Digital Trends: Yes, Samsung, the foldable phone’s exciting, but don’t forget about the Galaxy S10

Yes, Samsung, the foldable phone’s exciting, but don’t forget about the Galaxy S10

Samsun foldable phone’s
Samsun foldable phone’s

Block out February 20 in your diary, right now. Not just an hour or so, but at least half the day for Samsung’s Unpacked 2019 event.

Scribble “busy!!!” over the date in red marker on every calendar in the house, and add a ‘Do not disturb’ note to all your online calendars too. Why are such extreme measures necessary?  If you’re a smartphone, technology, or Samsung fan, it’s going to be such a jam-packed day, and you won’t want to miss a moment.

The thing is, we’re expecting so much news and so many new products from Samsung’s first major event of the year, you’ll likely need all this extra time just to take it all in. While we’re all for new and exciting products, on February 20 we’re potentially going to be mainlining so much new Samsung tech, the risk of an overdose is severe.

HOW MUCH NEW TECH?

What to expect at Unpacked 2019? The Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and most likely the Samsung S10 E (a new entry-level S series phone) will certainly be there, and that’s usually where it would end, outside of maybe a new smartwatch or VR headset. That has been the formula for the majority of Galaxy S-series Unpacked events.

The Galaxy S10 is Samsung’s iPhone challenger for the year, it’s the phone most people know Samsung for, the one most will have previously rushed out to buy, and its importance to the company cannot be understated.

That should be enough for one event, right? Wrong. We’re fairly sure a 5G version of the Galaxy S10 is coming, and it makes sense to show the phone off at the same event, regardless of whether you can buy it — or more importantly, use it — yet.

That’s four new smartphones, plus lots of 5G benefits talk, garnished with videos of a rosy, low-latency, high-speed future with the 5G S10 in your hand.

Not busy enough for Samsung, because rumors say it’ll also show the long-rumored, highly-anticipated foldable smartphone it has teased since we were all much younger. If it does, then it seems like a spectacularly bad idea. Not only do we all have finite attention spans, but Samsung wants to sell a few Galaxy S10’s this year too, doesn’t it?

THE FOLDABLE CONUNDRUM

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Andy Boxall

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