Samsung doesn’t need many surprises Event dismantled on August 11th. The leaks have already been revealed Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, a couple of new Galaxy smart watchesand new Galaxy Buds 2. Now Samsung Mobile President TM Roh continues the recent tradition publishing a blog post published before the event which confirms some news, sets expectations and hints at some details. Roh promises better durability for folding screens, pen support and Samsung No release a new Note phone this time.
albeit The uncompressed invitation in the image above did not leave much to the imagination, Roh simply appears and says that this year there will be new foldable: “The third generation of our foldable devices will open up amazing new multitasking features and increase durability,” he writes.
The key phrase to look out for is “improved durability,” a theme that Roh once again comes in contact with with the Z Flip 3, writing that it has an “even more sophisticated style, armed with more durable, stronger materials”.
Each successive iteration of Samsung’s foldable phones has improved screen durability – from the first total product breach to a sophisticated plastic screen and finally to the “Ultra Thin Glass” screen. So far, it is unclear what Samsung is doing to further improve sustainability, but it is definitely still room for improvement.
A recent leak shows that two foldable phones can have IPX8 water resistance, which could be part of this sustainability story.
Durability is an important feature of foldable phones, but it’s doubly important for the upcoming Z Fold 3, which Roh confirms with the support of a strengthening pen. However, it may not work with current S-pens designed for the Galaxy S21 Ultra, as Roh says Samsung will release “the first-ever S-pen designed specifically for foldable phones.”
A recent leak at 91mobile indicates that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will come with a case with space to store a new S Pen placed directly in the center behind the hinge.
Roh also sets a new expectation: there will be no announcement this year about the Galaxy Note, which writes, “Instead of unveiling the new Galaxy Note this time, we’re expanding the beloved Note’s features to more Samsung Galaxy devices.”
Samsung hinted that it might skip taking a note in March this year, when earnings call, it said that “can be a burden to reveal two flagship models a year.” It’s probably a reference to a constant chip shortage, but there are usually other question marks around the Note line. Now that the standard Samsung Galaxy S21 line has pen support, it seems that the main benefit of getting a Note is the location to store the pen. It is an open question whether Samsung really intends to continue manufacturing Galaxy Note devices.
Finally, Roh’s message includes some vague references to “collaborating with trusted industry leaders like Google and Microsoft,” a hint that it could mean better support for multi-tasking with Z Fold 3.
Hopefully it also means that Samsung, Google and Microsoft are working together to normalize how multitasking works on Android. Ever since foldable phones began to appear, fragmentation has haunted them. Samsung and Microsoft each offer different experiences for organizing and managing different windows on their screens. While Google has regularly added support for foldable features to Android, it hasn’t taken a strong hand to make sure phones from different manufacturers work the same way.
Finally, Roh gestures for Samsung’s collaboration with Google on the new Wear OS 3 smartwatch platform. He confirms that Samsung will continue to integrate its watches into its Galaxy software ecosystem and points out that both Samsung’s health and SmartThings devices are still on the watch.
Samsung’s Fall 2020 Unpacked event will only be online on August 11 at 10 a.m. ET / 7AM PT. You can expect full coverage that day – and probably more leaks before that.