Samsung's IFA 2012 event didn't disappoint — in addition to the magicians and symphony, the company took the wraps off the Galaxy Note II, its first Galaxy Camera with Android 4.1 on board, a variety of new Ativ Windows 8 tablets, and more. We're getting an up-close look at all of Samsung's new products, so stay tuned here for the latest from IFA 2012.
OLED TVs, whether produced by Samsung, LG, or Sony, have been the perpetual darling of consumer electronics trade shows, however they have yet to make the leap from the exhibition floor to retail shelf space.
A video has surfaced showing Samsung's rumored S Cloud service running on a Galaxy Note II.
Although, yes, this is technically Samsung's first Google TV device, a more accurate description for what we saw today at IFA would be that the company is adding Google TV-related apps to its already expansive SmartHub suite. But those three apps arguably make up the entire Google TV experience: Chrome (without Adobe Flash support), YouTube (updated from its previous version to be much snappier and support keyboards), and most importantly the Google Play store (with "most but not all of the Google TV apps," according to a Samsung representative we spoke with).
The "multi view" concept isn't new, even if it still lacks a quick-and-easy description. In essence, it's two videos signals stacked on one another — using special polarizing glasses not entirely unlike 3D specs to "isolate" a (two-dimensional) signal and thereby allowing two or more people to watch different videos on the same TV. LG has it with Dual Play and Sony with PlayStation 3D Display. Samsung's demonstration at its IFA 2012 booth didn't play up the multiplayer gaming aspect like the last aforementioned predecessors, but it did showcase the technology on gorgeous 55-inch OLED TVs. The special, very light headsets let you jump between the two videos with a push of a button — remarkably with no bleeding between the two signals — while built-in headphones jump audio tracks accordingly.
Jelly Bean Android 4.1 running on the Galaxy S III.
While Samsung's Ativ hardware is relatively tame — especially compared to some other Windows 8 tablets we've seen this week — the company did section off a part of its IFA booth to show off a few experiments in industrial design. Quarantined behind the glass were various Windows 8 laptop / tablet hybrids that range from familiar ("Slide" and "Swivel") to slightly less so ("Binder" with a slide-on keyboard and "Pop Up" with ports only visible on the hinge) and even an asymmetrical "Memo PC" that's specifically conceptualized with future Samsung mascot the S Pen in mind. We would be surprised if a few of these ideas made it to production level, but for now they're just for show.
Samsung has shown off various prototype Galaxy Camera accessories on the IFA show floor.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera and Galaxy Note II will come with 50GB of free Dropbox storage.
Samsung usually puts on a strange show when it has an "Unpacked" event and the show it staged this year at IFA was no exception. With the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Camera, a set of Windows 8 devices, and the first-ever Windows Phone 8 device, it was certainly full of new details and new gadgets. It was also emceed by a magician who oversaw the magical puns and a cameo by Wim Wenders. It's not Samsung at its most surreal, but that's an awfully high bar. Check it out in full, below, and then stop by our StoryStream for complete coverage and hands-on with the announced devices.
Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Note II will launch in the US this year.
At large gadget conventions like IFA, the most-talked about company is often the one who isn’t there: Apple. This year, the elephant in the room is actually Microsoft and its two Surface tablets. The Surface is now the de-facto competitor and the standard by which these Windows 8 OEMs will be judged. Sony and Samsung have revealed their latest tablet strategies at IFA 2012 as they prepare to enter the all-important holiday season. Both have shown off new tablets, hybrids, and phones — but as much as the two companies are going head-to-head with each other, they will also be competing with Microsoft’s Surface, and not just on specs.
Samsung's new ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro Windows 8 tablets each feature keyboard docks and Intel processors.
Samsung has revealed its Windows RT-powered ATIV Tab, we go hands-on to find out what it's like.
Samsung has announced the Ativ Tab, a 10.1-inch tablet running Windows RT.
What happens when you combine a pocket camera with an Android smartphone? Samsung's answer is the Galaxy Camera.
It's official: Samsung is first out of the gate to announce a Windows Phone 8 device: The ATIV S. As we revealed just a short time ago, it has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and an 8-megapixel rear camera paired with a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. Microsoft announced the device on its Windows Phone blog just ahead of Samsung's unpacked event, noting that it's only 8.7mm thick, has 1GB of RAM, and comes in either 16GB or 32GB models, both of which come with a microSD slot for more storage. It's all powered by a 2300mAh battery.Unfortunately, the while we have plenty of details on the device itself, we don't yet have new details on what Windows Phone 8 itself will bring beyond what we already know.
Samsung announced a handful of new devices today at IFA, including the new Series 5 and Series 7 Slates.
After dominating IFA 2011 with its Galaxy Note introduction, Samsung is hoping to repeat the feat today with the Galaxy Note II.