The most exciting Samsung gadgets we want in 2022 and beyond

With the launch of Galaxy S22 range, New Galaxy A series phones and tablets, it’s been a busy year for Samsung. But the business is not over yet. He holds another Event unpacked on August 10where it’s rumored to be releasing new foldable phones and more.

Hope Samsung doesn’t stop there. With such a wide range, Samsung has plenty of opportunities to update and improve lesser-known products, like its “Fan Edition” Galaxy phones. I’m also hoping to get some indication of where Samsung plans to take its foldables beyond the Z Flip and Z Fold.

Here’s a look at some of the other Samsung products I hope to see in 2022 and beyond.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

The Galaxy Watch 4, which debuted last August, marked a milestone for Samsung’s smartwatches. It’s the first model to ship with the new version of Google’s Wear OS software which was created in partnership with Samsung. Some of the benefits of this partnership are already evident in the Galaxy Watch 4, particularly its compatibility with the wide selection of apps available in the Google Play store.

The Galaxy Watch 4.

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But we were hoping to see more Google-inspired features, as my colleague Scott Stein wrote in his Galaxy Watch 4 review. For example, the Galaxy Watch 4 didn’t even come with Google Assistant at launch, although that has changed. Hopefully the next model will retain the features we already love – like its wide variety of health tracking features and great display – while infusing more of the Google experience into the software. It would also be great to see longer battery life, given that the Galaxy Watch 4 only lasted between one and two days during CNET’s testing.

As for what we expect to see in the Galaxy Watch 5, the addition of a temperature sensor should be the biggest addition, according to the Korean tech site ETNews. Reports from the Sam Mobile blog also indicate a bigger battery could be in store, as well as a new “Pro” model which would replace the current Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 in the case

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2.

New Samsung Galaxy headphones

Samsung has released new headphones in August for the past couple of years, so there’s a chance it could do the same in 2022. The question, though, is whether the company can release a new version of the top of the line. range. Galaxy Buds ProThe standard Galaxy buds 2 or bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live.

Regardless of the model, a new pair of headphones could be in the works, according to Galaxy Club. The Netherlands-based blog speculated in December that a recent battery entry on the Korean product safety certification website may belong to the charging case of a new pair of Samsung headphones.

We won’t know for sure until Samsung makes an announcement. But if Samsung releases a new version of the Galaxy Buds Pro, we’d like to see a design with a tighter fit for better noise cancellation.

Products like Samsung’s Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Watch are becoming an increasingly important part of the smartphone experience, which makes me think Samsung will continue to release new headphones on a regular basis. The appeal of a device isn’t just about the phone itself, but also how well it works with other products we often use with our phones, like headphones, fitness trackers, and smartwatches.

It’s a strategy that has worked well for Apple, which has become a major player in the wearables market thanks to the apple watch and AirPods. I’m sure Samsung will continue to compete in this regard.

Galaxy ZFlip 3

The Galaxy Z Flip 3.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Samsung Galaxy ZFlip 3 is the most convenient foldable phone currently available. But it has significant trade-offs compared to Samsung’s non-foldable Galaxy phones, especially when it comes to camera and battery life.

If Samsung sticks with its current model, we could see another Z Flip 4 in August that will hopefully fill in those gaps. Rumors from popular Twitter leaker Ice Universe suggest that Samsung’s next flip phone will have a narrower hinge and Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, while a Korean media report The elect says it could have a slightly larger cover screen.

Such a change would make it even easier to view notifications without opening the device, which was one of the biggest flaws of the original Z Flip. Samsung fixed this on the Z Flip 3 by making the cover screen four times larger. But making the display even slightly larger could go a long way to making the Z Flip’s front display even more useful for reading notifications. I also hope Samsung continues to add new software features that take advantage of the Flip’s foldable screen, like Flexible mode.

A Samsung patent covered by the tech blog Let’s go digital showing a device that looks like the Z Flip, but with a rotating camera located inside the hinge, has also sparked some speculation. But a move like this seems a long way off, especially since Samsung’s design changes to the Z Flip have been mostly incremental so far.

Samsung launched the original Galaxy Z Flip in February 2020, while the 5G version came a few months later in August. This too announced the Galaxy Z Flip 3 in August 2021. Samsung’s timeline has varied, but the fact that it’s already launched three versions of this phone in two years makes me believe it could be a regular part of Samsung’s annual upgrade cycle.

Galaxy Z Fold 3

The Galaxy Z Fold 3.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

While the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is designed for people who want to make their phone more compact, the Galaxy Z Fold takes the opposite approach. Open it up and you’ll find a 7.6-inch tablet-sized screen inside. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the third iteration of Samsung’s full-size foldable phone, and it’s by far the most refined.

But it still feels awkward to use as a regular phone when closed, which is still its biggest drawback. Samsung has already tried to solve this problem by making the Z Fold 3 thinner and lighter than the Z Fold 2, and I hope it will continue in this direction.

Based on the improvements between the second and third generations of the Z Fold, I would expect to see a new processor, some design improvements, and hopefully better battery life on the next version. It would also be great to see software improvements that make better use of that large internal display.

Rumors suggest that at least some of these wishlist items could be in the cards for Samsung’s next big-screen foldable. Leaker Ice Universe claims to have released a list of Z Fold 4 specs on Twitter. According to leaked specs, the Z Fold 4 could have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, the same screen size as the Z Fold 3 inside and out, a triple camera system with a primary lens 50 megapixels like the Galaxy S22 and the same 4,400 mAh battery.

Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 2 in August 2021 and 2020, respectively, while the first Galaxy Z Fold was released in September 2019. With that in mind, it seems likely we’ll see the next Z Fold at Samsung’s Unpacked event on August 10.

A person holding the Flex S concept with screen unfolded and folded

Samsung’s Flex S Concept

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A new kind of foldable Samsung

Foldable phones like the Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip are still relatively new to most people. But Samsung is already thinking about what might come next, as the company has proven to CES 2022 when he presented several new foldable concepts. so recent the leaks are realone of these gadgets could soon become more than a concept.

In what appears to be a since-deleted tweet, ice universe previously said that Samsung plans to release a “mysterious” third foldable device this year. But Ross Young, analyst and CEO of Supply Chain Consultants, replied that it may have been pushed back to 2023.

Of the concepts Samsung has demonstrated recently, I’m most excited about the Flex S. This concept folds like an accordion and has two hinges, resulting in what looks like three display panels joined together. It can be used as a regular phone when fully folded, but unfolds to become a tablet-sized screen that feels bigger than the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

When it comes to foldables, I generally prefer devices that offer more screen real estate — like the Galaxy Z Fold 3 — over flip-phone type devices. Regular phones are compact enough already, so I see more value in having a phone that can provide more screen real estate for reading and watching videos when I need it. The Flex S concept at CES 2022 appears to be an evolution of the Galaxy Z Fold in this regard.

Only Samsung knows what the next step in its pipeline is. But considering the competitors like TCL are also publicly experimenting with new foldable designs, it wouldn’t be surprising to see another idea from Samsung in the near future. In addition to remaining competitive, market research indicates that Sales foldables begin to accelerate, encouraging Samsung to remain a pioneer in this area.

The back of the Galaxy S21 FE

The Galaxy S21 FE.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 FE

Samsung’s “Fan Edition” smartphones are a more affordable alternative to the Galaxy S series devices. Galaxy S20 FE launched in 2020 as a cheaper version of the Galaxy S20but the Galaxy S21 FE didn’t arrive until early 2022, just before the Galaxy S22’s debut.

So it’s unclear when Samsung might release the Galaxy S22 FE, if at all. A rumor from the blog Sam-Mobile indicates that Samsung may have scrapped the Galaxy S22 FE. In doing so would be a smart move for Samsung, mainly because the Galaxy S21 FE felt lost in the company’s lineup between the Galaxy S22 and the budget Galaxy A series.

That said, I think there’s an opportunity for Samsung to release a phone that’s a step up from the $450 Galaxy A53 but isn’t as expensive as its upcoming Galaxy S flagship phone. A Galaxy S22 FE priced at $600 with a slightly larger screen and longer battery life than the Galaxy S22 might be a really compelling option. The problem with the $700 Galaxy S21 FE, in my opinion, was that the price difference between the FE and the S22 might not be big enough to make it stand out.

Samsung is perhaps best known for its Galaxy smartphones when it comes to mobile devices. But products like the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Buds prove that the company is also focusing more on smartphone-adjacent devices. As for what’s next after smartwatches and headphones, that’s a question only Samsung can answer. But I still hope to see a pair of smart glasses one day.

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