Confirmed: Samsung’s new iPhone XS Max rival will arrive on August 7

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You’ll be able to watch the event online.
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Samsung today issued invites for a big Galaxy Unpacked event on August 7. The South Korean company is expected to unveil its newest rival to the iPhone XS Max — the much-anticipated Galaxy Note 10.

We recently got a glimpse at leaked photos of the device, which will offer a giant edge-to-edge display with a tiny camera cutout.

6 ways Samsung just leapfrogged Apple

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Samsung's Unpacked event was actually pretty impressive.
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Samsung put Apple and the rest of the tech industry on notice today during its massive Unpacked event.

During the biggest tech event of 2019 so far, Samsung unveiled a slew of new smartphones, wearables, earbuds and more. Even though Samsung has a rep for copying Apple — and there was certainly a lot of that at Unpacked — the company is setting the tone for the rest of the industry. Samsung even leapfrogged Apple’s products in some ways.

Here are six things Apple should take note of.

Samsung steps up fitness game with two new wearables

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While Galaxy Watch Active functions more like Apple Watch, Galaxy Fit looks more like a straight-up fitness tracker.
While Galaxy Watch Active functions more like Apple Watch, Galaxy Fit looks more like a straight-up fitness tracker.
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Samsung really wants to compete with Apple Watch on the fitness front, as shown by a pair of new wearables the Korean company unveiled Wednesday. The Galaxy Watch Active offers a “full smartwatch experience,” the company said, while the Galaxy Fit works more like a stripped-down fitness tracker.

Framing both new devices as essential for health in the modern world, Samsung ripped a page from Cupertino’s successful health-centric marketing of Apple Watch. But it also dunked on Cupertino with some features that will make Apple Watch owners drool.

New Samsung Galaxy Buds try to steal AirPods’ thunder

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Watch out AirPods, Galaxy Buds have arrived.
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AirPods have become the ultimate status symbol among Millenials, but Samsung is ready to steal some of the shine with its new line of Galaxy Buds.

Just like AirPods, the new Galaxy Buds give wearers a convenient, cord-free solution for listening to music on the go. However, Galaxy Buds pack some impressive features that AirPods don’t have and it could be bad news for Apple.

Samsung’s new foldable phone is a pricey taste of the future

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Could it be here any day now?
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We won’t have flying cars and hoverboards in 2019, but thanks to Samsung, we do have foldable phones.

The Galaxy Fold finally got its official unveiling today at Galaxy Unpacked, and it wants to replace your phone and your tablet. Samsung calls it “a whole new world of mobile,” but it looks more like a prototype than a final design. And that futuristic folding phone certainly won’t come cheap.

Samsung will make life even harder for iPhone on February 20

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You won’t be blown away by Galaxy S10 performance.
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Weakening demand for the iPhone could get worse next month when Samsung delivers its next-generation smartphone lineup.

The South Korean company has confirmed a Galaxy Unpacked event on Wednesday, February 20. Its teaser video all but confirms the Galaxy S10 will be the star of the show.