Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Other Samsung Gadgets to Look for in 2023



The Galaxy S23 launch could also be far behind us, however Samsung probably has lots extra to announce in 2023. That is if historical past repeats itself. Ought to Samsung persist with its annual routine, we will anticipate to see new foldable telephones and wearable units in August. The corporate additionally previewed new designs for bendable telephones and tablets earlier this yr, hinting that the corporate could also be planning to broaden past the Z Fold and Z Flip within the close to future. 

Although Samsung recurrently releases new merchandise throughout many classes, together with TVs, house home equipment and displays, I am most eager about the place its cell units are headed. Samsung is among the world’s largest smartphone producers by market share, which means it has extra affect than most different tech corporations on the units we supply in our pockets every day. Wearables have additionally turn into a big a part of how Samsung intends to distinguish its telephones from these of different Android machine makers. It is a technique to create an online of merchandise that preserve individuals hooked, very similar to Apple’s vary of units.

Listed below are the rumored Samsung merchandise I am most excited to see this yr, primarily based on rumors, leaks and the corporate’s regular product launch schedule. 

Galaxy Z Fold 5

A Galaxy Z Fold 4 on a yellow couch

The Galaxy Z Fold 4

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Samsung’s subsequent phone-tablet hybrid will probably help the S Pen identical to the present model. However the query is whether or not the S Pen will probably be included with the machine, or if Samsung will proceed to promote it individually. 

A report from The Elec prompt the Galaxy Z Fold 5 could possibly be the primary to have an embedded S Pen. That not solely means the stylus could be included freed from cost, however the telephone would additionally embody a slot for storing it, identical to on the Galaxy S23 Extremely and S22 Extremely. If you wish to use an S Pen with the Galaxy Z Fold 4, it’s a must to buy it individually, and there is no mechanism for attaching it to or storing it within the telephone with out shopping for a case.

It is a seemingly small addition, however one that would make the Galaxy Z Fold 5 rather more helpful as a productiveness machine. It might additionally give the Galaxy Z Fold 5 a clearer objective and will enhance its attraction amongst early adopters, artists and notetakers. Samsung may goal the identical viewers of buyers that is normally within the Galaxy Extremely or its earlier Galaxy Observe units.

However a newer report from ET Information signifies the Galaxy Z Fold 5 won’t embody a storage slot for the S Pen. 

Among the many largest adjustments, nonetheless, is anticipated to be a brand new hinge that would end in a thinner design. Korean information shops The Elec and ET Information, in addition to prolific leaker Ice Universe, have reported that Samsung will implement a brand new water-drop-shaped hinge for the Galaxy Z Fold 5. 

Samsung usually releases new foldable telephones in August, so we anticipate to listen to extra round that timeframe. Along with the rumors round an included S Pen, the Z Fold 5 will probably have the routine upgrades to the processor and digicam. What I am actually hoping for, nonetheless, is new software program that makes higher use of the telephone’s big display, together with a foldable show with a much less noticeable crease. That is very true now that Google has introduced the Pixel Fold, giving the Galaxy Z Fold some contemporary competitors. 

Galaxy Z Flip 5

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 closed in someone's hand

The duvet display is equivalent to the one on the Galaxy Z Flip 3.

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Samsung’s pocket-friendly foldable will even probably get an improve round August, identical to the anticipated Z Fold 5. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 already will get a number of issues proper, and it is probably the most sensible and inexpensive foldable telephones obtainable. But there are many methods Samsung can and will enhance the Z Flip. Samsung’s flip telephone may benefit from a bigger cowl display, longer battery life and an upgraded digicam that brings it nearer to these discovered on the Galaxy S collection, for instance.

However the largest purpose I am eager about seeing what’s subsequent for the Z Flip is due to its value. The telephone begins at $1,000 and is usually obtainable for much less with an eligible trade-in, making the worth much like that of a regular, non-foldable premium telephone. Samsung additionally saved the Galaxy Z Flip 3 in its lineup and dropped its value by $100 following the Z Flip 4’s launch. That additional suggests the Z Flip is shaping as much as be Samsung’s extra inexpensive foldable telephone possibility. 

A Galaxy Z Flip 5 with a more recent processor, higher digicam and bigger cowl display for a similar value because the Z Flip 4 (or maybe somewhat cheaper) could possibly be probably the most compelling foldables but.

Galaxy Buds 3

Samsung's Galaxy Buds 2

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2

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If Samsung’s historical past is any indication, the Galaxy Buds 3 may arrive this August. Samsung launched the Galaxy Buds 2 Professional in August 2022 whereas the usual Galaxy Buds 2 launched in August 2021. That timeline suggests Samsung’s common, non-Professional earbuds could also be due for an improve.

We have not seen many leaks about upcoming Galaxy Buds but. Nevertheless, on condition that the common Galaxy Buds are supposed to be a extra inexpensive different to the Professional mannequin, we will most likely anticipate them to price considerably lower than the Galaxy Buds 2 Professional. These earbuds are normally priced at $229 in comparison with the $150 Galaxy Buds 2. Though we do not know what to anticipate, the Buds 3 may benefit from higher water resistance and noise cancellation.

Galaxy VR headset

Samsung Gear VR 2017

A photograph of Samsung’s Gear VR headset, which required a smartphone to work, from 2017.

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It is already shaping as much as be an enormous yr for digital and augmented actuality headsets. Apple is anticipated to introduce a VR headset, and the PlayStation VR 2 simply arrived in February. Samsung has been surprisingly absent from the VR area lately, however that would change quickly.

Samsung introduced in February that it is working with Qualcomm and Google on a brand new mixed-reality platform. The corporate didn’t point out whether or not any particular merchandise are in improvement, nor did it present a timeline for future mixed-reality {hardware} or providers. 

“It is extra of a declarative announcement about how we’re going to get it proper in attempting to construct the XR ecosystem,” TM Roh, president of Samsung’s cell division, stated by a translator in an interview with CNET forward of the announcement.

The reveal comes after a report from ETNews prompt Samsung would launch an extended-reality headset for builders in 2023, based on an English translation of the story. 

Since there aren’t many particulars, it is tough to know what to anticipate. However Sameer Samat, Google’s vice chairman of product administration for Android, stated throughout Google I/O 2023 that the corporate will share extra about its “immersive XR” partnership later this yr. 

A brand new kind of Galaxy foldable

Samsung showcased its show ideas at CES 2023.

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Samsung hasn’t talked about plans for future foldables past the Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip collection, but it surely actually has loads of concepts to select from. At CES 2023, Samsung showcased its line of “Flex” show ideas, together with the appropriately named Flex Hybrid. That machine has a foldable, tablet-size display that extends by sliding out when opened to supply much more display area.

The Flex Hybrid caught my eye, although, as a result of I can perceive the potential behind foldable tablets. Tablets are inherently bigger than telephones, so the power to make them extra moveable by folding them in half appears extra crucial. Tablets are additionally normally used as secondary units for duties like watching films, studying, or getting work finished. Having a show that would morph to suit completely different circumstances appears attention-grabbing. 

Samsung additionally confirmed off some ideas as a part of SID Show Week in Could, together with the Rollable Flex, which expands as much as 5 occasions its size when unfolded. 

It is unclear whether or not any of those will graduate into actual merchandise. But it surely’s essential to recollect the Galaxy Z Fold began as an idea, too. 

Galaxy Watch 6

The Galaxy Watch 5 on someone's wrist with a yellow background

The Galaxy Watch 5

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Samsung hasn’t stated a lot about its future smartwatch plans, except for revealing that its new One UI 5 Watch software program will debut on new watches later this yr. There additionally have not been many leaks or rumors in regards to the Galaxy Watch 6 but. But when the corporate follows its regular schedule, we must always see new Galaxy Watches in August. 

One of many few leaks to have surfaced to date comes from a well known leaker who goes by the Twitter avatar Ice Universe, who says the beloved rotating bezel will return to the high-end model of the Galaxy Watch 6. In any other case, the upcoming watches will probably have the identical well being sensors discovered within the Galaxy Watch 5 and 5 Professional, which embody these for measuring physique composition, blood oxygen and taking an ECG amongst others. There’s additionally a pores and skin temperature sensor that also is not lively but within the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Professional. 

Samsung’s Exynos W920 chip that powers the Galaxy Watch 5, enabled higher efficiency for 3D graphics like emoji avatars and sooner app launches. It is unclear whether or not Samsung will develop a brand new chip for the Galaxy Watch 6, however I hope to see longer battery life regardless. Since Apple and Qualcomm have each made efforts to broaden the performance of smartwatches in low-power mode, it would not be stunning to see Samsung take this route, too.

Samsung is already experimenting with completely different alternatives for its wearables and telephones to work collectively in new methods. For instance, it just lately introduced a software program replace for the Galaxy Buds 2 Professional that may allow the buds to seize 360-degree audio when recording video with a Galaxy telephone. It additionally expanded the Digital camera Controller app for the Galaxy Watch 4 and 5 to incorporate zooming help. Hopefully we’ll see extra of this with the Galaxy Watch 6. 

We’ll know extra about Samsung’s future plans as August will get nearer. But when Samsung’s 2023 launch cycle is something like final yr’s, we will anticipate to see new foldables and extra.