Almost every feature and specification was known in advance when Samsung launched its new S10 smartphone range in San Francisco this week. Not only were there no surprises in the phones, but the level of innovation they revealed implied that the industry had run out of surprises. This is despite the fact that the Galaxy S10+, the flagship of the range, does set new standards for handsets. It is the first phone in the world that offers one terabyte of storage - that is 1,000 gigabytes. With expandable storage, that can be pushed to 1.5TB. It is also the first with a video technology called HDR10+, which uses artificial intelligence to analyse every frame of a video, and optimise its colours based on what it perceives as the content of that frame. Previously, this technology was only available in high-end TV sets from Panasonic and Samsung. Yet all of this is seen as more of the same, even if better than the "same". The surprise lay elsewhere. It had been expected that Samsung would a...

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