The first Unpacked of a new decade is officially in the books, and if Samsung’s latest innovations are any indication, the future of mobile innovation is incredibly bright.
Held earlier today in San Francisco, Galaxy Unpacked 2020 saw Samsung officially introduce the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy S20 – devices designed for a new era of mobile innovation. Over the course of the event, presenters including Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, outlined how the company’s latest innovations will help launch a new generation of intelligent connections.
In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of Galaxy Unpacked 2020’s most unforgettable moments.
Attendees eagerly await the start of Galaxy Unpacked 2020 inside San Francisco’s famous Palace of Fine Arts.
The Future Changes Shape
Samsung wasted no time showing the world that this year’s Unpacked was going to be special. With the introduction of its latest statement-making foldable device, the Galaxy Z Flip, the company showed once again how it is revolutionizing the mobile experience by redefining what a smartphone can do.
After introducing Samsung’s all-new, compact and stylish foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip, Rebecca Hirst, Head of Mobile Product Marketing, Samsung Electronics UK, takes a moment to discuss the device’s new form factor and first-of-its-kind display. “With this phone, we’ve done the impossible and created ultra-thin glass that folds,” says Hirst. “Every time you fold it, you’re not just bending glass, you’re bending the laws of physics.”
Hirst treats the crowd to a demonstration of the Galaxy Z Flip’s selfie camera. With the phone in Flex mode, she frames and snaps her selfie on the top half of the screen, and uses the bottom half to open the Gallery app and flip through her photos.
Unpacked attendees are all smiles as they test out the Galaxy Z Flip’s all-new selfie experience.
The Galaxy S20 Changes the Mobile Camera Game
Speaking of cameras, Samsung followed up the Galaxy Z Flip’s reveal by unveiling a new series of smartphones designed to fundamentally change the way we capture content.
The Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra’s revolutionary camera system combines advanced AI with Samsung’s largest image sensors yet. This makes Samsung’s newest flagships game-changers for mobile photography – devices that are not only capable of capturing photos and videos in stunning detail, but smart enough to help you choose the best possible shot.
After the smartphones’ unveiling, Drew Blackard, Head of Mobile Product Management, Samsung Electronics America, discusses how the Galaxy S20’s AI technology makes it easy to take advantage of the camera’s advanced hardware.
Filmmakers Colin Rosenblum and Samir Chaudry, hosts of the YouTube channel “Colin and Samir,” offer a demonstration of the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s Space Zoom technology from San Francisco’s scenic Hawk Hill. The most precise zoom function ever built into a smartphone, it’s capable of magnifying shots up to 100 times, and reveals incredible details in the backgrounds of photos.
After the show, Unpacked attendees flock to the event’s experience zone to test out the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s pro-grade camera.
More Partners, More Power: The Galaxy Ecosystem Expands
Samsung also announced exclusive partnerships with some of the biggest names in entertainment, gaming, music and more, and discussed how the features and integrations resulting from those partnerships allow the Galaxy S20 to offer a more powerful mobile experience. One that makes everything we love to do on our phones better and easier.
After revealing her company’s new role as Samsung’s exclusive partner for mobile entertainment, Netflix’s Chief Marketing Officer, Jackie Lee-Joe, discusses some of the can’t-miss content that Galaxy users can look forward to. “In the coming months, Samsung mobile users will have access to a whole host of new and exciting bonus content based on some of your favorite Netflix Originals, accessible through Samsung Daily and Samsung channels,” says Lee-Joe. “The content will shine a light on our diverse mix of creators from all around the world, a selection of whom will be handed a Galaxy S20 to shoot this content themselves, so that they have the freedom to continue inventing new ways to tell stories their way.”
Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP of Platforms and Ecosystems at Google, outlines his company’s partnership with Samsung to change the way we connect with one another. He describes the decision to deeply integrate Google Duo into the 5G-enabled Galaxy S20 as one of the first steps toward realizing that goal. “Thanks to 5G, the video calls are higher quality, and that makes you feel more connected to the person you’re talking to,” says Lockheimer. “Also, with Duo built right into Galaxy’s native apps … we can help people connect much more seamlessly, without interruption.”
David S. Park, Head of Mobile Channel Marketing, Samsung Electronics America, discusses how, with a fast processor, a 120Hz display, up to 16GB of RAM, and 5G support, the Galaxy S20 takes mobile gaming to the next level. After announcing a partnership to bring Microsoft’s Forza Street to mobile for the first time exclusively through the Galaxy Store, Park highlights a key reason why the Galaxy S20 is perfect for playing the popular game. “Its new Dynamic AMOLED display is the most immersive ever on a Galaxy S device,” Park explains. “So you get smooth motion and clear gameplay.”
Samsung officially introduces the Galaxy Buds+. Describing them as earbuds designed for those who love premium sound, Park explains how enhancements such as two-way speakers, incredibly long battery life and Spotify integration make immersing yourself in your favorite music and podcasts easier than ever.
High-Tech Meets High Fashion
After officially unveiling the Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung took a moment to discuss another exciting partnership that will change how users view their device.
Hirst introduces the crowd to the Galaxy Z Flip Thom Browne Edition. Created in partnership with the renowned fashion designer, the device proves once and for all that “high fashion and high-tech go hand in hand.”
Browne describes why he’s particularly excited about his brand’s collaboration with Samsung: “With this device, our worlds meet, bringing together fashion and technology in a one-of-a-kind mobile experience,” says Browne. “We have created something truly special, and we look forward to sharing it with you.”
That’s all for now, but there’s plenty more to unpack from Samsung’s most exciting showcase yet. Before you go, be sure to check out our up-close looks at the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy S20, and don’t forget to stay tuned to Samsung Newsroom for more exclusive coverage.