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OPPO Find N3 On-Sale Date Confirmed

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OPPO Australia has announced the on-sale date for its Find N3 foldable phone.

Key Dates Australia:

  • Exclusive pre-sale with JB Hi-Fi Online: Starting from November 8th, 2023
  • Official on-sale date in Australia: November 16th, 2023
  • Available for purchase through the OPPO Australia online store and as a JB Hi-Fi online exclusive starting from November 16th, 2023
  • The OPPO Find N3 will cost A$2,699

The Find N3 won high praise after its launch in Singapore last month. Despite being a foldable, OPPO gave the N3 flagship camera capabilities.

It’s the first serious competition for Samsung’s Fold5 and earlier models in Australia.

You can read more about pour coverage here.

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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
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  • Bonus Samsung Care + (1 year)
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• 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)
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• Pre-order Galaxy Buds3 Pro and receive a bonus $80 gift card
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Flagship Foldable: OPPO Find N3 Hands-On

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My hands-on experience with the OPPO Find N3 is so good, I’m actually considering using it as my daily driver. I’ve used foldables as my secondary device for some time, especially flip models but they’ve always been the backup handset.

Djuro Sen testing the OPPO Find N3 in Singapore

The main reason for the change of heart is the flagship quality camera array in the Find N3. OPPO has made a foldable that doesn’t compromise on photography. I want my main phone to be a kick-ass portable camera too. That’s why the iPhone Pro Max, S23 Ultra and Pixel 8 Pro are at the top of my list normally. But the Find N3 is different. It’s the first foldable with a camera array that comes close to matching a traditional flagship design. It’s not perfect but nothing is.

It competes very well against the Samsung S23 Ultra but absolutely destroys the camera setup on the Fold 5.

FIND N3 CAMERA SPECS – REAR

48MP Main Camera: f/1.7; 24mm; 7P lens; AF supported; closed-loop focus motor; OIS supported
64MP 3x Telephoto Camera: f/2.6; 70mm; 4P lens; AF supported; closed-loop focus motor; OIS supported
16MP 6x Telephoto Camera (in-sensor zoom): f/2.6; 145mm; 4P lens; AF supported; closed-loop focus motor; OIS supported
48MP Ultra-wide Angle Camera: f/2.2; FOV 114°; 6P lens; AF supported; 3.5cm Macro supported

FIND N3 CAMERA SPECS – FRONT

20MP Main screen: f/2.2; FOV 91°; 4P lens
32MP Cover screen: f/2.4; FOV 88.5°; 5P lens

Compare that to the Fold 5 rear camera setup:

50.0 MP + 12.0 MP + 10.0 MP | F1.8 , F2.2 , F2.4 | Optical Zoom at 3x , Digital Zoom up to 30x.

Although megapixels aren’t everything the difference here is staggering. But there are some spec positives for Samsung. The Fold 5 does 8K video at 30fps while OPPO’s Find N3 tops out at 4K 60fps. The point here is that OPPO has made a foldable that’s not a gimmick. If you’re a power user, you also get the best cameras.

Check out the 4K time lapse I shot from the 51st floor of my hotel room in Singapore.

OPPO Find N3 4K time lapse

Despite a massive circular camera bump, OPPO has pulled off a sleek design for the Find N3. The test unit I have is the ‘champagne gold’ version but in Australia only the ‘classic black’ version will be sold for A$2699 in November.

It feels great in the hand and the display is bright. The seam is almost invisible when active. And I’m not kidding. Once you start using the N3, you quickly forget about the shortcomings that usually come with foldables.

FIND N3 DISPLAY SPECS

7.8” AMOLED
2240 x 2268
426 PPI
1440Hz PWM dimming
1-120Hz refresh rate
Dolby Vision
HDR10+
1400 nits (HBM)
2800 nits (peak)

The front screen is also a compelling reason to opt for the N3 over other devices. The display has a 20:9 aspect ratio. This means the N3 behaves and looks like a normal, high end phone when closed.

The N3 is a stand as well

I’ll have a full review coming your way soon with sample shots available for download.

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Image Matrix Tech on Sky News: Samsung Flip 5

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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we explained how the foldable flip phone has gone from novelty gadget to serious smartphone category in just a few years.

Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Flip 5 is the latest entry and its bigger outside display allows more tasks to be performed without opening the phone. Samsung calls it the 3.4″ Flex Window but whatever it’s called … the outside display is much bigger.

It needed to be bigger to combat impressive outside displays from OPPO and Motorola foldables in 2023. We show them side-by-side in this segment and explain why this category is popular.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G 512GB during pre-order is worth $1649.

Official Release date: 18 Aug 23

The competition:

  • Motorola Razr 40 Ultra 5G 256GB = $1499 
  • OPPO Find N2 Flip 5G 256GB + $1499

SAMSUNG TAB S9

While Android tablets aren’t for everyone this new Galaxy Tab S9 Series is certainly worth a look for a couple of reasons.

Let’s start with the display; it’s an absolute knockout. The Dynamic AMOLED 2X HDR10+ ensures scene-by-scene, frame-by-frame tone optimisation with a wide range of colours and brightness. The dynamic refresh rate of the Galaxy Tab S9 series automatically calibrates from 60 to 120Hz to balance smooth responsiveness with optimised battery efficiency. Eye Comfort also helps to reduce eye strain with low blue light, reduced by more than 70 percent.

Every device is equipped with the flagship Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy, the same lightning-fast mobile processor in Samsung’s latest smartphones. For the first time on a Galaxy tablet, advanced vapour chamber technology helps power streaming, gaming or video editing marathons, so users will also benefit from optimised large-screen gaming experiences.

Every premium Galaxy Tab S9 device comes with the Galaxy S Pen. 

Offering a pen-on-paper-like experience, Galaxy Tab S9 series and S Pen are now both IP68 rated for water and dust resistance.

The other big feature in my opinion …. is the pro-level LumaFusion video editing app which makes work easier when creating sharable content. Images and videos — even large files — taken on your Galaxy smartphone camera can be easily shared to Galaxy Tab S9 series with Quick Share. LumaFusion takes full advantage of Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra’s expansive screen and extra displays if needed. This is Android’s best video editing setup I’ve seen on a tablet.

Tab S9 starts at $1299 up to $2949 for the top Tab S9 Ultra. 

SONY’S WF-1000XM5 TRULY WIRELESS EARBUDS

I’m still reviewing the WF-1000XM5 truly wireless earbuds but what I’ve heard so far has blown me away. 

Announced last week with an improved glossy texture and a more luxurious feel, these earbuds fit comfortably in your ears while keeping out external sounds. By downsizing the headphone body and optimising the placement of the components, the earbud is now approximately 25% smaller and 20% lighter than the WF-1000XM4. Sony also reduced the size of the charging case.

Noise Isolation Earbud Tips feature a unique polyurethane foam material which reduces noise in the high-frequency range. Soft and elastic, they maximise the contact area between the earbud tip and the ear canal, insulating your sound and reducing noise. It also improves adhesion to the ear canal for a more secure, stable fit.

  • Key Features
  • Class leading Noise Cancelling* Headphones
  • Compact and comfortable design
  • HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN2e – blocks more noise, in more situations
  • Integrated Processor V2, for reliable connectivity and high-quality sound
  • Dynamic Driver X- deeper bass and better audio detail
  • Up to 8 hours music per charge, or 24 hours when including the charging case
  • Qi® wireless and USB Type-C, with quick charge (3mins charge = 1 hour music)
  • Be heard with Sony’s best ever call quality, via precise voice pickup technology
  • Speak-to-Chat mode, speak to pause your music- no button press required
  • Headtracking for immersive spatial audio and optional head-gesture control¹
  • IPX4 rated – everyday protection from sweat and splashing water²
  • case is not water resistant
  • What’s in the box?
  • Noise isolation ear tips (4 sizes)

SRP $499.95 AUD – already reduced to $419 for pre orders. 

Release date is August 1st.

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