Unpacked is over for another year and Samsung announced a whole heap of new products. From phones, to foldables, to watches – here’s everything Samsung announced today.
The main event of the evening is of course the new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series. It has some tasty spec and camera upgrades as well as some hot new colours. The regular Note 20 will come in mystic bronze, mystic green and mystic grey and the Note 20 ultra will come in mystic bronze, mystic black and mystic white.
You can read all about the new Note 2o series and how much they all cost in Australia here.
On the tablet front Samsung also announced the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+. It’s the first tablet to have 5G compatibility and packs a display with 120Hz refresh rate.
You can find out more details and pricing on our dedicated Tab S7 post.
On the wearables front Samsung has also released its latest smart watch, the Galaxy Watch 3.
It comes in both titanium and stainless steel and is 14 per cent thinner, 8 per cent smaller and 15 per cent lighter than the original Galaxy Watch from 2018. But you will find the rotating bezel again.
It also has some upgrades on the health and well being front. Most importantly it will have ECG and blood oxygen tracking, though it’s unclear if these features will be available in Australia.
Considering that Apple Watches still don’t have ECG functionality due to local regulations, don’t expect this feature.
The Galaxy Watch 3 will of course connect to your Samsung device so you can get notifications and reply to messages right from your wrist. You can also clench your fist to take a call and rotate your risk to dismiss calls and mute alarms.
And here’s a full list of the specs:
The Galaxy Watch 3 starts at $649 for the bluetooth version and at $799 for the LTE versions. The larger 45mm variants cost $50 extra.
It’s available from August 21. Read more about it here.
Samsung has also completely revamped its wireless earbuds with the Galaxy Buds Live. They look like little beans and frankly, call them the Galaxy Beans, you cowards.
It’s refreshing as hell to see something different done with earbuds. They fit vertically into your ear and therefore don’t protrude out. It comes with a couple of different wing tips so you can get the right fit for your ear.
In the guts they have a 12mm speaker and bass duct, three microphones and a Voice Pickup Unit. They also have active noise cancellation.
In terms of battery the Buds Live are said to have six hours playback, with an additional 15 hours from the charging case. It also has quick charge – 5 minutes of charge will get you an hour of playback.
And here’s the full list of specs:
They are available in mystic black, bronze and white and have an RRP of $319. They’re available for pre-order from today. Read more about them here.
Samsung’s third foldable has now been unveiled. The Galaxy Z Fold2 is made up of 7.6-inch and 6.2-inch screens with almost-bezel-free infinity-0 displays. This is a big change from the first gen Fold which had 7.3 and 4.6-inch screens, respectively. Now the outer screen is full-body.
Elsewhere on the design side Samsung has minimised the gap between the screens and included 120Hz refresh rate on the inner screen.
It has a triple rear camera array at the rear, upgraded selfie cam and a new hole-punch selfie cam on the inside as well that takes up less real estate than the preious gen.
Under the hood we are said to find a Snapdragon 865+ processor, 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage and 5G connectivity. This is yet to be confirmed, though.
They come in Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze. Much like last year we don’t know when it will be coming to Australia. But more details will land on September 2 and this is also when pre-orders will open overseas.
Three Years of Updates
Samsung announced that it will begin providing its phones with three years of updates. This will include future phones as well as previously released phones going back to the Galaxy S10.
This means the new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 devices will get updates up to and including Android 13.
Xbox Game Pass Bundle
Samsung is really pushing gaming for the Note 20 and has announced a partnership with Microsoft. Its offering a Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Bundle that comes with Power A’s MOGA XP5-X+ Bluetooth controller, a clip to attach said controller to you phone and three months of Game Pass Ultimate for free.
Unfortunately, this offer isn’t available in Australia.
Wireless file sharing
Samsing announced a new UWB tech that utilises Google’s new Nearby Share functionality. This lets you wirelessly share files between phones with UWB functionality.
Samsung has said this will allow users to turn their phones into digital keys for their home and cars in the future.