Samsung has just finished its “Samsung Unpacked” event, and introduced a number of new devices, some widely expected, at least one that was unexpected by most.
We’ll be posting stories on each of the new devices shortly, but as a quick intro, here’s what Samsung announced and demonstrated today.
We’ll start with the surprise: Rumors of a Galaxy Note with a wrap-around screen were true! Samsung announced the Galaxy Note Edge. The front of the phone has the same QuadHD SuperAmoled display as the Note 4, with an additional section that wraps around the right edge of the phone (when the phone is held vertically). The edge screen can be used for a number of functions, including ticker displays, notifications, and more. Unfortunately, Samsung describes this new device as “available in select markets only.” In the past, this has meant Korea, and not the U.S. If that’s true, it’s hugely disappointing, as this is something we’d spend our own money on, just for the cool factor if nothing else. Keep checking SamsungUpdate, as we’ll provide more details later.
Widely expected, the Galaxy Note 4 was detailed, and manyof the rumors appear to be true. A QuadHD screen, metal frame (like the Galaxy Alpha), a better S-Pen and refined S-Pen apps, better battery life, and a large number of software features and tweaks. Unlike much of the typical Samsung application “bloat,” much of what Samsung described today sounds useful. What isn’t true is the rumors of dramatically thinner bezels. The phone appears to be pretty much the same size and design as the Note 3. Too bad.
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Samsung also provided some more information on the new Gear S smartwatch. This was already reported on by Samsung Update, but a few more details were revealed.
Finally, Samsung formally announced their new Virtually Reality headset, developed in cooperations with Oculus. Time will tell whether this is the next “3D Television” market flop, or the next smartphone, which revolutionizes computer gaming.
OK, that’s the high-level brief. More details will follow very soon.
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