Samsung unveiled a bunch of new products at its Unpacked event in San Francisco on Wednesday, among them the flagship Galaxy S10, its first 5G phone.
The world’s largest phone producer also unveiled Galaxy Fold, a new phone that unfolds into a tablet, new wireless earbuds, new fitness trackers.
The S10 5G model will be the first mainstream device to run on super-fast 5G wireless networks later this year.
The device could give Samsung a big head start in early 5G markets. Apple isn’t expected to have a 5G phone until the last quarter of 2020.
Samsung says the 5G phone will have “hyper fast speeds” and “forever change the way we consume content,” such as downloading movies at ultra-quick speeds.
But the 5G network is still in its early stages, which may limit how much you can do with the device. Analysts say full-scale coverage, like we currently have with 4G, is still years away.
Samsung unveiled a new version of its Galaxy wireless earbuds, which have improved sound quality and are 30% smaller than the previous version.
The earbuds also allow users to control Samsung’s voice assistant Bixby on their S10 phone. Bixby can now understand three new languages: German, Italian and Spanish.
The Galaxy Buds have enough battery life for 5 hours of calls and up to 6 hours of streaming on a single charge. For comparison, Apple’s AirPods feature 2 hours of talk time, and 5 hours of listening time on a single charge.
The new wireless earbuds ($130) are available on March 8.
Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, made an appearance on stage to announce a new camera mode on the Galaxy S10, called “Instagram mode.”
It lets users easily snap content and share it to Instagram Stories, which are photos and videos that disappear from the platform after 24 hours.
Mosseri and Samsung’s Koh tested it out.
Samsung also says it has worked with Instagram rival Snapchat to ensure that photos taken in the app are as high-quality as on the S10’s camera.
Samsung is announcing its new lineup of Galaxy S10 smartphones, including the 6.1-inch Galaxy S10 ($899) and the 6.4-inch S10+ ($999). There’s also a “budget-friendly” option, the 5.8-inch S10e ($749).
The company highlighted its “Infinity O-Display” which optimizes brightness levels, shows less blue light and displays over 16 million colors.
The camera has new bells and whistles too, like improved zoom and an ultra wide lens that allows for ground-to-sky panoramic shots. Plus, it offers new lighting and blurring effects.
Watch as Samsung reveals some of the best features of the Galaxy S10:
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