Although Samsung’s announcements during their big Unpacked 2014 event at IFA 2014 have been the focus of many, the company is taking the opportunity presented by the tech show to release some other devices. One of those is a ruggedized Samsung Galaxy Tab Active that Samsung developed to target business users who need tablets in challenging environments. The 8-inch tablet comes with an anti-shock covering that provides protection against drops of up to 1.2 meters. Not surprising, Samsung obtained IP67 certification for water and dust resistance for the tablet. Some of the other changes to the standard tablet may be more helpful than the protective qualities added.
Samsung seems to be ready to release an Android phone that will be their first with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410. It’s called the SM-G5309W, and we know a little bit about it now that it’s shown up on China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center. There’s nothing flashy about the design, but the insides include Android 4.4 KitKat, a 5 MP front-facing camera, 8 MP rear camera with flash, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage space, and microSD card support. And of course, the SM-G5309W comes with a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 chipset (including an Adreno 306 GPU).
The device is made for China, but we could see variations reach other areas.
Via: Phone Arena
If you were not able to watch Samsung’s big unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and other new products during their IFA 2014 presentation, the video of the nearly two-hour event is now available on YouTube. The event was simulcast to audiences in Berlin, Beijing and New York along with individuals in front of their computer screens around the world checking out the live stream.
If you missed it or had to step away or just want to go back and double-check something, hit the break to view the complete event. After you are done, check out more coverage from TalkAndroid of IFA 2014.
To try and steal some thunder away from Samsung’s Note 4 announcement, OnePlus is running a contest to give away their current flagship device. To enter, all you have to do is share a photo comparing the specs of the two devices.
The comparison isn’t completely fair, as it fails to mention some important aspects about the Note 4 like the uber-high screen resolution. Even still, the OnePlus One is a great phone, and winning a 64 GB version for free isn’t bad at all. If you don’t think this will bug your friends too much, you may want to hit the link below just to enter the contest.
source: OnePlus Facebook
With the announcement of the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge out of the way, the only thing left to find out is when and where you’ll be able to pick one up. Fortunately, all of the major US carriers have released some information and sign-up pages so you’ll be able to get your hands on one.
Verizon plans on selling the Note 4 and Note Edge, but they haven’t said anything about the Gear VR or a specific release date. They do have a sign-up page for those of you that are interested, however. AT&T has listed pages for both devices, and they are going to sell the Gear VR as an accessory to the Note 4. No release date here, either.
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.
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!
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.