B&H would like to share the announcement of the latest addition to Samsungs flagship Galaxy S series: the Galaxy S10. The announcement was made at Samsungs Unpacked event in San Francisco, which marked the 10-year anniversary of the original Galaxy S, and served as the launching pad for several new Samsung productsincluding a surprise reveal of the Samsung Fold.
The Future Unfolds
Samsung kicked things off with the surprise debut of the Galaxy Fold. Featuring a dynamic 7.3-inch AMOLED display that can be seamlessly folded to reveal a compact 4.6-inch cover display, the Fold functions as both a smartphone and tablet. Beyond its revolutionary design, Samsung also imbued the Fold with some serious specs and hardware, including six total cameras, 5125GB of memory with 12GB of RAM, and a 4380mAh dual-battery system. Samsung intends for the Fold to be a new category of device, and its hard to argue the point when you see everything it can domore than any one tablet or smartphone alone.
A Decade in the Making
Apart from the Fold, the major headliner of the Unpacked event was the new S10 lineup. As with years past, Samsung debuted a standard and a plus-sized variant of the phone. However, this time around, the company also introduced a new e model, which the presenter billed as all of the essentials in a more compact for factor. Well dive deeper into the S10e and the other big product announcements later, but first lets take a deeper look at the S10 and S10 Plus.
The Infinity Display and Beyond
The most conspicuous difference between the S10 and the S10 Plus is the size. The standard model offers a 6.1-inch display, while the larger S10 Plus gives you 6.4 inches of real estate. Both displays are AMOLED Gorilla Glass 6 panels with QHD+ 3040 x 1440 resolution, which is quite the upgrade from the original Galaxys modest 4-inch 480 x 800 beginnings. Apart from size, the other big notable is that both phones forgo the current design de rigueri.e., the notchand instead feature what Samsung is calling the Infinity-O display. In lieu of the notch, the new display features a front-facing camera thats been punched through the screen (in the case of the S10 Plus, its two cameras). The cutout is intended to be less obtrusive than the more obvious notch, which, since its inception, has had its fair share of detractors.
Unlike lineups from previous years, both the S10 and S10 Plus feature the same rear camera systema nice move by Samsung that should prevent standard-model owners from experiencing any kind buyers remorse or FOMO. The setup is a triple-camera system that includes a 12MP telephoto lens (f/2.4), a 12MP wide lens (f/1.5), and a 16MP 123-degree ultra-wide lens (f/2.2). The selfie camera is a different story. As mentioned earlier, the Infinity-O cutout on the S10 Plus is slightly larger than the standard S10, and thats because the Plus has an additional front-facing lens. Both models feature a 10MP (f/1.9) camera, but the S10 Plus also comes with an 8MP (f/2.2) lens for additional shooting options.
More than Meets the Eye
In addition to its more obvious highlights, the S10 packs several innovative features that are invisible to the naked eye. The first is the Ultrasonic Fingerprint, Samsungs inventive take on the fingerprint scanner. Instead of a physical button, the sensor is built directly into the display, so you can press directly on the screen to unlock. The S10s other hidden power is literally hidden power. Both the standard and Plus variants come with a reverse wireless charging feature that allows uses to charge compatible accessories simply by placing them on the device. Need to charge up your new Galaxy Buds? Just set them on the back of your new S10 and let it do the rest.
Although not as revolutionary as an invisible fingerprint scanner, built-in wireless charger, or notch-less screen, the S10 and S10 Plus feature several other notable highlights. As expected, the chipset for each has been upgraded to either the Snapdragon 855 or Samsungs latest Exynos processordepending on your region of purchase. Both phones come with a USB-C port, 3.5mm jack, and a dedicated Bixby button. Also, both are available in multiple configurations and colors. With the S10, you can choose between a 128GB/6GB RAM and 512GB/8GB version, while the S10 Plus offers those two variants and a third, beefier option that comes with 1TB of storage and 12GB of RAM. To put that into historical context: The original Galaxy smartphone came with 8GB of storage and 512MB of RAM, which means the maxed-out Galaxy S10 Plus offers 125x the memory and approximately 23x the RAM of its ancestor. Its a galaxy far, far away indeed.
Power Without the Pomp
Now we come to the S10e, which Samsung designed as the cost-friendlier version of the S10. Whats interesting is that while on the surface the S10E isnt quite as flashy as its siblings, many of its internals are. The S10E uses the same chipset as the S10 and S10 Plus and its available in similar storage/RAM configurations to the standard model. It also offers the same nifty wireless charging capability as the S10 and S10 Plus. Translation: You get a phone that doesnt look quite as glorious as its pricier counterparts, but its just as powerful. Also, just because its the least expensive member of the family, doesnt mean its specs arent flagship worthy. The S10e features a 5.8-inch AMOLED Infinity-O display with Gorilla Glass 5 and 2280 x 1080 resolution, a dual rear-camera system, and 3100mAh battery.
Samsung didnt stop at unveiling new phones, either. The company also debuted its wireless earbuds, the aptly named Galaxy Buds. Featuring a true wireless form factor, sound from AKG, and simple, intuitive controls, the Galaxy Buds are designed to offer a premium audio experience. Enhanced Ambient Sound makes an appearance so you can stay aware of your surroundings always. Besides listening, a new Adaptive Dual Microphone system uses an inner and outer mic in each bud so your voice comes through loud and clear in all environments.
Standard is Bluetooth connectivity, giving you up to six hours of listening or five hours of phone calls. The case will then give you seven hours with its built-in battery and can power up the Galaxy Buds to 1.7 hours in just 15 minutes. The case is wireless as well with wireless charging and device-to-device power sharing. Additionally, the Buds have Bixby integration when used with supported Galaxy devices.
Lastly, Samsung announced two brand-new wearables: the Galaxy Watch Active and the Galaxy Fit. The Watch Active is a sportier version of the popular Galaxy Watch, meaning it packs many of the same features but has a more minimalistic design that will appeal to those who want to use it at the gym or in a meeting. It takes fitness and wellness more seriously, however, with blood-pressure monitoring, guided breathing exercises and stress tracking, and auto-detection of common activities.
The Galaxy Fit is for your everyday fitness enthusiast. Its small, light and can automatically start tracking six different activities along with over 90 others available for manual selection in the Samsung Health app. Its benefit is that it is super intuitivethough functions such as alarms, calendars, weather, and more are available. Both wearables are water-resistant to 5ATM, so they will survive active lifestyles.
Samsung dropped a galaxys worth of products at their Unpacked.
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