01:55PM EST - Hello all, the event is scheduled to start in 5 minutes. I've already written up the release article, but waiting on Samsung to confirm a lot of the specification before we post it.

01:57PM EST - The last few weeks have been leaks galore for Samsung, and we likely already know the specifications of the new S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra. What's left to clarify is exactly how the new camera setup works and how the new 12MP, 48MP, 64MP and 108MP all interact with each other and how they'll able to produce images.

01:58PM EST - The sensors this year are expected to raise the bar in terms of quality - not only we'll be seeing much bigger units, but we'll also be seeing much smarter units. At last IEDM Samsung had unveiled the use of dual-gain converters for the pixels, a feature that until now hasn't been seen in any mobile device and largely reserved for DSLR and Mirrorless cameras.

01:59PM EST - Thus, I'm expecting some very large improvements in resolution as well as dynamic range of the new cameras.

01:59PM EST - Naturally, there's also other new features such as the new 5G connectivity which will be made standard. The question here is how mmWave will be deployed and how that'll differ between countries.

02:01PM EST - The event is starting.

02:01PM EST - Seems like we're starting off with a new foldable phone.

02:02PM EST - The Galaxy Z Flip.

02:03PM EST - "We're changing the shape of the future with the Z Flip"

02:03PM EST - "It's for trend-setters and trailblazers"

02:03PM EST - "New and perfectly compact form-factor"

02:04PM EST - When closed, it's a very small form-factor, and features a small information display.

02:04PM EST - 6.7" screen with hardly any bezels.

02:05PM EST - It has ultra-thin glass that folds - protecting the display from scratches.

02:06PM EST - This is a very big deal for foldables, as the plastic screens to date had been the main issues with their durability.

02:06PM EST - YouTube Premium included with the phone.

02:07PM EST - The hinge clicks in at different angles - the "Flex Mode" click in at around 120°.

02:09PM EST - Advanced hinge system that keeps it robust - there's also a layer of fibers that prevents dust ingress.

02:09PM EST - "Changes the smartphone experience entirely"

02:09PM EST - This feels like a much better foldable design than the Galaxy Fold last year, and the glass screen is a big part of it.

02:11PM EST - Available starting February 14th for $1380 - cheaper than the Motorola Razr.

02:14PM EST - Moving on to the S20 series I think.

02:15PM EST - President of Mobile, Dr. TM ROH took the stage.

02:16PM EST - (DJ Koh was replaced)

02:16PM EST - 2020 Starting with new energy

02:16PM EST - More innovation for the decade

02:17PM EST - "Throughout our history we've been guided that innovation improves our customer's lives"

02:19PM EST - Back in 2011, Samsung saw that consumers wanted bigger and more productive devices, they launched the Galaxy Note and created the phablet segment.

02:19PM EST - "Pioneered key advancements that made 5G possible today"

02:20PM EST - "New big step forward"

02:20PM EST - "Convergence of 5G, AI and IoT"

02:21PM EST - "Know set the standard for security in the industry"

02:21PM EST - *Knox

02:22PM EST - A phone named for represent the new decade

02:23PM EST - Introducing the new Galaxy S20

02:24PM EST - The whole event live-stream is captured & streamed on the Galaxy S20

02:25PM EST - Starting off with 5G

02:26PM EST - "This is the year of Galaxy 5G"

02:26PM EST - "Smartphones require one thing above all else: camera"

02:26PM EST - Quality is the #1 priority for users.

02:27PM EST - "We rebuild the Galaxy S series entire camera system"

02:27PM EST - 64MP resolution sensor

02:28PM EST - 20x "Space Zoom"

02:29PM EST - AI organise your pictures in the gallery

02:29PM EST - "A phone to change photography"

02:30PM EST - 8K video recording in the S20

02:31PM EST - Some examples of 8K footage, although not exactly optimal unless you have an 8K display...

02:33PM EST - Pro Mode manual mode for video recording.

02:33PM EST - AI stabilisation alongside OIS

02:34PM EST - S20 Ultra now

02:34PM EST - 108MP camera as the main unit

02:35PM EST - Multiple frame capture merging into a single capture

02:35PM EST - Confirmation of 3x3 pixel binning (9 to 1 pixels), or 108MP to 12MP

02:36PM EST - Talking about the "folded lens" telephoto module

02:36PM EST - Up to 100x magnification

02:37PM EST - Demonstrating the S20 Ultra now

02:37PM EST - Showcasing Alkatraz at 30x zoom

02:38PM EST - Showcasing 100x zoom (optical & digital)

02:39PM EST - "No matter which model of the S20 you choose, we've changed the way you capture"

02:40PM EST - Again, repeating that all shots of the show are being captured on the S20 Ultra live.

02:42PM EST - Netflix CMO taking the stage

02:43PM EST - "Netflix is Samsung's mobile entertainment partner"

02:44PM EST - Samsung users will have access to new Netflix bonus material through Samsung's channels.

02:45PM EST - Deep Netflix integration with Samsung services such as Bixby

02:47PM EST - Samsung partnering with Google

02:48PM EST - Duo will be natively integrated into Samsung's contacts application.

02:48PM EST - Live captioning ability on the S20

02:49PM EST - 120Hz refresh screens and doubled the touch screen refresh rate

02:50PM EST - LPDDR5 DRAM Memory

02:50PM EST - Partnering with Xbox - bringing Forza to Galaxy devices

02:51PM EST - "Just the beginning with gaming partnership with Xbox"

02:52PM EST - Working on a cloud-based game streaming experience

02:52PM EST - Now talking about Galaxy Buds +

02:53PM EST - 40% bigger speakers, and dual driver design

02:53PM EST - Integration with Spotify

02:53PM EST - New triple-microphone setup to improve calls

02:53PM EST - Multi-device connectivity

02:54PM EST - Works seamlessly with iOS

02:54PM EST - 11 hours battery life in the Buds+, the longest lasting TWS devices on the market

02:55PM EST - February 14 availability for $149

02:56PM EST - March 6th availability fort the S20 starting at $999

02:56PM EST - S10 price cuts as well, will be receiving new software updates

02:58PM EST - S20+ 5G Olympic Games Athlete Edition limited edition version this summer

02:59PM EST - Hiroshi Lockheimer from Google taking the stage

03:00PM EST - A lot has changed in 10 years.

03:00PM EST - No idea where this is heading

03:03PM EST - First non-Pixel device that brings Googl's live caption.

03:04PM EST - That was it from Hiroshi, just an overall endorsement about working with Samsung

03:04PM EST - Talking about sustainability now.

03:05PM EST - Wrapping up the show - thanks all for hanging in there, we have a detailed article up at https://www.anandtech.com/show/15482/samsung-announces-galaxy-s20-s20-and-s20-ultra !



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  • cpkennit83 - Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - link

    You know 4k is 8megapixels right? If you are pixel peeping its is irrelevant wether you are doing it on a 4k or 1080p monitor. Its been covered to death how modern 48mp sony sensors arent any better signal to noise ratio wise. Reply
  • leoneo.x64 - Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - link

    Yes. I do know. But that's like comparing netflix HD / 4K to blu ray HD / 4K...there is a world of difference between the two...there needs to be a bitrate equivalent for photos. The existing 12 MP pics are good but not good enough is all am saying Reply
  • extide - Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - link

    In fact they are worse, unless you do 2x2 pixel binning. Reply
  • JMaca - Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - link

    4k only works out to 8.5MP, you cant even view a 12MP image at full resolution on a 4k display. Reply
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  • Alex.A - Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - link


    What a blunder!
  • Alex.A - Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - link

    And now they're showing Alcatraz. Hilarious! Reply
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