Samsung’s second major event of 2022 has ended and it brought with it many important announcements, including the foldable Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4.
Away from the phones, the launch also featured the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, Galaxy Watch 5 Pro and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.
Below, we break down all these new gadgets, which rank among the best folding phones, the best smartwatches, and probably the best phones period – starting with the star of the show (and certainly the most expensive product revealed here) the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.
This is Samsung’s foldable successor to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, unsurprisingly. It looks very similar to last year’s model but contains a number of updates.
It has a 7.6-inch, 2176 x 1812 foldable internal display and a 6.2-inch, 2316 x 904 external display, which are the same similar sizes and resolutions as the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but the chassis is slightly smaller. and lighter this year.
Both screens also have a 120Hz refresh rate, just like the previous model.
Major upgrades can be found on the camera, which includes a 50MP primary snapper, a 10MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom, and a 12MP ultra-wide. There is also a 10 MP front camera on the external display and a 4 MP on the internal display.
The Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset is also an upgrade, and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a 4,400mAh battery with 25W charging, 12GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage.
Prices start at $1,799.99 / £1,649 / AU$2,499and for that you will have a version with 256 GB of storage.
The top 1TB model costs one $2,159.99 / £2,019 / AU$2,999. Pre-orders for the new Fold open on August 10th (or August 11th for those in Australia) and the Galaxy Fold 4 release date is set for August 26th.
If the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a little too expensive, you might want to consider the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, which is foldable and the successor to the Galaxy Z Flip 3.
This has a 6.7-inch, 1080 x 2640 foldable AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, a 1.9-inch, 260 x 512 display, a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, 8GB of RAM, a 3,700mAh, 25W charging, and up to 512GB of storage.
It also has a 12MP main camera, a 12MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 10MP front camera. The design is similar to the Z Flip 3, but the battery is bigger, the chipset is faster and the main camera has been improved, with the promise of brighter images from it.
If you want to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, you can buy it on August 26th (or September 2nd in Australia), with pre-orders starting on August 10th. of) more palatable $999.99 / £999 / AU$1,499 to 128 GB of storage, reaching $1,179.99 / £1,199 / AU$1,849 to 512 GB.
In addition to smartphones, Samsung also introduced some smartwatches – namely the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 family.
The flagship model here comes in either 40mm or 44mm sizes, with the smaller having a 1.19-inch 396 x 396 circular screen, while the larger one has a 1.36-inch 450 x 450 screen.
In both cases, the dials are clad in sapphire crystal glass, while the watch body is made of aluminum.
This is all similar to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 lineup, and just like the wearables, these new ones also have an Exynos W920 chipset, as well as 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
The batteries are bigger this year, coming in at 284mAh and 410mAh for the smaller and larger models, respectively. You also get all the expected features like GPS, heart rate monitor, ECG and water resistance, plus a new temperature sensor.
The 40mm Bluetooth model costs $279.99 / £269 / AU$499while the 44 mm version is sold for £289 / AU$549 (with US pricing to be confirmed). Prices go up if you want an LTE version. Pre-orders open today (August 10th) with the wearable hitting stores on August 26th.
If you want a major upgrade for your smartwatch, then the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is worth considering, as it is larger by 45mm and has a whopping – by smartwatch standards – 590mAh battery.
It’s also coated in titanium instead of aluminum and comes with a sleeker wristband, along with some advanced GPS features.
That said, in most other ways it’s the same as the standard models of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 – and it lacks the rotating bezel of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.
It will make you come back $449 / £429 / AU$799 for a Bluetooth version, or $499 / £479 / AU$849 if you also want LTE. You can pre-order from August 10th, and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro release date is also August 26th.
Finally, there’s the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, which offers 24-bit Hi-Fi sound and 360 audio, with a 61mAh battery capacity, as well as 500mAh in the charging case.
They offer up to eight hours of audio from the Buds alone, and that extends to 29 hours before the charging case needs charging.
They also include three microphones to assist with calls and offer IPX7-rated water resistance. You can buy them in Graphite, Bora Purple or White, for the price of $229.99 / £219 / AU$349.
As with Samsung’s other new gadgets, you can pre-order them now, with the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro release date set for August 26th.