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Galaxy Unpacked Event

Everything we know ahead of Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020

16 Jan 2020
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With 5G compatibility and a massive 108-megapixel camera on the cards, Samsung's 2020 phone lineup is shaping up to be a gamechanger

In early January, Samsung confirmed its annual mobile launch event will take place on February 12 (6AM Australian time) at the Galaxy Unpacked event in San Francisco.

After a busy and impressive 2019 which saw the tech giant roll out a trio of major devices releases (Galaxy S10, Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Note 10, the eyes of the mobile world are now firmly fixated on California to see what they’ll conjure with their 2020 mobile phone range.

Samsung introduced fairly significant changes across the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 in 2019, and it was expected the Samsung Galaxy S11 (which may be in line for a name change) would feature mainly incremental changes, however the closer we get to the event, it’s looking more and more likely that there will be some fairly significant changes.

In addition to Samsung’s flagship device being in line a revved up feature set, it’s expected we’ll see a new iteration of the Galaxy Fold announced at Galaxy Unpacked, with year’s release hoping for a smoother roll out in comparison to last year’s Galaxy Fold fiasco which saw the device having some serious teething issues at launch.

With multiple 5G devices and a potential 108-megapixel camera on the cards, here’s everything we know ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event.

Samsung Galaxy S20 or S11?

The Galaxy S11 will be unveiled to the world during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked on February 12.

This is assuming Samsung continues with its existing naming convention for the Galaxy series, as rumours point to this years’ device taking on a fresh name to celebrate the dawn of a new decade, with Samsung Galaxy S20 being one such name that’s gained traction amongst insiders over the past few weeks.

It’s expected the Korean tech giant will unveil a trio of Galaxy S11 devices in three sizes. In 2019 Samsung opted for a 5.8-inch display for the S10e, a 6.1-inch display for the S10, and a 6.4-inch screen for the S10+.

Based on leaks that have surfaced, this years’ lineup may follow that kind of template, and if anything, the display sizes may get even bigger.

With Apple, Google and Huawei releasing incredibly high-quality smartphone cameras in 2019, it’s likely Samsung will continue to focus on the development of their device cameras

This years camera setup is set to include a massive 5 different camera senses. One of which will be a 48-megapixel telephoto lens, capable of 5x optical zoom. This will sit alongside a 48-megapixel wide-angle lens and a massive 108-megapixel primary which leverages pixel binning technology which should lead to a dramatic improvement in the Galaxy’s ability to take photos in low light settings.

Other rumoured features include 5G, a hefty 5,000-mAh battery, 8K video support and a more powerful Snapdragon 865 processor.

Storage options should come in the form of 128GB, 256GB or 512GB, alongside either 12GB or 16GB of RAM to help power you through all that scrolling.

One additional feature that may be included on the S11 camera is a spectrometer. A spectrometer is a type of sensor that’s able to detect the physical makeup of an object based on its reaction to a light beam, allowing you to potentially analyse a huge range of objects through your camera, such as how many calories are in the piece of fruit you’re snacking on, or it’s sugar makeup – yes this is very wild!.

While it’s only been confirmed as a patent, the potential for this technology within a handset could prove to be a huge selling point for the Samsung Galaxy S11.

Update: Well know phone leaker Max Weinbach of XDA Developers has just released a short video through twitter (seen above), giving us our best look yet at one of the new Galaxy devices. Presumably the Samsung Galaxy S11/S20 Plus.

The short video confirms what previous leaks anticipated, which sees the phone bearing a domino-style back camera, which houses its five camera lenses.

Rendered Image of Galaxy Flip
Image Credit: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 (or Galaxy Z Flip)

The Galaxy S11 (or S20) may not be the only phone Samsung debuts on February 12, with all signs pointing to a sequel to last years’ Galaxy Fold device set to be unveiled at the Galaxy Unpacked Event.

Samsung is looking to roll out a smaller version of the Galaxy Fold, with the 2020 iteration set to include a 6.7-inch screen that folds horizontally like a clamshell, which should see the device rival the reboot of the Motorola Razr.

Outside of the expected design, we’ve heard the camera of the Fold 2 may include a 10-megapixel main lens that features 5x optical zoom.

On the inside, the device may look to leverage the same processor used in last years device, utilising a punchy Snapdragon 855 chipset, which should hopefully serve its purpose.

Some really positive news for consumers is the price of the Galaxy Fold 2 set to be much less expensive in comparison to last years’ device, with reports pointing to the phone being priced at about $1230 (AUD) at release.

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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.

Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.