Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2023: What to expect

It is that time of the year again – another Samsung Galaxy Unpacked. It will take place on July 26th online and in live locations around the world. Anticipate an abundance of innovative gadgets at this year’s Galaxy Unpacked event. Similar to when the Galaxy S23 series was unveiled in February, the extent of significant year-over-year advancements versus incremental improvements remains uncertain. Let’s explore what information has surfaced thus far.

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Galaxy Z Fold 5

The spotlight of the event will undoubtedly shine on the upgraded Galaxy Z-series smartphones, with the Galaxy Z Flip 5 taking centre stage in Samsung’s teaser, indicating its intriguing features. Leaks leading up to Unpacked support this notion, especially due to the extended outer display on the Flip 5. However, it’s the Galaxy Z Fold 5 that is expected to captivate the attention of power users worldwide.

Samsung’s forthcoming tablet-sized foldable appears to bear resemblance to its predecessor launched almost a year ago. Not many changes are expected in terms of displays, with no Pixel Fold-esque aspect ratio alterations in sight. Similarly, major camera lineup revisions are not anticipated. The main attraction of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 seems to lie in its redesigned hinge, a leap forward that allows the device to fold completely closed without any noticeable gap, keeping up with the competition.

Internally, the device is likely to sport typical 2023 specs, featuring a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor paired with up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The overall design is rumoured to be thinner and lighter, thanks to the closed-gap hinge. While it’s an upgrade, the changes are more iterative than groundbreaking. Current Galaxy Z Fold 4 owners can breathe easy, as there’s no significant pressure for early adoption and upgrading.

Galaxy Z Flip 5

Regarding the Galaxy Z Flip 5, it appears poised to compete with Motorola’s recent Razr+. The addition of a newly-extended cover screen promises a more robust user experience, effectively addressing complaints about limited functionality without unfolding the phone. However, the flexibility of Samsung’s outer display remains uncertain in comparison to Moto’s, which allows opening any app, regardless of its suitability for such a small panel.

The introduction of this new screen should certainly capture the attention of users with older Galaxy Z Flip devices, and when coupled with the expected spec boost, it presents a more significant upgrade than what we observe with the Z Fold 5. Like its counterpart, the Galaxy Z Flip 5 is likely to house the familiar Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.

While both these phones may not exude the same level of excitement as foldables once did, they serve as essential stepping stones towards mainstream acceptance of folding phones alongside conventional devices.

Galaxy Watch 6

If smartphones don’t pique your interest, the Galaxy Watch 6 series might be the highlight for you. Similar to last year’s offerings, Samsung will release two watches: the Galaxy Watch 6 and the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic. Despite the latter’s name sounding like a successor to the sport-focused Watch 5 Pro, it appears to be something entirely different.

Let’s begin with the smaller model, where an iterative upgrade is expected this year. The watch is likely to be available in black, silver, and a white-gold variant, bearing a striking resemblance to the 2022 model. Although improvements like larger batteries and faster processors are on the cards, they might not result in drastic changes compared to previous versions. However, with Wear OS 4 and Watch One UI 5 in the pipeline, users can anticipate a plethora of exciting new software enhancements.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic evokes memories of the 2021 Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, complete with the much-loved rotating bezel. While it might not be as tailored for running or cycling as the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, it will incorporate all the software upgrades Samsung has designed for fitness tracking. Rumours suggest the addition of new HR zone tools aimed at enhancing overall performance levels, which could make the watch even more fascinating for users.

Galaxy Tab 9

Last but not least, we have the highly anticipated Galaxy Tab S9 series. Alongside the two new smartphones and wearables, Samsung is set to unveil three tablets that will replace the aging Galaxy Tab S8 lineup. However, due to the comparatively limited buzz surrounding tablets, obtaining detailed information about these devices ahead of the launch has proven to be quite challenging.

The upcoming series is expected to consist of three models: the Galaxy Tab S9, S9+, and the impressively large S9 Ultra. Each of these tablets is likely to boast high-end specifications, possibly featuring a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor among other cutting-edge components.

If you’re intrigued by powerful and feature-rich tablets, the Galaxy Tab S9 series is bound to catch your attention. Stay tuned for the official unveiling, as these tablets are expected to raise the bar in the realm of mobile computing.