Samsung Unpacked in August 2019 (Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
UPDATE 8/11: Samsung’s next Unpacked event is upon us. Tune in via the video below to watch the event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. ET. Thus far, Samsung has promised that its new folding phones will “be armed with more durable, stronger materials.” The company also confirmed a Galaxy Note 21 is off the calendar. “Instead of unveiling a new Galaxy Note this time around, we will further broaden beloved Note features to more Samsung Galaxy devices,” Samsung Electronics President TM Roh said last month.[embedded content]
Original Story:Samsung’s next Galaxy Unpacked event is set for Aug. 11.
“Get ready to unfold,” reads the teaser text, suggesting we’ll see another folding smartphone from Samsung. Like the company’s events last fall and its S21 launch, next month’s Unpacked will be a virtual event. Stream it on Samsung.com starting at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT.
If you’re all-in on whatever the company unveils, Samsung has opened up its Reserve Now system for its next flagship device. If you reserve early, Samsung will throw in 12 free months of Samsung Care+ and up to $100 trade-in credit. Samsung also promises an “an extra, special offer towards Galaxy products during pre-order.”
You don’t have to put down any money to reserve; just provide basic contact information. If you like what you see on Aug. 11, you can then place your order.
According to SamMobile, the Aug. 11 Unpacked will include the launch of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3, as well as the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Buds 2.
Samsung’s last foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 fixed many of the flaws of the original to deliver a foldable big-screen experience that really works. It was the first folding phone we recommended. (The Galaxy Z Flip was less impressive.) If you’re unsure about the form factor, Samsung earlier this year extended its 15-day return policy to 100 days for foldable phones.
Earlier this year, we also got the Samsung Galaxy S21, which packs plenty of power into its small stature and sets the stage for better 5G phone performance in the future.
Typically, this time of year would involve the launch of a big-screen Galaxy Note smartphone. But in May, Samsung’s co-CEO, Koh Dong-Jin, said the global chip shortage may delay any new Note launches. There were also rumors last year that Samsung was going to discontinue the Note lineup entirely.
A Galaxy Note phone may be unnecessary for some, as the Galaxy S21 Ultra includes support for the S Pen stylus that normally sets the Galaxy S series apart from the Galaxy Note phones, and it stands the reason the S22 would do the same.