Galaxy Unpacked 2019 – 3 reasons to upgrade your business devices
Ant Morse, Head of Digital Solutions – SMB at O2, tuned in to Galaxy Unpacked 2019 , and is now keen to get her hands on the three new Samsung devices.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+
I’ve been waiting for an announcement about the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 for some time now, and its launch was not a great surprise to the tech community. But I wasn’t expecting many of the new features, some of which could potentially make this my new business device of choice.
First up is its size. Well, both its sizes really, because for the first time the Note comes in two variants: The Galaxy Note 10, with a 6.3” dynamic AMOLED display, and the 10+, with a 6.8” Infinity-O display. The 10+ may not seem much of a jump, but the bigger screen means it feels like a device you’d be happy to work on for long periods without strain or compromise.
With the larger size comes a bigger battery. The Galaxy Note 10 claims a respectable 31 hours’ standby and 28 hours’ talk time, but the 10+ boasts 35 and 31 hours respectively. Easily enough for me to leave the charger at home when I’m out for the day. More remarkable still, Samsung claims it can be completely charged in just 30 minutes – now that really would be a game changer for me.
Perhaps the biggest new feature from a business perspective is that the Galaxy Note 10+ is 5G ready. For city workers in particular, this could be reason alone for upgrading soon. O2’s 5G network comes alive in October 2019, in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Slough and Leeds. By the end of the year, we’ll be live in 20 towns and cities – rolling out to a total of 50 by summer 2020.
There are plenty of other features that make this a very desirable device, for business and for personal use. I can’t wait to try out the latest version of the S Pen, for example, which Samsung says takes handwritten input to a new level. You can also use it to drive presentations, start and fast-forward through videos and control the camera remotely.
Their predecessors were already strong and capable business contenders, but it certainly looks as though the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ have raised the bar even further.
Galaxy Tab S6
From the front, the Tab S6 looks pretty similar to its predecessor, the S4, with the same 10.5-inch Super AMOLED screen, although its corners are more rounded than before. But it’s noticeably thinner, and the integrated S Pen stylus now fits onto the Galaxy Tab S6 itself, and recharges automatically.
As with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 family above, the S Pen works as so much more than a stylus. It puts you in control of your device remotely, whether you’re running a presentation or watching a video. It’s also a brilliant handwriting tool. This may be a premium tablet – with a price to match – but it’s worth remembering that the S Pen comes as standard.
I’m keen to road test the Galaxy Tab S6 for a few months, to see just how close this is to a genuine PC replacement. After all, it runs Microsoft Office 365 and other industry-standard applications. And with a compatible dock, I can attach my monitor, keyboard and mouse.
Add Samsung’s most powerful mobile chipset yet, the built-in Knox defence-grade mobile security platform, and the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor in the display, and you have a secure, professional business-grade tablet to rival the iPad Pro. Oh, and don’t forget the included S Pen too!