The most exciting Samsung gadgets we want in 2022 and beyond

The most exciting Samsung gadgets we want in 2022 and beyond

With the launch of Galaxy S22 range, new Galaxy A series phones and pills, it’s been a busy year for Samsung. But the company is not done yet. It holds another Packaged event on 10 Augustwhere it is rumored to release new foldable phones and more.

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

Here’s a look at 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 an important milestone for Samsung’s smartwatches. It is the first model to ship with the new version of Google’s Wear OS software that was created in collaboration with Samsung. Some of the benefits of this partnership are already evident in the Galaxy Watch 4, particularly its compatibility with the wide range of apps available in the Google Play Store.

Galaxy Watch 4 with Samsung's logo on the face

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 did not come with Google Assistant at launch, although that has changed. Hopefully, the next model will maintain the features we already love — like its wide array of health tracking features and excellent display — while adding more of the Google experience in its 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.

In terms of 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 blog Sam Mobile also suggest that a larger battery could be in store, as well as a new “Pro” model that will replace the current Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 in the cover

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2.

New Samsung Galaxy Buds

Samsung has released new earbuds in August for the past two years, so there’s a chance it could do the same in 2022. However, the question is whether the company can launch a new version of the high-end Galaxy Buds Prothe standard Galaxy Buds 2 or the bean-shaped one Galaxy Buds Live.

Regardless of the model, a new pair of earbuds may be on the way, according to Galaxy Club. The Netherlands-based blog speculated in December that a recent battery listing on Korea’s product safety certification website might belong to the charging case for a new pair of Samsung earbuds.

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 reduction.

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

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

Galaxy Z Flip 3

Galaxy Z Flip 3.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the most convenient folding phone available right now. But it comes with some key compromises compared to Samsung’s non-folding Galaxy phones, particularly around the camera and battery life.

If Samsung sticks with its current pattern, we could see another Z Flip 4 in August that will hopefully address these shortcomings. Rumors from noted 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 from Korean news agency The Elec says it may have a slightly larger deck display.

Such a change would make it even easier to see notifications without opening the device, which was one of the original Z Flip’s biggest flaws. Samsung fixed that on the Z Flip 3 by making the cover screen four times larger. But making the screen even a little bigger could go a long way in making the Z Flip’s front screen even more useful for reading notifications. I also hope Samsung will continue to add new software features that take advantage of the Flip’s bendable screen, like 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 housed inside the hinge, has also sparked some speculation. But a move like this seems far 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 just a few months later in August. That too announced the Galaxy Z Flip 3 in August 2021. Samsung’s timing has varied, but the fact that it has already launched three versions of this phone in two years leads me to believe that it may be a regular part of Samsung’s annual upgrade cycle.

Galaxy Z Fold 3

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 size inside. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the third iteration of Samsung’s large-format foldable phone, and it’s by far the most polished.

But it still feels awkward to use like a regular phone when it’s closed, which remains the biggest drawback. Samsung has already tried to solve this by making the Z Fold 3 thinner and lighter than the Z Fold 2, and I hope it continues in this direction.

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

Rumors suggest that at least some of these wish-list items could be in the cards for Samsung’s next foldable big screen. Leaker Ice Universe claims to have published a list of Z Fold 4 specs on Twitter. According to the leaked specifications, 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 4,400 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 that 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 type of Samsung foldable

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 at CES 2022 when it showed off more new folding concepts. If recently leaks soundone of these gadgets may soon enough become more than a concept.

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

Of the concepts Samsung 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 detaches to become a tablet size that looks bigger than the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

When it comes to foldable devices, I usually prefer devices that offer more screen space – like the Galaxy Z Fold 3 – over flip phone devices. Regular phones are already compact enough, so I see more value in having a phone that can provide more screen space for reading and watching videos when I need it. The Flex S concept from CES 2022 seems like a further development of the Galaxy Z Fold in that regard.

Only Samsung knows what’s next in its pipeline. But considering competitors as TCL is also publicly experimenting with new foldable designs, it wouldn’t be surprising to see another idea from Samsung in the near future. Aside from remaining competitive, market research indicates that sales of foldable devices are beginning to accelerate, giving Samsung more incentive to remain a forerunner in this space.

The back of the Galaxy S21 FE

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. The Galaxy S20 FE launched in 2020 as a cheaper version of Galaxy S20but the Galaxy S21 FE didn’t arrive until early 2022 – just before the Galaxy S22’s debut.

That makes it hard to know 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. By doing so would be a smart move for Samsung, mostly because the Galaxy S21 FE felt lost in the company’s lineup between the Galaxy S22 and the budget-friendly Galaxy A series.

That said, I think there is an opportunity for Samsung to release a phone that is a step up from $450 Galaxy A53 but is not quite as expensive as its next flagship Galaxy S phone. A Galaxy S22 FE priced at $600 with a slightly larger screen and longer battery life than the Galaxy S22 could be a really compelling option. The problem with the $700 Galaxy S21 FE, in my opinion, was that the price gap 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 has also put more focus on smartphone-adjacent devices. As for what comes after smartwatches and earbuds, 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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