Samsung's Galaxy S20, clamshell foldable get February 11 launch date
Samsung Galaxy fans chomping at the bit for the next flagship device from the company now have a launch date to cling on to. A teaser trailer for the next Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event has leaked out and sets February 11 as the official launch date for the Galaxy S20 range (formerly known as the Galaxy S11). The teaser also strongly hints to the reveal of a second flagship device which is widely expected to be Samsung’s answer to the Motorola Razr 2019 reboot which features a foldable OLED display.
The Galaxy S20 is the direct successor to last year’s Galaxy S10 line and is thought to pick up the new ’20 series’ moniker to reflect that it is first flagship phone from the company in the 2020s. The Galaxy S20 range will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 in most markets with the company’s homegrown Exynos 990/9830 fitted in select markets. At this stage there is likely to be at least two main variants (S20 and S20+) although a special high-end ‘Ultra’ model could be revealed.
The Samsung Galaxy ‘Fold 2’ (as much of the mainstream media have been calling its forthcoming clamshell foldable) isn’t a sequel to the Galaxy Fold. It is, however, Samsung's second foldable smartphone and will take on a similar appearance to the Motorola Razr foldable clamshell reboot. Not a lot is known about its specifications although it is thought to have a thinner, more resilient foldable display than the Fold. It is also tipped to come in at a more affordable US$1,000 to $1,500 price range as it is considered a more widely available and mainstream device.
Also likely to debut at the even is Samsung’s answer to the Apple AirPods Pro and Sony’s WF-1000XM3 in-ear noise cancelling wireless buds. These are expected to look quite similar to its current Galaxy Buds line and will simply be called Galaxy Buds+. Expect Samsung subsidiary AKG to do the audio tuning duties which will needed if it they are to have a chance of competing against its highly-regarded competition.
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