“Despite all the change, one thing remains constant, Samsung will continue to make new technology that will improve people’s life. We want to accelerate the speed of innovation, we will never slow down” is how DJ Lee, executive vice-president and head of Samsung sales and marketing began his presentation at the Unpacked event in Berlin. As expected the Galaxy Note 4 was unveiled but Samsung had some surprises in mind. Why unveil one product when you can unveil 5 ?
Samsung used the opportunity to unveil the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note Edge, the Galaxy Gear S, Samsung Gear Circle and the Gear VR. At the South African Unpacked Event, Samsung hooked into Berlin where we watched the event unfold live on the screen.
I spoke to Craig Fleischer about Samsung and the new products:
Quick Round Up of the Samsung products
The following is a quick round-up of the devices and some features and specs. Once they make it to South Africa, I hope to provide a full hands-on review of each. Also, please note that at this stage we have no official confirmation of availability or prices for South Africa.
Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge
The Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge are the next evolution of the popular Galaxy Note phablets. expansion of its flagship Galaxy Note series with the new Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. The device have a 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) Super AMOLED display with a 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor or 1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) Processor (country dependent).It has a 16 megapixel rear-facing camera featuring a Smart Optical Image Stabilizer that counter-balances camera shake and automatically extends exposure time in dark settings. In addition, a 3.7 megapixel front-facing camera with f1.9 offers a default 90 degree shooting angle and up to 120 degree wide angle so users can take the best group shots with friends.
Multi Window feature has been enhanced so the the S-pen is more like the computer mouse such as multiple selection of images with a drag of the pen and minimizing apps is now possible. The user can choose how the apps appeal either in full, split or pop-up screens, and easily change the size and positioning of apps on the screen with one intuitive swipe.
The Note Edge extends the screen to be curved beyond just the front of the device. This additional screen-real-estate is used for a news ticket tape, or provide quick access to frequently used apps or for alerts. App developers will also have the ability to extend their apps to this screen.
Samsung Gear S
This is the Gear S. I describe my initial interactions with it as the Gear Fit, but on much grander level. The Gear S has a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display and a flexible band. Which not only tells the time, but Samsung Gear S fits has apps, links up to your phone and has all the fitness add-on you would want.
The screen is large enough to read your messages on it but also have a full qwerty keyboard so that you can compose messages too as the Gear S has its own 3G nano-sim card as well as Bluetooth and WiFi. This makes the device unique in that it can be a standalone device or a paired device. The Gear S connects to social networks, calendars and applications even when away from their phone and automatically synchronizes information when paired to the phone.
The voice commands are embedded onto the phone for a much faster response compared to the current system which relies on the voice commands being interpreted by a server on the internet.
The Samsung Gear S contains multi-sensors, built-in GPS, and robust S Health features including Nike+ Running to track your activity – even when you leave the phone in the car.
Samsung Gear Circle
This device was snuck into the mix. When paired with a smartphone, users can receive calls by simply unclasping the magnetic lock from around the neck which automatically answers the phone. Once unclasped, the unit is worn like a headphone which allows the user to answer calls, make voice commands to the paired device as well as listen to music
Samsung Gear VR
This is every gadget-loving person’s dream: a wearable, fully immersive, surround sound Virtual Reality system. This is what the Samsung Gear VR provides. Together with Oculus, this headgear uses the Galaxy Note 4 ‘s 5.7 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED which slides into the front of the device. Then, the user can experience a full 360 3D video,which reacts to your head movements and position. It is completely wireless, so users can be fully engaged in virtual worlds without being tethered to a computer.