Samsung’s second major launch event for the year, the Galaxy Unpacked 2020, is finally over. As usual, a plethora of new products and announcements were made.
There was an official public appearance for the Galaxy Note 20 phone lineups, alongside a host of other products such as the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Galaxy Watch 3.
The online-only launch event which saw no in-person attendance was very much along the lines of what had been expected, as Samsung announced pretty much all that it had been tipped to over the past few weeks.
Also, with increasing pressure from competitors who have been wrestling unrelentingly to be a major force in the tech ecosystem, it was left for Samsung to up its game in the premium-end of the market.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new releases from Samsung as well as a detail-esque run down on them.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+
Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ have been launched as the company’s latest tablets that promise to combine the “power of a PC, the flexibility of a tablet, and the connectivity of a smartphone.”
Quite a handful but inasmuch as you don’t expect it to run the role of a PC, you’re good.
Of the two new tablets, the Galaxy Tab S7 comes with an 11-inch LCD display running at a resolution of 2560×1600, while the Galaxy Tab S7+ gets a 12.4-inch AMOLED screen with a higher resolution display running at 2800 x 1752 pixels.
Samsung has also announced that both tablets will support 120Hz refresh rates, and bring the same slim bezels design.
Running of under the hood, the new tablets are powered by the Snapdragon 865+ chipset which has been paired with either 6GB/8GB of RAM, and 128 or 256GB of storage.
Furthermore, the Tab S7 and S7+ ship with the S Pen. However, the book cover Keyboard accessory still remains an optional one. There’s also support for DeX mode on the two tablets.
Tablets don’t come cheap especially when they are flagships, do they? Maybe, not at all.
The tablets will be available later this year, with the Tab S7 starting retail at $650 and the Tab S7+ going on sale for $850.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
Samsung also went ahead to refine its watch series with the launched of the Galaxy Watch 3. The company claims the watch has been built with “premium materials” and features a slimmed-down version of the popular rotating bezel.
The Galaxy Watch 3 comes in a PREMIUM* stainless steel or titanium case.
The watch brings to access to over 40 different workout modes, seven exercises that can be automatically detected, an improved running mode, trip detection, and more.
The Galaxy Watch 3 is slated for public purchase starting August 6. The Galaxy Watch 3 has been announced in 41mm and 45mm variants. The watch starts at $400 for the Bluetooth model, with the LTE models starting retail at $450 and $480.
Samsung Galaxy Buds
Wireless buds and overhead earphones seems to be defining the industry recently and Samsung looks to plug right in.
The company has announced the arrival of the much-awaited Galaxy Buds Live. The TWS earbuds feature a new shape which the company claims are extremely ergonomic and provides a comfortable fit.
For features and gimmicks, the new Buds use AKG-tuned 12mm drivers which, along with a bass duct improves sound quality.
Galaxy Buds Live come with three microphones and Voice Pickup Unit.
There is also the presence of the ever-needed earbuds feature which is Active Noise Cancellation for open type bringing the best of both: live and spacious sound quality, with the ability for you to tune in (or out) of the world around you.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 builds on the DNA of the original Galaxy Fold, however, there are a few differences here that set it apart from its predecessor.
For specifics, the inner screen of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 now has a punch-hole selfie camera. The outer display is also bigger, and now covers almost the entire area of the front of the phone, instead of just a part of it as we saw on last year’s Galaxy Fold.
The front display also received s makeover and is now equipped with a selfie camera housed within a punch hole. The design of the rear camera module has also been changed quite a bit, as it appears to look very much like the one on the Galaxy Note 20.
The phone also shares the Mystic Bronze color reminiscent with the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Note 20.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
The Galaxy Note 20 devices seems like those London buses you wait a long time for one, but then they now come in droves.
Though, we have a dedicated review coming up for both smartphones, it’s worth mentioning them hear as one of the standout products at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event.
The Note 20 Ultra will bring with itself a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 3088×1440 pixels, while the Galaxy Note 20 gets a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED+ display which is capped to a 60Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 2400×1080 pixels.
Both the Galaxy Note 20 series phones will bring with them the latest Snapdragon 865+ chipset with a functional 8GB RAM and 12GB RAM options respectively.
For cameras, the Note 20 Ultra will feature a 108-megapixel main camera sat next to a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera that supports 5x true optical zoom.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20, on the other hand, only gets a 64-megapixel camera for telephotos with 3x hybrid optic zoom, a 12-megapixel primary camera, and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera.
Both devices will suit a 4,000+ battery juice with the Galaxy Note 20 coming in at 4,300mAh battery, while the Note 20 Ultra battery will be a respectable 4,500 mAh pack.
Xiaomi set to launch its first gaming laptop – the Redmi G on August 14: Here’s everything to know
Chinese tech giant Xiaomi had recently launched new laptops, and now its sub-brand, Redmi is all set to go all out into the game by introducing the Redmi G its first-ever gaming laptop.
The Redmi G has been teased to come with minimal bezels packing specs reminiscence of the Microsoft Surface and will be a premium laptop that is powerful and looks quite modern.
Much like the arrival of any new product, the first goal would be to evade the new product factor which has seen numerous tech either fall to public displeasures or entirely launch undercooked.
Here’s everything to know about Xiaomi’s Redmi G first gaming laptop.
Redmi G Features and Specifications
Though Redmi has so far succeeded in getting the public Hawkeye to just limited details about the device, the illusion will only get clearer as we approach lunch. Taking to Weibo, Redmi has teased that the laptop will feature some interesting design decisions, the laptop is said to come with very minimal bezels including the move to shift the webcam to the bottom bezel.
While nothing has been confirmed till now, there are suggestions that the laptop will feature some cooling solution and superior performance for gaming evidently pointing to the device been powered by the Core i5-10200H and Core i5-10300H processors.
The company already has the RedmiBook range of notebooks in 13, 14, and 16-inch sizes. However, the new Redmi G gaming laptop will most likely be announced in a 15-inch display variant. The design could see the laptop come with a matte finish body in all-black colour.
Additionally, the Redmi G laptop could also be a little bulky and look like a typical gaming laptop as it would also house a hig-end graphics card for games and other applications.
Furthermore, it is worth noting that Redmi has a number of laptops under its name, with even a special edition Ryzen notebook also being sold by the company in China. However, none of these laptops support a 144Hz display. It will be interesting to see if Redmi G notebook also comes with a 144Hz display.
Redmi G Price and Availability
In the afformentioned teaser, Redmi has revealed that it will be launching the Redmi G gaming laptop on August 14. Though no information if the device would be restricted to only the China market, more on this should however be revealed later tomorrow when the device finally goes official.
Apple AR Glasses could launch in 2022, Hybrid AR/VR Headsets expected in 2023
Apple is reportedly working towards getting its concept Apple AR Glasses to the public as early as 2022.
With the Coronavirus pandemic having taking it’s toll on company revenue, no doubt Tim Cook and co. is actively striving to diversify it’s increasing range of products portfolio.
They always do!
The San Cupertino giant was also recently awarded a patent for taking virtual group selfies and it doesn’t seem to relent yet with a possible new product – AR Glasses in the works.
The Apple AR Glasses mission first garnered public interest after reports Apple have hired a team of 100 AR employees, since then, the tech world is already taken note.
Facebook-owned Oculus Quest have been the frontrunner for sometime now, they might be having a worthy competitor soon.
However, reports by Bloomberg point to the Apple AR Glasses not being the only AR product Apple is planning on releasing.
There’s another ultra-high-resolution VR/AR hybrid headset in the works for 2023 as well. The two devices are codenamed – N421 and N301.
The expected design and are still under wraps with the entire public being treated to series of renders on what might be.
We’ve heard talks about Apple’s AR Glasses and it does look like they’re going to be a reality until the dusk raised by the pandemic is settled.
The more intriguing product in the line-up is the Apple hybrid AR/VR headset.
According to the report, the headset is tipped to come with a high resolution display and cinematic speakers for a truly immersive experience.
This practically aims to make it impossible for a user to differentiate the virtual world from the reality.
Even though Apple probably will not announce these products at its upcoming WWDC 2020. We expect to start getting more updates about them from the subsequent Apple conferences.
Two things we are sure of, Apple will hope it doesn’t fall failure to the new-product-factor and…it won’t come cheap.