The biggest announcements from Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event
The Galaxy Note 10 loses its headphone jack.
The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event was on August 7th, and Samsung gave us everything we could have wanted and more. What happened at the event, and what can we look forward to from Samsung in the next few years?
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus
The Note is making a comeback with the Galaxy 10, but you’ll have two options to choose from if you want to get your hands on a new Note.
Samsung will be releasing the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus later this year. While they might not be a lot larger than the Note 9 that came out last year. The Note 10 will have a 6.3″ screen, while the 10 Plus will come with a 6.8″ screen. One thing that may annoy Samsung fans is that the company is following in Apple’s footsteps and doing away with the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of a slimmer phone body.
You’re not stuck with Bluetooth though — both phones will come with a pair of USB-C headphones and a USB-C to 3.5mm adaptor.
Samsung’s DeX Desktop
Samsung is also updating its DeX desktop interface, giving you the tools to connect your Note 10 to your Windows desktop. It’s a handy tool for anyone who does a lot of work on their phone.
This time around, Samsung partnered with Microsoft to make it easier to link your Note 10 with a Windows 10 computer. Eventually, you’ll even be able to make phone calls from your computer when in Samsung’s DeX desktop mode.
Re-releasing the Galaxy Fold
Earlier this year, Samsung tried to release the world’s first smartphone with a folding screen — and it was disastrous. These phones, costing nearly $2,000, were breaking within 24 hours. The April debut was essentially a mistake, with Samsung rushing to market before the phone was ready.
One of the most exciting announcements at this year’s Samsung event is that the Galaxy Fold will be making a comeback in September with some new upgrades to prevent the screen from breaking. The protective layer that some consumers were peeling off, thinking it was a standard screen protector, has been extended and the hinge and display have been redesigned to provide additional strength.
Under Armor Edition Galaxy 2 Watch
The Galaxy Watch has been a mainstay of the Samsung line for years. This year, they’re trying to make it easier for you to stay active by releasing the Under Armour edition of the Galaxy Watch Active 2.
This partnership with Under Armour comes with the MapMyRun app built-in, so you don’t have to carry your phone with you on your runs. This particular Galaxy Active Watch will also be able to connect with Under Armour’s HOVR shoes to keep more accurate track of your pace and stride.
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 will also have an upgraded heart rate monitor system, as well as a built-in ECG though the latter won’t be available at launch. The Under Armor Edition of the of the Galaxy 2 Watch is expected to be available late in September.
This is just a small sample of what happened at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event this year. Samsung had a bit of a rocky start earlier this year, with the Galaxy Fold breaking within a day or two of review units being sent out but it looks like they’re rebounding.
The new releases announced at this event will slowly release over the next few months, starting with the Galaxy Fold and the Under Armour Edition of the Galaxy 2 Watch in September. Samsung is moving forward in spite of a few setbacks earlier in the year and we’ll be seeing more of them in the years to come.
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