Galaxy Unpacked: Everything Samsung announced, from Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 to Watch 4 and Buds 2

Published: Aug. 12, 2021 8:34 a.m.
Samsung Announced Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 to Watch 4 and Buds 2.

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Two new foldable phones, smartwatches, true-wireless earbuds, and more from Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked 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!

Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3

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.

Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic

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.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 comes in two looks and lots of colors

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.

Galaxy Buds 2

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The newest model of Samsung’s $150 true-wireless earbuds feature active noise canceling in a smaller design that should fit a wider variety of ear sizes than the more expensive Galaxy Buds Pro. The Buds 2 are also smaller than the Galaxy Buds Plus, but with shorter battery life. They’re available for preorder now and will ship on Aug. 27. All four colors (graphite, white, olive and lavender) come with with a white charging case.

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