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Samsung unveils new foldable phones and smart devices

Samsung unveils new foldable phones and smart devices

Samsung unveiled its latest foldable smartphones, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Flip 6, at a major event near the Louvre Museum in Paris a few days before the Olympics. It also introduced two new products: a smart ring that tracks body measurements and a durable sports watch.

Additionally, a new model in the Galaxy Watch series and two pairs of Galaxy Buds that can stream voice calls directly to the user’s ears in real time for the first time were also launched.

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Galaxy Z Fold 6

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The smart ringThe ring, whose prototype was first shown off in January of this year, is waterproof and can measure blood oxygen levels, skin temperature, and heart rate. It also tracks sleep quality, including detecting sleep apnea, and calculates menstrual cycles and fertile windows for women. Data collected by the ring is transmitted to a smartphone, and its battery lasts up to seven days between charges. The ring, which retails for $400, will initially be available only in the US, South Korea, and select European countries.

Among the sleek new versions of Samsung’s foldable phones unveiled tonight, the smaller Galaxy Z Flip 6, which opens like a clamshell and is aimed at a younger audience, has received a significant upgrade.

For the first time, it features the AI-powered Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, the 50-megapixel camera from the S24 series, and smart zoom for optimal photo angles. The battery has been enlarged, and water and dust resistance has been increased to an IP48 rating, up from the previous IPX8, meaning it is now also resistant to particles like dust or sand. Users can create personalised wallpapers using AI software with just a text command.

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Launch of Galaxy Ring

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The Galaxy Flip 6 will feature a special limited-edition design in honor of the upcoming Olympics in Paris, which are scheduled to begin in about two weeks. Samsung plans to distribute this unique version to participating athletes. They will be able to use new AI features, including a real-time translator that displays live translations on the folded screen during face-to-face meetings between people who speak different languages.

The Galaxy Z Fold 6 (starting at 7,000 shekels), which opens like a book and is Samsung’s most advanced and expensive smartphone, is lighter (239 grams) and thinner (5.6 mm when open and 12.1 mm when folded) than its predecessor. It also offers screen and design improvements. Both devices include all the AI ​​innovations introduced in the S24, but with an interesting difference: some AI capabilities are integrated directly into the device, eliminating the need for cloud connectivity, similar to the S24 series.

For example, AI allows users to turn any amateur sketch on screen into a perfect image, and to easily move objects in photos with a swipe of the finger. One of the most exciting new features is the ability to transform portrait photos into sculpted works of art, such as comics, Disney characters, watercolors, or caricatures.

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Galaxy Z Flip 6 in Olympic edition

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Both foldable phones are available for pre-order in Israel starting today, with various perks offered by different retailers. The official launch in Israel is scheduled for August 31. The cheapest Flip model will start at around 4,100 shekels, while the most basic Fold model starts at around 7,000 shekels. The most advanced Fold version will cost around 8,400 shekels.

Samsung introduced two new smartwatches in its Galaxy Watch lineup at tonight’s event. The first is an all-new Galaxy Watch Ultra, a rugged and durable timepiece designed to compete with Apple’s popular and heavy Watch Ultra.

Samsung is adopting a square design for the first time, unlike the delicate, rounded lines of its other watches. The Ultra features a titanium metal casing, an incredibly bright display, and an improved heart rate sensor. It can withstand extreme temperatures and can be used for diving up to 100 meters, even in salt water.

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Galaxy Z Flip 6

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Notably, it includes a third large button for quick action programming according to user needs. The Ultra will only be available with a cellular connectivity option, specifically a standalone eSIM.

The second watch is a minor upgrade over last year’s model, featuring a similarly refined design. It benefits from increased storage capacity, a scratch-resistant sapphire glass display, and significant improvements to the sensor and processor that Samsung claims will improve battery life, traditionally a weak point.

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Samsung Ring

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Both models will run on Android 14-based Wear OS 5 and will be powered by Samsung’s improved Exynos W1000 processor, a significant leap forward over previous versions, promising better performance and significant improvements in battery life.

Samsung’s Buds have also received significant upgrades with the help of AI. Available in two models, Standard and Pro, these earbuds now feature a stem (called a blade by Samsung) similar to Apple’s AirPods. For the first time, the earbuds will perform an independent computer scan of the ear canal as soon as they’re inserted into the ear, adjusting certain audio characteristics accordingly.

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Samsung Buds

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Most importantly, users can enable the “interpreter” feature: Even if the phone is in their pocket, if someone speaks to them in French, the buds will automatically translate it into English. This feature is especially useful for foreign language lessons and conferences, guided tours abroad, and more. Unfortunately, Hebrew support is not expected to arrive until sometime next year.

Additionally, Samsung’s “speech translation” feature, which translates the other party’s speech on the phone screen during calls, will now work even when the call is made through headphones. A new noise filter will independently identify and block all unwanted sounds.