Samsung’s 2019 Galaxy Line Is Out of This World!

Once upon a time, Samsung’s Galaxy line was seen as a copy of the iPhone; there were even multiple lawsuits between the two companies over it. There’s no mistaking the new Galaxy S10 line for an iPhone now, though, it’s gone from a “copycat” to a “holy crap” with some amazing new models including the new Galaxy Fold!

You’d better hope that your wallet is braced and ready because Samsung has added some amazing (and pricey) temptations in their latest lineup!

The New Galaxy S10 Lineup

First, there’s the Galaxy S10 line, with the S10, S10+, S10e, and S10 5G. The S10 and S10+ are the main flagship phones, with the plus having a bigger screen; so apparently, Samsung borrowed a teensy bit from Apple. But that’s where the comparisons end. Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and S10+ are rocking in-screen fingerprint sensors, so you get all of the full-screen goodness plus the fingerprint reader with extra encryption, and they managed to cram all the sensors down into a hole-punch in place of a notch. That’s some pretty incredible engineering! They also included artificial intelligence with a widescreen camera lens, so expect some truly excellent photography. Similarly to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro we reviewed, the new Galaxy S10 phones can be used to charge other Qi-charging enabled devices. You can even do pass-through charging of the other device from the S10 while your Samsung is charging.

The S10e is more along the lines of the iPhone XR. You lose the in-screen fingerprint reader in favor of a side-button reader, plus the screen is slightly smaller at 5.8″, but you’re still getting an excellent camera, zippy processor, and full screen with just the little hole punch for the selfie camera. The S10 5G isn’t out yet, but it will be able to take advantage of 5G networks when they are available. Pricing is about what you’d expect for flagship phone lines: starting at $799 for the S10e, $899 for the S10, and $999 for the S10+.

Galaxy S10 line Product Specifications

Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10 Galaxy S10+ Galaxy S10 5G
Display 5.8-inch, Full HD+ Flat Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (438ppi) 6.1-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (550ppi)
*Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings.
 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (522ppi) 6.7-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (505ppi)
*Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners.
Camera Rear: Dual Camera with OIS Rear: Triple Camera with Dual OIS Rear: Triple Camera with Dual OIS Rear: Quadruple Camera with Dual OIS
– Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°) – Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°) – Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°) – Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°)
– Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°) – Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°) – Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°) – Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°)
– 0.5X optical zoom, up to 8X digital zoom – Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°) – Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°) – Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°)
– 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom – 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom – 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom
– 3D Depth: hQVGA
Front:
– Selfie: 10MP Super Speed Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°)
Front:
– Selfie: 10MP Super Speed Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°)
Front: Dual Camera
– Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°)
– RGB Depth: 8MP FF, F2.2 (90°)
Front:
– Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°)
– 3D Depth: hQVGA
Body 69.9 x 142.2 x 7.9mm, 150g 70.4 x 149.9 x 7.8mm, 157g 74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8mm, 175g (Ceramic: 198g) 77.1 x 162.6 x 7.94mm, 198g
AP 7nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.8 GHz + 2.4 GHz + 1.7 GHz)
8nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 2.3 GHz + 1.9 GHz)
*May differ by market and mobile operator.
Memory 6GB/8GB RAM (LPDDR4X), 128GB/256GB 8GB RAM (LPDDR4X), 128GB/512GB 8GB/12GB RAM (LPDDR4X), 128GB/512GB/1TB 8GB +
256GB
+ MicroSD slot (up to 512GB) + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB) + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB) (No MicroSD)
*May differ by market and mobile operator.
*User memory is less than the total memory due to storage of the operating system and software used to operate the device features. Actual user memory will vary depending on the operator and may change after software upgrades are performed.
SIM Card Single: one Nano SIM and one MicroSD slot (up to 512GB) 1 SIM
Dual(Hybrid): one Nano SIM and one Nano SIM or one MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
*May differ by market and mobile operator.
*MicroSD card sold separately.
Battery1 3,100mAh (typical) 3,400mAh (typical) 4,100mAh (typical) 4,500mAh (typical)
Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless Super Fast Charging compatible on wired with QC2.0, AFC and PD3.0
Improved wireless charging speeds with Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 Fast Charging compatible on wireless
Improved wireless charging speeds with Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Wireless PowerShare2 Wireless PowerShare
*Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC
*Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
*May differ by market and mobile operator.
OS Android 9.0 (Pie)
Network Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20 Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20
– 2.0Gbps download, 150Mbps Upload – 2.0Gbps download, 150Mbps Upload + None Standalone (NSA), Sub6 / mmWave (28G, 39G)
*May differ by market and mobile operator. *May differ by market and mobile operator.
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM
– 1.2Gbps Download / 1.2Gbps Upload
*May differ by market and mobile operator.
Bluetooth® v 5.0, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou*)
*Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited.
Payment NFC, MST
*May differ by market and mobile operator.
Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Capacitive Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor Accelerometer, Barometer, Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
Authentication Lock Type: Swipe, Pattern, PIN, Password
Biometric Lock Types: Fingerprints, Face
Audio Stereo speakers and earphones: Sound by AKG
Surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus included)
Audio Playback Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF, APE
Video MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

Preorders for the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and the Galaxy S10e begin February 21, 2019, at 12:01 am ET. If you pre-order a Galaxy S10 or Galaxy S10+ between February 21, 2019, and March 7, 2019, Samsung will throw in a set of free Galaxy Buds ($129.99 value); you can also get money off if you trade in an eligible device. Visit www.samsung.com/us/promotions to learn more.

New Samsung Wearables

In addition, Samsung upgraded its wearables with a new Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit, and Galaxy Buds. Galaxy Watch Active is aiming squarely at Fitbit with a $199 price tag. The Galaxy Buds will be $129 but will be free with preorders of the new Galaxy S10 phones direct from Samsung.

Galaxy Watch Active Specifications
Category Feature
Color Silver, Black, Rose Gold, Sea Green
Dimensions & Weight 40mm, 39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5mm, 25g
Display 1.1” (28mm) 360 x 360 Full Color AOD

Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

Strap 20mm (interchangeable)
Battery 230mAh
AP Exynos 9110 Dual core 1.15 GHz
OS Tizen-based Wearable OS 4.0
Memory 768MB RAM + 4GB Internal Memory
Connectivity Bluetooth®4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, A-GPS/Glonass
Sensor Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, Heart Rate Monitoring, Ambient Light
Charge WPC-based wireless charging
Durability 5ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810G
Compatibility Samsung Galaxy, Android 5.0 or above with more than 1.5GB RAM

iPhone: iPhone 5 and above, iOS 9.0 or above

Category Galaxy Fit Features
Color Black, Silver
Display 0.95” Full Color AMOLED

120 x 240,282 ppi

AP MCU Cortex M33F 96MHz + M0 16 MHz
OS Realtime OS
Size 18.3(W) x 44.6 (H) x 11.2(T)

24g (w/strap)

Memory 512KB internal RAM, 2048KB external RAM, 32MB external ROM
Connectivity BLE
Sensor HRM, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Battery 120mAh
Charge NFC Wireless
Durability 5ATM water resistance

MIL STD 810G

Compatibility

Samsung Galaxy, Android 5.0 or above with more than 1.5GB RAM

iPhone: iPhone 5 and above, iOS 9.0 or above

Galaxy Fit Specifications
Category Features
Color Black, Silver
Display 0.95” Full Color AMOLED

120 x 240,282 ppi

AP MCU Cortex M33F 96MHz + M0 16 MHz
OS Realtime OS
Size 18.3(W) x 44.6 (H) x 11.2(T)

24g (w/strap)

Memory 512KB internal RAM, 2048KB external RAM, 32MB external ROM
Connectivity BLE
Sensor HRM, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Battery 120mAh
Charge NFC Wireless
Durability 5ATM water resistance

MIL STD 810G

Compatibility

Samsung Galaxy, Android 5.0 or above with more than 1.5GB RAM

iPhone: iPhone 5 and above, iOS 9.0 or above

Galaxy Buds Specifications
Category Feature
Color Black, White
Size Earbud: 17.5 (W) x 19.2 (D) x 22.3 (H) mm / Case: 38.8 (W) x 70 (D) x 26.5 (H) mm
Weight Earbud: 5.6g per earbud / Case: 39.6g
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0
Sensor Accelerometer, Proximity, Hall, Touch, Ear on/off detection
Battery Earbud: 58mAh / Charging case: 252mAh
USB Type-C
Speaker 5.8pi Dynamic Driver
Compatibility Android 5.0 or later, RAM 1.5GB or above
Audio Audio Codec: SBC, AAC, Scalable (Samsung proprietary)
  • Galaxy Watch Active will be available in the US starting on March 8, 2019, for $199.99 at Samsung.com and major retailers. Consumers who pre-order Galaxy Watch Active starting February 21 through March 7, 2019, will receive a free Wireless Charging Pad.
  • Galaxy Fit will be available in Q2 2019.
  • Galaxy Buds will be available for $129.99 on Samsung.com and major retailers and carriers starting March 8, 2019. For a limited time, consumers who pre-order a Galaxy S10 or Galaxy S10+ on Samsung.com will receive a free pair of Galaxy Buds.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold

Finally, there’s the Galaxy Fold. It’s both a 7.3″ tablet AND a 4.6″ phone, using the magic of a bendable “Infinity-Flex” display and a special folding hinge. Samsung says it will be able to multitask up to 3 apps side by side, and at least from the pictures, it looks pretty slick. It should, for what it will cost!

Galaxy Fold Product Specifications

Galaxy Fold
Display Main display: 7.3” QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED (4.2:3)
Cover display: 4.6 ” HD+ Super AMOLED (21:9)

* Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners
Camera Cover camera 10MP Selfie Camera, F2.2
Rear triple camera 16MP Ultra Wide Camera, F2.2

12MP Wide-angle Camera, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, F1.5/F2.4

12MP Telephoto Camera, PDAF, OIS, F2.4, 2X optical zoom

Front dual camera 10MP Selfie Camera, F2.2
8MP RGB Depth Camera, F1.9
AP 7nm 64-bit Octa-core processor
Memory 12GB RAM(LPDDR4x), 512GB (UFS3.0)

*User memory is less than the total memory due to storage of the operating system and software used to operate the device features. Actual user memory will vary depending on the operator and may change after software upgrades are performed.
*No MicroSD slot
Battery 4,380mAh (typical)*
Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless; Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC
Wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA

* 4,380mAh (typical) refers to the typical value of the battery capacity as tested under third-party lab conditions. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples. Rated (minimum) capacity is 4,275mAh. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors.
OS Android 9.0 (Pie)

The Samsung Galaxy Fold will be available in the U.S. through AT&T and T-Mobile in the second quarter of 2019; the suggested price for the Galaxy Fold starts at $1,980.00.

Which new Galaxy model are you most intrigued by?


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