All of Samsung’s very latest cutting-edge tech is set to be unveiled at this year’s Unpacked event. Here’s how you can follow the action live, as it happens.
When it comes to tech, only Samsung can rival Apple in terms of the sheer amount of excitement generated before a product is unveiled. Things are no different before the August edition of the Galaxy Unpacked event, which takes place on August 11 at 3pm UK time; from what we can tell so far, the new devices will be as intriguing as ever.
Sporting the strapline ‘Is “good” good enough?’, the trailer for Samsung’s showcase seems to hint at a revolutionary change for mobile tech, and that will more than likely come in the form of an new generation of foldable phones – but that’s not all we expect to see on the night.
How to watch Samsung Galaxy Unpacked August 2021
The much-anticipated event will kick off at 3pm on August 11, and will be available to livestream on Samsung’s website, and via the embedded YouTube link below:
Via this video stream you can watch the product announcements live, but don’t forget to check back to this page for the full rundown of new devices along with our analysis.
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked August 2021: All the latest announcements
Now that the livestream has kicked off, here are the biggest announcements as they appear:
- Galaxy Watch 4 Series. New durable strap design and 40 customisable watch faces. All-new operating system: “Wear OS powered by Samsung” that has improved compatibility with Android smartphones. Enhanced sleep tracking functionality, monitoring blood oxygen and snoring simultaneously. A new body composition measuring tool has also been introduced so that you can measure body fat percentage and similar stats.
- Security. Samsung has vaunted its Knox security system, and notes its cooperation with Microsoft and Google for ensuring greater protection of private data.
- New Galaxy Z series. “The new mainstream for smartphones” is how Samsung chooses to introduce its latest foldable smartphones, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3.
- Galaxy Z Fold 3. The cover screen has been significantly improved (including a 120Hz refresh rate), so that you can more easily message or play games. The 7.6-inch internal screen now boasts an under-display camera. Multi-tasking on the big screen has also been significantly improved so that it more closely resembles a tablet experience. A foldable edition S-Pen also makes its debut, and the overall device has been made much more durable.
- Galaxy Z Flip 3. The cover screen is slightly larger than before, allowing it to perform more functions. There’s a renewed focus on the Bixby smart assistant and on its smart camera functions for when you’re taking selfies or group shots.
- One UI 3. Samsung’s Android user interface has been upgraded, and data transfer between devices is now supposedly easier than ever. Plus it has been optimised for foldable devices.
- Galaxy Buds 2. Available in four colours (black, white, olive, lavender), these are smaller and lighter than the previous Buds and boast improved Active Noise Cancellation. Maximum battery life of seven and a half hours (ANC off) and the case holds twenty hours of charge.
What will be announced at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked August 2021?
Samsung has not officially pre-announced the devices that will go on show, but here are a collection of the pre-event rumours.
First and foremost, we’re expecting to see not one but two new foldable phones be unveiled; the Galaxy Z Flip 3, and the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Taking the place of the Galaxy Note range, these will boast top-of-the-line specs and a more robust folding design.
Samsung is also strongly tipped to reveal two wearable devices, as shown off by leaker Evan Blass in the above tweets; these will be the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (sequel to the well-received Samsung Galaxy Watch 3), and its less feature-packed sibling, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 4.
Galaxy Buds2 supports active noise canceling pic.twitter.com/c3dZ6Qhewm— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 6, 2021
According to Ice Universe, another renowned leaker, we can also expect to see a new pair of true wireless headphones, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2, which will hope to significantly improve on the divisive reputation of their predecessors.