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New Apple Watch Pride Edition Bands

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One of my favourite Apple Watch bands is the Pride band. So it’s great to see in celebration of Pride month in June, Apple is releasing two new Pride Edition bands plus dynamic Pride watch faces in support of the global LGBTQ+ community and equality movement.

The 2022 Pride Edition Sport Loop displays a colour gradient with the word ‘pride’ woven directly into the band. Apple is also launching a new Shot on iPhone pride campaign on Instagram that captures the essence of artists and figures within the global LGBTQ+ community.

Pride Edition Sport Loop

Apple used a new technique to remove several of the double-layer nylon-woven textile loops on the band to reveal the word ‘pride’ in a cursive style inspired by the original ‘hello’ greeting — displayed on the first Macintosh in 1984 — giving the word a novel, three-dimensional look and feel.

A colour gradient was designed incorporating the original rainbow colours with those drawn from various pride flags. The colours also represent those who are living with or have passed away from HIV/AIDS.

Pride Threads Watch Face

The new watch face was inspired by multiple pride flags, combining colours to represent the LGBTQ+ movement. Mirroring the woven loops of the Sport Loop, each strand of vibrant thread contributes to the overall composition of the watch face. The colourful threads move as the Digital Crown on Apple Watch is rotated, the display is tapped or the user’s wrist is raised. Apple is also including new App Clip functionality within the band packaging to deliver a simple and convenient way for customers to immediately access the new matching watch face.

Pride Edition Nike Sport Loop

A new Pride Edition Nike Sport Loop features a matching rainbow-coloured Nike Bounce face that accompanies the new band. Along with Nike’s Be True collection, the Sport Loop honours individuals who are expanding sport for future generations. Be True is part of Nike’s broader commitment to the LGBTQ+ community, which focuses on recognition, advocacy, inspiration and education. 

A New Shot on iPhone Pride Campaign

Apple says the Shot on iPhone Pride campaign will showcase imagery from an illustrious group of intersectional creatives, celebrating present-day queer pioneers in places of historic significance to the LGBTQ+ movement. Coming soon to @apple on Instagram, the series will feature works from photographers Ryan McGinley at Stonewall Inn in New York; Evan Benally Atwood at Window Rock in Arizona; Meinke Klein at The Homomonument in Amsterdam; Caia Ramalho at Paulista Avenue in São Paulo; Lydia Metral at Plaza de Chueca in Madrid; and Collier Schorr at Harvey Milk Plaza in San Francisco, featuring Baobei.

Pricing and Availability

The Pride Edition Sport Loop and Pride Edition Nike Sport Loop are available for $69 AUD RRP.

The new Pride Edition bands are available to order now via apple.com/au and in the Apple Store app, and will be available at Apple Store locations beginning on 26 May. The Pride Edition Nike Sport Loop is also coming soon to nike.com

The new Pride watch face is available now for Apple Watch Series 4 or later running watchOS 8.6, and iPhone 6s or later running iOS 15.5.

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Samsung Unpacked: Fold6 – Flip6 – Watch7 – Watch Ultra – Buds3 – Buds3 Pro and Galaxy Ring

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Samsung has announced a stack of new foldables and wearables but we still managed to fit them all in the headline.

The Ring is real and it’s shipping to some markets this month but not to Australia .. yet. We’ll have to wait.

The Galaxy Z Fold6 and Flip6 will be available in store on July 31 (pre-orders from July 11), as will the Watch7, Watch Ultra, Buds3 and Buds3 Pro.

Pricing Table
Device RRP Colours Samsung.com Online Exclusive Colours
Galaxy Z Flip6 $1,799 (12GB+ 256 GB)
$1,999 (12GB + 512GB)
Blue
Silver Shadow
Mint
Yellow
Crafted Black
White
Peach
Galaxy Z Fold6 $2,749 (12GB+ 256 GB)
$2,949 (12GB + 512GB)
$3,299 (12GB + 1TB)
Silver Shadow
Pink
Navy
Crafted Black
White
Galaxy Watch7 – 40mm $549 Bluetooth
$649 LTE
Green
Cream
N/A
Galaxy Watch7 – 44mm $599 Bluetooth
$699 LTE
Green
Silver
N/A
Galaxy Watch Ultra – 47mm $1,299 LTE only Titanium Grey (Orange band)
Titanium White (White band)
Titanium Silver (Dark grey band)
N/A
Galaxy Buds3 $299 Grey
White
N/A
Galaxy Buds3 Pro $399 Grey
White
N/A

Pre-order deals from Samsung and Telcos are listed at the bottom of the page

GALAXY RING

Samsung’s most anticipated product for some time was the first device announced at Unpacked in Paris. The Galaxy Ring followed an opening spiel about AI and Health.

Made from lightweight titanium, it has three sensors:

  • Accelerometer
  • PPG (Heart Rate)
  • Skin Temperature

Samsung claims 7-day battery life which makes the Galaxy Ring the ideal device for recording sleep data. It weighs in between 2.3 grams and 3.0 grams. The three colour options are Black, Silver and Gold. There are nine size options and the price is US$399.

All data and insights are integrated into Samsung Health which is thankfully subscription-free. This is a big win for users. A sleep AI algorithm will help you understand your sleep patterns and build better habits. Other analysis includes; Sleep Score and snoring analysis, new sleep metrics such as movement during sleep, sleep latency, heart and respiratory rate provide a detailed and accurate analysis of sleep quality. Cycle Tracking helps track menstrual cycles. 

Energy Score is a new Galaxy AI enabled feature that is calculated by evaluating your physical and mental conditions across four factors: Sleep, Activity, Sleeping Heart Rate and Sleeping Heart Rate Variability. You can also receive wellness tips.

Heart Rate Alert provides instant notifications when it detects unusually high or low heart rates in real-time via the Samsung Health app. There’s also Live Heart Rate Check, Auto Workout Detection, and daily fitness reminders with Inactive Alert.

The Ring is also a mini controller. You can take photos or brush your alarm on Galaxy smartphones with a double pinch via Gestures.

This is a big one. You can find the location of your Galaxy Ring via your Galaxy smartphone with Find My Ring on Samsung Find. 

Galaxy Ring Specifications

Feature Details
Colour Titanium Black, Titanium Silver, Titanium Gold
Dimensions & Weight 7.0 mm x 2.6 mm, 2.3g (Size 5) ~ 3.0g (Size 13)
Sizing 9 (Size 5 – 13)
Memory 8MB
Battery Galaxy Ring: 18mAh (Size 5) – 23.5mAh (Size 13)
Charging Case: 361 mAh
Up to 7 days
Charge for 30min: 40%
Sensor Accelerometer, PPG, Skin Temperature
Connectivity BLE 5.4
Durability 10 ATM, IP68 / Titanium grade 5
Charging Case Size: 48.9 (W) x 48.9 (L) x 24.51 (H)
Weight: 61.3g
Materials: PC + SUS (hinge)
Battery: Provide portable charging (361mAh)

GALAXY Z FLIP6

The 3.4-inch Super AMOLED outside display has been enhanced on the Galaxy Flip through AI. AI-assisted functions can be accessed with the device closed, saving time and hassle. You can reply to texts with Suggested Replies, which analyses your latest messages to suggest a bespoke response. Samsung calls the external screen FlexWindow. It gives access to Samsung Health updates and notifications. It also allows you to select the next track from your music widget.

With the AI-powered Photo Ambient, a wallpaper can change in real-time based on the time and weather. You can also easily create a unified look and feel with suggested screen layout options by analysing your wallpaper. NFC powered cards also light up when slipped into the back case. They also help drive the animations on the front display.

Samsung has listened to us and upgraded the main cameras nestled in the corner of the FlexWindow. A 50MP Wide angle joins the 12MP Ultra-wide sensor with the new 50MP sensor supporting 2x optical quality zoom. AI zoom will give you up to 10x reach but I’d only use it at a stretch. The night capturing feature is now available in-app on Instagram.

Although the hinge has been improved you can still see and feel the crease on the inside display but it is less noticeable.

One of the biggest issues with a flip phone is battery life. Thankfully, Samsung has packed a 4000mAh battery in the Flip6 – to much applause I might add.

Galaxy Z Flip6 is available in Silver Shadow, Yellow, Blue and Mint.

Galaxy Z Flip6 Specifications

Feature Details
Display Main Screen:
6.7-inch FHD+* Dynamic AMOLED 2X 120Hz Adaptive refresh rate (1~120Hz) Infinity Flex Display (2640 x 1080, 22:9)
*Measured diagonally, Galaxy Z Flip6’s Main Screen size is 6.7-inch in the full rectangle and 6.6-inch when accounting for the rounded corners; actual viewable area is less due to the rounded corners and camera hole.

Cover Screen:
3.4-inch Super AMOLED 60Hz Display* 720 x 748 306 PPI
*Measured diagonally, Galaxy Z Flip6’s Cover Screen size is 3.4-inch in the full rectangular form; actual viewable area is approximately 95% of the full rectangular area due to the rounded corners and lower cutout.
Dimensions & Weight Folded:
71.9 x 85.1 x 14.9mm
*Thickness of Galaxy Z Flip6 when folded measured from top to bottom of the glasses of Galaxy Z Flip6.

Unfolded:
71.9 x 165.1 x 6.9mm
*The thickness of Galaxy Z Flip6 when unfolded does not include the frame of the Main Screen.

Weight: 187g
Camera Front Camera:
10MP Selfie Camera, F2.2, Pixel size: 1.22μm, FOV: 85˚

Rear Dual Camera:
12MP Ultra-Wide Camera, F2.2, Pixel size: 1.12μm, FOV: 123˚
50MP Wide-angle Camera, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, F1.8, Pixel size: 1.0μm, FOV: 85˚
AP Snapdragon® 8 Gen 3 Mobile Platform for Galaxy
*Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. Snapdragon is a trademark or registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated.
Memory & Storage 12GB Memory with 512GB internal storage
12GB Memory with 256GB internal storage
*Available storage capacity is subject to preloaded software. Memory option may vary by market.
Battery 4,000mAh (typical) dual battery
*Typical value tested under third-party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Rated capacity is 3887mAh for Galaxy Z Flip6. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors.
Charging Wired Charging*: Up to 50% charge in around 30 min. with 25W Adapter** and 3A USB-C cable***
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0****
Wireless PowerShare*****
*Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC. Results from internal Samsung lab tests, conducted with 25W Travel Adapter while it has 0% of power remaining, with all the services, features and screen turned off. Actual charging speed may vary depending on the actual usage, charging conditions and other factors.
**25W Power Adapter sold separately. Use only Samsung-approved chargers and cables.
***Wireless charging compatible with WPC.
****Wireless PowerShare is limited to Samsung or other brand smartphones with WPC Qi wireless charging, such as Galaxy Z Fold6, Z Flip6, Z Fold5, Z Flip5, Galaxy Z Fold4, Z Flip4, S22 series, Z Fold3 5G, Z Flip3 5G, S21 FE 5G, S21 series, Z Fold2, Note20 series, S20 series, Z Flip, Note10 series, S10 series, S9 series, S8 series, S7 series, S6 series, Note9, Note8, Note FE, Note5, and wearables such as Galaxy Buds2 Pro, Buds2, Buds Pro, Buds Live, Watch6, Watch6 Classic, Watch5, Watch5 Pro, Watch4, Watch4 Classic, Watch3, Watch Active2, Watch Active, Gear Sport, Gear S3, Galaxy Watch, and Galaxy Buds. May not work with certain accessories, covers, or other brand devices. It may affect call reception or data services, depending on your network environment.
Water Resistance IPX8
*Based on lab test conditions for submersion in up to 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Not advised for beach or pool use. Not dust- or sand-resistant. Ensure the charging port is dry before charging. Please refer to your device’s user manual for further care instructions and limitations.
OS Android 14, One UI 6.1.1
Network & Connectivity 5G*, LTE**, Wi-Fi 6E***, Bluetooth® v5.3
*Requires optimal 5G network connection, available in select markets. Check with your carrier for availability and details. Download and streaming speeds may vary based on content provider, server connection and other factors.
**Availability of LTE model varies by market and carrier. Actual speed may vary depending on market, carrier, and user environment.
***Wi-Fi 6E network availability may vary by market, network provider and user environment. Requires optimal connection and a Wi-Fi 6E router.
Sensors Capacitive Fingerprint sensor (side), Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor
Security Samsung Knox with Samsung Knox Vault
SIM Card Single Nano SIM* + eSIM**
*SIM card sold separately. Availability may vary depending on market and carrier.
**eSIM availability may vary depending on software version, region and carrier. Check with your carrier if your mobile network plan supports eSIM.
Colours Silver Shadow, Yellow, Blue, Mint*
[Samsung.com Exclusive] Crafted Black, White, Peach **
*Availability of colour may vary by market, region or carrier.
**Online exclusive colours only available on Samsung.com.

GALAXY Z FOLD6

The Galaxy Z Fold6 is lighter and brighter compared with last year’s Fold5. The cover screen comes in at 6.3-inches on the new model while the older version has a 6.2-inch outside display.

On paper the cameras look very similar but there are improved video recording options and better overall performance.

At a glance there doesn’t appear to be too much change from last year but the Fold6 is running on the upgraded Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor. This means the Fold6 is more powerful than its predecessor and it needs to be to run a lot of AI tasks.

Samsung is also taking advantage of its large foldable screen when using translation apps in real time. Interpreter comes with a conversation mode that enables both parties to view translations on the main and cover screens at the same time. This is a very cool demo and I get the impression that Samsung is doing a better job at live translations than anyone else in the industry.

Gaming is better on the Fold6 thanks to its beefy chipset and 1.6x larger vapour chamber. Graphics are supported by Ray Tracing on the 7.6-inch fold out screen which pumps out 2,600 nits of peak brightness.

The Fold6 is available in Silver Shadow, Pink and Navy. 

The Galaxy Z Fold6 and Flip6 also ship with seven generations of OS upgrades and seven years of security updates.

Galaxy Z Fold6 Specifications

Feature Details
Display Main Screen:
7.6-inch QXGA+* Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display (2160 x 1856, 20.9:18), 374ppi
120Hz adaptive refresh rate (1~120Hz)
*Measured diagonally, Galaxy Z Fold6’s Main Screen size is 7.6-inch in the full rectangle and 7.6-inch accounting for the rounded corners; actual viewable area is less due to the rounded corners.

Cover Screen:
6.3-inch HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display (2376 x 968, 22.1:9), 410ppi
120Hz adaptive refresh rate (1~120Hz)
*Measured diagonally, Galaxy Z Fold6’s Cover Screen size is 6.3-inch in a full rectangle and 6.2-inch accounting for the rounded corners. The actual viewable area is smaller due to the rounded corners and camera hole.
Dimensions & Weight Folded:
68.1 x 153.5 x 12.1mm
*Thickness of Galaxy Z Fold6 when folded measured from top to bottom of the glasses of Galaxy Z Fold6.

Unfolded:
132.6 x 153.5 x 5.6mm
*The thickness of Galaxy Z Fold6 when unfolded does not include the frame of the Main Screen.

Weight: 239g
Camera Cover Camera:
10MP Selfie Camera, F2.2, Pixel size: 1.22μm, FOV: 85˚

Under Display Camera:
4MP Under Display Camera, F1.8, Pixel size: 2.0μm, FOV: 85˚

Rear Triple Camera:
12MP Ultra-Wide Camera, F2.2, Pixel size: 1.12μm, FOV: 123˚
50MP Wide-angle Camera, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, F1.8, Pixel size: 1.0μm, FOV: 85˚
10MP Telephoto Camera, PDAF, OIS, F2.4, Pixel size: 1.0μm, FOV: 36˚, 3X optical zoom
*30X Space Zoom includes 3x Optical Zoom and 10x digital zoom with AI Super Resolution technology. Zooming in past 3x may cause some image deterioration. AI Zoom is applied to distances between digital zoom lengths. Accuracy of results is not guaranteed.
AP Snapdragon® 8 Gen 3 Mobile Platform for Galaxy
*Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. Snapdragon is a trademark or registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated.
Memory & Storage 12GB Memory with 1TB internal storage
12GB Memory with 512GB internal storage
12GB Memory with 256GB internal storage
*Availability may vary by market or channel. Actual storage space may vary by market, model, file size and format.
Battery 4,400mAh (typical) dual battery
*Typical value tested under third-party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Rated capacity is 4273mAh for Galaxy Z Fold6. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors.
Charging Wired Charging*: Up to 50% charge in around 30 min. with 25W Adapter** and 3A USB-C cable***
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0****
Wireless PowerShare*****
*Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC. Results from internal Samsung lab tests, conducted with 25W Travel Adapter while it has 0% of power remaining, with all the services, features and screen turned off. Actual charging speed may vary depending on the actual usage, charging conditions and other factors.
**25W Power Adapter sold separately. Use only Samsung-approved chargers and cables.
***Wireless charging compatible with WPC.
****Wireless PowerShare is limited to Samsung or other brand smartphones with WPC Qi wireless charging, such as Galaxy Z Fold6, Z Flip6, Galaxy Z Fold5, Z Flip5, Galaxy Z Fold4, Z Flip4, S22 series, Z Fold3 5G, Z Flip3 5G, S21 FE 5G, S21 series, Z Fold2, Note20 series, S20 series, Z Flip, Note10 series, S10 series, S9 series, S8 series, S7 series, S6 series, Note9, Note8, Note FE, Note5, and wearables such as Galaxy Buds2 Pro, Buds2, Buds Pro, Buds Live, Watch6, Watch6 Classic, Watch5, Watch5 Pro, Watch4, Watch4 Classic, Watch3, Watch Active2, Watch Active, Gear Sport, Gear S3, Galaxy Watch, and Galaxy Buds. May not work with certain accessories, covers, or other brand devices. May affect call reception or data services, depending on your network environment.
Water Resistance IPX8
*Based on lab test conditions for submersion in up to 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Not advised for beach or pool use. Not dust- or sand-resistant. Ensure the charging port is dry before charging. Please refer to your device’s user manual for further care instructions and limitations.
OS Android 14, One UI 6.1.1
Network & Connectivity 5G*, LTE**, Wi-Fi 6E***, Bluetooth® v5.3
*Requires optimal 5G network connection, available in select markets. Check with your carrier for availability and details. Download and streaming speeds may vary based on content provider, server connection and other factors.
**Availability of LTE model varies by market and carrier. Actual speed may vary depending on market, carrier, and user environment.
***Wi-Fi 6E network availability may vary by market, network provider and user environment. Requires optimal connection and a Wi-Fi 6E router.
Sensors Capacitive Fingerprint sensor (side), Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor
Security Samsung Knox with Samsung Knox Vault
SIM Card Single Nano SIM* + eSIM**
*SIM card sold separately. Availability may vary depending on market and carrier.
**eSIM availability may vary depending on software version, region and carrier. Check with your carrier if your mobile network plan supports eSIM.
Colours Silver Shadow, Pink, Navy* [Samsung.com Exclusive] Crafted Black, White**
*Availability of colour may vary by market, region or carrier.
**Online exclusive colours only available on Samsung.com.

GALAXY WATCH 7

The Galaxy Watch7 is equipped with the most powerful chip in the Galaxy Watch line-up, and for the first time a 3nm Processor.

It has a three times faster CPU25 and 30% improved power efficiency of application processor. Watch7 is the first Galaxy smartwatch to feature a Dual-frequency GPS system, which is more accurate in dense urban areas.

You can track over 100 workouts and receive a complete body and fitness snapshot. Receive real-time readings and alerts for abnormally high or low heart rates with Heart Rate monitoring plus Electrocardiogram (ECG) and Blood Pressure (BP) monitoring. 

Galaxy Watch7 will be available in 40mm and 44mm. 40mm is available in Green and Cream, while 44mm is available in Green and Silver. 

GALAXY WATCH ULTRA

The Galaxy Watch Ultra is a larger and more rugged version of the Watch7. The Titanium Grade 4 frame and 10ATM water resistance makes this one helluva adventure watch.

A new Functional Threshold Power (FTP) for cycling accurately measures maximum cycling power in just 4 minutes with AI-powered FTP metrics to unlock full potential based on indicators unique to you.

Newly added Quick Button allows you to instantly initiate and control workouts and map other functions. And there’s an emergency siren on the Wear OS 5 powered device. Watch7 is also using the same operating system.

With a peak brightness of 3,000 nits, Galaxy Watch Ultra will be much easier to read in bright sunlight. The 590mAh battery is the biggest in the Galaxy Watch series.

When worn with the Galaxy Ring, the Galaxy Watches will provide more accurate readings and it will also extend the battery life of the Ring by up to 30%.

Galaxy Watch Ultra40 will be available in 47mm with Titanium Grey, Titanium White and Titanium Silver.

Galaxy Watch Comparison

Feature Galaxy Watch7 Galaxy Watch Ultra
Colour 44mm: Green, Silver
40mm: Green, Cream
47mm: Titanium Silver, Titanium Grey, Titanium White
Dimensions & Weight 44mm: 44.4 x 44.4 x 9.7 mm, 33.8g
40mm: 40.4 x 40.4 x 9.7 mm, 28.8g
47mm: 47.1 x 47.4 x 12.1mm, 60.5g
Display Sapphire Crystal
44mm: 1.5-inch (37.3 mm) 480×480 Super AMOLED, Full Colour Always On Display
40mm: 1.3-inch (33.3 mm) 432×432 Super AMOLED, Full Colour Always On Display
Sapphire Crystal
47mm: 1.5-inch (37.3mm) 480×480 Super AMOLED, Full Colour Always On Display
Processor Exynos W1000 (5 Core, 3nm)
Memory & Storage 2GB memory + 32GB storage
Battery (typical) 44mm: 425mAh
40mm: 300mAh
590mAh
Charging Fast Charging (WPC-based wireless charging)
OS Wear OS Powered by Samsung (Wear OS 5)
UI One UI 6 Watch
Sensors Samsung BioActive Sensor (Optical Bio-signal sensor + Electrical Heart Signal + Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis), Temperature Sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor
Connectivity LTE, Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi 2.4+5GHz, NFC, GPS(L1+L5)/Glonass/Beidou/Galileo
Durability 5ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810H 10ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810H / Ocean Swimming, Operation Temperature/ Altitude Guaranteed
Compatibility Android 11 or higher and with more than 1.5GB of memory

BUDS3 AND BUDS3 PRO

The Buds3 and Buds3 Pro have a new look.

Samsung’s ‘blade design’ looks like a sharper, more angled version of Apple’s AirPods Pro. You will stand out from the crowd with Blade Lights which are LEDs that light the sides of the blades. You control the buds by pinching or swiping up or down the blade.

Galaxy Buds3 Pro is Canal Type and therefore offer superior sound when it comes to earbuds. Buds3 is Open Type which is better suited for people on the go and taking calls over a longer period. 

Thanks to Galaxy AI, you can turn on Interpreter in Listening mode on Galaxy Z Fold6 or Flip6 with Galaxy Buds3 series plugged into your ears. This will allow you to hear the lecture translated directly through your Galaxy Buds, helping to remove language barriers that may exist in your studies.

The microphones in the Buds3 series analyse both internal and external sound in real time to enhance sound and Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) quality through Adaptive EQ and Adaptive ANC.

Galaxy Buds3 Pro comes with enhanced 2-way speakers with planar tweeter and Dual Amplifiers. Ultra High Quality Audio supports a doubled sampling rate with SSC codec. And phone calls will sound better too.

Galaxy Buds3 vs Galaxy Buds3 Pro Specifications

Feature Galaxy Buds3 Galaxy Buds3 Pro
Colour Silver, White
*Available colours may vary by market, carrier or retailer.
Silver, White
*Available colours may vary by market, carrier or retailer.
Dimensions Earbud: 18.1 x 20.4 x 31.9 mm
Charging Case: 58.9 x 48.7 x 24.4 mm
Earbud: 18.1 x 19.8 x 33.2 mm
Charging Case: 58.9 x 48.7 x 24.4 mm
Weight Earbud: 4.7g
Charging Case: 46.5g
*with M size eartip
Earbud: 5.4g
Charging Case: 46.5g
*with M size eartip
Speaker 1-Way: 11mm Dynamic Driver Enhanced 2-Way: 10.5mm Dynamic + 6.1mm Planar
Microphone 3 Mics + VPU 3 Mics + VPU
Sound Quality UHQ*
24bit Hi-Fi**
360 Audio with Direct Multi-Channel***
*Ultra high quality audio up to 24bit/96kHz is available on Galaxy S24 series, S23 series, Z Fold6, Z Flip6, Z Fold5, Z Flip5 and Tab S9 series with One UI 6.1.1 or above. Additional devices may be supported in the future.
**24-bit Hi-Fi sound requires Samsung Galaxy devices running OneUI 4.0 or higher and Galaxy Buds3. 24-bit Hi-Fi sound support may vary depending on the application.
*** Direct Multi-channel is supported with Android One UI version 4.1.1 or later, 360 Audio Supports One UI 3.1 or later.
UHQ*
24bit Hi-Fi**
360 Audio with Direct Multi-Channel***
*Ultra high quality audio up to 24bit/96kHz is available on Galaxy S24 series, S23 series, Z Fold6, Z Flip6, Z Fold5, Z Flip5 and Tab S9 series with One UI 6.1.1 or above. Additional devices may be supported in the future.
**24-bit Hi-Fi sound requires Samsung Galaxy devices running OneUI 4.0 or higher and Galaxy Buds3 Pro. 24-bit Hi-Fi sound support may vary depending on the application.
***Direct Multi-channel is supported with Android One UI version 4.1.1 or later, 360 Audio Supports One UI 3.1 or later.
ANC & Ambient Sound ANC ANC
Ambient sound
Voice Detect*
*Galaxy Buds3 Pro can distinguish between noise and human voices. When you speak, it switches temporarily to Ambient mode and reduces media volume so that you can hear conversations without taking out your earbuds.
Battery Capacity Earbuds: 48mAh (typical)
Charging Case: 515mAh (typical)*
* The typical capacity has been tested under third party laboratory conditions. The typical capacity is the estimated average capacity considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under the IEC 61960-3 standard. The rated capacity is 45mAh (earbuds), 500mAh (charging case). Actual battery life may vary depending on the network environment, usage patterns, and other factors.
Earbuds: 53mAh (typical)
Charging Case: 515mAh (typical)*
* The typical capacity has been tested under third party laboratory conditions. The typical capacity is the estimated average capacity considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under the IEC 61960-3 standard. The rated capacity is 50mAh (earbuds), 500mAh (charging case). Actual battery life may vary depending on the network environment, usage patterns, and other factors.
Music Time Up to 5 hours / Total up to 24 hours (ANC on)
Up to 6 hours / Total up to 30 hours (ANC off)*
* Earbuds provide up to 5hrs play time with ANC on (up to 6 hours with ANC off), while the case provides up to 24 hours of battery life (up to 30 hours with ANC off) when the case and earbuds are charged to 100%. Based on internal testing. Audio playback time tested by pairing a pre-production Galaxy Buds3 to a recently released Galaxy smartphone with default settings including ANC off. Actual battery life may vary and depend on usage conditions, settings, number of times charged, Bluetooth signal strength, and other factors. Default setting refers to the original setting for the Galaxy Buds3 when it was first released, simply with the power turned on.
Up to 6 hours / Total up to 24 hours (ANC on)
Up to 7 hours / Total up to 29 hours (ANC off)*
* Earbuds provide up to 6hrs play time with ANC on (up to 7 hours with ANC off), while the case provides up to 24 hours of battery life (up to 29 hours with ANC off) when the case and earbuds are charged to 100%. Based on internal testing. Audio playback time tested by pairing a pre-production Galaxy Buds3 Pro to a recently released Galaxy smartphone with default settings including ANC on. Actual battery life may vary and depend on usage conditions, settings, number of times charged, Bluetooth signal strength, and other factors. Default setting refers to the original setting for the Galaxy Buds3 Pro when it was first released, simply with the power turned on.
Talk Time Up to 3.5 hours / Total up to 18h (ANC on)
Up to 4 hours / Total up to 20h (ANC off)
* Earbuds provide up to 3.5hrs voice call time with ANC on (up to 4 hours with ANC off), while the case provides up to 18 hours of battery life (up to 20 hours with ANC off) when the case and earbuds are charged to 100%. Based on internal testing. Voice call time tested by pairing pre-production Galaxy Buds3 to a recently released Galaxy smartphone with default settings including ANC off. Actual battery life may vary and depend on usage conditions, settings, number of times charged, Bluetooth signal strength, and other factors.
Up to 4.5 hours / Total up to 20h (ANC on)
Up to 5 hours / Total up to 22h (ANC off)
* Earbuds provide up to 4.5hrs voice call time with ANC on (up to 5 hours with ANC off), while the case provides up to 20 hours of battery life (up to 22 hours with ANC off) when the case and earbuds are charged to 100%. Based on internal testing. Voice call time tested by pairing pre-production Galaxy Buds3 Pro to a recently released Galaxy smartphone with default settings including ANC on. Actual battery life may vary and depend on usage conditions, settings, number of times charged, Bluetooth signal strength, and other factors.
Connectivity Bluetooth® 5.4, Auto Switch
Codec: SSC(Samsung Seamless Codec) HiFi, SSC UHQ (Samsung Proprietary)
AAC, SBC
Bluetooth® 5.4, Auto Switch
Codec: SSC(Samsung Seamless Codec) HiFi, SSC UHQ (Samsung Proprietary)
AAC, SBC
Sensor Voice Pickup Unit (VPU), Force & Touch (Swipe), SWIR, Accelerometer, Hall sensor Voice Pickup Unit (VPU), Force & Touch (Swipe), SWIR, Accelerometer, Hall sensor
Compatibility Android 10 or higher with more than 1.5GB of Memory
*Some features may not be available on non-Samsung devices. Availability may vary by market, operator or connected device.
Android 10 or higher with more than 1.5GB of Memory
*Some features may not be available on non-Samsung devices. Availability may vary by market, operator or connected device.
Water Resistance IP57*
*earbuds only
Galaxy Buds3 is rated IP57. Based on laboratory test conditions for submersion in up to 1 metre of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. Not advised for beach or pool use. Ensure charging port is dry before charging. If the earbuds or your hands are wet, they must be dried thoroughly prior to handling or placing into the charging case. Please refer to the user manual for further care and instructions.
IP57*
*earbuds only
Galaxy Buds3 is rated IP57. Based on laboratory test conditions for submersion in up to 1 metre of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. Not advised for beach or pool use. Ensure charging port is dry before charging. If the earbuds or your hands are wet, they must be dried thoroughly prior to handling or placing into the charging case. Please refer to the user manual for further care and instructions.

SAMSUNG AND TELCO OFFERS

Pre-Order Offers
CHANNEL PRE-ORDER OFFERS (July 11 to July 30, 2024)
T&Cs apply for all offers
Samsung.com • Pre-order Galaxy Z Fold6 to receive:
  • $400 eVoucher
  • $150 Bonus Trade-in
  • 1 year Bonus Samsung Care+ (valued at $229)
  • 5% off Samsung Shop App First Purchase
• Pre-order Galaxy Z Flip6 to receive:
  • $400 eVoucher
  • $150 Bonus Trade-in
  • 1 year Bonus Samsung Care+ (valued at $149)
  • 5% off Samsung Shop App First Purchase
• Pre-order Galaxy Watch Ultra to receive:
  • $250 Instant Cart Discount
  • Bonus Peakform Band (valued at $149)
  • 5% off Samsung Shop App First Purchase
• Pre-order Galaxy Watch7 to receive:
  • $150 Instant Cart Discount
  • Bonus Athleisure Band (valued at $129)
  • 5% off Samsung Shop App First Purchase
• Pre-order Galaxy Buds3 for $50 instant discount & Buds3 Pro for $80 instant discount:
  • Bonus Clear Case (valued at $30)
  • 5% off Samsung Shop App First Purchase
Enjoy exclusive 20% everyday discount from Samsung Education Store *Not in conjunction with above offers
Telstra • Pre-order Galaxy Z Fold6 or Galaxy Z Flip6 and receive up to $1,349 of value:
  • $400 trade in bonus
  • Bonus Tab S9 FE via redemption (Valued at $949)
• Pre-order Galaxy Watch7 and receive a bonus Buds3 via redemption (Valued at $299)
• Pre-order Galaxy Watch Ultra and receive a bonus Buds3 Pro via redemption (Valued at $399)
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  • $250 off RRP
  • Bonus Galaxy Watch6 (Valued at up to $699)
  • Bonus Buds3 Pro (Valued at $399)
• Pre-order Galaxy Watch7 and receive a bonus Buds FE (Valued at $199)
• Pre-order Galaxy Watch Ultra and receive a bonus Buds3 (Valued at $299)
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  • $200 off RRP
  • $500 Trade-in Bonus
  • Bonus Samsung Care + (1 year)
• Pre-order Galaxy Z Fold6 and receive:
  • $200 off RRP
  • $700 Trade-in Bonus
  • Bonus Samsung Care + (1 year)
• Pre-order Galaxy Watch7 and receive a bonus Buds FE (Valued at $199)
• Pre-order Galaxy Watch Ultra and receive a bonus Buds3 (Valued at $299)
• Pre-order Galaxy Buds3 or Buds3 Pro and receive 10% off RRP
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  • $200 Gift Card
  • $400 Trade-in Bonus
  • Bonus Samsung Care + (1 year)
• Pre-order Galaxy Z Fold6 and receive:
  • $200 Gift Card
  • $400 Trade-in Bonus
  • Bonus Samsung Care + (1 year)
• Pre-order Galaxy Watch Ultra and receive a bonus $250 gift card
• Pre-order Galaxy Watch 7 and receive a bonus $150 gift card
• Pre-order Galaxy Buds3 Pro and receive a bonus $80 gift card
• Pre-order Galaxy Buds3 and receive a bonus $50 gift card
Harvey Norman • Pre-order Galaxy Z Flip6 and receive:
  • $200 Gift Card
  • $0 on the $99 plan
  • Bonus Samsung Care + (1 year)
• Pre-order Galaxy Z Fold6 and receive:
  • $200 Gift Card
  • $949 on the $99 plan
  • Bonus Samsung Care + (1 year)
• Pre-order Galaxy Watch Ultra and receive a bonus $250 gift card
• Pre-order Galaxy Watch 7 and receive a bonus $150 gift card
• Pre-order Galaxy Buds3 Pro and receive a bonus $80 gift card
• Pre-order Galaxy Buds3 and receive a bonus $50 gift card
The Good Guys • Pre-order Galaxy Z Flip6 and receive:
  • $200 Gift Card
  • Get $1100 off ticket price when you sign up to $79 plan over 24 months (port/ new connections only)
  • Bonus Samsung Care + (1 year)
• Pre-order Galaxy Z Fold6 and receive:
  • $200 Gift Card
  • Get $1100 off ticket price when you sign up to $79 plan over 24 months (port/ new connections only)
  • Bonus Samsung Care + (1 year)
• Pre-order Galaxy Watch Ultra and receive a bonus $250 gift card
• Pre-order Galaxy Watch 7 and receive a bonus $150 gift card
• Pre-order Galaxy Buds3 Pro and receive a bonus $80 gift card
• Pre-order Galaxy Buds3 and receive a bonus $50 gift card

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Samsung Galaxy Ring to Rule Them All

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Over the last few weeks more details have emerged about Samsung’s highly anticipated wearable device, the Galaxy Ring. The health tracker could be launched as soon as next month, more likely August.

The Galaxy Ring was teased by Samsung earlier this year at Unpacked – the launch of the S24 Series – but some of the battery sizes, 17 mAh, 18.5 mAh and 22 mAh were discovered by mysmartprice as the rings were going through FCC approvals.

UNPACKED 2024

Other battery capacities could end up in the final products because there’s a lot of speculation at the moment. Battery life could last up to nine days which makes this an easy tracker to wear.

We’re expecting up to nine sizes – available in black, sliver and gold.

THE GALAXY RING WILL COME IN 9 SIZES AND THREE COLOURS

As I discussed with Tim Gilbert in the video at the top of this story, a smart ring with sensors is ideal for monitoring sleep. Its long battery life and close contact with the body, ensures sustained and accurate data.

The Galaxy Ring will play a big role in Samsung’s health initiatives along with the Galaxy Watch. A summary called ‘My Vitality Score’ will take into account all of the readings to give you a number to aim for in your health and fitness goals.

MY VITALITY SCORE

There’s also a feature called ‘Booster Cards’, that offers more AI powered analysis of your bio data.

Samsung Health Partner Day MAY 2024

“In this new mobile era of AI, Samsung is focused on remaining at the forefront of maximizing information,” said Dr. Hon Pak, Vice President and Head of Digital Health Team, MX Business at Samsung Electronics.

“With the intelligence of AI, the most transformative technology of the century, users will receive more personalized insights and tailored health experiences through Samsung Health’s extensive global dataset from 64M monthly active users. And while every user’s wellness journey is unique, we believe they all start in the same way – by gaining a deeper understanding of their health through more comprehensive insights, spanning the longest time possible.”

He went on to say in an editorial, “This is why we’ve continued to build a portfolio of tools that help track their health conveniently, continuously and accurately.”

“This approach comes to life in our wearables portfolio with upcoming features like My Vitality Score and Booster Card, combining more data with new intelligent analysis to deliver even more personalised and actionable guidance day and night.”

COMPETITION

Samsung has some serious competition in this space from well established Finnish tech company Oura.

The Oura Ring Generation 3 features Automatic Activity Detection, Daytime Heart Rate Monitoring, Period Prediction, Early Illness Detection, Rest Mode, and Personalised Bedtime Guidance.

OURA RING CAPTURES SLEEP DATA

Oura Rings start from US$299 with a US$5.99 per month subscription for in-depth reporting on your readings.

These include:

  • In-depth sleep analysis every morning
  • Personalized health insights & recommendations
  • Live & accurate heart rate monitoring
  • Temperature trend monitoring as a tool to predict periods and to identify early signs of sickness

Samsung has taken preemptive legal action to head off any patent claims before the Galaxy Ring hits shelves.

As Tim suggested in the Sky News segment above, “The Galaxy Ring” – “Sounds like a movie doesn’t it?”

It sure does .. and the drama is just beginning.

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Back to School Phone Options: Advice for Parents

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As the school year begins across the country, many parents are deciding whether their children should have a mobile phone. The decision is further complicated by schools cracking down on phones nationwide.

So my advice?

Don’t hand down your old Android phone because security updates might be a problem. Unless it’s very new. Get the latest model possible but don’t spend too much. Let’s face it .. kids won’t be able to use them as much due to the school bans.

On the iPhone side – get a refurbished model that is supported by iOS 17. The iPhone 8 and X are getting too old.

Here are some affordable options I’ve compiled for you but you need to act fast as most are on special.

Nokia 2660 Flip

Nokia 2660 Flip is HMD’s retro design with modern insides. Its long battery life and basic operation, makes it ideal for the youngest school kids. It flips open to reveal a big display and big buttons. The 2660 Flip also comes with Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) and emergency button that works while closed. There are other features like games, web browsing and camera. Although the camera is made in the modern day, the shots it takes are definitely from the early 2000s. Good choice for mostly phone calls and text messages.

NOKIA 2660 ON SALE FOR $97

Nokia G22

The Nokia G22 is the first phone in the HMD Nokia range to enable Quickfix repairability. As I tell Tim in the video above, if your kid breaks it, he or she can fix it. Pretty handy skill to learn. Together with ifixit, Nokia has created a self-repairable phone where aspects like dead batteries, broken screens and bent charging cables can be fixed at home by the phone user, without voiding the warranty. The Nokia G22 prioritises a longevity-first design with the self-repairability being supported by 3 years of warranty and updates as well as a 3-day battery life.

NOKIA G22 ON SALE FOR $289

OPPO A79 5G

The A79 5G is the most expensive in this group but it’s definitely good value. It has all the best feature you’d expect from OPPO. The large display is incredibly bright. You can see in the demo video above just how bright it gets. Brilliant for outside use by kids. A hefty 5,000mAh battery can be charged to 100% in approx. 74 minutes. A 5-minute charge is enough for up to 2.6 hours of phone calls. Dual AI rear cameras are outstanding at this price.

OPPO A79 5G FOR $367

Motorola G54 5G

The moto g54 5G comes packed with Motorola’s usual features which include twist-to-launch-camera and shake-for-torch. It has an excellent 6.5” display with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate. The rear 50MP camera system with OIS can capture outstanding images. Of course, it’s also 5G. At less than $250, the Moto G54 is amazing value.

MOTO G54 5G ON SALE FOR $247

iPhone SE – refurb

iPhone has a long support timeline but it’s not endless. So I would recommends parents look for a 2020 SE device. These refurbished phones are great for families that want to be all-in with Apple team. This is handy for easy sharing and tracking. Although you’ll see many iPhone 8 and X models around, I would skip these as they are at, or nearing the end of their support life from Apple. This is important for security updates. It’s also a good idea to underscore the importance of phone security with you children as it will help set them up in later life. I’m pleased to say my kids are always doing the right thing when it comes to security .. and they are in their twenties now.

IPHONE SE (2020) REFURB ON SALE FOR $299

Smartwatches

In this week’s segment we also covered smartwatches at school. I found that rules vary on the use of these devices in different jurisdictions. Some won’t allow them, others will, if they are in flight mode or with notifications turned off. Of course, there are exemptions for medical reasons.

Watches are often used to track where children are during the day so another option might be AirTag for Apple users or SmartTag2 for Samsung owners. Tile will work for all. Just pop one in your kid’s bag and you’re good to go. Although two-way communication isn’t possible you could just make them beep remotely. That could signify you need to make contact.

Or you could just ring the school .. old skool.

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