The Most Exciting Samsung Gadgets We Want in 2022 and Beyond

With the launch of Galaxy S22 line, new Galaxy A series phones and pills, it’s been a busy year for Samsung. But the company is not finished yet. is holding another Event unpacked on August 10where new folding phones are rumored to be released and more.

I hope Samsung doesn’t stop there. With such a broad lineup, there’s plenty of opportunity for Samsung to update and improve lesser-known products – like its Galaxy “Fan Edition” phones. I also hope to get an indication of where Samsung plans to take its foldables beyond the Z Flip and Z Fold.

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

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

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

The Galaxy Watch 4 with the Samsung logo on the face

The Galaxy Watch 4.

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But we expected 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. We hope the next model retains the features we already love – like its wide array of health tracking features and great display – while infusing more of Google’s experience into the software. It would also be great to see longer battery life, considering 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 is expected to be the biggest addition, according to Korean tech website ETNews. Reports from the Sam Mobile blog also indicate that a larger battery may be in store, as well as a new “Pro” model that would replace the current Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 in the case

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2.

New Samsung Galaxy Buds

Samsung has launched new headphones in August for the last couple of years, so there’s a chance it could do the same in 2022. The question, however, is whether the company can release a new version of the top-of-the-line. 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 blog speculated in December that a recent battery entry on Korea’s product safety certification website could belong in 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 love 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 that Samsung will continue to release new headphones on a regular basis. A device’s appeal isn’t just about the phone itself, but how it works with other products we often use in conjunction with our phones – like headphones, fitness trackers and smartwatches.

It’s a strategy that has worked well for Apple, which has become one of the main players in the wearables market thanks to Apple Watch and AirPods. I’m sure Samsung will continue to compete in this regard.

Galaxy Z Flip 3

The Galaxy Z Flip 3.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

from Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 It’s the most practical folding phone available right now. But it does come with some major compromises when compared to Samsung’s non-foldable Galaxy phones, particularly around the camera and battery life.

If Samsung sticks to its current standard, we could see another Z Flip 4 in August that will hopefully address these shortcomings. Rumors from well-known 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 report by Korean news agency The Elec says it could have a slightly larger coverage screen.

Such a change would make it even easier to see notifications without opening the device, which was one of the biggest flaws of the original Z Flip. Samsung fixed this in the Z Flip 3, making the cover screen four times larger. But making the screen a little bigger can go a long way toward making the Z Flip’s front display even more useful for reading notifications. I also hope that Samsung continues to add new software features that take advantage of the Flip’s foldable screen, such as Flex Mode.

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

Samsung launched the original Galaxy Z Flip in February 2020, while the 5G version came just a few months later, in August. This too announced the Galaxy Z Flip 3 in August 2021. Samsung’s timing has varied, but the fact that it has already released three versions of this phone in two years makes me believe it could be a regular part of Samsung’s annual update 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. O Galaxy Z Fold 3 it’s the third iteration of Samsung’s large-format folding phone, and it’s by far the most polished.

But it still feels weird to use like a regular phone when closed, which remains its biggest downside. Samsung has already tried to address this by making the Z Fold 3 thinner and lighter than the Z Fold 2, and I hope it continues in that direction.

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

Rumors suggest that at least some of these wish-list items could be in the cards for Samsung’s upcoming big-screen foldable. The Leaker Ice Universe claims to have published a list of specs for the Z Fold 4 on Twitter. According to the 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 50-megapixel main lens like the Galaxy S22 and the same 4,400mAh battery.

Samsung has released 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 that we’ll see the next Z Fold at Samsung’s August 10 Unpacked event.

A person holding the Flex S concept with the 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 proved in CES 2022 when he presented several new folding concepts. if recent leaks are realone of these gadgets could become more than a concept soon.

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

Of the concepts that 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 appears to be three display panels joined together. It can be used like a regular phone when completely folded, but it unfolds to become a tablet-sized screen that looks bigger than the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

When it comes to foldables, I typically prefer devices that offer more screen real estate – like the Galaxy Z Fold 3 – over flip-phone type devices. Regular phones are already compact enough, so I see more value in having a phone that can provide more screen space to read and watch videos when I need it. The CES 2022 Flex S concept looks like an evolution of the Galaxy Z Fold in that sense.

Only Samsung knows what’s next in its pipeline. But considering the competitors as 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 staying competitive, market research indicates that foldable sales are starting to accelerate, giving Samsung more incentive to remain a forerunner in this space.

The back of the Galaxy S21 FE

The Galaxy S21FE.

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Samsung Galaxy S22FE

Samsung’s “Fan Edition” smartphones are a more affordable alternative to Galaxy S series devices. Galaxy S20FE released in 2020 as a cheaper version of Galaxy S20but the Galaxy S21 FE didn’t arrive until early 2022 – just before the Galaxy S22 debut.

This makes it difficult to know when, if at all, Samsung could launch the Galaxy S22 FE. A rumor from the Sam Mobile blog indicates that Samsung may have scrapped the Galaxy S22 FE. Doing this 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 ahead of the $450 Galaxy A53 but it’s not as expensive as his upcoming Galaxy S phone. A $600-priced Galaxy S22 FE with a slightly larger screen and longer battery life than the Galaxy S22 could be a really attractive option. The problem with the $700 Galaxy S21 FE, in my opinion, was that the price difference between the FE and S22 might not have been big enough to stand out.

Samsung may be 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 comes after smartwatches and headphones, that’s a question only Samsung can answer. But I’m still waiting to see a pair of smart glasses one day.

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