Samsung S10, Fold and more – #Unpacked Feb. 2019

Samsung Galaxy Fold

So Samsung Unpacked even happened in San Francisco. There was not anything that wasn’t expected as everything was leaked in multiple leaks quite before the event.

They added some additions to the display and named it Dynamic AMOLED. What’s new is that it can go superbright up to 1200 nits and has support for HDR 10+. So super crisp details in the shadows and brilliant colors. Moreover, the display itself cuts off 42% blue light without any filter.

Dynamic AMOLED
Dynamic AMOLED

So let’s first talk about the interesting stuff and then move on to the regular stuff.

1. Samsung Fold

Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung Galaxy Fold

Yes, it is called the Samsung Fold. This was also leaked and now it is official. This was the first thing that was released in the event. Samsung is marketing this as a luxury device. So if Samsung is calling it luxury that means it can be super expensive and it is.

It is a $1980 (₹ 1,41,300) device. It will start selling on April 26 but the countries in which it will be available is unknown. It will be available in Green, Blue, Silver and Black colors in both LTE and 5G variants. Let’s quickly look at the specs.

  • The screen on the front is a 4.6 inch, 21:9, 1960×840 (Slightly higher than HD), Super AMOLED display panel – When Closed
  • When Opened, the screen is a 7.3-inch, 1536×2152, 4.2:3, Infinity Flex Dynamic AMOLED display
  • The processor will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • 12 GB RAM and 512 GB UFS 3.0 Internal storage with no MicroSD card slot
  • 2 separate batteries on two parts combining to be 4,380 mAh
  • There are six cameras on the phone, 3 on the back of the phone, 1 on the front and 2 inside the fold, details are as follows.
Galaxy Fold - Folded
Galaxy Fold – Folded

Let’s start with the rear cameras, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera with an f/2.2 aperture, a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, with Dual Pixel AF, OIS, and variable f/1.5 to the f/2.4 aperture; and finally, a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with PDAF, OIS, an f/2.4 aperture, and 2X optical zoom. As for the inside dual camera, it features a 10-megapixel f/2.2 primary sensor and an 8-megapixel RBG depth camera with an f/1.9 aperture. Finally, the front camera is a 10-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.2 aperture.

  • It has the USB Type-C, stereo speaker tuned by AKG, side mounted fingerprint scanner and all the bells and whistles one can expect on this an expensive phone. This also includes earbuds in the premium packaging it comes in.

The interlocking hinges are enclosed in a beautiful body so that they are not visible to you.

Software

  • Along with the great hardware, the software has to b great too. It has the App Continuity, which means when you are on an app on either of the screens and when you switch the other screen, whether folding or unfolding, the app and all the progress you have done will be shifted to that screen.
Galaxy Fold - Unfolded
Galaxy Fold – Unfolded

Suppose you open Google Maps and started the navigation to someplace on the smaller screen. So when you will open the phone the navigation will be shifted to the bigger 7.3″ screen as it is and the smaller screen will be turned off.

  • The other thing that they have made to use the bigger screen is the 3 app multitasking. You can have one main app opened covering a bigger are and 2 apps covering a small side area. And whenever you want to make some other app cover a bigger area just hold, drag and drop the app to the bigger area.
Galaxy Fold - 3 Apps Multitasking
Galaxy Fold – 3 Apps Multitasking

Honestly speaking, I was hoping the phone that they leaked in their official video that became my favorite. On folded this looks quite tall and reminds me of the old phone that opens up and provides a screen and a keyboard. In the world of shrinking bezels, Samsung has provided a phone super bezels. But that was kind of expected for this device as they have earlier given a sneak peek of this one.

So that was it for the foldable phone, The Samsung Galaxy Fold. Now move to the next.

2. Samsung Galaxy S10 Series

You can find the basic info in the image below form Samsung Official Site. The details info follows.

Galaxy S10 Series
Galaxy S10 Series

S10e

This is the smallest one. This has a smaller 5.8-inch full-HD+ Flat Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display, but the second highest pixel density of the three – 522ppi. The processor for all the series is same either the Snapdragon 855 or the Exynos 9820. It has 6 or 8 GB RAM variants and for the storage, variants are 128 GB or 512 GB with is further expandable extra up to 512 GB via microSD card.

Galaxy S10e features a dual rear camera setup – the first is a 12 MP camera with 77-degree wide-angle lens, 2PD autofocus, a variable aperture of f/1.5 to f/2.4, and OIS; the second is a 16 MP fixed focus camera with a 123-degree ultra-wide lens and an f/2.2 aperture. The setup is capable of providing 0.5x optical zoom, and up to 8x digital zoom. The front camera is a 10 MP sensor coupled with 2PD autofocus, an f/1.9 aperture, and 80-degree lens.

All these S10 series have all the bells and whistles like 3.5 mm Jack, Wi-Fi6, heart rate sensor on the back and all the necessary stuff in a flagship. And all of them runs Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI on top. The S10e has a fingerprint scanner which is on the power button, on the side.

Samsung Galaxy S10e price starts from $749.99, Indian Price ₹ 55,900.

S10

This one has a curved 6.1-inch curved display with QHD+ resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. This is also Dynamic AMOLED and Infinity-O display with 550 PPI. It has similar processor variants like the S10e but the RAM is 8 GB LPDDR4X. The storage variants and options are the same as the S10e.

The cameras in the S10 are the same as the S10e except that S10 has an extra camera on the rear which is a 12 MP 45-degree lens telephoto (0.5x and 2x optical zoom) camera with autofocus, an f/2.4 aperture, and OIS. The digital zoom also gets up to 10X. As this the third camera also has OIS, so it has Samsung’s Dual OIS system.

Apart from it, the battery is different which is already mentioned in the photo above. The thing which is different is it has an Ultrasonic Under display Fingerprint scanner. which is the first in the market.

Galaxy S10 price starts from $899.99, Indian Price ₹ 66,900.

S10+

It is quite similar to the S10. The difference it has a bigger but similar display of 6.4 inches with a 438 PPI. It will be available in same processor variants but the RAM variants changed to 8 or 12 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and the internal storage changes to the 128, 512 GB or 1 TB which can be similarly expanded via microSD card.

The camera is similar to the S10 with the difference is the on the front camera it has dual sensors that pack a 10-megapixel (f/1.9) primary camera and an 8-megapixel (f/2.2) secondary camera. The battery is also higher at 4,100 mAh and it also has the Ultrasonic Under display Fingerprint scanner.

The S10+ also has a vapor chamber cooling system for gaming.

Galaxy S10+ price starts from $999.99, Indian Price ₹ 73,900.

The Extras

  • The first thing it has the Reverse wireless charging known as Wireless PowerShare, which as expected is to charge the Wireless Buds or the Galaxy Watches, or other devices over Qi Wireless charging standard.
  • They now use Wireless Charging 2.0 which is 30% faster than the previous one.
  • As discussed, it has the Ultrasonic Under display Fingerprint scanner, that is advanced from the Optical Fingerprint scanners we have seen on other phones before. It uses Ultrasonic waves to get a print of the fingerprint. They have applied safety measures so that it is not fooled easily.
  • On the phones that don’t have the wide-angle lens, an option of the panorama is there, which captures a wide field of view but it is a very long picture. The S10 series’ wide angle solves this issue and gives a wider along with the already longer view, just feeling like a normal super duper wide picture.
Super Duper Panorama
Super Duper Panorama
  • The S10 series have screens that support HDR 10+. The thing is that you can also record videos in HDR 10+ also. So super clear and crisp videos. This has been possible due to the powerful processors that have been used in this series.
  • They have also partnered with Adobe to bring an S10 specific substitute of Adobe Rush so that people can use the power of the S10 phones edit videos and share them on the go.
Video Editing on S10
Video Editing on S10
  • On the note of sharing, the S10 series stock camera app has an Instagram mode in which you can just use all the default stuff like you would do in the Instagram app itself like stickers, hashtags etc and share them directly from the camera app.
  • They have released the camera SDK, so the famous apps like Snapchat can capture and use the quality and features of the stock camera app of the S10 series.
  • Gaming has also been a part of the event. Samsung has partnered with Unity to get the Samsung S10 Series to be among the first devices that will be compatible with Unity’s upcoming Adaptive Performance mode. You can guess, what this mode will do.
  • As the S10 Series has Wi-Fi 6, so the S10 will have 20% faster Wi-Fi then S9 and also all the features of Wi-Fi 6.

3. Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Out of the S10e, S10, and S10+ (which we will talk about next), the S10+ is the biggest. But S10 5G is even bigger than the S10+. I am notifying the key differences between the S10+ and the S10 5G. The rest is the same.

S10 5G
S10 5G
  • The first thing is the 5G modem. The regular S10 series won’t have it, this one does.
  • This one has the largest display of all – a 6.7″ (505 PPI) Dynamic AMOLED display while the S10+ has a 6.4″.
  • It comes with 8GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage
  • This has a total of 4 cameras at the back, while the S10+ ha s3. The extra camera has an hQVGA resolution, will help in the 3D Depth Sensing system which will help in depth effects in the pictures and the Realistic AR.
  • The dual front camera includes a 10 MP Dual Pixel AF with an f/1.9 aperture and 80-degree lens and a second front camera, once again a 3D Depth Camera with an hQVGA resolution.
  • The battery is also bigger, a 4,500 mAh instead of the 4,100 mAh on the S10+, and this will come with a special 25W charger.

There are no price details as of now.

4. Samsung Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit E

This is the Wearables line-up revealed along with all the other discussed above. Let’s talk about them one by one.

Galaxy Buds

These are the True Wireless earphones by Samsung. These come with a 5.8pi dynamic sensor and each of them weighs 5.6 grams and the case itself weighs 39.6 grams. The Galaxy Buds will be available from March 8 with a price tag of $129 ( 9,200) in WHite, Black and Yellow color.

Galaxy Buds
Galaxy Buds

These have Enhanced Ambient Sound feature that lets users hear their surroundings when required. Buds have Adaptive Dual microphone, which comes into play during calls. The Buds have two microphones, one on the outside and one on the inside. When the outside environment is quite, it will use the outer mic and listen to your voice from the environment and when the environment is noisy, it uses the inner mic to listen to use from inside the body.

The earbuds have 58 mAh battery in each of them, which can deliver up to 5 hours of calling, or up to 6 hours of music playback on a single charge. The charging case itself has a 252mAh battery, delivering a boost of up to 7 hours – increasing music playback time to 13 hours and talk time to 11 hours, Samsung claims. The charging case can deliver up to 1.7 hours of playback with a 15-minute charge and is powered by USB Type-C.

The Earbuds also have Bixby so you can do voice commands and perform tasks without taking out your phone. Bixby now supports British English, German, Italian, and Spanish languages, as Samsung says.

Galaxy Buds
Galaxy Buds

Sensors on board include an accelerometer, proximity sensor, and also come with touch sensors (for controlling playback, taking calls), as well as ear on/ off detection. The Galaxy Buds are compatible with Android devices running v5.0 or higher, requiring 1.5GB of RAM or more. They support SBC, AAC, Scalable (Samsung proprietary) codecs

Galaxy Watch Active, Fit, Fit E

The Galaxy Watch is a fitness tracker with complete smartwatch functions, while the Fit and Fit E are for those who just like a simple tracker for their activities and fitness and nothing fancy.

Galaxy Watch Active and Fit
Galaxy Watch Active and Fit

All these three are 5 ATM Water resistant and can do sleep tracking. They are capable of automatically detecting and recording 6 different activities with 90 other activities that can be triggered manually. All these have heart rate sensors.

Apart from this, the Galaxy Watch Active can measure your Blood pressure, which can be seen in an app call My BP Lab. This app is developed by Samsung in collaboration with the University of California. However, this feature will be limited to US, Canada, Singapore, Australia, and Germany markets.

Galaxy Fit
Galaxy Fit

The Galaxy Watch Active sports a 1.1-inch 360×360 pixel AMOLED screen with Gorilla Glass 3. It comes with a 230 mAh battery and is powered by dual-core Exynos 9110 processor. The smartwatch runs on Tizen-based Wearable OS 4.0 and has 768MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage. Galaxy Watch also supports Bixby Voice.

It has MIL-STD-810G military certification. The Wearable will be available in Silver, Black, Rose Gold, Sea Green colors for a price of $199.99 (₹ 14,300) in the US from March 8. India availability is unknown.

Galaxy Watch Active and Fit Price
Galaxy Watch Active and Fit Price

Moving to the Fit and Fit E. They are light-weight, weighing 23 grams. Both have colored AMOLED touch displays and can last up to 1 week over a single charge, according to Samsung. According to Samsung, the Galaxy Fit features a 0.95-inch 120×240 pixel screen, whereas the Galaxy Fit e comes with a 0.74-inch 64×128 pixel display.

The Samsung Galaxy Fit has in Black and Silver color variants, whereas the Fit e has Black, White, and Yellow. The Samsung Galaxy Fit will cost $99 (₹ 7,000) in the US and will go on sale on May 31. Indian availability is unknown.

So that was it for the event.

(All images are from the Samsung Live event on YouTube.)

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