Everything Samsung announced at the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 launch

Official lifestyle image of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 along with other Samsung products
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Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked was full of several sleek new products. If you've been following the rumors and leaks until now, you'll have a good idea of what Samsung launched on Wednesday. However, if you haven't been paying attention, you may be interested to know that Samsung has some new foldables, tablets, and smartwatches available for you to spend your money on.

A lot of the devices may not look any different from their predecessors, but Samsung made some welcome hardware changes that should help them run better, faster, and more efficiently.

Here are all the things Samsung announced at the July 2023 Galaxy Unpacked event in Seoul, South Korea.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5

Multitasking on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 with the new taskbar upgrade

(Image credit: Nicholas Sutrich / Android Central)

We wouldn't blame you if you mistook the Galaxy Z Fold 5 for last year's Galaxy Z Fold 4. Externally, the devices are incredibly similar, save for some subtle changes with the camera housing and the hinge. For instance, the phone actually closes shut without leaving a huge gap on one side. Otherwise, the phone looks nearly identical to its predecessor.

Many of the specs are the same, too. Samsung bumps the peak display brightness to 1750 nits, and there's a new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy powering the phone. This should provide a welcome performance boost and hopefully help users squeeze out a bit more battery life.

Unfortunately, you won't find a built-in S Pen slot, and S Pen support is still limited to the internal display. But if you're coming from anything other than a Galaxy Z Fold 4, the new Z Fold 5 might still be worth looking at as your next foldable phone, granted you're willing to spend $1800 on one.

For more information, you can check out our Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 comparison.

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Although not much has changed from the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in specs and overall look, you're getting a slimmed-down foldable that's more comfortable to hold and has a much faster processor for gaming and processor-heavy tasks.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5

The larger cover display of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5

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Unlike the Galaxy Z Fold 5, Samsung made some more notable changes to the Galaxy Z Flip 5, giving it a large external display on the cover panel. Like other clamshell foldable phones this year, the Z Flip 5 gives users more ways to use the cover screen without opening the phone. That includes checking notifications, responding to messages, opening apps, and more.

Additionally, the flip phone gains the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy SoC and now comes with 256GB of storage on its base model. The hinge has also been improved so the phone can close shut now while still retaining the Flex Mode benefits that let you use the cameras hands-free.

Besides that, much of the hardware has remained the same between the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 4, from the cameras to the battery capacity.

Coming in at $999, it'll be interesting to see how the Galaxy Z Flip 5 compares to other clamshell foldables like the Motorola Razr Plus.

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The Galaxy Z Flip 5 gets a new cover screen that's much bigger and better to use. It makes it easier to take and preview selfies or check notifications on the fly without opening your phone.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9

Multitasking on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra and using the S Pen

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The new Galaxy Tab S9 series takes after the Tab S8 when it comes to design. To be honest, there's not much that has changed with Samsung's new tablets. Like the foldables, they are powered by the latest Snapdragon chipset, so performance should be better than other Android tablets.

While the design is pretty much identical, one big upgrade Samsung gave to the Tab S9 series is the inclusion of IP68 water and dust resistance. While a tablet isn't exactly something you'd take on a hike, the added protection is nice, especially since the Tab S9 Plus comes with 5G support for on-the-go users.

The smallest Tab S9 also gets a new OLED display, which means you won't have to spring for the higher-end models for the best display. There's also a larger battery to help power that new display.

Check out other changes with the new Galaxy Tab S9 series to see if any of these tablets are right for you.

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Samsung's new tablets are more durable than ever, thanks to the IP rating for water and dust resistance. Plus, now all the models feature the new Snapdragon chipset and vibrant OLED displays for the best viewing experience.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6

Changing faces on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic

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The new Galaxy Watch 6 keeps the same design as the previous smartwatch but manages to squeeze in a larger display and larger battery while shrinking the bezels. The result is a much more full-screen smartwatch experience, giving users more room to interact with apps.

There's no Pro model this year, but Samsung opts for the return of the Classic model with a rotating bezel. This was a favorite feature of the Galaxy Watch 4 series, so we're glad to see it back.

Along with a new chipset and more RAM, the Galaxy Watch 6 runs One UI 5 Watch based on Wear OS 4. This essentially makes it the first smartwatch to come with Google's latest wearable software, even ahead of the Pixel Watch. It brings new features for enhanced fitness and health tracking, and eventually, new apps will be available, like Google Calendar and Gmail.

The Galaxy Watch 6 series starts at $299, which is slightly more than its predecessor.

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The new Galaxy Watch 6 comes with several new upgrades to help you open apps faster and on a larger display. A new chipset and software features will help you keep better track of your health and wellness all day long.

Derrek Lee
News Editor

Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.

  • me just saying
    I am in need of a new tablet and usually get the latest with the best hardware but...this time around, I think I better hope that the prices are down for the s8 series.
    Reply
  • Joshua Luther1
    me just saying said:
    I am in need of a new tablet and usually get the latest with the best hardware but...this time around, I think I better hope that the prices are down for the s8 series.
    I'll sell you my Tab S8 256gb.
    Reply