Samsung unveils new foldable Galaxy Z phones, wearables

SAMSUNG Electronics Co. Ltd. on Wednesday unveiled its new flagship foldable Galaxy Z smartphones and updates to its wearable devices.

The company launched its third-generation foldable phones, the Galazy Z Fold3 5G and the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, improving on previous models’ designs and features to cater to consumers’ evolving needs and preferences.

The new Fold’s cover and main displays will have a 120Hz refresh rate. Its main screen is a 7.6-inch Infinity Flex display, which will feature the first ever under display camera on a Galaxy smartphone. Meanwhile, its main cameras will continue to have the triple 12-megapixel (MP) setup with wide, ultra-wide and telephoto lenses.

The smartphone will be powered by Snapdragon 888 and will support fifth generation (5G). It will also support the S Pen and feature stereo speakers that support Dolby Atmos.

The new Fold will likewise have an optimized UX so users can enjoy its large screen. They will be able to customize the size of the menus and optimize apps to use multiple windows for multitasking.

It will also be slimmer and lighter than previous models.

The phone’s finish is matte and will have three colors: phantom black, phantom silver and phantom green.

Meanwhile, the Galazy Z Flip3 has a 6.7-inch Infinity Flex internal display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It features a redesigned 1.9-inch cover screen which will support selected widgets, among others.

The phone’s two main cameras on the cover are 12MP wide and ultra-wide lenses, while its front camera is 10MP.

The Flip3 will also run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. Its colors are cream, phantom black, green and lavender.

The two new foldables have an IPx8 rating for water resistance and use Gorilla Glass Victus. Their frames and hinges were built using armor aluminum and will come with a new protective film that is 80% more durable than those in previous models.

The Galaxy Z Fold3 will be priced at P87,990 for the 256GB model and at P95,990 for the 512GB model. For the Flip3, the 128GB model will cost P52,990, while the 256GB one is priced at P56,990. Preorders for both smartphones will run from Aug. 19 to Sept. 21.

WEARABLES
Samsung on Wednesday also launched updated versions of its Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds.

The Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic will have several features to allow users to track their health such as a body composition analysis tool, a sleep management tool, and tracking for fitness activities, among others.

They will run on a unified platform with Google, the One UI Watch. This will allow users to sync important settings and even automatically install watch-compatible apps.

The Galaxy Watch4 series have higher resolution display and will be powered by a 5-nanometer processor Exynos W920, which will increase CPU performance by 20%.

Color choices for the Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic — which has a rotating bezel — include black and silver, while the Watch4 will also come in online-exclusive colors pink and gold. Preorders start on Aug. 19.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Buds2 are in-ear buds with dynamic two-way speakers. They are lighter and more compact than the Buds Pro.

The Buds2 have active noise canceling and also feature ambient sound control.

The earphones will come in four colors — olive, white, graphite and lavender — but its case will be white. The Buds2 are available in the country starting Sept. 22. — BVR

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