From an impressive folding smartphone to the newest flagships, we round up what was announced at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event.
Samsung’s much-anticipated 2019 Unpacked event definitely kicked off 2019 with a bang. Taking to the occasion to celebrate the 10th iteration of the Galaxy S flagship, Samsung also used the event to unveil a lineup of new products, including the brand’s impressive foldable phone – the Galaxy Fold.
If you weren’t watching along via the live stream, no need to worry as you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a roundup of everything announced at Galaxy Unpacked 2019!
At the start of the event, Samsung unveiled the much-anticipated foldable smartphone, known as the Galaxy Fold. The device fills the role of both a phone and a tablet, featuring a large 7.3-inch tablet sized screen that is able to fold in half to make a smaller 4.6-inch HD+ phone-sized screen, via the use of something called Infinity Flex Display. A hidden hinge on the rear of the phone allows the Galaxy fold to be locked into place.
The Galaxy Fold includes 12GB of RAM, a powerful 4,380mAh battery, uses a Qualcomm 7nm octa-core processor and comes with 512GB of Universal Flash Storage 3.0. However, it doesn’t include a micro SD card slot and so there is no option to expand the internal storage. In addition to this, Samsung has discussed that uses will have the option of 5G support.
The device has a total of six cameras – with three on the back, two inside and one on the front, that is inclusive of an ultra-wide lens, wide-angle lens and a telephoto camera.
As the first really new mobile form factor in quite a few years, the Galaxy Fold comes with a hefty price tag, starting at $1,980. It has a release date of April 26th for the US and May 3rd for Europe.
Galaxy S10 Series
Perhaps the most anticipated announcement of the event, was the refreshed design of Samsungs flagship, the Galaxy S10. The brand unveiled four new impressive devices, including the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus with 1TB of storage, the cheaper Galaxy S10E, and the brand’s first 5G handset – the Galaxy S10 5G.
Between the four phones, they offer a host of impressive new specs, including triple-camera systems on the rear, 1TB of internal storage, reverse wireless charging and the option to support 5G.
Galaxy S10: The brand’s flagship has had a big step up in terms of feature-based specs and aesthetics when compared to previous models. Exhibiting a 6.1-inch QHD+ dynamic AMOLED curved screen, the Galaxy S10‘s edge-to-edge display extends right over the curved edges, whilst a built-in ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, intended to replace the traditional capacitive scanner, is hidden behind the Infinity-O screen.
The front-facing 10-megapixel camera is cutout within a small ‘punch-hole’, while the back of the phone features a triple-lens camera, comprising of a 16-megapixel ultrawide lens, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens and a 12-megapixel aperture-switching lens.
Of course, the S10 is a powerful device, too, featuring a top-end chipset, 8GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage and a 3,400mAh battery. However, all these impressive specs come with a high price tag, starting at £799.
Galaxy S10 Plus: Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy S10 Plus. Being the larger phone out of the two with a 6.4-inchQHD+ AMOLED screen and a bigger battery of 4,100mAh, the S10 Plus contains the same triple-camera arrangement, but instead of just one front-facing camera, it includes two – a second 8-megapixel sensor that can assist with taking depth-mode selfies using specialised hardware.
The most noticeable difference between the two devices is the increase in internal storage. The S10 Plus is available in capacities of 128GB and 512GB and a mountainous 1TB version with 12GB of RAM! Both the S10 and S10 Plus can support fast wired and wireless charging, with the ability to charge up a second device with reverse wireless charging. The S10 Plus starts at £899.
Galaxy S10E: The compact 5.8-inch Galaxy S10 E is a device built to capture the quality of the S10 and S10 Plus but at a cheaper price point. Dissimilar to its siblings, the Full HD+ AMOLED screen is flat rather than curved, but still sports just one small ‘punch-hole’ front-facing camera. A big difference in design is that the in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint scanner has been removed and instead has been replaced by a sensor in the power button.
The device has only two rear cameras rather than three, featuring a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens and a 12-megapixel aperture-switching lens.
Although the phone has a smaller body than last years flagship, it still features a powerful 3,100mAh battery and top-end chipset. The S10 is available with either 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM or 256GB of storage with 8GB RAM. In addition to this, the phone has a micro SD card slot and supports card capacities of up to 512GB. The price begins at £699.
Galaxy S10 5G: As you’ve probably guessed from the name, the Galaxy S10 5G supports 5G. Considered to be the ‘premium’ model out of the lineup, the S10 5G features a mammoth 6.7-inch screen, a powerful 4,500mAh battery, two cameras on the front and four rear-facing cameras. Alongside the three lenses seen on the S10 and S10 Plus phones, the S10 5G include a 3-D depth-sensing camera fitted for augmented and virtual reality.
Other highlights include 8GB of RAM with 256GB of internal storage capacity, however, the S10 5G is the only model out of the four that doesn’t include a micro SD card slot.
Nevertheless, the brand has to wait for phone networks to start implementing their 5G signal across different countries and so this handset won’t be available until later in the year.
Galaxy Watch Active
Besides the unveiling of Samsungs Galaxy S flagship and foldable phone, they also announced the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active. Essentially, it is a sporty alternative to the original Galaxy Watch, by putting fitness features at the front of its design. The watch incorporates a slimmer design with a large display and at a UK price of £229, it is available at a lower rate than the Galaxy Watch.
Main features of the watch include the ability to monitor your blood pressure, detect activities, track your sleep and be submerged up to 50 meters in water. The Galaxy Watch Active weighs a lot lighter than the Galaxy Watch and embodies a ‘premium’ feel. It can also access certain apps and receive notifications. Although there is no set release date for the UK, the watch will be available in the US on March 8th.
Galaxy Fit & Fit E
In addition to the Galaxy Watch Active, Samsung announced the Galaxy Fit – a fitness band resembling the likes of a Fitbit, that can track your heart rate and steps.
Intended to replace the former Gear Fit 2 lineup, the Galaxy Fit is an incredibly light fitness band with a 0.95-inch Full-Color AMOLED display, meaning that the display will be a lot clearer than your typical black and white tracker. The fitness band launched by Samsung can track steps, as well as general workouts. Additionally, the brand has said that the device can track both sleep and stress, with a battery that lasts as long as a week.
The Galaxy Fit E is a smaller, lower-end version of the Galaxy Fit, featuring a smaller 0.74-inch black and white PMOLED display. The Fit E still features many of the main specs seen on the Galaxy Fit, including a heart rate monitor, water-resistance casing and lightweight design.
The Galaxy Fit is going to cost you £89, while the cheaper Fit E will set you back just a mere £35.
Samsung’s announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Buds gives Apple AirPods a run for their money.
The pill-shaped wireless headphones have a six-hour battery life in the buds and come with a case that can charge them up for an even longer seven hours. Additionally, the buds have the ability to instantly pair with your compatible device through Bluetooth, just pop them out of the case.
Perhaps the most exciting feature of the Galaxy Buds is there ability to support wireless charging. Similar to the brands S10 flagship phones, the Buds have built-in reverse wireless charging, so you can top up your devices with any spare juice from your other devices.
The futuristic wireless buds will be priced at £139 and come in three colours; Black, Yellow and White.
Last but not least is Samsung’s digital assistant Bixby. During the Unpacked event, the brand announced that Bixby’s features have now been upgraded. Now two years old, the tech giants digital assistant hasn’t really taken off like Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant. However, according to the brand, Bixby is becoming more helpful.
The brand unveiled that Bixby now uses latest AI-powered features that learn your habits making users lives much easier with personalised routines.
Up to this point, the digital assistant has only been available in Korean, Mandarin and U.S English, however, it will now support U.K English, Spanish, German and Italian.