Samsung certainly had a busy day with a some really nice hardware announcements, but we shouldn’t forget about the accessories.
Samsung announced a partnership with Montblanc for custom styluses. They will offer both the Pix and e-StarWalker, which resemble the classic pen they have offered for years. They aren’t referring to them as S Pens, but instead, “digital writing devices.” They also offer swappable nubs that mimic different pen nibs.
In addition to the styluses, they are going to offer two different leather flip covers.
Last year, Sony unveiled their “lens cameras,” a unique camera that attached to a smartphone to snap photos. Today at IFA, Sony unveiled the follow ups to last year’s models.
The first model, the QX30, works very similarly to the QX10 and QX100 from last year. It attaches to the back of a smartphone and has its own microSD card slot and rechargeable battery. Photos can be saved to the lens or instantly moved to the smartphone via WiFi Direct, and the companion app for using the accessory has been updated with the launch of the news lenses. The QX30 offers a 30x zoom and burst shots of up to 10 fps, which is significantly better than what you’ll find on any smartphone. The QX30 will run $350 and should be available in September. Read more
Samsung showcased its latest smartwatch today, which comes with the ability to make calls and send messages on its own, thanks to its 3G capabilities. The device will be running Tizen instead of Android wear, and features a more elegant design than Samsung’s previous wearables. Check out the video and gallery after the break for more information.
The Galaxy Note Edge is the biggest surprise out of Samsung’s Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event. We knew that Samsung was working on a device that had display with a curved edge, but we were not really expecting it today. Staying true to the Note series of devices, the Galaxy Note Edge keeps everything the same such as including an S Pen and its software goodies. And the device’s display is 5.6 inches, so there is very little screen real estate lost in comparison to the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4. In fact, the two devices maintain the same exact footprint.
Spending some time with the Galaxy Note Edge will show that its unique design can be very useful. Tools and notifications are shown on the curved edge on the right side. Developers can take advantage of this space with the SDK that is available starting today.
Hit the break for the gallery and the video.
The Next Big Thing is upon us. Earlier today, the new Galaxy Note 4 was introduced across the globe. We were able to get some hands on time with Samsung’s newest handset at their Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event in New York City. The device is very similar to last year’s Galaxy Note 4, but Samsung has gone ahead and made appropriate changes. The Galaxy Note 4 is thin, light, and large. Samsung has replaced the plastic framing with aluminum. Though the company has not yet waved goodbye to its faux leather back panel, the stitching that outlines it are gone and and the entire frame feels quite pleasant.
For a walkthrough of some changes and additions, hit the break for the gallery and the video. Check out our IFA 2014 coverage while you’re at it!
Even though it aimed high with the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact, Sony delivered another handset with price in mind. The Xperia E3 features the same design as the aforementioned handsets, but the specifications take a hit. The 4.5-inch display has a resolution of 854×480. Inside, Sony has gone with a Snapdragon 400 processor that is put to work with 1GB of RAM. The battery for this little guy is sized at 2330mAh, but the lackluster display should mean that the Xperia E3 has longevity. The 4GB of internal storage is expandable thanks to a microSD card slot. Fittingly, Sony is boasting about the 5MP camera that features HDR and its other technologies.
Hit the break for the press release and don’t forget to check out our IFA 2014 coverage.
At IFA 2014 today, Sony introduced what they claim is the world’s slimmest and lightest tablet, the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Not only is it a lightweight tablet, it comes with an IP65/68 rating for water and dust resistance. Sony has loaded up the Z3 Tablet Compact with a Snapdragon 801 processor running at 2.5 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, and a full HD TRILUMINOS screen for bright colors. Read more
Sony is no stranger to the wearables or smartwatch market having already released smartwatches over the past few years. However, with their newest device, the SmartWatch 3, Sony is shifting gears and getting on the Android Wear bandwagon. Designed specifically to work with Google’s Android Wear platform, the SmartWatch 3 comes with a 1.6-inch 320 x 320 TFT LCD screen with 4 GB of memory built-in. Sony also included a built-in microphone, an accelerometer, a compass, a gyro and a GPS sensor. The device is also capable of making a Bluetooth connection with accessories like earphones and of course, a smartphone. Read more
As expected, Sony took the wraps off of the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. The Xperia Z3 is clearly the flagship here, but the Xperia Z3 Compact is certainly no slouch.
The Xperia Z3 (pictured above) sports a 5.2-inch TRILUMINOS IPS 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, a quad-core Snapdragon 801, 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 20.7 MP camera with 1/2.3 Exmor RS sensor and 25 mm wide-angled G Lens, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Cat 4 LTE speeds of up to 150 Mbps, 3,100 mAh battery, and Android 4.4. It’s also only 7.3 mm thick, features 2 day battery life, and is fully waterproof with a rating of IP 65/68 so it can handle anything you throw at it.
Alongside the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung has announced the Galaxy Note Edge. The Note Edge offers almost all of what the Note 4 does, but it has a curved screen on the side of the device that comes with out unique set of features.
The Edge screen will act like a second screen for the device, showing things like notifications and app shortcuts, and the fact that it will still be active even while the phone has a closed cover makes it that much cooler. Samsung is releasing their own SDK for the side screen, so apps will have to specifically be written to take advantage of it. Depending on how well received the Note Edge is, you may or may not see many apps using the Edge screen. Read more