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Samsung Galaxy Unpacked recap: Galaxy Z Flip 5, Z Fold 5, Watch 6 & Tab S9 revealed

T3 was on the ground in Seoul, South Korea, for Samsung Galaxy Unpacked July 2023 – here's everything announced

Welcome one and all to the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked July 2023 recap roundup. T3's Tech Editor, Mike Lowe, was on the ground in Seoul, South Korea, to attend the Unpacked showcase in Samsung's homeland, to bring you all the latest product reveals.

The second Galaxy Unpacked of 2023 revealed plenty: the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 being the big take-away, while the Galaxy Z Fold 5 upgraded the best foldable phone, the Galaxy Tab S9 series added a favourite new feature, while two new Galaxy Watch 6 products upgraded the company's wearables. Whew, quite the list!

Below I've featured a list of T3 deep-dive articles, reviews and opinions, many complete with hands-on photography from the event and pre-brief, so you can see the real deal of what these devices look like, in order to, um, unpack this July 2023 Galaxy Unpacked event more thoroughly...

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5

Samsung Galaxy Fold 5

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 series

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 series

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Original live blog from 26 July 2023 continues below:

Prepare to Flip out

I'm going to commence things by doubling down on that Unpacked poster: a silhouette of a Z Flip phone sat above the 'Join the flip side' phrase not only looks great, it's as good as confirmation for me that a Galaxy Z Flip 5 is assured. 

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2023

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And the Z Flip 5 is thought to be a big(ger) deal: as leaked lifestyle images have already shown, the latest Z Flip is said to feature a much larger cover display, which I think will be fundamental in delivering an upgraded and more advanced experience for this series. 

Especially as 2023 has really seen brands upping the ante when it comes to flip phones: from the Oppo Find N2 Flip to the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra, I've seen and used bigger-display handsets and it's a major shift in what these devices can do. So it'll be good to see Samsung's take on upscaling the cover display.

Show us the SUGA

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked - BTS SUGA

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Well, well, well, if it isn't an official Tweet (or is that called an 'X' now?) from Samsung Mobile, in which we see BTS's SUGA, the K-Pop star, along with the words 'Road To D-day'. 

I'm assuming we're not talking about D-DAY, his 2023-release album, rather a countdown to him coming on stage for Galaxy Unpacked? I'm only guessing, though, given that Samsung has long collaborated with the BTS gang.

The 11-second snippet finishes with a glimpse of the assumed-to-be Galaxy Z Flip 5, plus that tagline 'Join the flip side'. We're only six hours away from seeing what unfolds when the event kicks off at 20:00 Korea time (that's 12:00 UK).

Will you be watching live?

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

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If you're just waking up in the UK and have a spare lunch hour from noon to 13:00 local time then will you be watching? I suggest you should, as Samsung is likely to put on a big show for this Unpacked homecoming. And if you've been contemplating buying a flip phone then it'll be even more valuable.

Exactly how can you get eyes on the Galaxy Unpacked event? My colleagues have written a How to Watch feature, which details the timings and includes the livestream video to view right there on the page.

Alternatively, you can head to Samsung.com or check out the brand's YouTube channel.

Did someone say money off?

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 with S Pen stylus

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Everyone loves a deal, right? I certainly do. And with the incoming Galaxy products it seems as though Samsung does too! The official site has an offer for up to £150 off, plus free Galaxy Buds 2 Pro bundled in.

There's a bit of a catch, though, in that you have to register for this promotion pre-order before noon (BST) today (there's a different offer in the States, but you'll also need to pre-register for that). 

Although the free earbuds appears to be an open offer, even if you miss the cash-off threshold, based on the offer's wording (so long as you transact before the end of 31 July). Can't argue with that, eh?

The best leaked images yet?

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 in leaked marketing image

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Hi, it's News Editor Rik Henderson tapping in to take over for a bit and I must admit that the device I'm most looking forward to seeing is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 itself. Recently leaked marketing images show it looking great, with what seems to be a dramatically improved hinge.

They also show the S Pen housed in a dedicated slot on what looks like an official case, so are fully expecting support for the stylus. And you even get a cheeky Z Flip 5 pic in there too, which is nice.

We'll bring you more leaked images, specifications and information that we've learned over the coming few hours.

Samsung boss spills the beans

Samsung's Dr TM Roh

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If we were in any doubt on which products will launch during Unpacked, Samsung's own president and head of its mobile business, Dr TM Roh, put our minds to rest with his own blog post last week.

He confirmed that we'll get new foldables, albeit without naming them directly, a tablet or two, and a refresh of the company's Watch line.

Considering we're expecting him to kick off proceedings today – maybe even host the majority of the presentation – he should know a thing or two. He also revealed that the foldables will be "lighter and slimmer" than previous generations.

3 Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 features already revealed

Samsung Galaxy Watch with Wallet, Temp and WhatsApp upgrades

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Although the watch itself is yet to be unveiled, we've already had official confirmation of three apps and experiences that will launch with the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 later today.

Perhaps the biggest of the three new Watch 6 features is Samsung Wallet. The company combined its Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass services into a single app for its phones last year, now it's bringing it to the watch too. Samsung Wallet will allow you to purchase items and use concert tickets, etc, from your wrist.

In addition, Thermo Check will bring heat sensing to the wearable family. It will give you an accurate reading of the temperature of the watch's surroundings, so you can find out how warm the water is before you take a swim, for example.

Finally, WhatsApp now has a dedicated WearOS app and that'll also be available on the Watch 6 from the off.

Could Samsung SmartTag 2 also make an Unpacked appearance?

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag with Flip phone

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Although we're not expecting any major surprises during Unpacked, one recent product leak suggests that something other than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, Z Flip 5, Galaxy Watch 6 and Tab S9 could be launched too – perhaps more as an aside.

A Samsung Galaxy SmartTag 2 was reportedly spotted on the website for the Bluetooth SIG - the organisation that approves the Bluetooth connectivity in devices.

Not an awful lot is known about the next-gen item tracker at present, although it does make sense that Samsung is looking to replace the original SmartTag, considering it's been a couple of years since it launched.

Maybe you'll have to be eagle-eyed to spot it today – which is somewhat ironic, really.

The stars are out

Samsung Unpacked 2023

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Morning, tech writer Andy Sansom here. It's lucky that Samsung has gone so big on Nightography in recent launches as one of the biggest stars in the world is set to appear at Unpacked. SUGA from K-pop sensations BTS will be in attendance. Another reason to be jealous of our man in Korea (Tech Editor Mike Lowe).  

Speaking of cameras, that's one area that foldable phones have been lagging behind in compared to their static counterparts, perhaps we could see a camera upgrade or two today? 

Also, is anyone used to the new Twitter logo yet?   

The road to Seoul 

A screenshot from a video on the Samsung YouTube channel

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You might be wondering why this edition of unpacked is coming to you at UK lunchtime, well that's because it's live from Seoul. For the first time ever, Samsung is hosting the event on its home turf in the Korean capital. 

Unpacked has been all over the place in its history but the home location should mean that Samsung has a lot in store for us today. It's worth mentioning that we're not just anticipating phones and smartwatches, there is also believed to be new information or Samsung's series of Android-powered tablets which we reckon could be the Samsung Galaxy tab S9 range

Will it be enough to earn a spot on our best tablets guide? Only time will tell. 

Flip vs Fold

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

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Presuming we get a first look at both a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 today, you might be left with a very difficult choice. Which one to opt for. We're big fans of both here at T3, but choosing between the book like Fold and Game Boy Advance SP (or compact mirror) style of the Flip can be difficult. Aside from the folding method, they also tend to serve two different price points. 

No foldable phone could be considered cheap just yet but of the current generation the Z Flip 4 is the more budget conscious option, launching at £999. The Z Fold 4 conversely launched at a princely £1649. With the Pixel Fold an eye-watering £1749, perhaps Samsung can undercut Google this year. 

The future is foldable