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    Last year this time, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Fold, a first of its kind. It has turned into the brand’s halo piece for 2020 alongside a new Galaxy S line. This morning, at Samsung’s annual ‘Unpacked’ tech gala, we witnessed their next wave of futuristic design, the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the Z Flip.

    Samung Galaxy Z Flip

    This is something Motorola will be worrying about. Last year, the Galaxy Fold folded vertically and the Motorola Razr, horizontally, giving both brands a prominent distinction in design. Now, Samsung holds both cards in their hands.

    “The Z Flip is a statement smartphone; it is for trendsetters and trailblazers,” said head of US mobile channel marketing, David Park. Twisting the physics of the traditional smartphone, it flips open like a pocket cosmetics case, opening into a 6.7-inch screen. Ultra-thin glass used for the screen can be folded and unfolded more than 200,000 times and resists scratches, according to Samsung.

    When closed, there is s secondary display outside on the Z Flip displaying notifications such as time and phone calls, and can still be used to take pictures. The Galaxy Z Flip will be available in the US, starting Friday at a starting price of $1,380 (Rs 98,000 approx.), said Rebecca Hirst, head of Samsung product marketing.

    The Galaxy S20 Series

    Samsung also introduced a new Galaxy S20 Ultra flagship model for its lineup of smartphones. Let’s start with what’s new – it’s 5G enabled, boasts a ton of new camera specs, and comes in three jumbo sizes. “5G will completely change how we communicate, game, and engage with the world around us,” commented Drew Blackard,  Samsung Head of US Mobile Product Management. The new Samsung Galaxy S20 line also includes a 6.7-inch S20+  and a 7-inch S20 Ultra.

    The Samsung Galaxy S20 models boast high definition 8K quality camera capabilities and the Ultra model zoom magnifies views up to 100 times, according to demonstrations. The S20 series is fully packed with specs. 12GB RAM for two phones and 16GB on the Ultra. They use Snapdragon 865, though which processor these phones will use in India is not yet clear. There is 128GB and 512GB of storage with 1TB expansion via microSD card.

    The S20 Ultra has a breakthrough 108MP camera. There is the option to shift dynamically between a high resolution 108MP mode and a 12MP mode, due to nona-binning technology that combines nine pixels into one at the sensor level.

    Galaxy S 20 5G models have a starting price of $999 (Rs 71,000 approx.) and will be released on March 6, according to the South Korean electronics giant, which has been at or near the top of the smartphone market in recent years.

    No Indian pricing has been revealed yet.

    All images: Courtesy brand

    Mikhail Gomes
    Senior Features Writer
    A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.