Samsung, the tech giant, unveiled on Wednesday a new line of smartphones-the Galaxy S10.
The new smartphone comes with triple-cameras, ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensors, and is the first mainstream phone to have one-terabyte (TB) of storage.
The inauguration of the Galaxy S10 is considered to be the tech firm’s most important event this year, as Samsung is fighting intense competition from China’s Huawei and the US’s Apple.
The S10 comes in versions initially priced at $749 for the entry level, the 5.8in S10e at $899 for the 6.1in Galaxy S10, and $999 for the 6.4in S10+. Meanwhile the 6.4in S10 5G’s price has yet to be announced.
The launch comes days before the Mobile World Congress-the world’s largest mobile industry exhibition set to take place in Barcelona-where Samsung’s rivals will disclose new handsets of their own.
The Galaxy S10’s new Infinity-O display-which will have a small hole directly in the screen-will attract buyers and prove that the company is able to build on its previous successes with new innovations and additions to the already successful Galaxy range.
Samsung is attracting customers through offering a device with top-of-the-line processors, in-display fingerprint scanners, and a new triple-camera system.
The Galaxy S10 and S10+ have a new 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera on the back – which is a similar combination used by Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro to a great extent.
Meanwhile, the smaller Galaxy S10 will have a 6.1in screen with a 10-megapixel selfie camera. The larger Galaxy S10+ has a 6.4in screen with an oval-shaped hole containing a dual-selfie camera for refined images.
Both versions will have at least 128GB of storage but the top-of-the-line S10+ also comes in a special version with a ceramic back, 12GB of RAM and 1TB in storage – a first for a mainstream phone.
In addition to this, Galaxy launched a smaller and cheaper version of its new flagship, Galaxy S10e, which has a 5.8in screen which is flat and a more traditional capacitive fingerprint scanner on the side.
Moreover, the smartphone will include a 5G version which will be available for purchase later on this year, to coincide with the launch of a new 5G networks in some countries.
Samsung also launched a foldable smartphone-the Galaxy Fold, which is the first smartphone to fold into a tablet. Samsung said the Galaxy Fold would open up to create a 7.3in (18.5cm) tablet-like display and would be able to run up to three apps at once.
A demo showed off the features by which the device transferred from one mode to another much more smoothly than had been the case with an earlier foldable phone-Royole’s FlexPai. The Galaxy Fold is set to launch on 26 April and will start at $1,980.