At this year’s Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung introduced groundbreaking innovations like the Galaxy Z foldable and the Galaxy Watch4 series. To help you get to know these innovations better, Samsung Newsroom spoke with VP Jaeyeon Galaxy about how they set the new standard for mobile experiences.
And of course, a big part of what makes these devices so unique is that people love their form factor and the flexibility to multitask or enjoy shows on a large screen of Interview Fastcompany Jaeyeon Jung Galaxy Smarttag.
What’s new in the Galaxy Z foldable?
The Galaxy Z foldable is Samsung’s latest take on the concept of a phone that can transform into a tablet-sized screen. It’s powered by a new processor, a brighter display and an extensive suite of productivity-oriented Android 12L features.
Samsung hasn’t made many foldable phones so far, but the Galaxy Z foldable is one of its best. It features a 6.2-inch cover display that can be folded like a book to reveal a 7.6-inch main display.
When unfolded, it offers a large main screen that’s easy to navigate with one hand. And it folds back to its compact size when not in use, so you can easily fit it into a pocket or bag.
Its curved front and back are made from a special glass called Victus+, which is 45 percent tougher than the regular Galaxy display glass. It also has a metal frame to hold everything together and a flexible screen that’s 45 percent thinner than previous models.
The biggest change in the Galaxy Z foldable is that Samsung finally upgraded its dated camera hardware to the same optics as its Galaxy S22 flagship. This means you get a larger main camera image sensor, a good 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 3X optical zoom lens.
Other upgrades include the introduction of an under-screen selfie camera, which Samsung calls a “UPC,” and improved multi-tasking functionality. You can now activate split-screen multitasking by swiping an app up and holding for a beat, then drag it to either the left or right side of the screen.
You can even pin an Apps edge panel on the right side of the screen, which is a favorites apps drawer that can be pulled in at any time to stay on top of what’s currently active. It’s a great feature, as it’s very useful for quickly switching between a lot of different apps.
If you’re looking for the most versatile mobile multitasking experience possible, the Galaxy Z foldable is an excellent choice. It’s an engineering marvel with an incredible display, a powerful processor and an extensive suite of productivity-oriented Android features that are genuinely useful.
What’s new in the Galaxy Watch4 series?
The Galaxy Watch4 series is a pair of smartwatches from Samsung that are designed to be as stylish and easy to use as possible. They come in two different models, the standard Galaxy Watch4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, both of which feature a number of fitness and health monitoring features to keep you on top of your health.
Both watches use the Wear OS operating system, meaning you can download a wide range of apps from the Google Play Store and access them using the watch face on the display. That means you can use Google Maps and other apps on the device that don’t work well on Tizen-based devices.
With the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, Samsung has redesigned the display to give them a more modern look than the previous generation’s Galaxy Watch 3 series. There are also new watch faces that allow you to customize your watch faces even further.
On the software side, the Galaxy Watch 4 uses a custom skin called One UI Watch 3. It looks pretty much like Tizen and includes some of Samsung’s own apps, but it runs on Wear OS, so you can get Google Play Store and other app support as well.
There are some big changes to the Galaxy Watch 4 that make it a worthy successor to the Galaxy Watch 3. The biggest is probably that the Galaxy Watch 4 now features a full QWERTY keyboard, which allows you to type messages from your watch without pulling out your phone.
This is a welcome addition and is likely to please many users, especially those who like the ability to use a full QWERTY keyboard while on the go. There’s also a new option for dual-SIM support, which means you can choose the SIM card that you want to sync to your watch from your smartphone and not have to worry about a confusing interface or having to constantly check your phone.
The latest update to the Galaxy Watch4 series, R8xxXXU1GVI3, improves system stability and reliability. It also applies stabilisation codes that should help improve the watch’s performance. The Galaxy Watch4 and the Galaxy Watch4 Classic should start getting this update in the next few days.
What’s new in the Galaxy SmartTag?
The Galaxy SmartTag is a Bluetooth tracker that attaches to your keys, bag or other things you might lose – if you can find it, the accompanying app can tell you where it is. It’s not the most complex product on the market – but it does the job pretty well.
It can play a loud jingle to help you find it locally, or show up on a map when you’re further afield. It’s also good for tracking items that aren’t easy to lose – say your dog’s collar or a wallet with cash and credit cards attached.
But the core location-tracking feature relying on Bluetooth isn’t perfect, mainly because it’s subject to electromagnetic limitations and can struggle to pick up signals in buildings with thick walls or high metal ceilings. And in the case of more remote areas, it may even struggle to pin down your object’s location.
This is where UWB (ultra wideband) technology comes in, as it offers precise positional data relative to your phone and lets you navigate around using augmented reality. If your Galaxy has support for UWB, you can simply use the camera and screen of the device to look for your item in AR.
Alternatively, you can use the tag to set up IoT automations for things like turning on the air conditioner or triggering lights when the button is pressed. All of these functions are controlled from a single press on the tag, and it also has eight downloadable ringtone presets for when you need to find it quickly.
The Galaxy SmartTag+ is similar to the base model, but it adds Ultra-Wideband support to give you a more accurate view of where your item is. It also has AR Finder, which uses your phone’s camera and the AR tech in Samsung’s latest Galaxy phones to pinpoint where the tag is.
Both the standard and Plus models come with a button that can be triggered to control IoT devices in your home through SmartThings. It’s also able to display a map on your smartphone and send a ring notification. But it’s the IoT automations that are particularly interesting; it can be programmed to turn on a light or an air conditioner when you press and hold its button, and that can really come in handy for people with lots of SmartThings devices around the house.
What’s new in the SmartThings ecosystem?
Samsung’s SmartThings ecosystem is a powerful tool for enabling smart home automation. It supports a broad array of devices, including the Amazon Echo digital voice assistant and other Alexa-compatible products, Belkin WeMo connected-home appliances, Google Assistant-compatible smart displays, Bose SoundTouch multiroom audio systems, and Sonos home audio equipment.
Getting started with SmartThings is affordable and straightforward. You can get a starter kit of Samsung-branded devices, such as the Galaxy Smart Switch and a few other switches, sensors, and bulbs, for less than $200. You can add additional devices, such as SmartThings hubs and SmartThings dongles, to your system.
But if you want to go beyond just the basics, it will take a lot of money to add a complete smart home ecosystem to your home. That’s especially true for devices that use a lot of battery power. You can find Z-Wave, ZigBee, and Thread devices at a variety of price points, but they all need hubs that translate their respective network protocols into WiFi or ethernet.
The SmartThings app is also a convenient way to control and monitor your smart home. You can turn on and off appliances, adjust lighting levels, and set timers and other schedules with a single tap. And you can use the app to connect other SmartThings-compatible devices, such as thermostats and locks, to the system.
In addition to its app, SmartThings has a web portal for controlling the system remotely. It even has its own Windows app, which makes it a little easier to control SmartThings-compatible devices from your computer.
With Samsung’s backing, the former startup has made significant improvements to its original connected-home platform, delivering increased power and polish for those who are willing to master it. It has also bolstered its support for other devices, such as the recently introduced Google Home Max smart display.
There’s also a new open standard called Matter, which will make it a lot easier to connect smart devices to each other. It’s based on Wi-Fi and Thread wireless protocols and, in its first iteration, will support smart sensors, lightbulbs, plugs, switches, thermostats, and smart locks of Interview Fastcompany Jaeyeon Jung Galaxy Smarttag.