Samsung unveils Galaxy Z Flip3 Bespoke phone, but Kiwis who want colour set to miss out

It's the latest technology to be sold in Australia, but not made available in Aotearoa.
It's the latest technology to be sold in Australia, but not made available in Aotearoa. Photo credit: Newshub

New Zealanders are again set to miss out on new tech options after Samsung announced a bespoke version of its Galaxy Z Flip3 smartphone at its 'Unpacked Part 2' event overnight.

Google launched its new flagship Pixel 6 and Pro 6 devices overseas yesterday, but the company had "nothing to announce for Pixel in New Zealand at this stage". Previous editions of the phones have been available in Australia but not in Aotearoa.

The Flip3 Bespoke appears unlikely to make its way across the ditch either, with the clamshell foldable phone being released in Australia next week, but not in New Zealand.

Newshub has approached Samsung for comment on whether Kiwis will get access to the new options in the future.

The original Flip3 was released here in September in a variety of colours, but the new version allows more customisation, including different colours for the front and back of the phone.

Including the choice of either a black or silver frame, users will be able to choose from 49 unique combinations to better reflect their personality, the company said.

"Today's customers are multi-faceted, and we believe their technology should reflect their unique lifestyles," said Stephanie Choi, senior vice president and head of marketing of the Mobile Communications Business at Samsung. 

"Galaxy Z Flip3 Bespoke Edition opens new experiences for customers to reflect who they are, through the technology they use the most."

As well as giving their phones a blast of colour, Samsung is also giving users more options for their watches with the launch of the Watch4 Bespoke Studio.

Customers will be able to mix and match from a variety of Galaxy Watch4 colours, sizes and strap styles, with more opportunities for personalisation via the latest software update which has started rolling out.

The update also includes four new faces with more ways to include the information most relevant, for example fitness information, battery life and weather. Animated GIFs will also be able to be used as a watch face.

Gesture control has also been added to the Watch4, which gives users the chance to customise what happens when you make certain hand movements.

"By doing a simple ‘knock, knock’ motion with your wrist, you can open a pre-selected app, open the list of workouts, turn on a light or even create a new reminder," the company said.

"You can access an app or feature – your favorite or most frequently used – all without lifting a finger or pressing a button."