Samsung has finally taken the wraps off its long-rumored new handsets, the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy S10.
The firm unveiled its radical flexible Fold device, which transitions from a 4.6-inch handset to a 7.3-inch mini-tablet, during the Unpacked Event at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium today.
Samsung also introduced the Galaxy S10 and S10+, which it says boasts the ‘most color-accurate display ever on a mobile device.’
The unveiling event confirmed many of the rumors that have been circulating in the tech world over the last year, revealing the Galaxy S10 lineup will in fact feature an ‘Infinity O’ – a laser-cut ‘hole punch’ in the screen.
In an unusual move, Samsung also revealed its new partnership with Instagram to bring a social media-specific camera feature to its S10 lineup: Instagram Mode.
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Samsung has finally taken the wraps off its long-rumored new device, the Galaxy Fold. The firm unveiled its radical flexible Fold device, which transitions from a 4.6-inch handset to a 7.3-inch mini-tablet, at the Unpacked Event in San Francisco today
GALAXY FOLD SPECS
Starts at $1,980
7.3-inch main display with Infinity Flex technology
4.6-inch outer display when folded
512 gb of Universal Flash Storage 3.0
7 nanometer processor
12gb of RAM
Three rear-facing cameras
Two front-facing cameras on main display, one camera when folded
‘App continuity’ technology to run three apps at once
Comes in cosmic Black, Martian Green, Astro Blue and Space Silver
Samsung’s Senior VP of Product Marketing Justin Denison took to the stage Wednesday morning in San Francisco to introduce the latest products, starting with the Galaxy Fold.
‘Ten years after the first Galaxy, we didn’t just change the shape of the phone, we changed the shape of tomorrow,’ Denison said.
The new folding device relies on a hinge that runs right down the middle of its flexible display.
It will come in four ‘galactic’ colors, Samsung says: Cosmic Black, Martian Green, Astro Blue, and Space Silver.
The hinge itself will be customizable by color too, and app-continuity will allow you to switch from a closed display to open without losing your place.
And, the device will have six cameras – or, a ‘camera for every angle.’
Three cameras are positioned on the back, two on the inside, and one on the front.
But, the phone won’t be cheap. Samsung says the Galaxy Fold will launch April 26 at an eye-watering $1,980.
‘As you saw, the Galaxy Fold is a device unlike any that’s come before it,’ Denison continued.
‘At Samsung, we’re driven to invent meaningful breakthroughs. Our screens are the windows to our worlds.’
The new folding device relies on a hinge that runs right down the middle of its flexible display, allowing it to unfurl to become a small tablet
‘But despite the progress we’ve made, the size of our screen is limited by the size of our devices,’ Denison says.
‘With the Galaxy Fold, we’re creating a new dimension for your phone and your life.
‘With the Galaxy Fold, you get a powerful smartphone and a tablet in a single 4.6-inch display.’
According to the firm, this setup makes the Galaxy Fold ‘compact and perfectly portable.’
‘We left no stone unturned,’ Denison said. ‘One of the biggest challenges was building the backbone of the device, so we invented a sophisticated hinge system.’
Allows it to open naturally and the beauty is you don’t even see it. The gears are hidden, giving it a seamless elegant look.’
The firm then moved on to its Galaxy S10 lineup, which it says is ‘a triumph of Samsung innovation.’
DJ Koh, Samsung President and CEO of IT and Mobile Communications, holds up the new Galaxy Fold smartphone during the Wednesday event
Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+ and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G (pictured) at its Unpacked event today
|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|
The Galaxy S10 and S10+ are set to launch at $899.99 and $999.99, respectively, in a slew of colors, including Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Canary Yellow and Flamingo Pink.
They will also be available in the premium colors, Ceramic Black and Ceramic White.
‘Sensors are floating in a sea of individually placed pixels,’ said Suzanne De Silva, Director of Product Marketing.
‘The result is a revolutionary display that maximizes your viewing experience and minimizes the distractions.’
The display makes up the entire front of the phone, covering it ‘from side to side.’
‘The sensors on the front camera have been seamlessly integrated right into the display itself,’ De Silva said.
The unveiling event confirmed many of the rumors that have been circulating in the tech world over the last year, revealing the Galaxy S10 lineup will in fact feature an ‘Infinity O’ – a laser-cut ‘hole punch’ in the screen
‘This is a truly next-generation cinematic experience, with the world’s first Dynamic AMOLED display,’ De Silva said.
‘It’s the most color accurate display ever on a mobile device. This display also supports HDR 10+, which means you can enjoy your favorite content in stunning state-of-the-art detail, just like it was intended to be seen.
‘S10 uses dynamic tone-mapping so that even the smallest details are clear.’
The devices also use an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, which maps individual fingerprints using ultrasonic waves.
According to the firm, ultrasonic scanning will allow the system to work in various weather conditions, unlike optical scanning.
This ‘makes unlocking your phone easier than ever,’ De Silva said.
The Galaxy S10 devices are also equipped with an ‘anti-spoofing algorithm’ to identify fake fingerprints in both 2D and 3D.
According to the firm, it ‘vault-like security’ to keep your data safe.