close
close

Samsung unveils foldable phones, smartwatches, Galaxy Ring and more

Samsung unveils foldable phones, smartwatches, Galaxy Ring and more

Samsung today (Wednesday) announced its new foldable smartphone series, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Z Fold 6, along with two new 3Buds earbuds and two smartwatch models (including a durable and advanced Ultra model). But the highlight is the company’s much-talked-about smart ring, the Galaxy Ring, a screenless device with a metrics-focused approach similar to a smartwatch. Here are all the details on Samsung’s new products from the Paris launch event.

Galaxy Z Fold 6

The sixth generation of Samsung’s foldable smartphones (or fifth, depending on how you count) brings some welcome, if not revolutionary, structural improvements, most notably a few that make the Fold lighter and less bulky. That comes with some “facelifts” to the processor, memory, and cameras. The most significant addition, similar to this year’s S series, is the integration of AI capabilities directly into the devices.

The Galaxy Z Fold 6 incorporates Google’s prolific AI engine Gemini directly into a number of built-in apps, including the Circle to Search feature introduced in the S series, which is now more precise with the included stylus. Other tools include an AI-enhanced keyboard that can analyze your writing tone, text suggestions, and the ability to create images from text instructions directly on the device.

(Credit: Yinon Ben Shushan)

The device’s body has been improved with particle and water resistance (IP48 rating instead of the previous generation’s IPX8, meaning the previous model didn’t have dust resistance, unlike the new one; the water resistance rating remains the same). It’s also lighter and thinner (feeling more comfortable in the hand). Another significant upgrade is to the displays—both internal and external—compared to the previous generation: the internal screen size remains the same (7.6 inches) but with a slightly higher resolution (2160 x 1856 pixels) and significantly higher brightness (2600 nits compared to 1200). The external display has been extended by a tenth of an inch, with a better resolution (2376 x 968 pixels) and a more flexible refresh rate of 1Hz to 120Hz.

The other major upgrade is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor instead of the Gen 2, but aspects like the battery (4400mAh), memory, and camera array (50MP primary, 12MP wide-angle, and 10MP optical zoom with 3x magnification) remain unchanged. The Z Fold 6 will start at around NIS 7,000 for 256GB of storage, while 512GB of storage will cost around NIS 7,500, and the most expensive 1TB version will cost NIS 8,400. Early orders will also receive a gift pack that includes a luxury case and 649 shekels of credit to buy headphones from the series.

(Credit: Yinon Ben Shushan)

Galaxy Z Flip 6

The Fold’s clamshell sibling, the Galaxy Z Flip 6, comes in vibrant colors this year, including light blue, yellow-green, and space silver. One notable design change is the addition of body-colored rings around the lenses, giving the Z Flip 6 a sophisticated look. Speaking of cameras, one of the most significant upgrades this year is the main camera, which has been bumped up to 50MP from last year’s 12MP. It also has a particle resistance rating (IP48 instead of IPX8) that wasn’t available last year, as well as an improved aluminum body.

(Credit: Yinon Ben Shushan)

The memory and battery have also been upgraded: 12GB compared to last year’s 8GB, and a 4,000mAh battery compared to last year’s 3,700mAh. The processor has also been upgraded to the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. The external display remains the same Super AMOLED 3.4-inch screen with the same resolution (720 x 748 pixels), while the internal display now matches the brightness level of its larger sibling: 2,600 nits instead of 1,200.

AI applications are also embedded throughout the device: from the Auto Zoom feature used on laptops, which adjusts the framing of the shot according to the subject (one person gets a close-up, a group of people gets a wide-angle lens), to quick reply suggestions and AI-powered writing directly from the external display.

Prices for the Z Flip 6 in Israel are, as usual, more accessible than its larger sibling: the 256GB storage version starts at around NIS 4,100, and the 512GB storage version will cost around NIS 4,600, NIS 500 more. Early buyers will also get a NIS 640 credit to buy a device case and headphones.

(Credit: Yinon Ben Shushan)

Galaxy Buds3 and Galaxy Buds3 Pro

Speaking of headphones… Samsung, as usual, is renewing its in-ear Galaxy Buds series with the third generation, similar to Apple’s AirPods. There are two models: regular and Pro. Perhaps the most impressive feature is the ability to simultaneously translate from other languages ​​supported by the Fold or Flip devices, thanks to their AI capabilities.

AI is also built into noise cancellation, with adaptive noise cancellation capabilities that will let you hear an alarm, for example – quite relevant in Israel. The Buds3 Pro headphones also feature a coloured light strip and sit in the ear canal, with an open design, as opposed to the simpler Buds3 that sit inside the inner ear at the entrance to the ear canal.

The Buds3 Pro also feature 2-way speakers for both woofers and tweeters, dual amplifiers, and wideband support for clear call audio, as well as SSC protocol support for high-quality music listening. The earbuds will be available in stores later this month, with the Buds3 priced at NIS 649, while the Pro model will cost around NIS 900.

(Credit: Yinon Ben Shushan)

Galaxy Watch 7 and Galaxy Watch Ultra

This year, Samsung is launching two watch models instead of one: the regular Watch 7 and Apple’s answer to the Ultra model: the Galaxy Watch Ultra. Let’s start with the regular watch. The Watch 7 gets a makeover compared to last year; it doesn’t have a physical watch face, but it does include a number of health-monitoring upgrades, primarily sleep apnea monitoring (available in Israel in early 2025, pending Health Ministry approval) and alerts for irregular heartbeats or atrial fibrillation, as well as a better understanding of heart activity through ECG and blood pressure monitoring.

The hardware upgrade includes a new and improved processor, the first three-nanometer processor in a smartwatch, and a dual-frequency GPS system. The AI ​​offers intelligent responses and feature settings through compression. The watch will be available in two sizes: 40 mm and 44 mm. But the real eye-catcher among the watches is its larger sibling, the Galaxy Watch Ultra. As mentioned earlier, this is Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Ultra watch, right down to the distinctive orange strap (although it’s also available in grey and white) and the titanium casing. It also features a quick-change mechanism for the straps and a particularly large display area (47 mm diameter), including a red night display. The watch body is water-resistant to 10 atmospheres and can operate from 500 metres below sea level to 9,000 metres above sea level, roughly the height of Mount Everest. The rugged Galaxy Watch Ultra can also withstand temperatures between minus 20 and 55 degrees Celsius.

(Credit: Yinon Ben Shushan)

The BioActive sensor offers the same medical measurements as the smaller model, while also offering fall detection, SMS alerts, and even an 85-decibel siren if you need to be in a remote area. Of course, both watches support sophisticated sports metrics, and the Ultra also includes a wind noise filtering system for calls. The basic smaller Watch 7 will start at NIS 1,200, going up to NIS 1,550 for the 44mm LTE version. The Galaxy Ultra will be 2,600 shekels and only comes in an LTE version.

(Credit: Yinon Ben Shushan)

Galaxy Ring

Samsung’s first ring, competing with trackers like the Oura and others, weighs less than 3 grams and is designed to provide unobtrusive 24/7 tracking. It’s water-resistant to 10 atmospheres, has a Grade 5 titanium coating, and comes in a lighted carrying case with a battery life of up to seven days before needing to be charged. It will be available in three colors — black, silver, and gold — and in nine different diameters, including a pre-purchased fitting kit. It offers menstrual cycle tracking for women, as well as activity tracking like heart rate and respiratory rate during sleep, and a variety of sleep tracking features. Unfortunately, Israel won’t be among the first markets where the ring will be available.