This is another quick notes dump of everything that was announced in yesterday's Samsung Unpacked (includes the replay). Like with previous events, this is pretty high level with no additional commentary.


Samsung UNPACKED, August 2021 highlights

Intro

  • Countdown on the Watch
  • Jumps right into the Watch announcement

Galaxy Watch4

  • Circular display (like previous models)
  • Newly design strap
    • Stronger
    • Sweat resistant
  • Sensor is closer to wrist
  • Personal Customizations
  • More watch faces
  • More integrated experiences
  • Working closely with Google
    • Announced in Google I/O
    • Also in Mobile World Congress (MWC)
  • Wear OS powered by Samsung
    • Best of Tizen & Wear OS
  • Samsung Health Experience
    • Movement & Activity
    • Sleep tracking
      • Oxygen levels on watch
      • Snore recordings on phone
    • BIA (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis)
      • Measures body composition
      • Weight alone doesn’t cover it
      • History of R&D
    • Bioactive Sensor
      • Blood Pressure
      • ECG
    • Samsung Health app
      • Team based challenges
  • Cellular connectivity
  • One UI Watch
    • Unified controls
    • Touch gestures
    • Air gestures
  • Global Goals app
  • Galaxy Watch4 & Galaxy Watch4 Classic

Galaxy Z Fold3

  • Folio-style fold
  • Cover screen
    • Research shows that users use just as much
  • Main (interior) screen
  • Closed gives regular smartphone experience
  • Open gives more of a tablet experience
  • No punch hole for forward-facing camera
    • Not visible while not being used
    • Shows while being used
  • Apps now optimized for dual screen (like tablet)
    • Messages
    • Calendar
  • Hard buttons kick to the right
  • Task bar
  • Can split into thirds
  • Promotes use of multi-device transition
    • From small screen (phone)
    • To larger screen (tablet)
    • Helps with seamless experience
  • Working with developers to optimize apps for the foldable experience
  • Break-throughs
    • Water resistant
      • IPX8 rating
      • Protects against daily water damage
    • Increased durability
      • Flexible Gorilla glass
      • Sturdy frame

Galaxy Z Flip3

  • Clamshell-style fold
  • Cover screen integrated with rear-facing camera
  • Various colors
  • Personalization
  • Focuses on being more compact
  • Cover screen is larger, touch enable
  • Bixby
    • 35% fast than before
    • On-device processing
  • Samsung Pay
  • Can take photos and videos without opening
  • Flex Mode
    • Can use partially unfolded for taking photos
    • Camera adjust images to include everyone in photo
    • Hands-free video calls
    • Screen share
    • Smooth refresh rate
  • BTS cameo
  • Stereo speakers
  • One UI 3
    • Updated for the fold series
    • Layout optimization
    • Task bar
    • Multi-tasking
    • S Pen
    • Matching Flip cover screen to watch (wallpaper & watch face)
    • Data transfer from iPhone to Galaxy
  • Available August 27
  • Samsung Care+
    • Accidental damage
    • 1-time screen replacement
  • Thom Browne edition
    • Red, white, and blue
    • Flip, Fold, and Watch
    • Folio case, buds cover, watch band

Galaxy Buds2

  • Cozy fit
  • Quality sound
    • Woofer
    • Tweeter
  • Active Noise Canceling (ANC)
    • Up to 90%
  • Longer lasting battery
  • Ambient Mode
    • Stops noise cancelling
  • Advanced Call Quality
    • Upgraded microphones
    • ML to filter out unwanted sounds
  • Buds controller app on Watch
  • Auto Switch
    • Seamless connection between devices
    • Tablet
    • Phone
    • Watch
  • August 27

Themes

  • Openness
    • Really hitting on devices for everyone
    • Aligns with “unfold” theme
  • Privacy
  • Personalization
  • Sustainability
    • Partnerships
    • Energy saving
    • Less materials used
    • More recycled materials
  • Innovation
  • Galaxy for the Planet
    • Open to all, exclusive to none

“Life opens with Galaxy.”


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