Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Was Full of New, Not-So-Surprising Gear
Despite all of the leaks that occurred prior to the actual event, it was still worthwhile and somewhat goosebumps-inducing to actually get to see and hear Samsung launch a whole slate of new products into the ether.
February 20 saw Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event come and go, and with it there were very few surprises, but still plenty of awesome new products. There was, of course, the launch of the new S10 family of phones, including the S10, the S10+, the S10e, and the S10 5G. But it was a trio of brand-spanking-new products that stole the show for Samsung and created the most buzz in the run up to the event, and will certainly have the most headlines in the days and weeks ahead. So, let’s run through them.
Galaxy Fold. Well, they did it. Samsung launched its much anticipated foldable device. The phone made a bit of a debut ahead of the event in a national Samsung commercial that hit the airs over the past week or so, but we finally got to see it and hear about all of the details. The Galaxy Fold phone features a 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED cover display that looks like a shrunken display on the outside casing of the phone. Once opened up, users will have at their fingertips a main 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED display that Samsung refers to as their Infinity Flex Display. It was hard to get a good read on the device from the press photos or the on-stage presentation, but when folded, the device appears a lot thinner than what you’d be used to in a smartphone in 2019. The cover display has a 21:9 aspect ratio, which is fairly standard today, but the thick bezels on the top and bottom of the cover lead me to believe it’s a very thin phone. The real magic, though, comes when the device is opened. Samsung dove deep into the hinge mechanics and the display technology, all of which combine to create a gorgeous looking display and device—albeit with a really awkward (and large) notch carved out of the top-right corner of the display. In all, the device features six cameras, two internal batteries, the two displays, and it carries 12 GB of RAM. Oh, and it will ship in late Q2 with a price tag a few ticks under $2,000.
Galaxy Fit. The newest smart fitness and in Samsung’s lineup of smart wearables, the Galaxy Fit activity band (pictured above, center) is intended to track some 90 different styles of physical activity—from running, to biking, to swimming, and so on. Additionally, the band’s 120mAh battery will give the user enough juice to record enhanced sleep analytics. Other features of note are a stress management system and the ability to automatically start tracking your activity based on your chosen workout. It’s expected to launch in Q2, though no pricing information was available.
Galaxy Buds. And lastly, Samsung’s new in-ear true wireless headphones launched at the Galaxy Unpacked event. The Galaxy Buds (pictured above, right), available in early March for $129.99, give the user six-hours of music listening with an additional seven hours of charge time available through their case. Samsung integrated sound technology by AKG along with an Enhanced Ambient Sound mode that allows for passthrough audio so the user can be always aware of their surroundings. And, in true Samsung fashion, the Galaxy Buds integrate with Bixby, so you can activate the digital voice assistant without having to pick up your phone.