Samsung @ IFA 2012
Owning the Galaxy
It’s been a mega week for Samsung at this year’s edition of IFA. It started off with the theatrical (some would say, magical) unveiling of the Galaxy Note II, a 5.5-inch smartphone that’s packed with a screaming-fast quad-core 1.6GHz processor, and runs the latest version of the Android mobile OS, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Remember, the original Note was launched just a year ago at IFA 2011, and the ‘phablet’ had its share of critics. Despite that, it went on to sell very well. Fast-forward a year, and its successor is the one of the most highly anticipated mobile device of the year. The turnaround is certainly remarkable.
And what about the you-never-saw-it-coming Galaxy Camera. Yes, it’s not the first camera to run Android, but name me another that’s jam-packed with such high-end specs (for a compact camera, that is): 16.3 megapixels, 21x optical zoom, 4.8-inch touchscreen, quad-core 1.4 GHz proessor (that’s a computer in there!), Wi-Fi support, and even 3G/4G connectivity. And it too runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. If that’s how Samsung wants to make a name for itself in the digital camera market, it couldn’t have chosen a better game plan.
And let’s not forget the Ativ range of Windows 8/RT and Windows Phone 8 devices, which at this point in time consists of the Ativ Smart PC and Smart PC Pro, the Ativ Tab, and the Ativ S? The Ativ S happens to be the first WP8 device to be announced, and Windows Phone team certainly likes it very much.
Of course, the Korean consumer electronics giant also has spanking new TVs in tow. The amazingly thin 55-inch ES9500 OLED TV (that sports a very clever Multi View function), and the 75-inch LED ES9000 Smart TV are sights to behold.
If for whatever reason you managed to miss all these exciting news and developments, you can catch up on them and more below.
Highlights from Samsung at IFA 2012
FEATURE / 04 Oct 2012
Samsung today unveiled the sequel to its successful Galaxy Note smartphone at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin, the Galaxy Note II. We went up close and personal with it to find out what else's new besides its 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display and 1.6GHz quad-core processor.
FEATURE / 04 Oct 2012
The Samsung Galaxy Camera has a 16.3-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, a 21x optical zoom lens, and a high density 4.8-inch touchscreen. But its claim to fame is that it runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Here's a closer look at this quad-core-processor-equipped camera.
NEWS / 04 Sep 2012
It's been less than a week since the Galaxy Note II was revealed at IFA and Samsung has already have a horde of compatible accessories to show for.
NEWS / 03 Sep 2012
Evidence of the alleged Samsung's cloud storage service, S Cloud appears in a hands-on video of the Galaxy Note II.
NEWS / 01 Sep 2012
A feature on the 55-inch Samsung ES9500 OLED TV that has many gushing over here at IFA 2012 is the Multi View feature. Simply put, Samsung has taken two video signals and put them on the TV at the same time, and using the special active shutter glasses, you can choose which video you want to watch.
NEWS / 31 Aug 2012
Following in the tradition of the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung and Dropbox have both confirmed that the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy camera will comes with 50GB of free storage for two years.
Samsung is showcasing its 55-inch ES9500 OLED TV at IFA 2012. Also on show is the 75-inch LED ES9000 Smart TV with a rose-gold bezel and the latest Smart Content. The Samsung Smart Hub demoed Angry Birds, played for the first time on Samsung Smart TV using gestures.
Samsung today announced its first Windows Phone 8-powered device, the ATIV S.
FEATURE / 30 Aug 2012
In a surprisingly move, Samsung today announced a brand new category of devices. Called 'ATIV', it will be made up of devices running on Microsoft's Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms. In this article, we take a look at the two tablet/notebook hybrid devices, the Smart PC and Smart PC Pro.
Samsung today announced three devices powered by Microsoft's latest Windows 8 operating system. They are the Ativ Smart PC, Ativ Smart PC Pro, and Ativ Tab. Hit the link to find out more about their specs.
Piloted by a 1.6GHz Exynos quad-core processor, the Galaxy Note II also comes equipped with a large 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and a new S Pen.