Feb 20, 2019

Even after leaks, Samsung's launch matters

Multiple generations of the Samsung Galaxy at CES. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

There's likely to be little surprise at what Samsung will unpack at its launch later today.

The state of play: The Galaxy S10 lineup and related accessories have already leaked through images, regulatory filings, marketing materials and even a Norwegian TV commercial.

What we know, via the leaks:

  • The S10 features a nearly full display on the front with a "hole punch" cutout for the front-facing camera, and a triple rear-camera system.
  • The S10 also has an ultrasonic, in-display fingerprint sensor, likely from Qualcomm.
  • Accompanying the new phones will be accessories including Galaxy Buds, a set of wireless earbuds that can apparently be charged by placing them on the back of the phone.

What we don't know: There are still some key questions, including how much the various models will sell for and the exact dates they will be available. Plus, the company is also expected to offer more details on the foldable phone concept it previewed last year.

My thought bubble: I'll be paying extra close attention to the expected 5G version of the phone. It may not sell in the biggest numbers, but it still offers Samsung a chance to have something that Apple most definitely won't.

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The pandemic shows why we're never ready for the big one

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As the confirmed number of COVID-19 cases passed 1 million on Friday, two words sum up the U.S. response to the coronavirus: not enough. Not enough hospital beds, not enough ventilators, not enough protective equipment. Not enough preparation.

Why it matters: COVID-19 has demonstrated our normal defenses aren't enough in the face of a low-probability, but high-consequence catastrophe.

U.S. coronavirus updates: New York reports record 630 deaths in 24 hours

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New York reported 630 new deaths in 24 hours, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday — an "all-time increase" that beat the previous day's record of 562 deaths in a single day.

The big picture: As expected, COVID-19 death tolls are rising in the U.S., killing more than 7,100 people in total, and over 1,000 in 24 hours alone. The CDC is recommending Americans wear face coverings in public to help stop the spread, marking a significant change in messaging from the Trump administration.

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World coronavirus updates: Spain tracks more cases than Italy

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Spain overtook Italy in its number of coronavirus cases on Saturday, as the global death toll surpassed 60,000, per Johns Hopkins data.

The latest: About half the planet's population is on lockdown amid the coronavirus crisis. Fatalities are exponentially increasing across Europe, with roughly half of deaths worldwide located in Italy and Spain.

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