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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Ring Wearable Alongside Next-Gen Foldable Phones

Samsung has showcased a new Galaxy Ring wearable alongside its next generation of foldable smartphones and accompanying smartwatches at its Galaxy Unpacked conference in Paris. The event saw the Korean tech giant double down on its Galaxy AI tools as it unveiled the Galaxy Z Fold6 and Galaxy Z Filp6 alongside the Galaxy Watch7, Galaxy Watch Ultra, and the aforementioned Galaxy Ring. Plus, Samsung has also expanded its audio offering, launching the Galaxy Buds3 and Galaxy Buds3 Pro. 

The launch delivers a range of upgrades to Samsung’s foldables—not least of which is a small but very welcome widening of the Fold’s cover screen—and expands the health and wellness-tracking capabilities of the brand’s wearables proposition. The majority of Samsung’s new devices will be available from July 31, with pre-orders opening on July 11. Sadly, the Australian launch date for the Galaxy Ring is yet to be confirmed, although Samsung insists it will make it down under “eventually”. 

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Samsung Galaxy Ring | Image: Samsung

Galaxy Ring

Despite its unconfirmed Australian launch date, the Galaxy Ring is undoubtedly the most intriguing element of Samsung’s announcements. Having hinted at its new finger-bound wearable at the launch of the S24 smartphone range back in January, Samsung has come through with its new category, promising an elevation of its health and wellness offering. 

For those, like myself, who prefer to wear a traditional watch over a smartwatch, the Galaxy Ring offers the opportunity to jump on the health-tracking train without compromising on wrist attire. Intended to provide 24/7 wellness monitoring, the Galaxy Ring crams Samsung’s sophisticated sensor technology in an unobtrusive form factor, weighing between 2.3 grams and 3.0 grams across its nine size options. 

The Galaxy Ring harnesses Samsung’s Galaxy AI technology, crunching data via the Samsung Health platform and providing insights into sleep, energy, heart rate, and more. It’s an intriguing proposition for anyone who can’t imagine anything worse than trying to sleep while wearing a smartwatch. 

As mentioned, the Galaxy Ring will be made available in nine different sizes to ensure an ideal fit and will come in three colours—​​black, silver, and gold—to ensure it complements your watch, smart or otherwise. 

More: Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: A Polished, Premium, AI-Powered Masterclass

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold6 | Image: Samsung

Galaxy Z Fold6

While not for everyone, I’ve always been an unashamed fan of the Fold series, Samsung’s most luxe line of foldables, and the Fold6 is the most compelling device the range has produced thus far. 

The biggest drawback of the Fold to date has been the narrow dimensions of its cover screen, but the Fold6 goes some way to address this. It does so by introducing a screen that’s 1.0 mm wider than its predecessor and has a more square design, optimising the real estate on offer. That may not sound like much, but when you hold it in your hand, the difference is noticeable. Samsung also claims that the device is its slimmest and lightest Fold yet. I have no reason whatsoever to doubt this, although it’s less obvious outside of a direct comparison with previous devices. 

Beyond aesthetics, Samsung promises the new device will also be its most powerful foldable yet, packing the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Mobile Platform for Galaxy, which the smartphone behemoth describes as “the most advanced Snapdragon mobile processor yet”. This powers a range of handy new Galaxy AI functionality that builds on the suite of tools introduced back in January.

These functions include a newly embedded transcript feature within the Notes app, which enables direct transcription, translation and summarising of voice recordings; a Sketch to Image functionality that enables you to add AI-generated images to photos via even the most crude scribbling — I saw this demonstrated by adding a boat to a picture of the ocean and it was very impressive indeed; and an enhancement of the Interpreter functionality, which comes with a conversation mode that enables both parties to view translations on the main and cover screens for more natural interactions. Not something you’re likely to use on a daily basis, but nice to have nonetheless. 

Finally, the Fold’s camera offering features a 12MP Ultra-Wide Camera, 50MP Wide-angle Camera, and 10MP Telephoto Camera. It’s always seemed slightly strange to me that Samsung’s most premium (i.e. pricey) smartphone doesn’t pack a camera setup as strong on paper as the one found in its Galaxy S flagship. Although having said that, I’ve never had an issue with the quality of the Fold series’ camera in action.

The Galaxy Z Fold6 will come in three shades—silver shadow, pink, and navy—and will set you back (brace for it) AUD$2,749 (256 GB), AUD$2,949 (512GB), or AUD$3,299 (1TB).

More: Samsung Galaxy A55 5G Review: An Affordable Phone That Punches Above its Weight

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip6 | Image: Samsung

Galaxy Z Flip6

Samsung’s more accessible (and far more popular) foldable has also received a facelift in the form of the Galaxy Z Flip6. The new smartphone’s cover screen maintains the 3.4-inch dimensions of the Flip5, but it introduces AI-assisted functions to optimise use without having to flip open the device. 

The Suggested Replies functionality analyses your latest messages in order to suggest a tailored response, and the cover screen (aka FlexWindow) can be customised with a range of interactive decorations — I saw an example with a range of puppy faces that bounce around when touched. It’s a fun if frivolous upgrade. Plus, there’s also the Photo Ambient function, which is a wallpaper that changes in real-time based on the time and weather.

The Flip line has always been photography (and selfie) focused and that continues with the latest incarnation. Samsung says the new 50MP Wide and 12MP Ultra-wide sensors provide an upgraded camera experience with heightened clarity and a 2x optical zoom for “noise-free” photos. If you want to get even closer to your subject, the phone also features an AI zoom with up to 10x zoom, but you’ll almost certainly find more grain the further you go. Plus, there’s a new AI-powered Auto Zoom deployed in the selfie camera that Samsung claims is designed to find the best framing of your shot and zooms in or out accordingly.

The Galaxy Z Filp6 will come in silver shadow, yellow, blue, and mint finishes with pricing at AUD$1,799 (256 GB) and AUD$1,999 (512GB).

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Samsung Galaxy Watch7 | Image: Samsung

Galaxy Watch7

For the health and wellness crowd, Samsung continues to refine its smartwatch offering with the functionality-packed (too many to list in full here) Galaxy Watch7. The brand claims its wearable can accurately track over 100 workouts and enables users to combine exercises into routines with its Workout Routine functionality. 

If you’re in need of additional motivation mid-workout, the Race feature is able to compare current and past performance in real-time, helping to track progress and update you — this is a case of the watch effectively saying, “You’re three seconds behind, catch up you lazy swine!” While all this is going one, the Galaxy Watch7 provides real-time readings and alerts for abnormally high or low heart rates with its heart rate monitoring and provides deeper understanding of your heart health with electrocardiogram and blood pressure monitoring. 

Galaxy Watch7 will be available in two sizes, 40 mm and 44 mm, with the former available in green and cream options and the latter available in green and silver. The 40 mm will set you back AUD$549 (Bluetooth) and AUD$649 (LTE), while the 44 mm model will cost AUD$599 (Bluetooth) and AUD$699 (LTE).

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Ultra | Image: Samsung

Galaxy Watch Ultra

If the somewhat overwhelming functionality of the Watch7 isn’t enough for you, the Galaxy Watch Ultra ups the outdoor durability with a Titanium Grade 4 frame and 10ATM water resistance, while simultaneously increasing its feature set.

Users can track multi-course workouts for a triathlon from swimming to cycling to running with a new Multi Sports Tile, and Samsung claims it can accurately measure maximum cycling power in four minutes with AI-powered Functional Threshold Power metrics. Mind, if you’re looking to measure that kind of thing you should probably be asking why you didn’t make the cut for Paris 2024. 

The Galaxy Watch Ultra also provides an advanced Personalised HR Zone, which is intended to help you workout at optimal intensity levels based on your physical capabilities.

And finally, it features a new Quick Button, via which you can instantly initiate and control workouts—just in case the urge to exercise becomes unbearable in an instant—and it can also be mapped for other functions to suit your needs.

The Galaxy Watch Ultra will be available for AUD$1,299 in titanium grey (with an orange band), titanium white (with a white band), and titanium silver (with a dark grey band). 

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Samsung Galaxy Buds3 Pro | Image: Samsung

Galaxy Buds3 and Galaxy Buds3 Pro

You can get some AI in your ears with Samsung’s new audio buds. Slick in design—I won’t mention what they’re reminiscent of, mind—Samsung claims the new devices have been engineered with an angled design for superior listening. A 24-bit CODEC is meant to enable the user to “hear the distinct timbre and clarity in each note”, while the Buds3 deploy a new 11mm speaker that provides “strong, dynamic sound”, and the Buds3 Pro feature an enhanced two-way speaker boasting a planar tweeter, all of which is designed to deliver a wide range of audio detail.

The “blade”, as Samsung calls it, on each bud is used to control your music (swipe up and down for volume and pinch to pause or play), and it lights up in way that nicely complements the slightly retro-future design being used here. Plus, Galaxy AI has been deployed to enhance the buds’ active noise cancelling. It does so by making adjustments depending on your environment and blocking out some noises more than others (for example, it will ensure you hear that oncoming siren). Galaxy AI also provides real-time translation, which is handy although it won’t help you to say something in return. 

Both sets of earbuds are available in white or grey with the Buds3 setting you back AUD$299 and the Buds3 Pro coming in at AUD$399.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds3 | Image: Samsung