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Samsung has taken to the stage at Unpacked 2019 to unveil its version of the smart phone future, releasing everything from a much-touted foldable phone to new S10 models that accommodate 5G.
And phones weren’t the only focus, with new charging technology and wireless ear buds also on display at the event in San Francisco on February 20.
Here’s an insight into Unpacked 2019 and all the new Samsung releases causing a stir.
The highlight of Samsung’s big show was arguably its new folding smart phone. This poorly kept secret had the tech world waiting with bated breath, with a wealth of discussion in the lead up to the event focused on exactly how Samsung would deliver this game-changing technology.
Known as the Samsung Fold, the phone features a 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display, but opens up to reveal a 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex display that effectively transforms it into a tablet.
It’s backed by a battery in both sides of the device that work together to deliver the additional power required, and comes with a total of six cameras, 12GB RAM, 512GB of storage and support for Universal Flash Storage 3.0.
The Fold can be charged wirelessly and also features Samsung’s new Power Share technology, allowing other compatible devices to charge wirelessly off the device.
Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S smart phone range also received a makeover with three new devices revealed to mark the phone’s 10th anniversary.
These included the lower spec S10e with a 5.8-inch screen, the standard S10 featuring a 6.1-inch screen and the hefty S10+, measuring 6.4 inches, which comes with some extras and additions.
All boast the Infinity O display that sees the pixels spill over the sides, while the S10 and S10+ feature new ultrasonic fingerprint scanning technology on the front.
The standard S10 has three rear cameras and one at the front, while the S10+ goes above and beyond with dual cameras at the front and three at the rear. Even the S10e boasts two cameras at the rear and one at the front, but the zoom lens is not available on this more affordable model.
All models have built-in machine learning in a bid to maximise efficiency and battery power, and each can charge compatible devices with Power Share.
Prior to Unpacked there was a lot of debate as to whether Samsung would have a 5G compatible model ready for the event, but they did indeed deliver, with an S10 model that can accommodate the latest mobile internet now available.
The Galaxy S10 5G features the 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED display, the Snapdragon 855, 8GB of RAM, and a 4,500mAh battery. It comes with a fourth camera lens and a Time-of-Flight sensor used to detect the distance between objects for accurate 3D mapping.
Smart phones might have been the focus, but they weren’t the only thing on Samsung’s agenda, with the company also releasing two new wearables both targeted at the active user.
The Samsung Galaxy Active is a smart watch with fitness tracking built-in while the Samsung Galaxy Fit is the latest incarnation of Samsung’s classic fitness line.
New wireless ear buds have been added to the lineup with tiny little numbers that also come with a relatively small price tag. The Ear Buds can be charged using Power Share technology directly from the latest Samsung phones.
One of the major trends emerging from Samsung’s big Unpacked reveal was its Power Share technology. Built into the smart phones, Power Share facilitates wireless charging from the device.
Effectively this allows users to charge other compatible devices, like ear buds, or a friend’s Samsung smart phone, by placing that item on top of the new phones.
There had been a lot of anticipation about the new trends Samsung would deliver for its 10th anniversary of the S range, and they did not disappoint. Many reviewers are noting the lineup offers some very real competition for Apple and their iconic iPhone range.
With most devices available for sale from March 8, it’s a case of watch this space to see how well real-world consumers embrace Samsung’s latest offerings.