As the year winds down it’s a great time to reflect on the top stories of the past 12 months. This is the first of four installments where we look at the stories that shaped this year.
The first quarter of the year is a very important one. It hosts the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where we usually see a lot of the flagship phones that will shape the mobile landscape until the summer.
But this year we got more than the usual square slabs of premium tech. MWC gave us our much-anticipated glimpse of the first foldable phones!
Samsung and Huawei showed off, initially at a distance, the Galaxy Fold and the Mate X. We were present at both events and came away giddy with excitement – something of a rarity for seasoned techies such as ourselves.
Samsung had the upper hand on Huawei as it was able to release units to the press for preliminary reviews. However those promptly uncovered a few hardware issues – the hinge behind the folding screen would accumulate dirt and debris, which would ultimately destroy the device. There was a thin film over the display, which some mistook for a screen protector and attempted to peel it off, resulting in damage to the screen.
This led to Samsung recalling all Galaxy Fold devices in the field and cancelling all pre-orders of the device. At the time it wasn’t clear if and when Samsung would resolve the issues, but we now know that it took it months to do so. Samsung officially re-launched the Galaxy Fold in September with a number of improvements and seemingly no critical flaws.
Meanwhile Huawei’s Mate X wasn’t ready for release until late November but it only got a limited release due to Huawei’s issues with the US goverment.
Some of the most important devices of early 2018 was the Galaxy S10 lineup (consisting of vanilla, plus, e and 5G models). There were a number of high-profile leaks before the Galaxy S10 quartet eventually arrived on February 20.
We learned most of the specs through a leak, which we ourselves delivered first. The 12GB/1TB variant of the Galaxy S10+ leaked and we learned that the Galaxy S10e won’t be called Galaxy S10 Lite.
When Samsung announced its Galaxy S10 lineup it brought the first HDR10+ screens, first ultrasonic under-display scanners, a new triple camera among other things.
Another big MWC announcement was the Nokia 9 PureView. The penta-cam phone was long in the making and captured the attention of everyone.
It promised to deliver the ultimate dynamic range on a smartphone camera but it failed to win the fans over. It lacked an ultrawide or telephoto camera, nor did it have great battery life and was already behind the curve with its Snapdraon 845 chipset. But it did impress us with its incredible bokeh rendition in macro and portrait photos.
Another big announcement during the MWC was the Sony Xperia 1. Initially rumored as the Xperia XZ4, the Xperia 1 redefined Sony’s flagship and brought another name change.
But the Xperia 1 was much more than just a name. It’s the only flagship with a 21:9 4K OLED screen on the market and its 12MP regular + 12MP tele + 12MP ultrawide camera combo proved to be among the best in the market.
In March Huawei unveiled its P30 and P30 Pro to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and S10+ head on. The Huawei P30 Pro’s secret weapon was the 5x periscope telephoto camera. It wasn’t great for video and it was subpar in low light but damn that baby could zoom.
Samsung’s new Galaxy M series launched at the end of January and proved quite popular. The Galaxy M10 and M20 were aggressively priced and brought dual cameras, Infinity-V displays and capable Exynos chips. The Galaxy M20 had a 5,000mAh with 15W charging.
Xiaomi showed off a foldable design but it failed to materialize into a device in 2019. However the company released one of the most popular phones of the year in the Redmi Note 7. It brought the right blend of great price and good specs. This was one of the first 48MP cameras on the market and non-coincidentally one of the most successful phones of the year.
And Xiaomi’s novel ad campaign which saw the Redmi Note 7 mash watermelons, smashing walnuts and being used as a cutting board was quite enjoyable.
Meizu unveiled the Zero prototype with no physical buttons and not even a speaker or charging port. It was an interesting concept but remained just that – a concept. Meizu couldn’t pull off the crowdfunding needed to take the Zero off the ground.
And while we’re on that sentiment, Windows Phone received its official final call in January 2018. Microsoft will continue to support Windows Phone until the January 2020, but then it’s officially dead.
That’s it for our Q1 recap. Stay tuned for Q2.
Xiaomi’s interesting ad campaign, showcasing the durability of the new affordable device continues with even more silly videos.
The 6.47″ AMOLED screen gets next-gen in-display FP reader as well as acoustic display tech. Kirin 980 and 40W charging round off this flagship.
The first-ever smartphone penta-camera is also the first smartphone camera to use the Light computational photography system.
The wide notch of the original was not everyone’s favorite feature, so what if it’s replaced by a more palatable waterdrop notch?
Dynamic AMOLED replaces Super AMOLED. The S10 phones also feature faster wireless charging and PowerShare.
It has a 4.6″ phone screen, 7.3″ tablet screen and six cameras dotted all over. The Fold will be available on April 26.
The Nokia 9 PureView could potentially have the best scene depth-sensing around as our first camera samples show.
HMD has brought us a true PureView successor – the Nokia 9 with its five 12MP snappers and a ToF camera at the back.
This is the “Beyond 1″, aka the 6.1” curved screen model. The S10 series will not have gradient color paint jobs, says another rumor.
This is the end of a beloved smartphone platform as Microsoft shifts efforts to support its services on the two majority platforms.
Everything We Expect at Samsung Unpacked, From Galaxy Z Fold 4 to Galaxy Watch 5 – CNET
Samsung’s next Galaxy Unpacked event. We expect to see several new versions of the company’s and smartwatches to be revealed — but there’s always a chance for surprise launches of new devices.
The event invitation seen above, showing a Z Flip foldable phone, suggests we’ll see new versions of Samsung’s foldables. That fits with afrom tipster Evan Blass predicting new versions of the and the clamshell which came out in August 2021.
Don’t expect too many big advances with Samsung’s next foldables. Rumors suggest the tablet-sizemay have a new hinge and slimmer build, but the leaker jury is out on whether it will include an S Pen slot like the . Other rumors predict that the foldable will pack the faster Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus chipset, as well as a larger outer display that requires its own under-display camera to complement the one on the inner screen.
The makeup compact-lookingcould get a larger cover display, according to other rumors, which could make it far more useful for reading notifications and previewing selfie photos.
Even if the new foldables have only incremental spec upgrades, the biggest improvement could be price. Thewas cheaper than its predecessor at $1,800 (£1,599, AU$2,499) to start, which is still around twice as expensive as most premium smartphones. The shockingly came in at $1,000 (£949, AU$1,499), or around the price of an iPhone 13 Pro, making it the most affordable foldable yet and a viable alternative to standard flat smartphones.
But the upcoming Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 could be even cheaper, predicts analyst Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, who tweeted that Samsung ramped up production to churn out twice as many of the new foldables as last year’s models, suggesting a possible price cut.
In any case, we expect the new foldables to sell well, since the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3than were sold in all of 2020. With 88% of the more than 7 million foldables sold in 2021, Samsung is in a strong position to continue dominating the niche foldable market, which is to over 27 million sold in 2025.
Samsung could launch other products to accompany the foldables, and the most likely is the. Rumors predict the next version of the premium smartwatch line could get a body temperature sensor and better battery life, as well as an updated design. Hopefully, it will also fix a glaring flaw in the — no support for iPhones — as well as better integration of Wear OS 3, as we felt last year’s watch pulled between .
There are other things Samsung could show off, like successors to theearbud, tablets or laptops, but we haven’t heard many rumors suggesting any of those are likely to arrive. Still, we could easily be surprised with all eyes on the awaited foldables.
To encourage customers to reserve their phones early, from July 19 until August 10,based on different bundles, from a maximum of $200 off for those reserving a Galaxy phone, watch, and buds down to a minimum of $30 off for just reserving Galaxy buds. While this could be a hint at what’s coming at Unpacked, the savings could apply to older Galaxy Watch or Galaxy Buds models.
The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. ET / 6 a.m. PT. CNET will be watching and covering the reveals.
Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event: start time and how to watch – The Verge
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked is set to begin on Wednesday, August 10th.
Leading up to the event, Samsung has left us with breadcrumbs about what they’re going to announce at their Galaxy Unpacked event. Leaks and other clues have revealed that Samsung may be announcing an updated foldable to match last year’s announcement and release.
We also have a guess that there might be some new Galaxy Watches to announce as Samsung released a reservation for a trade-in for the Galaxy smartphone, smartwatch, and earbuds.
When does the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event take place?
The Samsung Galaxy event is set to take place on Wednesday, August 10th, 2022, at 6AM PT / 9AM ET.
Where can I watch the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event?
We will have the livestream video embedded up top, so you can stick around here to watch when it begins. Otherwise, you can tune in to the Galaxy Unpacked livestream at Samsung.com, Samsung’s Newsroom, and Samsung’s YouTube channel.
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked: How to watch Samsung announce its latest foldable phones – ZDNet
On Wednesday, Samsung is expected to announce new foldable phones, wireless earbuds, and a new Galaxy Watch. If all of the leaks and rumors are true, that means we’ll see the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4, Buds 2 Pro and the Galaxy Watch 5 (and maybe even a Pro model).
Who knows, Samsung could have other products lined up for announcement. We simply won’t know what all it entails until the livestream ends.
When is Samsung Galaxy Unpacked?
The event kicks off early Wednesday, Aug. 10, with the livestream starting at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT. There isn’t an in-person element to the event as companies continue to stick to a virtual-only approach for product announcements.
Here are the different international times for your reference:
- New York: 9 a.m. ET
- San Francisco: 6 a.m. PT
- London: 2 p.m. GMT
- Berlin: 3 p.m. CET
- Mumbai: 9:30 p.m. IT
- Tokyo: 11 a.m. JT Jan. 15
- Sydney: 1 a.m. AEDT Jan. 15
How to what Samsung Galaxy Unpacked
If you want to tune in and watch the announcements as they’re made, then you’re in luck. Samsung is broadcasting the livestream across several different platforms. Here’s everywhere you can watch the official stream:
What to expect from Samsung Galaxy Unpacked
Samsung itself has dropped some major hints about what to expect from the announcement. Certainly, there are new foldable phones — likely the Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 — on tap to be announced.
In addition to the new phones, Samsung’s Galaxy Watch5 appears set to get an upgrade, with a new Watch5 Pro model, which early leaks indicate will be more rugged and more of a competitor to Garmin’s line of smartwatches.
Finally, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro appear primed for an upgrade with the Buds 2 Pro adding new active noise cancellation features and a refreshed design to the company’s completely wireless earbuds.
We’ll have full event coverage as Samsung’s latest Galaxy Unpacked event kicks off bright and early on Wednesday, Aug. 10.
What’s something you’re hoping to see Samsung announce during the event? Let us know in the comments below.
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