Samsung is not making a Galaxy Note 21 this year due to the continued shortage of chips. Samsung revealed it a few months ago, but various rumors have claimed in the past that the Korean giant is already looking to ditch the Note and replace it with something else. The shortage of crisps could have been the perfect excuse. Folding handsets could be exactly the kind of flagship Android that cater to Note buyers, and Samsung will try to remove the Switch this year. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 will launch alongside the Galaxy S21 FE in August, at an Unpacked event that would have been used to showcase the Note in previous years. This is what most reports have claimed so far. Now, a few new leaks give us the alleged Unpacked event date for the new handsets, as well as the expected release date for the Fold 3, Flip 3, and Samsung’s new Galaxy smartwatches.
Famous leaker Max Weinbach posted the following cryptic message on Twitter on Friday:
The two “3s” he’s teasing have to be the Fold 3 and the Flip 3 which have already been the subject of so many rumors. As for the two “4”, Weinbach must refer to the new Galaxy Watch models. Weinbach may be teasing other devices, but August is usually the month when Samsung launches new hardware, looking to beat Apple’s new products in the market.
Separately, another leaker provided the actual launch dates for all of these Samsung devices, and all release dates would follow this supposed August 3 event.
Jon Prosser has said the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Active Watch 4 will be unveiled at MWC 2021 in Barcelona later this month, although the launch event has yet to be confirmed. However, Prosser claims it has the actual release date for all Galaxy smartwatches. They are supposed to arrive in stores on August 11. The Watch 4 will be available in 42mm and 46mm versions, and the Active Watch 4 will be available in 40mm and 44mm variants.
More interestingly, Prosser got the release dates for the Fold 3 and Flip 3. According to his sources, the two foldable handsets will hit stores and ship to buyers starting August 27. That would be more than three weeks after the announcement event, assuming Weinbach’s August 3 event date is correct.
Even though these dates are wrong, we expect Samsung to unveil the new Galaxy phones and watches in early to mid-August. The handsets should be available for pre-orders for at least a few weeks before they’re ready to ship, so a late August release date makes perfect sense. Not to mention that Apple is set to unveil the iPhone 13 series in mid-September, so Samsung would definitely want its new Galaxy flagships to hit stores before Apple unveils its new iPhones.
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