Every year, Samsung holds two major smartphone events both known as Unpacked. With every Unpacked event, we are left with new handsets and a great degree of innovations to cherish. The South Korean giant held its Unpacked 2020 today and I must say it was amazing. It was astonishingly filmed using Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphones for live streaming which I think is a great application to tease what newer phones are capable of.
Thanks to a long list of dignitaries and guests Samsung managed to bring on-board, we were left with a $1,400 foldable phone, three new Galaxy S20 models, and Galaxy Buds+. Didn’t get time to attend or watch the event, don’t worry because we have you covered. Here’s everything you need to know happened at the Unpacked 2020 held in San Francisco on February 11.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is a revolutionary smartphone thanks to a few years that Samsung spent working for this new-gen form factor. Last year, we saw Samsung Galaxy Fold although amidst technical failure, the first-ever foldable phone was released in September last year and I must say it is a hell of a device to use.
Taking the legacy of its first-gen foldable smartphone, Samsung showcased Galaxy Z Flip. Introduced by Rebecca Hirst, the revolutionary Galaxy Z Flip is the trendsetter when it comes to new technologies in smartphones. It has two perfectly symmetrical halves with a cutting-edge hinge them allowing the phone to pop up to a full-fledged 6.7-inch foldable AMOLED panel thanks to its clamshell design.
At the back, we have a super glossy glass-back with a dual-camera setup and a cover display which isn’t limited to showing time and date but it can show notifications, calls, and more. Samsung has put all the essentials that you would require to check out on the small cover display without engaging on a full-blown device. Plus, you can take a photo using the small secondary display as a viewfinder, isn’t that great?
Apart from that, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip arrives with Flex Mode which is basically thanks to its cutting-edge hinges that offer it the ability to stay put at whatever angle you want to use the phone. Don’t have a tripod? Don’t worry, just put the phone on a 90° or half unfolded position and there you have it. The Flex Mode utilizes one of the many features of One UI 2.0 bringing everything that you want to view and interact on an easy-to-reach distance.
The smartphone has an ultra-thin glass top which is basically a rich and vibrant 6.7-inch display with the world’s first centerally=placed punch-hole camera setup in a foldable device. Enjoy the cinematic screen with very tiny bezels for a fully immersive distraction-free viewing experience.
No dirt is getting into the hinge this time as Samsung has perfected the hinge design. There’s a layer of fiber that keeps the dirt and unwanted stuff out of the hinges. Anyways, the phone is arriving in three major color variants that are Mirror Purple, Mirror Black, and Mirror Gold. There are two special editions i.e. a Thom Browne Special Edition and an Olympic Games Athlete Edition as well. The device is available at $1,380 starting February 14.
Samsung Galaxy S20 series
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Samsung Galaxy S20 taking much of time in the presentation as that’s pretty much Samsung has been doing for the 10 years. With the new Galaxy S20 series, Samsung has come a long way from the original Samsung Galaxy to its 11th iteration touted as Galaxy S20. Samsung is bringing three major technologies on-board with the S20 series i.e. 5G, A.I. and IoT. With that being said, all the Galaxy S20 models will run on 5G chipsets which is a great move given the fact that 5G is the new thing that smartphone manufacturers are hurrying for.
The new series spearheaded by the standard Galaxy S20 and flanked by Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra is the turning point where Samsung has revolutionized how cameras work on smartphones. With a larger sensor, Samsung has used both its hardware and software excellency to bring its S20 series at the forefront of mobile photography. It uses 9-in-1 pixel binning technology instead of 4-in-1 that allows it to capture more light and thus, higher picture quality at all times.
Samsung has rebuilt its camera mechanism to achieve a higher quality of photos and videos that now uses A.I. for a much higher quality of photos and adaptive learning curved. Both Galaxy S20 and S20+ arrive with a triple camera setup bearing 12+64+12MP camera that allows the phone to capture highly detailed images. Both these models allow up to 30x zoom retaining almost all quality and video recording at up to 8K.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra takes mobile photography at the next level with a primary 108MP sensor and a 48MP telephoto lens together which, allows the device to have something that Samsung is calling as ‘100x Space Zoom’ thanks to its 10x hybrid and 10x optical zoom. This does prove that the Samsung Galaxy S20 series is actually the next big thing if you are considering photography using a smartphone. In fact, the entire launch event was shot at 8K resolution using a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.
All three smartphones arrive with Samsung’s next-gen LPDDR5 RAM technology which is 40% faster than its predecessor and 20% power efficient. Apart from that, all models will have a 120Hz refresh rate and a doubled-down touch response rate for a superfast response, especially during gaming.
Talking about the specifications, all the three models are top-notched specs sheet as followed. Samsung Galaxy S20 arrives with a 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED panel with 1440×3200 pixels resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on both sides. The phone packed in Samsung’s in-house Exynos 990 7nm+ octa-core processor similar to its other models although a Snapdragon 865 7nm+ octa-core processor is available for the USA. Furthermore, the device packs in Mali-G77 MP11 and Adreno 650 GPU respectively.
The device packs in an 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage with a hybrid slot for a memory card. It uses UFS 3.0 for storage which is the gold standard in flagship smartphones nowadays. Its camera setup is rather interesting with a single 10MP wide-angle Dual Pixel PDAF front punch-hole camera and a triple 12MP wide-angle, 64MP telephoto, and 12MP Super Steady ultrawide-angle camera at the back.
Most of the specs on-board Galaxy S20+ is similar to Galaxy S20. The difference is that the S20+ arrives with a larger 6.7-inch display with 1440×3200 pixels resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 HDR10+ panel. The processor, RAM and camera specifications remain the same for the plus variant as well.
Finally, the finest of all, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra arrives with the largest 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on both sides, HDR10+ and Always-on Display. Furthermore, the device has the same processor and configuration as the other two models with the difference being three major storage variants that are 128GB+12GB, 256GB+12GB, and 512GB+16GB.
Introducing Samsung’s largest-ever 108MP primary sensor that reserves a premier position at the back alongside 48MP periscope sensor, 12MP ultra-wide sensor and a 0.3MP 3D ToF sensor grabbing the higher standards when it comes to mobile photography.
The trio will be available for sale from March 6 at $999 for Galaxy S20, $1,199 for Galaxy S20+, and$1,399 for Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy Buds+
In the end, Samsung introduced a much-enhanced Galaxy Buds+ that not just has a revamped design but an altogether better sound quality. The new Galaxy Buds+ are equipped with not one but two speakers (tweeter and woofer) that are 40% larger than the previous iteration. Along with that, the Buds+ have three mics instead of two for better sound reception no matter what.
Samsung has also improved the Buds+ Ambient Sound System so that you can have control over the ambient sound rather than going full-on noise-canceling mode. The company hasn’t compromised over its AKG-styled high-end crystal-clear sound quality in case if you are a bit worried. The earbuds have 11 hours of backup that can be further extended to 22 hours when included in its charging case.
The Buds are also equipped with wireless charging so juicing up the battery while waiting for your number at a queue without any hassle. The Buds+ will be available on February 14 at $149 which is, of course, much lower than what Samsung’s biggest rival Apple is offering its TWS earbuds for so yeah, it’s a must-have for sure.