Rebecca Hirst, head of UK product marketing of Samsung Electronics, unveils the Z Flip foldable smartphone during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020 (Reuters)
Rebecca Hirst, head of UK product marketing of Samsung Electronics, unveils the Z Flip foldable smartphone during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020 (Reuters)

Samsung new phones: From Galaxy S20 series to Galaxy Z Flip. Key things to know

  • Samsung recently unpacked a bunch of flagship devices
  • From a foldable Gaalxy Z Flip to three flagship Galaxy S20 phones, check out all the products Samsung unveiled in its recently held Unpacked Event

Samsung Electronics' much-anticipated Unpacked Event took place on 11 February, 2020 in San Francisco and just as all the earlier rumours, leaks and speculations suggested, the company did unveil a bunch of flagship devices.

Starting with the launch of company's second attempt at a folding phone, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and moving on to Samsung Galaxy S20 series, which in its sack comes with three premium set of smartphones — Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra — the South Korean company also went on to launch the truly wireless Galaxy Buds+ earbuds.

You can watch the whole one-hour long launch event here.

Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know:

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is probably the most-talked-about smartphone of the event for its square-shaped foldable design. With its second try at this technology Samsung hopes will set it apart from rivals Apple Inc and Huawei.

The Galaxy Z Flip holds a similar design to Motorola’s foldable Razr,that is, the phone folds in half into a clamshell. Samsung says the glass is strong enough to bend 200,000 times.

Rebecca Hirst, head of UK product marketing of Samsung Electronics, unveils the Z Flip foldable smartphone during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020
Rebecca Hirst, head of UK product marketing of Samsung Electronics, unveils the Z Flip foldable smartphone during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020 (Reuters)

The foldable-glass smartphone, which looks like a large makeup compact folded up and expands to look like most smartphones, features foldable glass and will come in purple, gold and black, executives said in the event.

Features include a 6.7-inch OLED display that has a 22:9 aspect ratio. The foldable phone runs on Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of built-in storage.

The Z Flip also has a “flex mode" that will let you open it in half and also enable you to use various functions, just like a laptop. For example, you might watch a YouTube video on the top, and comment on the bottom.

Samsung's foldable phone will be available at a starting price of $1,380 and will go on its first sale on 14 February, 2020, the executives announced at the event. Moreover, Galaxy Z users will get free access to Alphabet's YouTube Premium.

Samsung Galaxy S20 series

As already known, thanks to rumours and reports, Samsung launched three versions of its flagship Samsung Galaxy S20 series mainly, the Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. The launch of S20 series shows that Samsung skipped over naming its phones between S11 to S19 and instead, reached directly from S10 to S20.

All the three phones will sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 chips, which are capable of supporting 5G. Apart from that, the Galaxy S20 series have 120Hz displays. The S20 has a 6.2-inch display, the S20 Plus has a 6.7-inch display, and the S20 Ultra has a 6.9-inch display.

TM Roh, president & head of mobile communications business of Samsung Electronics, unveils the Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra smartphones during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020
TM Roh, president & head of mobile communications business of Samsung Electronics, unveils the Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra smartphones during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020 (Reuters)

Coming to the cameras, the S20 and S20+ have a 64-megapixel camera, and the S20 Ultra has 108-megapixel camera setup with 8K video recording support as well as 100x zoom.

The battery capacity varies slightly on the phones. Being the most premium smartphone of the lot, the S20 Ultra houses the 5,000 mAh battery capacity while the S20 Plus and S20 come packed with 4,500 mAh and 4,000 mAh batteries, respectively. As for the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, the premium handset comes with support for up to 1TB expandable memory option. Built-in storage choices will be 128GB/256GB/512GB and 12GB or 16GB RAM options.

The pre-orders for all the versions will begin from 21 February, 2020 and the shipment of the phones will start from 6 March.

For the price options, the S20 is priced at $999, the S20 Plus at $1,199, and the S20 Ultra will be available at $1,399.

Samsung Galaxy Buds +

Alongside the S20 update, Samsung also released its upgraded Galaxy Buds+ wireless earphones, whose biggest improvement is an 11-hour battery life in the earpieces with another 11 hours in the provided carry case. They’ll be part of what Samsung calls curated bundles with the new phones.

A pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds+ wireless earbuds are seen during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020
A pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds+ wireless earbuds are seen during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020 (Reuters)

The Buds have two speakers for listening, and three microphones for calls; so you have a better chance of being able to hear who you’re talking to and for them to listen to you.

Pre-orders open on 21 February and run through 6 March, the Galaxy S20 series’ release date.

Samsung’s effort to develop new categories and spur demand in the plateaued smartphone industry will be driven by Taemoon Roh, a person who’s engineered the Galaxy empire behind the scenes from its outset. “It’s our responsibility and opportunity to shape the next ten years of mobile innovation, starting right now at Unpacked," Roh wrote in a blog post ahead of the event. “No company is better suited to take on this massive challenge than Samsung."

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