Samsung celebrated the 10th birthday of its flagship Galaxy smartphone by unveiling a lineup packed to the gills with new devices.
The Korean tech giant on Wednesday debuted a mind-boggling four Galaxy phones at its flashy Unpacked event in San Francisco – including the Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+ and a 5G Galaxy variant.
It’s billing massive screens, a notch-less design, multiple, professional-grade cameras and advanced wireless charging technology as the standout features that it hopes will attract Apple diehards away from their iPhones.
A majority of the devices’ specs were leaked in the months leading up to Samsung’s Unpacked event and several of them, like the futuristic on-screen fingerprint reader, proved to be true.
By launching four different devices, Samsung is giving consumers a range of options and price points to choose from, with the base-level Galaxy S10e starting at $749 and going up to $999 for the Galaxy S10+.
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Samsung on Wednesday debuted a mind-boggling four Galaxy phones at its flashy Unpacked event in San Francisco – including the Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+ and a 5G Galaxy variant
SAMSUNG’S NEW WIRELESS CHARGING TECHNOLOGY
Samsung’s new Galaxy devices all come with an innovative new wireless charging technology called ‘Wireless Power Share.’
It transforms Samsung’s flagship phones into mobile power banks.
Users can place another Samsung device, such as a phone, wireless earbuds or smartwatches directly on top of a phone to charge it.
To turn it on, swipe down to get to the notification menu and tap the power share button.
In an instant, users can lend some extra battery juice to their friend’s phone or other devices that might be low on power by holding them together.
‘With four unique devices, Galaxy S10 line is engineered to meet the distinct needs of today’s smartphone market, so consumers can do more of what they love,’ the firm explained.
‘Each device delivers a next-generation experience in the categories consumers care about most: groundbreaking innovations in display, camera and performance.’
Samsung is touting the Galaxy S10 and the S10+ as featuring their ‘best screens yet.’
The 6.1-inch Galaxy S10 and the 6.4-inch S10+ both feature the ‘world’s first Dynamic AMOLED’ HDR 10+ displays, which lends them stunningly crisp and clear colors, as well as top picture quality.
Meanwhile, for users who don’t want a super-sized device, the Galaxy S10e features a 5.8-inch display, as well as a more affordable price tag of $799.
However, even though it’s the cheapest in the range, it still packs many of the same, brand new features as its higher-end counterparts, including an in-display fingerprint reader, professional grade cameras, as well as wireless powershare technology.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is shown at a press event in London. Samsung is touting the 6.1-inch Galaxy S10 and the 6.4-inch S10+ as featuring the Korean tech giant’s ‘best screens yet’
Samsung has brought its ‘Infinity O’ display technology to the world for the first time, after debuting it exclusively in Asia, with the Galaxy S10 and S10+.
‘Infinity O’ describes the nearly edge-to-edge, bezel-less display, aside from a small, hole punch in the right corner.
This hole punch, which Samsung made room for in the display using a proprietary laser cutter, is what houses the front-facing camera technology, along with a range of sensors.
Suzanne De Silva, a director of product marketing at Samsung, said the phone’s high-tech sensors are ‘floating in a sea of individually placed pixels.’
‘The result is a revolutionary display that maximizes your viewing experience and minimizes the distractions,’ De Silva added.
By launching four different devices, the firm is giving consumers a range of options and price points, with the Galaxy S10e starting at $749 and going up to $999 for the Galaxy S10+
The Galaxy S10 and S10+ use dynamic tone mapping technology so that ‘even the smallest details are clear,’ the firm said.
It can automatically adjust the color temperature to your environment, reducing annoying blue light by 42 percent without applying a filter and compromising the device’s picture quality.
A standout feature showed off by Samsung at the event was the device’s first-of-its-kind in-display fingerprint reader.
With this new technology, users can unlock their phone just by placing their thumb on the screen, instead of the usual fingerprint reader embedded on the smartphone’s bottom bezel.
Samsung said it’s an ‘ultrasonic’ fingerprint reader which works by emitting ultrasonic waves that scan your unique fingerprint.
A majority of the devices’ specs were leaked in the months leading up to Samsung’s Unpacked event and several of them, like the futuristic on-screen fingerprint reader, proved to be true
THE GALAXY VS. THE IPHONE: HOW DO THEY STACK UP?
Samsung Galaxy S10+
Screen Size: 6.4-inch
Camera: Three rear-facing lenses, two front-facing lenses
RAM: 8GB or 12GB
Memory: 128GB to 512GB
Processor: Snapdragon 855
Standout features: In-display fingerprint reader, AI camera, notch-less ‘Infinity O’ display
Apple iPhone XS Max
Price: Starts at $1,099
Screen Size: 6.5-inch
Camera: Dual rear-facing lenses, dual front-facing lenses
Memory: 64GB to 512GB
Processor: A12 Bionic chip
Standout features: TrueDepth camera technology, glass casing, facial recognition
That data is then sent back to the device’s chip, which analyzes whether or not it’s a match.
De Silva said the fingerprint scanner will work in ‘even the most challenging conditions,’ such as bright sunlight or extreme weather.
‘It makes unlocking your phone easier than ever,’ she added.
For those worried about privacy, Samsung said the device is packed with an ‘anti-spoofing algorithm’ that can identify a fake fingerprint, whether it’s 2D or 3D.
The device has ‘vault-like security to keep your data safe,’ De Silva explained.
Another groundbreaking feature in the Galaxy S10 and S10+ is called ‘Wireless Powershare.’
Samsung described the cameras on the Galaxy S10 and S10+ as being better than ever before. The Galaxy S10 includes a whopping three rear lenses and one front-facing camera
The new Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10+ and the Galaxy S10 smartphones are displayed during the Samsung Unpacked event. The devices start at $799 for the Galaxy S10e
It transforms Samsung’s flagship phones into mobile power banks, allowing users to place another Samsung device, such as another phone, their wireless earbuds or smartwatches directly on top of a phone to charge it.
Samsung described the cameras on the Galaxy S10 and S10+ as being better than ever before.
The Galaxy S10+ packs a whopping five lenses total – a wide angle 12 megapixel, telephoto 12 megapixel, ultra wide 16 megapixel all on the back panel; as well as front-facing 10 megapixel and 8 megapixel cameras on the front.
Similarly, the Galaxy S10 includes three rear lenses and one front-facing camera.
AI is packed into the cameras via what Samsung calls a ‘neural processing unit.’
This allows the camera to make smart suggestions regarding your photos.
|Feature||Galaxy S10e||Galaxy S10||Galaxy S10+|
|Screen Size||5.8 inch||6.1-inch||6.4-inch|
|Rear camera||Wide-angle 12-megapixels, Ultra wide 16-mp||Wide angle 12-mp, Telephoto 12-mp, Ultra wide 16-mp||Wide angle 12-mp, Telephoto 12-mp, Ultra wide 16-mp|
|Front-facing camera||10-mp||10-mp||10-mp, 8-mp RGB depth camera|
|RAM||6GB or 8GB||8GB or 12GB||8GB or 12GB|
|Processor||Snapdragon 855||Snapdragon 855||Snapdragon 855|
|Storage||128GB or 256GB||128GB to 512GB||128GB to 512GB|
|Release Date||March 8||March 8||March 8|
For example, it can tell if you’re taking a portrait photo, a photo of the sunset, or a landscape photo and change modes automatically.
It can also give users helpful tips on the screen by showing them ways their photo composition could be improved.
‘This camera is so intelligent, it’s going to make every shot worth sharing,’ De Silva explained.
Finally, when attendees thought Samsung had exhausted all of its major announcements, Samsung took the wraps off its first-ever 5G device.
The Galaxy S10 5G, which features 5G network connectivity, is expected to launch April 26th.
However, no price tag was provided by Samsung.
AI is packed into the S10e, S10 and S10+ cameras via what Samsung calls a ‘neural processing unit.’ This allows the camera to make smart suggestions regarding your photos
The Galaxy S10 5G also features an AI-equipped, 3D depth sensing camera, which can add background blur to videos in real time, among other features. It can also connect to WiFi 6, a next-generation wireless network, in addition to 5G
It features ‘hyperfast’ download and streaming speeds, a massive 6.7-inch AMOLED screen and a long-lasting battery, according to the firm.
‘Normally when you transition from one network generation to the next, you get a device that’s a little bigger and a little bulkier, but the S10 5G is as sleek as ever,’ Drew Blackard, Samsung’s senior director of marketing, said on stage.
It has ‘blazing speeds, unparalleled connectivity,’ he added.
The Galaxy S10 5G also features an AI-equipped, 3D depth sensing camera, which can add background blur to videos in real time, among other features.
It can also connect to WiFi 6, a next-generation wireless network, in addition to 5G.
With this model, Samsung said users can ‘experience the magic of 5G’ for the first time.
‘This is just the beginning of 5G,’ the firm added.
Alongside its new Galaxy range, Samsung also debuted the Galaxy Fold, its first-ever folding phone, in addition to new wearables like two smartwatches and a pair of wireless earbuds.