hours before Samsung’s Unpacked 2021 event, where the company will announce the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, Flip3, Watch 4 and Buds2.

The leaks have however continued, including a full presentation by Samsung Canada to sales associates which reveals all the remaining details.

The leak was posted by new leaker Chun on Twitter and can be seen below:

Ruining the Unpacked in Evan style pic.twitter.com/D8J7mEykiG

— Chun (@chunvn8888) August 11, 2021

Part 2 of the previous vid pic.twitter.com/3B04Fd2HZV

— Chun (@chunvn8888) August 11, 2021

Flip part 1 pic.twitter.com/Hrviie0dUd

— Chun (@chunvn8888) August 11, 2021

Flip part 2 pic.twitter.com/HnEGypUDLM

— Chun (@chunvn8888) August 11, 2021

Watch vid pic.twitter.com/UinmDaGZlP

— Chun (@chunvn8888) August 11, 2021

Watch part 2 pic.twitter.com/RJHyBZnGPX

— Chun (@chunvn8888) August 11, 2021

The full specs of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, Flip3, Watch 4 and Buds2 can be seen at the links.

Samsung Unpacked is starting at 10:00 AM EDT, which is 4:00 PM CET, and 11:00 PM KST, 15:00 UK time, 19:30 in India and 00:00 in Canberra, Australia.

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OnePlus Is Trying to Steal Samsung's Foldable Phone Thunder

Gizmodo 10 August, 2021 - 04:00pm

Is it two smartphones smushed together? Does it fold? Is that a black band running down the middle of those dual screens? From that teaser alone, it’s impossible to say for sure.

Or maybe the new product isn’t a device at all but merely an accessory—something akin to the optional second screen you can purchase separately, like we saw with the LG Velvet.

In any case, it certainly seems fair to assume that this little stunt was designed with the explicit intention of stealing Samsung’s limelight—a level of pettiness that we can relate to, but simply can’t respect.

Stolen thunder or not, Samsung’s event is still expected to deliver some bangers, with the expected reveal of the company’s Galaxy Watch 4 smartwatch series, the Galaxy Buds 2, and the now strangely familiar-looking Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The folding smartphones have already generated a ton of hype, especially since Samsung revealed in a blog post that they would be kicking off the entire event. As Gizmodo previously reported, the Z Flip folds down like the flip phones of yore, and the Z Fold opens outwardly, like a book.

How Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 3 may be the first phone to get ditching the charger right

TechRadar 10 August, 2021 - 04:21am

This heavily suggests the phone won't come with a charger in the box. Why would Samsung include a charger in the pre-order deal if there was already one included in the main package?

This may seem like a complicated way to get yourself a charger, but I think this could be the best idea from a manufacturer yet to make up for the disappointment of it dropping the charger from the box.

This is the "Note Pack" you get when pre-ordering the Z Fold3. Case + Pen and the 25W Charger. It's worth 89€ (says Samsung). #SamsungEvent pic.twitter.com/3mijlkzq4QAugust 9, 2021

Many manufacturers are dropping the default charger from the box to try and limit each phone's environmental impact. We've seen Samsung do this before, as well as Apple's most recent iPhone 12 series and a variety of other Android manufacturers.

Paul Scott, Samsung Mobile’s Head of Product Management in the UK, told TechRadar, "It's a really bold but really important step at the same time. Listening to our consumers, they’re making far more, as we are, sustainable choices in their daily lives, and what we need to do is make sure that we support that."

“We do not want to be sending a consumer yet another charger when they’ve possibly got a charger from, say, 2018 or going all the way back to 2017. It's a USB Type-C charger, so we're not changing it.”

While Samsung has yet to confirm this is the case for the Galaxy Z Fold 3, many leaks have suggested it will be and this latest pre-order deal leaks heavily hints that the foldable will be following the Galaxy S21 and dropping the in-box charger.

Samsung has introduced phones since the Galaxy S21 that include chargers in the box, but none of them have been expensive flagships like the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

- Head to Samsung.com to reserve your phone

I believe the reason many are upset with manufacturers dropping a charger from the box is the fact they believe they're being shortchanged. They're spending the same amount on a phone as when a charger was in the box, and now they're getting less.

That's valid, but Samsung is also right. Many customers upgrading don't need that charger included in the box, and often you'll find the charger you already have at home is suitable for your new smartphone.

So why not include a charger, but as a separate element to the smartphone itself? I believe manufacturers should offer a free charger to any customer purchasing a phone, but it should be a separate claim process.

This is something Samsung is used to doing - if you get a free gift alongside your smartphone such as a smartwatch or headphones, you often have to claim it through a separate system after you've bought the handset itself.

If you already own a charger, you won't have a spare one that just sits in the box. That's the biggest frustrating of e-waste.

On the other hand, if you do need a new charger - whether that's because you don't own a USB-C one, or you just want new fast-charging technology - you could then claim that and gain it without spending extra.

It may not actually happen, but it seems Samsung may be embracing an idea that allows you to get a charger for free if you need one while also ensuring not every single handset has a charger in the box by default.

Via GSMArena

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How Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 3 may be the first phone to get ditching the charger right

SamMobile 10 August, 2021 - 04:21am

This heavily suggests the phone won't come with a charger in the box. Why would Samsung include a charger in the pre-order deal if there was already one included in the main package?

This may seem like a complicated way to get yourself a charger, but I think this could be the best idea from a manufacturer yet to make up for the disappointment of it dropping the charger from the box.

This is the "Note Pack" you get when pre-ordering the Z Fold3. Case + Pen and the 25W Charger. It's worth 89€ (says Samsung). #SamsungEvent pic.twitter.com/3mijlkzq4QAugust 9, 2021

Many manufacturers are dropping the default charger from the box to try and limit each phone's environmental impact. We've seen Samsung do this before, as well as Apple's most recent iPhone 12 series and a variety of other Android manufacturers.

Paul Scott, Samsung Mobile’s Head of Product Management in the UK, told TechRadar, "It's a really bold but really important step at the same time. Listening to our consumers, they’re making far more, as we are, sustainable choices in their daily lives, and what we need to do is make sure that we support that."

“We do not want to be sending a consumer yet another charger when they’ve possibly got a charger from, say, 2018 or going all the way back to 2017. It's a USB Type-C charger, so we're not changing it.”

While Samsung has yet to confirm this is the case for the Galaxy Z Fold 3, many leaks have suggested it will be and this latest pre-order deal leaks heavily hints that the foldable will be following the Galaxy S21 and dropping the in-box charger.

Samsung has introduced phones since the Galaxy S21 that include chargers in the box, but none of them have been expensive flagships like the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

- Head to Samsung.com to reserve your phone

I believe the reason many are upset with manufacturers dropping a charger from the box is the fact they believe they're being shortchanged. They're spending the same amount on a phone as when a charger was in the box, and now they're getting less.

That's valid, but Samsung is also right. Many customers upgrading don't need that charger included in the box, and often you'll find the charger you already have at home is suitable for your new smartphone.

So why not include a charger, but as a separate element to the smartphone itself? I believe manufacturers should offer a free charger to any customer purchasing a phone, but it should be a separate claim process.

This is something Samsung is used to doing - if you get a free gift alongside your smartphone such as a smartwatch or headphones, you often have to claim it through a separate system after you've bought the handset itself.

If you already own a charger, you won't have a spare one that just sits in the box. That's the biggest frustrating of e-waste.

On the other hand, if you do need a new charger - whether that's because you don't own a USB-C one, or you just want new fast-charging technology - you could then claim that and gain it without spending extra.

It may not actually happen, but it seems Samsung may be embracing an idea that allows you to get a charger for free if you need one while also ensuring not every single handset has a charger in the box by default.

Via GSMArena

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Samsung S Pen Pro details leak ahead of Unpacked 2021 debut

SlashGear 10 August, 2021 - 01:52am

Samsung definitely has a leak problem if even the relatively minor accessories headed for Unpacked 2021 are being leaked less than 48 hours before the event. Then again, it is seemingly fighting a battle without end, given how the tech industry moves these days. That’s definitely the case this year with the long-overdue S Pen Pro, whose appearance and some details have just been unofficially revealed even before Samsung gets the chance to say a word.

The S Pen Pro name has been revealed way back in January when Samsung announced the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which launched with its own separate S Pen. It has been almost eight months since then, and it seems that it took Samsung that long to actually make it happen. It might have been worth the wait, though, as this might be the biggest change Samsung has ever made to the S Pen since the rather pointless clicker mechanism.

A short video clip recently popped up showing the S Pen Pro in a 360-degree view. The biggest difference from other S Pens is a small light on the function button near the tip, suggesting a rechargeable battery inside. There also seems to be a slider at the top of the pen whose functionality is still a mystery.

S Pen Pro pic.twitter.com/a8T21BrTxu

— Thomasp5675 (@thomasp5675) August 7, 2021

Another tip speculates that this would be a Bluetooth toggle, which would be an odd but reasonable theory. Recent Galaxy Note S Pens do have Bluetooth functionality, but those don’t need to be manually turned on or off. Naturally, if there’s an on/off switch for Bluetooth, there should also be a pairing button, again indicated by this leak.

— ROOT (@TEQHNIKACROSS) August 7, 2021

There are still some missing pieces to the S Pen Pro picture, however, like its compatibility with both the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy S21 Ultra. There might, however, be a separate S Pen developed specifically for the foldable phone instead. Fortunately, it won’t take long for these questions to be answered as Samsung’s grand event is just a day and a few hours away.

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