Here's everything Samsung unveiled at its biggest event of the year Tony Villas-Boas/Business Insider
Samsung made a slew of announcements this week at Unpacked 2018, its biggest conference of the year, which took place in Brooklyn, New York.
As expected, Samsung unveiled the
Galaxy Note 9
, the large-phone successor to last year's Galaxy Note 8. But the Korean company also had a few surprises up its sleeve.
Advertisement Here's everything Samsung announced at Unpacked 2018 this week: First, of course: Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 9.
First, of course: Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 9.
The Galaxy Note 9 basically one-ups everything in the Galaxy Note 8.
Compared to last year's Galaxy Note 8, the Galaxy Note 9 features:
— A larger display
— Better battery life
— A slightly bigger screen
— Way more storage
— A better camera
— More colors to choose from
— A better S Pen stylus
Unsurprisingly, Galaxy Note 9 is also more expensive than the Galaxy Note 8. It has a starting price of $999, the same as Apple's iPhone X.
, and Learn more about the Galaxy Note 9 here see how it stacks up to last year's Galaxy Note 8. Samsung introduced a new smartwatch, its first one without the "Gear" branding, called the Galaxy Watch.
Samsung introduced a new smartwatch, its first one without the "Gear" branding, called the Galaxy Watch.
The new Samsung Galaxy Watch is aimed squarely at the same people who might buy an Apple Watch.
The Galaxy Watch features "military-grade durability," an AMOLED display, and 39 different exercises built-in, as well as sleep-tracking. The Galaxy Watch is also waterproof and can be worn while swimming.
You can buy the Galaxy Watch in three colors — silver, black, or rose gold — and in two sizes. The 42 mm version costs $330, and the larger 46 mm Galaxy Watch will cost $350. Samsung will start selling the Galaxy Watch on August 24, although an LTE-enabled version won't be available until later this year.
You can learn more about the Galaxy Watch here. Advertisement Samsung also gave a sneak peek of a new smart-home speaker designed to compete with Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod, called the Galaxy Home.
Samsung also gave a sneak peek of a new smart-home speaker designed to compete with Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod, called the Galaxy Home.
The Samsung Galaxy Home looks like an Apple HomePod from the top, but like a Google Home from the side — if a Google Home were standing on three metal stilts.
Like all those other speakers, the Galaxy Home features 360-degree sound, a soft fabric exterior, and a built-in personal assistant that can answer voice commands. Samsung's Bixby AI will power the Galaxy Home, so you can use it to turn on your smart lights, or lock your smart doors.
Samsung didn't give much more information about the Galaxy Home, like its price or release date, but Samsung says it will share more details at its developer conference in November.
You can learn more about the Galaxy Home here. Samsung unveiled a new version of Bixby.
Samsung unveiled a new version of Bixby.
Amid all the hardware announcements on Thursday, Samsung also unveiled an upgraded version of its Bixby assistant.
Like the newer versions of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, Bixby understands some context from previous conversations now, so if you ask Bixby about concerts playing near you soon, you could ask a follow-up question, like, "What about next month?" and it will understand what you meant.
Bixby will also consider your past conversations and preferences when making recommendations. So if you ask Bixby for a restaurant recommendation, it will consider your past reservations to offer you a suggestion. It can now also auto-fill important reservation details, like time and number of people in your party, based on your past events.
The new version of Bixby will ship on the new Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Home devices. Though Bixby is certainly going to be better than it was previously, it sounds like it won't be threatening the dominance of Google Assistant anytime soon.
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Samsung also unveiled an all-new wireless charging mat that can charge two devices at once.
Even though Apple unveiled its own wireless charging mat last year that can charge multiple devices at once, Samsung beat it to the punch by unveiling its own wireless charging mat that you can actually buy right now (Apple's AirPower solution is still not available.)
Samsung's offering, called the Wireless Charger Duo, also offers something a bit different than what Apple proposed for AirPower: Instead of lying all of your devices flat on the pad, Samsung's charger lets you stand up one of your devices so you can still view it while it's charging.
Samsung's Wireless Charger Duo costs $120 and is available to buy right here.