Samsung’s Unpacked 2020 event has wrapped. The company jumped right in with the announcements by unveiling the Galaxy Z Flip foldable phone, and introduced the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra.
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These new truly wireless earphones feature speakers that are 40 percent bigger than the previous generation. They have three microphones, which Samsung says will make voice calls more enjoyable. You’ll be able to use these on non-Samsung Android phones or iOS, so long as you download an app to configure them. Samsung claims that the Galaxy Buds Plus have 11-hour battery life, and that the rechargeable case boasts another 11 hours. They ship on February 14th for $149.
Google Duo and live captions are coming to the S20 and Z Flip
Samsung announced it entered a partnership with Google to make Google Duo the default video chat app built into the dialer. Additionally, live captions (previously available exclusively on Google’s Pixel phones) will be arriving on the Galaxy phones.
Samsung’s latest phones are now official, and it’s releasing the Galaxy S20, slightly larger S20 Plus, and the S20 Ultra, which is even bigger yet. All three phones support 5G (though the standard S20 doesn’t support millimeter wave), feature the Snapdragon 865 processor in the US, and have a whopping 12GB of RAM. The cameras seem to have received a hearty upgrade, particularly the ones built into the S20 Ultra. Each phone is capable of recording 8K resolution video, but the S20 Ultra can shoot 100x zoom.
The Galaxy Fold was Samsung’s first foray into making foldable phones, and it got off to a rocky start. It’s trying again with the Z Flip, a flip phone-styled foldable phone. It has a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen. It comes in the colors mirror purple, mirror black, and in certain regions, mirror gold. The Z Flip launches on February 14th for $1,380.