Week 30 in review: Samsung unveils Galaxy Z Fold5, Z Flip5, Watch 6, Tab S9

Week 30 in review: Samsung unveils Galaxy Z Fold5, Z Flip5, Watch 6, Tab S9
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Samsung unveiled its new flagship foldables, smartwatches, and tablets this week. It happens to be the earliest unveil of a Galaxy Z Fold ever by nearly a month.

The Galaxy Z Fold5 finally removes the gap and closes flat. Otherwise, it’s a rather tame update mostly focused around the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and the new hinge design. The displays have the main characteristics, although the big display is 30% brighter, the cameras are the same, and so is the battery size and charging speed. Price-wise, the Galaxy Z Fold5’s 12/256GB version is €1,900/£1,749/$1,800, 12/512GB costs €2,020/£1,849/$1,920, and 12/1TB is priced at €2,260/£2,049/$2,160.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 also has a new hinge and closes flat. The bigger update is the larger cover display, which now stretches to 3.4-inches, or nearly 4 times bigger than before. The bigger cover screen can run specific apps and will be able to run almost all apps with some tinkering. The inner display, cameras, and battery are the same as last year. The Galaxy Z Flip5 starts at $1,000/€1,200.

Samsung unveiled four smartwatches – the Galaxy Watch6 in two sizes – 44mm and 40mm, and the one that brings back the rotating bezel – the Galaxy Watch6 Classic in two sizes – 47mm and 43mm. Samsung slimmed down the bezels so that the displays are now slightly larger in the same overall space. All new wearables run a new Exynos W930 chip with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.

Samsung Galaxy Watch6 is available in Graphite (both sizes), Silver (44 mm only), and Gold (40 mm only). Prices begin from £289/$299 and reach £369/$329 for the LTE-supporting larger wearable. Samsung Galaxy Watch6 Classic is selling in Black and Silver. The most affordable version is £369/$399, and the cost can go up to £459/$429.

Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab S series with the S9, S9+, and S9 Ultra. All three Galaxy Tab S9 models are now IP68 dust and water-resistant. The Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra brings a spacious 14.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a 1,848 x 2,960px resolution and 120Hz variable refresh rate. The Tab S9 boasts an 11-inch diagonal with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, while the Tab S9+ gets a 12.4-inch diagonal and the same refresh rate.

The new bit here is Samsung’s Vision Booster, which is also present on the Galaxy S23 devices and improves display visibility and colors in extremely bright conditions. The Galaxy Tab S9 series is equipped with the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra comes in Beige and Graphite colors and starts at $1,199/£1,199/€1,339. Pre-orders start today while open sales are set to begin on August 11. Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 starts at $799/£799/€899 while Tab S9+ will go from $999/£999/€1,199.Pre-orders start today while open sales are set to begin on August 11.

The Infinix GT 10 Pro that will launch in India next month will be priced under INR20,000 ($245/€220). It will also pack a 120Hz AMOLED screen with an in-display fingerprint scanner, and we’ve learned the 108MP primary camera on the rear will be joined by two 8MP units.

Finally, we hear more and more rumors that Apple will increase the prices of the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max. The Pro will be $100 more, while the Pro Max as much as $200 more. Expect even higher price hikes outside the US.

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