Samsung tech items we expect in 2023: foldable smartphones, VR headset, connected watch

of Galaxy S23 should arrive next month, but Samsung won’t just be stocking these products for us this year. The company regularly releases new foldable smartphones and smartwatches in August, and sometimes surprises us with other devices before then.

While Samsung often releases products in multiple categories, including TVs, home appliances, and monitors, we’re most interested in where its mobile devices are headed. Samsung is one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world in terms of market share, which means the firm has more influence than most other tech companies on the devices we keep in our pockets every day. Wearables have also become an important part of how Samsung aims to differentiate its phones from those of other Android device makers, as it seeks to create a network of products that keep users interested, like Apple.

Here is the Samsung products we’re most excited to see this yearbased on rumors, leaks, and the company’s usual product release schedule.

The Galaxy S23 range

Samsung S22 and S22 Plus and S22 Ultra compared

The Samsung Galaxy S22 range. Lisa Eadicicco/CNET

Samsung makes a lot of phones, but the Galaxy S23 lineup is generally the best it has to offer. She is expected to make her debut at this event Unpackaged e February 1 and maybe it will be launched soon. The standard S23 and S23 Plus are set to receive a general refresh that will most likely include a new processor, a slightly refreshed design and possibly some camera upgrades.

But it’s on the Ultra, the top model, that Samsung devotes most of its photography prowess. The new model should be equipped with a main sensor of 200 megapixels, perhaps New Isocell HP2 announced by Samsung on January 16.

We will know more when Samsung introduces the new generation of flagships.

Galaxy Z Fold 5

Galaxy Z Fold 4. Patrick Holland/CNET

Samsung’s next phone-tablet hybrid could be the first to feature a built-in S Pen stylusaccording to a report of electrical. This means not only that the stylus will be included for free, but also that the phone will include a place to store it, as in S22 Ultra. If you want to use an S Pen stylus with Galaxy Z Fold 4you’ll have to buy it separately, and there’s no mechanism to secure or store it on the phone without buying a case.

It’s a seemingly small addition, but one that could make the Galaxy Z Fold 5 much more useful as a productivity device. It would also give the Galaxy Z Fold 5 a sharper focus and could increase its appeal to early adopters, artists and note takers. Samsung would have the weapons to target the same buyer audience that is usually interested in the Galaxy Ultra or its previous Galaxy Note devices.

Samsung usually releases new foldable phones in August, so we expect to hear more around this time. Along with rumors of an included S Pen, the Z Fold 5 is likely to benefit the usual processor and image updates.

Galaxy Z Flip 5

The flip screen is identical to that of the Galaxy Z Flip 3. Patrick Holland/CNET

Samsung’s foldable pocket device is likely to be upgraded around August, as is the expected Z Fold 5. of Galaxy Z Flip 4 it already has a lot going for it, and it’s one of the most practical and affordable flip phones on the market. However, there are many ways Samsung can and should improve the Z Flip. Samsung’s smartphone can benefit a larger screen cover, longer battery life and improved camera equipment which would bring it closer to those found in the Galaxy S series, for example.

But the main reason we’re interested to see what comes next for the Z Flip is its price ($1,109 for the base version at launch). Samsung has also kept the Galaxy Z Flip 3 in its range and lowered its price (€599). This suggests that the Z Flip is on its way to becoming Samsung’s most affordable foldable phone.

A Galaxy Z Flip 5 with a newer processor, better camera and bigger screen for the same price as the Z Flip 4 (or maybe a bit cheaper) could be one of the most compelling foldable phones out there today .

Galaxy VR headset

Samsung GearVR 2017

A photo of Samsung’s Gear VR headset, which required a smartphone to operate, from 2017. Sarah Tew/CNET

The year is already shaping up to be a big one for virtual and augmented reality headsets. Apple should introduce a VR headsetAND PlayStation VR 2 and HTC Vive XR reach next month. Samsung has been surprisingly absent from the VR space for the past few years, which leads us to believe that 2023 could be the year of the industry’s comeback.

A report of ETNews suggests that this may indeed be the case. The Korean news site reported in December that Samsung would release an augmented reality headset for developers in 2023, according to an English translation of the article. Extended is abbreviated as “XR” in the article, which suggests that this helmet can mix aspects of virtual and augmented reality.

A new kind of foldable Galaxy

Samsung unveiled its display concepts at CES 2023. David Katzmaier/CNET

Samsung hasn’t mentioned any plans for future foldable devices beyond the Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip series, but the manufacturer certainly has plenty of ideas to choose from. IN CES 2023Samsung showed off its range of “Flex” display concepts, including the aptly named Flex-Hybrid. This device is equipped a foldable, tablet-sized screen that extends by sliding when it’s open to offer even more display space.

The Flex Hybrid caught our eye because we understand the potential of foldable tablets. Tablets are inherently larger than phones, so the ability to make them more portable by folding them in half seems more necessary. Tablets are also commonly used as secondary devices for tasks such as watching movies, reading or working. Having a screen that can change to suit different circumstances sounds good.

It’s unclear whether any of these ideas will lead to actual products. But it’s important to remember that the Galaxy Z Fold was just a concept to begin with.

Galaxy Watch 6

Galaxy Watch 5. Lexy Savvides/CNET

Samsung hasn’t said anything about future smartwatch plans, and there haven’t been any leaks or rumors about the Galaxy Watch 6 yet. But if the company follows its usual schedule, we should see new Galaxy Watches in the future. August. They probably will have the same health sensors than those found in Galaxy Watch 5 AND 5 Pros, which include, among others, those for measuring body composition, blood oxygen and performing an EKG. There is also a temperature sensor which is not yet active on the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro.

The chip Exynos W920 from Samsung, which powers the Galaxy Watch 5, offers better performance for 3D graphics like emoji avatars and faster app launches. It’s not yet known if Samsung will develop a new chip for the Galaxy Watch 6, but we’re still hoping for longer battery life. Since Apple and Qualcomm have both made efforts to expand the functionality of smartwatches in low-power mode, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Samsung go down this path as well.

Samsung is already experimenting with different ways to make its wearables and phones work together in new ways. For example, the company recently announced a software update for Galaxy Buds 2 Pro which will allow the latter to capture 360-degree sound when recording video with a Galaxy phone. It also expanded the Camera Controller app for the Galaxy Watch 4 and 5 to include zoom support. Hopefully we’ll see more of this with the Galaxy Watch 6.

We’ll hear more about Samsung’s future plans for its mobile device after the upcoming Unpacked event on February 1. But if its launch cycle in 2023 is anything like last year’s, we can expect to see some of these products and possibly more.

Article i adapted from CNET France

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