The second Samsung Unpacked 2022 event is coming on August 10, 2022 and it promises to be another big event with new foldable devices, wearables and earbuds from Samsung.
While it doesn’t identify them by name, we expect the Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Watch 5, a new pair of Galaxy Buds and possibly more. In fact, if you’re a big Samsung fan, you can now make a reservation and get a $200 credit to use on Samsung’s online store.
Here’s a quick look at when you can tune in to Samsung Unpacked August 2022 and a glimpse at what we know about all the devices we expect to see.
When is the Samsung Unpacked August event?
The next Galaxy Unpacked event will take place on August 10 at 9am ET (6pm PT / 2pm BST). The event is back online only, so you can join us live on YouTube and other streaming platforms.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
While we were already pretty sure which devices would show up at the August event, Samsung left little to the imagination with its trailer for the event featuring a device that is undeniably the Galaxy Z Flip 4, only marginally obscured in the shadows.
This could be partly motivated by the volume and quality of the leaks related to the Galaxy Z Flip 4. There is little reason for Samsung to hide a phone that has already been so thoroughly exposed through leaks. Read our Galaxy Z Flip 4 hub for a full picture of what to expect from the most pocketable foldable, but it seems like little has changed since last year.
That’s not a bad thing, as I was a big fan of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 with its weak battery life and lack of a telephoto lens as my two main criticisms. It seems that Samsung hasn’t been able to find room (physically or in the budget perhaps) for the latter, but we can hope that the updated processor or a slightly larger battery can fix the former.
Perhaps most of the focus will be on the price for the Galaxy Z Flip 4. Samsung managed to ship the Flip 3 for $999 and some rumors suggest it could rise again this year, but a sub-$1,000 foldable was a bargain. major breakthrough for the category that is hard to imagine Samsung giving up.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
If the leaks are correct, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will be virtually unchanged from the Galaxy Z Fold 3, at least when it comes to its looks. With a design as intricate as the Z Fold 4, there are plenty of minor tweaks that might be present in the hinge, screen and more that the most accurate leaked renders in the world wouldn’t reveal.
We’ve seen rumors suggesting that the Z Fold 4 will get dramatic upgrades to its cameras, which are closer to Samsung’s Galaxy S21 FE range than its actual flagships. That could take some of the sting out of the leaked price, indicating it will likely start again at $1,799. After early rumors suggested that increased volume would lower that price, it seems the cost of components has increased enough to erase any discounts.
While there are limits to what Samsung can do to combat the overall size and weight of the Galaxy Z Fold 4, that was literally and figuratively the biggest challenge for me in seeing the device as a primary phone. Even compared to beasts like the Galaxy S22 Ultra or iPhone 13 Pro Max, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a lot to carry around on a daily basis, so I hope Samsung has found a way to shave it off a bit.
Regardless of a few concerns with the phone, it remains one of the most beautiful devices I’ve ever reviewed and offers a truly unique feature set. While the Z Fold 4 seems more like an evolution than a revolution for the Fold, it should remain a standout option for power users.
galaxy watch 5
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 shot Wear OS back into the mainstream with about 20% of the smartwatch market last year after it seemed that Google’s wearable OS might just disappear. Leaks related to the Galaxy Watch 5 were significantly lighter than Samsung’s foldable devices, but we got some details and the renders pictured above.
The main rumored change is the elimination of the “Classic” branding in favor of a Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. The new model would no longer have the rotating bezel that defined the Galaxy Watch for years, but after weeks with the Galaxy Watch 4, I noticed the virtual implementation works reliably. Overall, the design changes give the Watch 5 Pro a sleeker look than its predecessor, but we’ll be intrigued about what makes it even more “Pro”.
The base Galaxy Watch 5 appears to be almost completely unchanged from last year’s model, which is probably not a bad thing given its popularity. But I’m sure Samsung has some tricks up its sleeve, even if the design remains the same.
Galaxy Buds Pro 2
The latest of the likely suspects for the August event are the Galaxy Buds Pro 2, or whatever naming convention Samsung decides to use. After the company seemed to be on an unstoppable earbud spree last year with about half a dozen new models, we’re yet to see another pair of Galaxy Buds in 2022.
Rumor has it that the new Buds Pro will once again come in at around the $199 price of the originals. Leaks have also indicated that they will offer a small reduction, but not as small as the Galaxy Buds 2.
ANC will of course be present and hopefully we’ll see a slight increase in battery life from the Buds Pro’s 5 hours or so.