Samsung despatched out invitations for its August 11 Unpacked occasion final week. Whereas it’s clear that is going to be packed (considerably mockingly) even by the corporate’s requirements, the occasion could be as notable for what it doesn’t embrace. Particularly, a slew of rumors have pointed to Samsung skipping its annual Galaxy Word replace.
In a weblog publish in the present day, the corporate’s president and head of Cellular Communications Business, TM Roh, writes, “As a substitute of unveiling a brand new Galaxy Word this time round, we are going to additional broaden beloved Word options to extra Samsung Galaxy gadgets.” The language isn’t completely clear what which means for the way forward for Samsung’s beloved – if occasional erratic – phablet. No Word this occasion? This yr? This … ever?
Samsung provided TechCrunch the next clarification, “We is not going to be launching new Galaxy Word gadgets in 2021. As a substitute, Samsung plans to proceed to increase the Word expertise and convey lots of its fashionable productiveness and creativity options, together with the S Pen, throughout our Galaxy ecosystem. We are going to share extra particulars on our future portfolio as soon as we’re able to announce.”
Early rumors chalked the shortage of a brand new Word as much as provide chain issues which have continued all through a lot of 2020 and 2021. However additional hypothesis has left many questioning whether or not the corporate could lastly be sunsetting the Galaxy Word sequence on the eve of its 10th anniversary. Is it doable that the pioneering phablet has run its course, particularly as different Samsung flagships get bigger and siphon off its greatest options?
What’s clear is that a few of the gadgets introduced on the 11th will observe within the footsteps of the Galaxy S21 and convey Word-like options together with S-Pen performance. Possible this implies at the very least the Galaxy Z Fold, confirming earlier rumors that the foldable can be the newest Galaxy gadget to blur the road between it and the Word. Presumably this additionally means an extra strengthened show for the product. Latest leaks level to a carrying case with a pen holster, quite than baking the slot immediately into the Fold’s already difficult design.
“I hope you’ll be a part of us as we debut our subsequent Galaxy Z household and share some foldable surprises — together with the first-ever S Pen designed particularly for foldable telephones,” Roh writes. The manager additionally guarantees “much more refined model, armed with extra sturdy, stronger materials” on the brand new Galaxy Z Flip, whereas additionally confirming the arrival of a brand new Z Fold.
Rounding out the information is a reference to the One UI Watch that seems to verify that the newest Galaxy Watch may even make a cameo on the upcoming Unpacked.