Galaxy Unpacked August 2021: All you need to know (Foldables, Watch 4, and Buds 2)

The Galaxy Unpacked event took place on August 11, 2021, where Samsung announced two brand new foldable 5G phones: Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. The company also launched Galaxy Buds 2 earphones, Galaxy Watch 4, and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. 

Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G & Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G

Before we move on to the earphones and smartwatch, let’s talk in brief about the two foldable 5G phones. The Galaxy Z Fold 3, the beefier successor of Z Fold 2, has made its way to the market with superior performance and flawless folding design. The addition of Gorilla Glass Victus on the inner and outer display ensures solid screen durability. Let’s not forget, this foldable king comes with an IPX8 rating for water resistance. The main highlight of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G is the addition of an in-display camera. Also, it comes with a powerful Snapdragon 888 chipset and a 12 MP triple rear camera. The base variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage is priced at $1799. In case you opt for the 512GB storage variant, it will cost $1899. 

On the other hand, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G comes with similar features as the Z Fold 3, other than design and camera differences. It is the most affordable folding phone from Samsung. The base variant (8GB RAM and 128GB storage) of the Z Flip 3 is available for $999 and $1050 for the 256GB storage variants. If you want to know more about the specs and features of this sleek foldable phone from Samsung, make sure to read our news article about Galaxy Z Flip 3. Both the foldable phones come with Wi-Fi 6 compatibility. Not to forget, both the foldable phones do not come with a charger in the box, similar to the popular Galaxy S21 series.

Now that we have talked about the phones, let’s shift our focus to the earphones and smartwatches unveiled in the Samsung unpacked event. 

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2
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Samsung also officially launched the new true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds, the Galaxy Buds 2. The Galaxy Buds 2 looks more like the smaller version of  Galaxy Buds Pro.

Galaxy Buds 2 Specifications & Features

Galaxy Buds 2 uses Bluetooth 5.2 that comes with support for AAC, SBC, and SSC (Samsung Scalable Codecs), which indicates that these earbuds can work effectively on Android, iOS, iPad OS, and Windows 11

The Galaxy Buds 2 comes with a similar dual-driver setup as on the Buds Pro. This set of earbuds from Samsung features six microphones in total (three on each bud). It also comes with an Active Noise Cancellation feature that allows you to enjoy peaceful music and calling sessions in a crowded place. The Buds 2 also comes with Ambient Sound Mode to keep you aware of the surrounding noise. Other than this, the Galaxy Buds 2 has an IPX2 rating that ensures sweatproof protection. 

Galaxy Buds 2 Battery Life  

Each earpiece of the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 packs a 61mAh battery and 472mAh battery in the case. As per Samsung, these earbuds can last up to 5 hours with ANC turned on and 7.5 hours when ANC is turned off. The Galaxy Buds 2 can last up to 20 hours with ANC turned on and 29 hours with ANC off with the case. The case comes with a USB type-c port, fast charging as well as Qi wireless charging support. Samsung claims that a 5-minute charge can offer 55 minutes of music playback.

Galaxy Buds 2 Price & Availability

You can grab the Galaxy Buds 2 earphones in Graphite, Lavender, Olive, and White colors for a price of $149 (in US). The pre-order of the Galaxy Buds 2 started on August 11, 2021, the day the Unpacked event was streamed. It will go on sale from August 28 2021 onwards in selected markets. As of now, there is no announcement about its price and availability for Indian users. 

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 & Galaxy Watch 4 Classic

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic
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Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic Specifications

Besides Buds 2 and folding phones, Samsung also revealed two smartwatches: Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. Both the Galaxy smartwatch run on One UI Watch 3 based on the new Wear OS. The Watch 4 comes in 40mm and 44mm and the Classic is available in 42mm and 46mm.

 As far as display is concerned, both the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic feature a 1.2″ AMOLED display with a resolution of 396 x 396 pixels and a 1.4″ AMOLED display with a resolution of 450 x 450 pixels, respectively. The display of both the smartwatch comes with the solid protection of Gorilla Glass DX. Samsung has used its wearable-focused Exynos W920 SoC for improved performance. 

Galaxy Watch 4/Watch 4 Classic Compatibility & Features

Please note that both Galaxy smartwatches are compatible with devices running on Android 6 or more, with at least 1.5GB RAM. Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic come with a bunch of health and fitness features including heart rate, SpO2 monitoring, body composition and sleep analysis. These smartwatches from Samsung come up with the IP68 rating and military-grade protection ensuring water resistance and drop protection. 

The connectivity features on Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic includes dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/Galileo/Glonass/Beidou, and BFC. 4G LTE (optional), dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ Glonass/ Beidou/ Galileo, and NFC. Also, Samsung has designed this smartwatch to work with Google Pay and Samsung Pay.

Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic Price & Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic come with 1.5GB RAM and 16GB Storage. The Bluetooth version of Galaxy Watch 4 40mm and Galaxy Watch 4 44mm are available for pre-order at $64.99 and $94.99, respectively. Also, the LTE version of the 40mm and 44mm Galaxy Watch 4 is priced at $114.99 and $144.99.  

On the other hand, the LTE version of Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 42mm is available for $214.99 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 46mm is available for $244.99. Whereas, the Bluetooth version of Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 42mm and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 46mm will cost you $164.99 and $194.99, respectively.

Thom Browne edition Galaxy Watch4 Classic

Samsung also announced the Thom Browne edition Galaxy Watch4 Classic. It features  the Thom Browne logo engraved on the side, as well as three sets of straps, two of which flaunts the new Thom Browne design. Please note, one of these is also made out of leather material. The Thom Browne edition Galaxy Watch4 Classic will be available for pre-order from August 11 in select markets.

That’s all for now. We would like to hear your thoughts about the products launched by Samsung at the Galaxy Unpacked August event.