Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Part 2 live blog: All the news from Samsung's event – Tom's Guide


Ten minutes to go — who’s feeling bold enough for some predictions?

The only thing I’m confident in is that the Galaxy S21 FE won’t be making an appearance today. Since all signs point to new colors for the Samsung foldables, that seems like our best bet. Maybe we’ll also get a preview of One UI 4, the mobile interface built on top of Android 12, which will be arriving on Samsung phones later this year.

That can’t be it, can it?

One UI 3 at unpacked 2021

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Samsung’s live feed of Galaxy Unpacked Part 2 is now live — though the event itself is still a little less than 20 minutes away. Click on the YouTube feed, though, and you can watch a series of images that call back previous Unpacked events while soothing music plays. 

The live feed from the Galaxy Unpacked Part 2 event in October 2021

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Samsung featured a similar pre-event hype reel before the August Unpacked event, so we truly are in sequel territory.

The “Bespoke” branding that’s likely to be bandied about in half-an-hour’s time should be familiar if you buy Samsung appliances. The Bespoke lineup offers colorful and customizable home gear like refrigerators. If the rumors of Bespoke editions of the Samsung’s foldables pan out, it sounds like that approach is coming to the smartphone business, too.

Samsung bespoke refrigerator in a kitchen

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Samsung could be the victim of its own scheduling with this blog. After a week where we’ve already seen the unveiling of the MacBook Pro 14-inch, MacBook Pro 16-inch, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, it’s going to be hard for any announcement to make a splash.

Apple Unleashed, Google Pixel Fall Launch and Samsung Galaxy Unpacked happen from October 18 through October 20

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If you’re wondering why Samsung might introduce new versions of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 so soon after those phones launched, consider this news tidbit from earlier this month: Galaxy Z Fold 3 sales are five times higher than the previous model. And Z Flip 3 sales beat the original Z Flip by 40x.

galaxy z flip 3 vs galaxy s21 plus

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Chalk this up to a case of Samsung striking while the iron’s hot, particularly as it looks to take foldable phones more mainstream.

If Samsung does get through today’s live event without announcing the Galaxy S21 FE — and all indications suggest that phone’s not showing up — the question then becomes when that lower-cost version of the Galaxy S21 should arrive. Or if it will at all.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE render

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One rumor suggests the Galaxy S21 FE could debut early next year, just before Samsung introduces the Galaxy S22 flagship. Samsung actually has priors in this regard — two years ago, it revealed the Galaxy S10 Lite roughly a month before the Galaxy S20 arrived. The fact that you have not been hit with a sudden wave of S10 Lite nostalgia is a good indication of how sound that strategy was.

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Leak alert! Ishan Agarwal has once again spilled some beans thanks to a user finding images of new “BESPOKE Edition” Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 models on Rakuten. These are some cool new colors, and being able to customize these phones is an appealing idea. But is that really all Samsung has to offer today?

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 on a wrist, showing a body composition analysis

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Considering the teaser video includes the icon of the Samsung Health app, perhaps we’ll hear something about the Galaxy Watch 4 or other Samsung-made fitness accessories. Is there anything you’re hoping that Samsung has to offer as a Galaxy Watch update?

If we’re lucky, Samsung might tell us something of the Galaxy S22, which, some rumors have suggested, could appear before the end of the year. That’s perhaps a bit soon given the Galaxy S21‘s not even been out a year yet, but with the iPhone 13 and Google Pixel 6 now available, who could blame Samsung for wanting to get a new flagship on the market ASAP?

An unofficial render of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, showing the phone's front, back and S Pen in white on a white background

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Leaker Ishan Agarwal seems to have an idea of what’s coming today. We hope that there’s more to see than just new colors though!

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What are you hoping Samsung will announce today? What do you think it’s hinting at with its teaser? Tweet us @tomsguide with your thoughts!

It’s been over a year since Samsung unveiled its latest premium tablets, the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. While rumors for the Galaxy Tab S8 have been quiet, this is something we’d love to see revealed, or at least teased at today’s event.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, sat side by side on a wooden table with their official keyboard cases.

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The mention of “unfold” within Samsung’s teaser for today’s event seems like a heavy-handed hint that we’ll be seeing some news about the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. With both these foldables not even two months old yet, it seems unlikely that Samsung has any major changes to bring to the phones. Of course, it could still prove us wrong…

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 sat side by side with their inner displays open on a wooden table.

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 (Image credit: Tom’s Guide)

The biggest possible reveal today, albeit an unlikely one, is the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. If you haven’t read up on the rumors, it’s suggested to be an entry-level flagship phone that takes the basic template of the Samsung Galaxy S21 but makes it more affordable. Whether it arrives today or not, we’re certainly interested in its potential.

An unofficial render of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE in light violet, on a plain gray background.

An unofficial render of the Galaxy S21 FE. (Image credit: Future)

Good morning. Today’s Galaxy Unpacked event kicks off in a few hours and as we’ve said, the only hint as to what we might see comes from a teaser video. Take a look at it below and see what you think it might point towards.


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