Samsung has announced a smartphone with the storage capacity to hold more than 300,000 selfies, the company’s first with 1 Terabyte (TB) of storage.
The 6.4-inch Galaxy S10+ supports up to 1TB of storage, double the previous highest 512GB storage capacity of a Samsung phone.
The 1TB of storage is equivalent to 1,000GB: enough to store more than 300,000 selfies taken on a front-facing camera.
It was one of three new smartphones confirmed during an event in New York, alongside the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e.
The new flagship Galaxy S10 features a triple rear-facing camera set-up, consisting of a zoom lens, a wide-angle and ultra wide-angle lenses. The 6.1-inch device and the larger Galaxy S10+ feature an in-screen embedded fingerprint scanner, activated by pressing a finger against the lower-third of the handset’s screen.
Samsung’s memory division announced last month it had begun mass-producing 1TB flash storage chips for phones, which it claimed would offer a comparable user experience to a notebook computer.
The Galaxy S10e is a compact 5.8-inch device with the majority of the features shared by the two larger handsets, but sports a two-lens rear-camera system and captive fingerprint scanner instead of the triple-lens set up and embedded ultrasonic fingerprint.
All three handsets feature Wireless Powershare – the ability to charge other devices, including wearables and non-Samsung smartphones, by touching them to the handset’s back.
The devices will be available to pre-order from today, before going on sale on 8 March. The Galaxy S10 starts from £799, the Galaxy S10+ will retail from £899 and the Galaxy S10e will start from £669.
Samsung also revealed further information about the Galaxy Fold, its $1,980 foldable smartphone, which is due tp go on sale in Europe on 3 May.
The announcements come ahead of next week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) symposium, the annual mobile summit in Barcelona Samsung previously used as a launchpad for its key device announcements before opting to host its own launches.
Samsung remaims the world’s largest smartphone maker, holding around 18 per cent of the mobile vendor market share worldwide at the end of 2018, shipping more than 292m handsets throughout the year, according to analyst Statista.
Competition from cheaper Chinese rivals including Huawei and Xiaomi has proved challenging to Samsung, which issued guidance last month projecting its revenue and profits for the three months ending 31 December 2018 will be sharply down year-on-year.
The company said it expected its sales to drop 11 per cent on the previous year to around 59 trillion won (about $52.5bn, or £40.1bn), with operating profit expected to decline 29 per cent to approx 10.8 trillion won ($9.6b).
Samsung quoted “intensifying competition in the smartphone business” and ‘lacklustre demand in the memory business’ for its revisions.
source: I News