Samsung has confirmed that the upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event will take place on February 1. There has been a lot of speculation and rumors around this date, but Samsung has now confirmed that it will be opening the lid on a host of new products early next month.
While no specific products have been confirmed by Samsung just yet, we can certainly make some educated guesses about what we think will debut on this forthcoming Unpacked.
We’re covering everything Samsung has unpacked from the likely Galaxy S23, and we’re even hoping for some new Galaxy Buds, so stay tuned for our coverage. If you would like to see the Galaxy Unpacked event live, you can find a live stream at Samsung’s official Galaxy Unpacked website (opens in new tab) and on YouTube.
Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra
This is a safe bet as Samsung refreshed its range of flagship mobile devices for the last few generations of Galaxy S smartphones at the start of the year. The S23 line, despite what the name suggests, will be the 14th iteration in the Galaxy S series.
We’ve seen a trio of smartphones from the Korean tech giant since the Galaxy S20; this includes a standard model around 6.2-inches, a “Plus” model which usually has a 6.7-inch screen, and finally an “Ultra” variant which has the largest screen in the lineup of about 6 .8 in. We expect to see the same thing again this year, with rumors and leaks appearing to back it up.
To dig into the aforementioned rumors and leaks, we’ve seen several reports covering everything from the specs to the designs of these new phones. Starting with the design, reports so far indicated that this year’s devices looked almost identical to the previous models. Instead, the S23 lineup will focus on improving specs, with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 powering these smartphones. Samsung is reportedly phasing out its internal Exynos chip, commonly found in European models, leading Qualcomm to standardize across the board with these new Galaxy S phones.
Screen rumors are equally unimportant, with the entire S23 lineup expected to retain specs from the previous generation devices. Current screen speculation from renowned leaker @IceUniverse (via cell phone arena (opens in new tab)) points to unchanged screen specs, which might not be very exciting, but we praised the screen in our Galaxy S22 Ultra review, so we’re not complaining either. The current screen predictions for the Galaxy S23 lineup are as follows:
- Samsung Galaxy S23: 6.1-inch, 1080 x 2340 (442ppi)
- Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus: 6.6-inch, 1080 x 2340 (390ppi)
- Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: 6.8-inch, 1440 x 3080 (500ppi)
Elsewhere, battery and camera upgrades are expected, though we’ll have to wait until February 1 to see if these materialise. You can catch up on the latest Galaxy S23 news ahead of the Unpacked event.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9, S9 Plus and S9 Ultra
Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab S8 lineup alongside the Galaxy S22 last year, so it’s possible we’ll see a refreshed set of flagship tablets alongside the phones. According to The Elec (via android police (opens in new tab) ).
Therefore, the chance of a new large Samsung tablet showing up at the Unpacked event may not be high, but it’s not completely out of the question.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 3
Samsung recently updated its Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, but the more budget-friendly earbuds may get an update during this new Unpacked Event. The Galaxy Buds 3, the successor to the 2021 Galaxy Buds 2, could make their appearance, although there’s little to no confirmation or rumor that this is the case.
However, given the second-generation Buds launched two years after the first, if Samsung plans to keep that product cycle going, we may need an upgrade. The company updated its Buds 2 Pro alongside the launch of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in August last year, so an upgrade to the standard Buds would be very welcome.
But what do we want to see from the Buds 3? Upgrades across the board would be the ideal solution, as Samsung needs to address the current Buds 2’s lackluster sound and feature set if it wants to compete with Apple AirPods 3s and Sony WF-C500s. This includes improvements to treble and dynamics, better battery life, more ANC controls, and compatibility with spatial audio formats. The Buds 2 get some things right, like the compact and lightweight design and accessible price, but a revised set of budget Buds from Samsung could really bring them into the conversation when discussing affordable true wireless earphones.
Check out more of our predictions and hopes for the Galaxy Buds 3 ahead of Samsung’s Unpacked Event on February 1, so you’re up to date in case we’re surprised with some new Galaxy Buds.
Samsung Galaxy S23: Release date news, price, features and spec leaks
Read our review of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
As well as ours Galaxy Buds 2 rate and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro review