New Technology Unfolds



Samsung’s first consumer foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold. Image taken from Samsung US’s official website.

Michael Dunn, Publisher


Samsung’s yearly “Galaxy UNPACKED” event was held this year in San Francisco on February 20th 2019. Samsung unveiled several devices throughout the show: three Galaxy S10 phones, Galaxy Buds (wireless earbuds), Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit, and the innovative Galaxy Fold.

Instead of normally releasing two Galaxy S phones a year, Samsung decided to release three phone variants this year to compete at different pricing ranges. Each variant features a camera cutout on the front instead of following the notch cutout trend of last year. The different phone models sport a minimum amount of one front camera and a dual rear camera configuration while the highest model sports two front cameras and a triple rear camera configuration. The devices feature storage up to 1TB (128GB minimum). A new feature these device support is wireless charging of other devices. Compatible devices can be placed on any of the Galaxy S10 variants and it will charge them.

The Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Fit are successors to the recent Galaxy Watch and are designed for athletic use. The Galaxy Buds are Samsung’s new wireless headphones. They come with a charging case that wirelessly charges the headphones so that you can charge them on the go.

Probably the most interesting device revealed at the event was the Galaxy Fold, a phone-tablet hybrid that has a foldable interior display. The phone features a small display on the front and a larger folding display inside. The phone features 12GB RAM and 512GB of internal storage. The device’s lowest variant price starts at $1,980 and is designed for productivity. It can run up to 3 apps simultaneously and is compatible with Samsung DeX, a platform to run Samsung phones in a desktop style-experience.

It remains to be seen how these devices will fare when they are released to the general public, but it will be interesting to see how this unfolds.