The 5 best features of Samsung’s newest devices, including its foldable phones

Samsung unveiled a slew of exciting upgrades to its smartwatches, tablets and especially its line of foldable phones at the company’s Unpacked event.

Here are the five most important new features added to its family of devices.

1. The Galaxy Z Flip5’s cover screen is significantly bigger

One of the biggest advantages of a flip phone is its cover screen, which is visible when the device is folded in half and closed (essentially on the backside of the phone). While the cover screen on last year’s Z Flip4 is only 1.9 inches, the Z Flip5’s screen is 3.4 inches. Check out the difference:

Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip4 (left) and the Galaxy Z Flip5
Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip4 (left) and the Galaxy Z Flip5 (Samsung)

Users can perform a variety of tasks on the cover screen, including viewing notifications, taking selfies, making phone calls and writing text messages using a full keyboard — all without opening the phone.

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The Z Flip5 goes on sale Aug. 11. The price for the base model starts at $999.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5
The Galaxy Z Flip5 (Samsung)

2. Both the Z Flip5 and Z Fold5 can now fold completely flat

When closing previous iterations of these phones, there was a noticeable gap in the middle. Now, thanks to a redesigned flex hinge, both phones can close completely, giving the latest versions a sleeker look. The new hinge also makes the Z Fold5 thinner and lighter than previous models.

The Z Fold5 will start at $1,800 and be available on Aug. 11.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 with the S Pen
The Galaxy Z Fold5 with the S Pen (Samsung)

3. Both phones have improved processing and storage

The Z Flip5 and Z Fold5 both run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, which Samsung introduced earlier this year for its Galaxy S23 line. That should improve the phones’ overall performance, battery life and low-light photography capabilities.

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Additionally, the Z Flip5’s base model now comes with 256GB of storage, an improvement over the 128GB for the base Z Flip4 model (the Z Fold5’s base model also comes with 256GB of storage, like its predecessor).

4. The bezel is back for the Galaxy Watch6

For its new Galaxy Watch6 line, Samsung is bringing back the physical rotating bezel, which allows users to navigate the watch and its features without needing to touch the screen. Samsung had moved to a digital bezel for last year’s Watch5 — which wasn’t as well received.

Samsung's Galaxy Watch6 line
Samsung Galaxy Watch6 line (Samsung)

The Watch6 is offered in 40mm and 44mm sizes, while the Watch6 Classic comes in 43mm and 47mm sizes, making it the biggest Galaxy Watch yet. These watches can be paired with any phone in Samsung’s Galaxy line, including the Z Flip5 and Z Fold5.

Pricing for the Watch6 starts at $299 while the Watch6 Classic starts at $399.

5. Samsung’s new line of tablets are now water-resistant

Samsung’s Tab S9 series marks the first time the company has introduced dust- and water-resistant tablets.

The Tab S9 series will be available starting Aug. 11. The 11-inch S9 starts at $799 and the 12.4-inch S9 Plus is priced at $999, while the 14.6-inch Tab S9 Ultra is selling for $1,199.

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By Pauline Vu