On Wednesday, February 20, Samsung announced 10 new products at a flashy media event in San Francisco, including the new Galaxy S10 line of smartphones, a foldable smartphone called the Galaxy Fold, and a few new wearables. We’re not sold yet on the practicality of the Galaxy Fold, but these smartphones and wearables will be some of the most sought-after gadgets of 2019. After all, Samsung makes the most popular mobile devices in the world by far, with a 31.82% market share in 2019 compared to Apple’s 22.85%.
Starts at $1,980, ships April 26.
The biggest announcement was the Galaxy Fold, a foldable device that seamlessly transitions from a 4.6-inch smartphone to a 7.3-inch tablet. Samsung’s touting it as a revolutionary “new category” in tech, but the jury’s still out on how eager the public will be to adopt it. First of all, it’s wildly expensive. Secondly, it seems too bulky for a smartphone, but too small for a tablet.
Either way, it does feature a few neat UX innovations, such as the ability to view and interact with up to three apps at the same time in tablet mode, and something called “app continuity,” where the smartphone screen and the tablet screen will always stay in sync. For example: if you’re browsing Google Maps on the smartphone screen, unfolding the phone will instantly bring the same Google Maps view onto the larger tablet screen.
The Fold will come in four colors (black, silver, green, and blue) and is equipped with the same three rear and two front cameras as the S10 Plus. Two batteries, one on either side of the fold, will combine for a capacity of 4,380mAh (roughly halfway between the S10 Plus and the S10 5G below).
Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus
S10 starts at $899.99, S10 Plus starts at $999.99. Both ship March 8.
The successor to last year’s Galaxy S9, these two bezel-less smartphones are very similar in style, with a few key differences under the hood. Here’s what they have in common:
- A hole-punch cutout for the front camera(s)
- A 10mp front “selfie” camera
- Three rear cameras: wide (12mp), super wide (16mp), and telephoto (12mp)
- 1,440-pixel wide, 19:9 “Dynamic AMOLED” panels
- HDR10+ certification
- Aluminum frame
- The first-ever ultrasonic fingerprint scanner beneath the display screen
- An “Instagram mode”
- A “Super Steady Video” mode for stabilization
- A Snapdragon 855 processor
- Baseline 8GB of RAM
- Baseline 128GB of storage
- MicroSD card expansion slot
And here’s how the S10 Plus differs:
- A bigger screen, from 6.1 inches to 6.4 inches
- A better battery, from 3,400mAh to 4,100mAh
- A second front camera (8mp)
- Up to 12GB of RAM
- Up to 1TB of storage (for $1,600)
- Optional ceramic back cover
Samsung Galaxy S10E
Starts at $749.99, ships March 8.
The S10E is a slightly smaller (5.8 inches) version of the Galaxy S10 with fewer features and storage options. The processor (Snapdragon 855), front camera (10mp), and display technology (19:9 “Dynamic AMOLED” panels) are the same, but here’s what’s different:
- Two rear cameras: wide (12mp) and ultra-wide (16mp)
- 6GB or 8GB RAM memory
- 128GB or 256GB storage, expandable via MicroSD
- 3,100mAh battery
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
No pricing yet, ships “first half of 2019.”
The Galaxy S10 5G is the most luxurious addition to Samsung’s smartphone line: It’s bigger (and definitely more expensive) than the S10 Plus, and was built with 5G networks in mind for next-generation speed. The big caveat here is that if you buy a 5G phone in the first half of 2019, you probably won’t have any 5G networks to connect to yet!
Here’s how the S10 5G compares with the other S10 models. Note that the S10 5G actually comes with fewer storage and memory options than the S10 Plus, and it’s the only S10 not expandable via MicroSD.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Comparison
$129.99, ships March 8
The Galaxy Buds are Samsung’s answer to Apple’s AirPods: next-gen, wireless, earbud headphones. The Galaxy Buds’ battery life (6 hours in the buds, 7 hours in the case) is lower than the AirPods’ 24-hour combo, but the Galaxy Buds are $30 cheaper and appear to be more ergonomic. Also, if you’ve got an S10 phone, you can wirelessly charge your Buds by placing them on the back of the phone. (Of course, they’ll steal that battery power from your phone, so it’s a bit of a trade-off.)
Galaxy Watch Active
$199.99, ships March 8.
There used to be a clear line between smartwatches and fitness trackers, but the new Samsung Galaxy Watch Active continues to blur it. It looks and behaves like a smartwatch, plus the functionality of a fitness tracker. The big innovation, though, is that the Watch Active can track your blood pressure in addition to the usual things like heart rate, steps, distance, and sleep. It comes in the four colors above, and if you preorder by March 7, Samsung will throw in a free wireless charging pad. If you have an S10 smartphone, you can charge the Watch Active by placing it on the back. Some other specs: 4GB of storage; 1.1-inch display; 230mAh battery; 768MB of RAM; 5ATM water resistant; Bixby, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and mobile payment integration.
Galaxy Fit and Fit e
$99 and $35, both ship May 31.
If you prefer the slimmer profile and lighter feel of a traditional fitness tracker, Samsung also announced two new successors to the Gear Fit2 Pro (which was one of our picks for the best fitness trackers). The Fit is the larger of the the two, with a color 0.95-inch touchscreen and wireless charging. The Fit E is slightly smaller and lighter, with a black and white 0.74-inch display and a charging cable.