It’s only been a few short weeks since Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S21 FE – not to mention plenty of smart home tech and new TVs – at CES 2022, but the company is ready for its next product launch and has promised a Galaxy Unpacked event today, on 9 February.
First revealed in the brief teaser seen above, this latest Unpacked is now confirmed to see the company unveil its Galaxy S22 range of flagship smartphones, while there are also hopes we’ll see new Tab S8 tablets unveiled at the same time.
Here’s how to watch the whole thing live.
When is the next Galaxy Unpacked?
Today’s Samsung event takes place on 9 February 2022 at the following time:
- 7am PT
- 10am ET
- 3pm GMT
- 4pm CET
How to watch the Samsung event live
Samsung will stream the whole event live on YouTube, so you can just head to the Samsung YouTube channel to find the stream – or watch it above, however, that’s not the only place to tune in. In a shift from previous Unpackeds, the event will also be available across numerous social platforms (including TikTok and Twitch) and, for the first time, the Metaverse.
According to TechRadar, Samsung has virtually recreated its flagship New York experience and retail store – located at 837 Washington Street – as a construct it’s named ‘837X’.
The virtual store exists inside of Decentraland: a 3D world you can access via your web browser (not supported on mobile), which itself allows users to pair their crypto wallets to their accounts and purchase plots of virtual land as NFTs.
Why Samsung decided that now was the time to take its launch events to the Metaverse hasn’t explicitly been stated, but it’s assumed that the company simply wanted to capitalise on the zeitgeist surrounding cryptocurrency and NFTs, right now.
Samsung also has a registration page for the event, where you can sign up for all the news and reminders to watch it live.
What will Samsung announce at the next Unpacked?
Samsung’s teaser trailer makes it pretty clear that we’re going to see the unveiling of new smartphones, which it’s since confirmed will be the Galaxy S22 series.
We’re likely to see three phones. The S22 and S22+ will be familiar evolutions of last year’s S21 range, but the S22 Ultra is widely expected to incorporate design elements and features from the classic Note range – including full support for the S Pen stylus.
We’re also holding out hope of seeing the Galaxy Tab S8 series, which has been heavily leaked but still remains unannounced.
Samsung’s pre-registration page for the US gives fans the chance to reserve either ‘the next Galaxy Smartphone’ or ‘the next Galaxy Tablet’ and get $50 Samsung store credit, which seems like a pretty clear indicator that the Tab S8 series will be revealed alongside the S22 range.
There have also been mounting leaks for the cheaper Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A73, but it’s unlikely we’ll see these more affordable phones debut alongside the flagships, so they’ll probably arrive at a later date.
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