What do you guys think they’ll announce at the event?
What do you guys think they’ll announce at the event?
The event livestream ended about five hours ago. A replay of the event livestream is available.
Here’s a summary of what happened at the event (courtesy of MacRumors).
Samsung today officially debuted the Galaxy Z Flip, its newest flagship foldable smartphone. Unlike Samsung’s first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, the Z Flip is a smartphone-sized device that folds in half. Samsung called it a stylish smartphone designed for trendsetters and people who want to stand out.
Samsung first unveiled the smartphone on Sunday with a commercial that was shown during the Oscars, but the full announcement includes additional details about the device.
The major selling point for the Galaxy Z Flip is its small size, as it can fold in half and be tucked into a pocket. When folded out, it features a 6.7-inch Infinity Flex AMOLED display that’s full screen with the exception of a small camera cutout at the top. Samsung says that the Z Flip is its first ever smartphone with a 21.9:9 ratio, and that the display is made from bendable “Ultra Thin Glass.”
There’s a Hideaway Hinge, which Samsung calls a “work of engineering art,” with the hinge able to withstand 200,000 folds. The hinge uses a sweeper technology that includes nylon fibers to repel dirt and dust, a problem that affected Samsung’s first foldable smartphone.
The phone can be used folded out into a traditional smartphone shape, but it can also be used folded in half similar to a makeup compact with the bottom half propping up the top half for a hands-free mode.
When folded in half, the Z Flip is in “Flex Mode,” with an interface optimized for a hands-free selfie and vlogging experience using the 10-megapixel front-facing camera. Because the Galaxy Z Flip can hold its position at multiple angles, Samsung says it can capture “amazing low angle” photos that “play with perception” using the rear camera.
A Multi-Active Window feature allows users to multi-task by opening up the Multi-Window Tray to drag and drop the apps they want to use. One app can occupy each half of the Z Flip.
There’s a small display on the back of the smartphone so that when it’s folded up, users are still able to see the time, incoming notifications, and other relevant information. Tapping a notification on the cover screen will transition to the app while unfolding the phone.
Samsung included a dual battery inside the Galaxy Z Flip with a 3,300mAh capacity. That doesn’t quite match the battery life of the S20 series, but Samsung says it will “last all day long.”
Samsung says that the Galaxy Z Flip will be available in limited quantities in Mirror Purple and Black starting in the U.S. and Korea on February 14, 2020, followed by Mirror Gold in select countries. Pricing starts at $1,380.
At its Unpacked event in San Francisco, Samsung today introduced its Galaxy S20 5G lineup, featuring the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra smartphones with 5G connectivity, new camera technology, and more.
The Galaxy S20 features a 6.2-inch AMOLED display, the Galaxy S20+ features a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra features a 6.9-inch AMOLED display. All three displays are full screen with small camera cutouts and ultrasonic fingerprint sensors, facial recognition capabilities, HDR10+ certification, and 120Hz refresh rates.
The Galaxy S20+ and the Galaxy S20 Ultra work with both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G networks, while the Galaxy S20 is limited to sub-6GHz 5G connectivity. mmWave is the fastest 5G, but will be limited to major urban areas, while the slower sub-6GHz network will be more widespread.
Galaxy S20 Ultra
Samsung’s entry-level Galaxy S20 features a triple-lens camera setup with 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 64-megapixel telephoto lens.
The Galaxy S20+ features the same cameras, along with a fourth “Depth Vision” camera, while the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera, a 108-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 48-megapixel telephoto camera, along with the Depth Vision Camera.
Samsung says all of the cameras in the new smartphones are able to let in more light for better images in poor lighting conditions, and the S20 Ultra can shift dynamically between a 108-megapixel mode and a 12-megapixel mode.
All three smartphones feature “Space Zoom” that allows users to zoom in up to 30x on the Galaxy S20 and S20+, while the S20 Ultra has 10x lossless zoom for a total of 100x zoom.
A “Single Take” feature lets the Galaxy S20 smartphones take a number of photos and videos at once, like live focus, cropped, ultra wide, and more, and then use AI to recommend the best shot of the bunch.
The new smartphones support 8K video shooting with “Super Steady” and anti-rolling stabilization features. There are also 10-megapixel front-facing camera setups on each of the new smartphones.
All of the new smartphones are powered by a 7-nanometer 64-bit Octa-Core processor. The S20 and S20+ offer 12GB RAM, while the S20 Ultra offers 12 or 16GB depending on the model purchased. Storage starts at 128GB, but a 512GB option is available for the higher-end devices.
The S20 features a 4,000mAh battery, the S20+ features a 4,500mAh battery, and the S20 Ultra features a 5,000mAh battery. Fast wireless charging is supported and the smartphones ship with a 25W charger.
Samsung is offering the smartphones in multiple colors. The S20 is available in Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue, and Cloud Pink, while the S20+ is available in Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue, and Cosmic Black. The S20 Ultra is available in Cosmic Gray and Cosmic Black.
The new Samsung smartphones will be available for purchase on March 6, with pre-orders to kick off on February 21. Pricing starts at $999.99 for the Galaxy S20 5G, $1,199.99 for the Galaxy S20+ 5G, and $1,399.99 for the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G.
Alongside the new Galaxy S20 smartphone lineup, Samsung also launched the Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone and the Galaxy Buds+, coming on February 14 for $149.
The Galaxy Buds+ are Samsung’s latest AirPods competitor, featuring a two-way speaker for improved sound, three microphones, longer 11-hour battery life, and improved connectivity. MacRumors videographer Dan is attending Samsung’s Unpacked event and Samsung is allowing members of the media to test out the devices after the announcements are finished, so we’ll have a hands-on video coming later today featuring the Galaxy Z Flip and the new Galaxy S20 smartphones.
The Galaxy Flip Z was the first smartphone made in Vietnam after China