Samsung's CES keynote is always a big one, and this year was no exception: the company took to the stage to announce a series of, well, big products. There was the 105-inch 4K TV, the bending prototype TV, and a 12.2-inch tablet. And that's before it got to appliances, not to mention a brief-yet-remarkable appearance from director Michael Bay. Check out the stream below for all the news from the press conference.
Jan 7, 2014Read Article >
It looks likely that Samsung's earnings will be down year over year, as well — in Q4 of 2012, the company made $8.27 billion in operating profit. Of course, it's worth noting that while Samsung may show some rare weakness this quarter, the company is still raking in profits. We'll be keeping our eyes on the company's full earnings at the end of the month to find out more about how Samsung's various divisions performed over the holiday season.
Jan 6, 2014
During Samsung's CES press event today, the company brought out super-action director Michael Bay to discuss the company's new curved HDTVs. Unfortunately for Bay, Samsung appeared to have issues with the teleprompters being used to cue onstage presenters. Then Michael Bay had a mini-meltdown. Then he peaced the fuck out. And we have the video.Read Article >
Jan 6, 2014
Samsung has made a habit of demoing some off-the-wall television designs at CES, and this year is no different. The strangest new design is a wild 85-inch prototype that the company's simply calling the "Bendable TV." The demo unit switched between a flat panel and a curved screen at the touch of a button, with a mechanical system pushing out the edges of the screen to achieve the transformation. It's eerie to see a 85-inch television bend before your eyes, and while it makes for a very impressive tech demo, we aren't sure what Samsung plans to do with the TV. The company claims there are situations where you might want to switch to a curved set — like for watching movies — but the added expense and dubious improvements that such a system entails means this is a prototype that may never see the light of day as a consumer product.Read Article >
Curved televisions are undoubtedly attractive, but they have been written off as little more than a gimmick by many. Nevertheless, Samsung is focusing intently on curved sets this year. Its top-of-the-line model is a stunning 105-inch curved LCD TV with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a 5120 x 2160 resolution, just like rival LG. At this size the curve is extremely apparent, and the TV is a sight to behold. What is perhaps most surprising about this massive TV is its design: Samsung's used a single curved piece of hardwood for the back panel. It's very slick.
Jan 6, 2014
Samsung is expanding its line of Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note tablets with new Pro models focused on multitasking and productivity. The new Galaxy TabPro will be available in three sizes — 8.4-inch, 10.1-inch, and 12.2-inch — while the Galaxy NotePro will only be available in the 12.2-inch size. All four tablets have 2560 x 1600 pixel displays, Android 4.4 KitKat, Wi-Fi and LTE options, and 8-megapixel rear cameras as well as 2-megapixel front cameras.Read Article >
Samsung's goal with the new tablets is to better straddle the gap between a normal tablet and a laptop computer. The Galaxy NotePro and 12.2-inch Galaxy TabPro feature new four-pane multiwindow multitasking, while all of the tablets offer multiple layered pop-up windows for multitasking. The panes in the multiwindow system can be resized freely, and it's possible to open two instances of the same app at once to compare them side by side.
Jan 6, 2014
In addition to inking a deal with Technicolor's M-GO streaming service, Samsung today announced a major partnership with Netflix, Amazon, Comcast, and DirecTV to provide 4K streaming to consumers via their latest UHD TVs. The company hopes that the deal will speed up widespread adoption of 4K in 2014.Read Article >
Samsung detailed in its announcement that its plans to let consumers stream UHD content from each provider via applications on Samsung's Smart Hub. In addition to the new content options, the company announced what it calls its UHD Video Pack, a hard drive with movies and documentaries from studios like 20th Century Fox and Paramount. Samsung promises that users will eventually be able to download 50 new items via Smart Hub through the year.