Samsung is unveiling a host of new phones and accessories Wednesday, including the anticipated 10th edition of its Galaxy S series, the beginning of what it calls “the next decade of Galaxy.”
Samsung streamed the event, which just finished up on YouTube. The announcements included more details on the foldable smartphone first teased last year, several new Galaxy smartphones — including one designed for the next-generation 5G network — and accessories such as headphones and smart watches.
Samsung said at the event today that it has now sold more than 2 billion smartphones. Executives challenged the notion that there’s no more innovation left to be done, putting competitors on notice.
Galaxy Fold: Samsung first unveiled its take on a foldable smartphone/tablet hybrid in November, but the company gave very little detail. Today, we learned the price: A staggering $1,980 to start. It will be available starting April 26 in a variety of colors.
The tablet configuration looks like a typical device, and when folded up the phone takes on a thicker “candy bar” look compared to today’s super thin smartphones. Samsung officials showed how apps like Netflix and Google Maps can seamlessly jump between the tablet and phone positions. The device also features the ability to multi-task between three apps at a time.
At the event, Samsung representatives demonstrated how apps work when jumping back and forth between the closed up and open position.
Galaxy S10: The 10th version of Samsung’s flagship smartphone features what the company calls a professional grade camera, with three different lenses to choose from on the device. Within the phone is a neuro-processing engine to recognize more aspects in a picture to help take better pictures.
The S10 camera has an “Instagram Mode” that makes it easier to quickly take and post photos to the popular social network. Samsung says it is working with Adobe to bring its Premier Rush video editing tools to Galaxy smartphones.
It wouldn’t be a big smartphone event without some nebulous superlatives. The S10 has a “dynamic AMOLED” that the company calls “the most color accurate display ever on a mobile device.” It also features the “world’s first ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.”
The S10 comes in three models and will be released March 8: The standard model ($899), the S10e ($749) and the S10 Plus ($999).
One of the most important new features for the S10 is wireless power-sharing. Samsung built wireless charging technology into the smartphone, turning the S10 into a charger for other compatible gadgets. Users can even stack an S10 on top of another to charge it.
Galaxy S10 5G: Samsung is the latest company to jump on the 5G train, with a new version of the S10 for the next-generation network. With a 6.7-inch display, larger than the 6.4-inch S10+, this version is the largest and most powerful Galaxy S model yet.
The device will be exclusive to Verizon for the first half of the year, before being released on other carriers, like T-Mobile, later in 2019.
Galaxy Buds: Taking a cue from Apple and its wireless AirPods, Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy Buds wireless earbuds. Galaxy Buds’ battery life allows for six hours of music streaming, and the earbuds come with a wireless charging case.
The earbuds come with Samsung’s digital assitant Bixby built in, and the smart brain now supports three new languages: Spanish, German and Italian. Arriving March 8, the same day as the S10 lineup, Galaxy Buds are priced at $130, $30 less than Apple’s AirPods.
Galaxy Fit and Watch Active: Samsung unveiled a pair of new wearables, the Galaxy Fit, focused on fitness tracking, and the Watch Active, its next generation smart watch.