MANILA - Samsung is hosting an "Unpacked" launch event on Tuesday (3 a.m. Wednesday in Manila), where it is expected to unveil the 11th generation of its Galaxy S smartphone and a second generation handset with a folding display.
The world's largest smartphone vendor will launch the new Galaxy S in 3 variants: regular, plus and a first of its kind ultra, seen as Samsung's answer to Apple's ultra expensive iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Samsung has not revealed the nomenclature for the new Galaxy phones, the successors to the Galaxy S10 line, but leaks and reports on tech websites said the new generation will be named Galaxy S20.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra, according to leaks will have powerful zoom capabilities. The current zoom king, Huawei's P30 Pro, has up to 50x digital and optical zoom. The P40 Pro is expected to be unveiled in March with camera improvements.
Samsung teased the zoom capabilities of the newest S flagship on Twitter, with an image on loop that zooms to the word "Galaxy."
The phone will usher a "new chapter in photography," Samsung said.
Last year's S10 line had three variants, the S10e with a sub-6 inch screen, the regular S10 and the S10+. A trio of Samsung phones will go up against the trio of iPhones from late 2019: the 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.
Samsung is also expected to unveil a successor to the Galaxy Fold, which unfolds like a clamshell phone rather than a book, according to leaks.
The second generation Galaxy Fold, if leaks are correct, will have a tall display, replacing the tablet form factor of the first generation model.
The first generation Galaxy Fold was only recently available in limited quantities after the displays on early review units failed, forcing Samsung to fix some parts that gathered dust and caused the screen to malfunction.
Samsung hinted at this new form factor for the second-generation fold with its event invite posted on Twitter. The second "A" on Galaxy appears to fold and unfold like a clamshell phone beneath all white cloth.
The new Galaxy phones will "change the shape of the future," Samsung said.