Samsung shows off Galaxy Note 3 'phablet', new Note 10.1 tablet, Galaxy Gear smart watch

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
On Wednesday in Berlin, Apple rival Samsung announced three new Android-powered devices that will become part of its mobile arsenal: smartphone and tablet versions of its Galaxy Note series and a much-anticipated smart watch marking the company's biggest step into the wearable computing segment.



Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 was at the center of much of Wednesday's action, with the South Korean giant noting a redesign for the device, as well as a number of new features. The new Note sports a layer of faux leather on the back side, but on the whole it retains the plastic construction that has come to typify Samsung's devices.

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The Note 3 is slimmer than its predecessors, and lighter as well. By reducing the bezels, Samsung has given the device a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display without having to increase the footprint of the handset. The new Note is also thinner and lighter than the Note 2, but with more powerful specs all around.



Inside, the Note 3 will have 3GB of RAM paired with either a 2.3GHz quad-core processor or a 1.9GHz quad-core processor for the 3G model. It will also pack a 13MP camera capable of recording in 4K at 30fps. Powering its internals will be a 3200mAh lithium-ion battery, which Samsung says will give it significantly improved life over the already long-lasting Note 2. Notably, the device does not feature a fingerprint sensor as was proposed in earlier reports.

The Note series emerged two years ago and went on to become a surprise hit for Samsung, with the last two models selling tens of millions of units. This despite initial confusion from tech commentators over the devices' considerable size.

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Much of Samsung's real focus on Wednesday, though, appeared to be on the unveiling of the Galaxy Gear, which the company had already confirmed it would show off at IFA. The device shown on stage looked noticeably different from the images of a prototype device leaked earlier this week, with the final model featuring smoother lines and apparently higher quality materials.

The new smart watch features a metal face and buckle, a departure from Samsung's usual reliance on plastic. The wrist bands on the device are adjustable and come in an array of colors.

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Inside, Gear has 4GB of storage to store pictures and other content, including apps, of which Samsung says there are more than 70 for the device. Samsung says the watch has a 315mAh battery that will last for more than 25 hours on a charge.

The device has a number of other features, including a built-in camera with a 1.9MP resolution. It also has a built-in speaker allowing users to conduct hands-free calls and to draft messages and memos using Samsung's S Voice assistant. According to Samsung, these actions can be performed without touching the screen.

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Many tech observers turned to Samsung's presentation looking to see what the electronics giant would reveal as its first big wearable device release. The wearable technology segment is expected to heat up over the next year, with Apple, Google, and many others reportedly looking to develop smart watches for release.

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Finally, the South Korean conglomerate released a larger tablet in the Galaxy Note line, the 2014 edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1. The new tablet sports the same design aesthetic as does the Note 3, but with a WQXGA LCD outputting at 2560x1600.

Inside, the Note 10.1 has 3GB of RAM, a 1.9GHz Octa-core or 2.3GHz processor depending on the version, and up to 64GB of internal memory. It also has almost all of the functionality of the Note 3, including a multitasking feature, new actions and capabilities for the S Pen stylus, and Samsung's Knox security software.

The Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear will go on sale in the coming weeks in the United States and a number of other markets. When it debuts in early October, the Galaxy Gear will retail for $299. Pricing for the Galaxy Note 3 has not been revealed yet, but it will be available globally on September 25. Samsung has given little information on the Galaxy Note 10.1's availability save to say that it will be offered globally beginning in the third quarter.
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  • Reply 1 of 154
    focherfocher Posts: 638member
    So when you have seen people holding up iPads and using them as digital cameras, looking stupid in public. This is now what Samsung is copying.
  • Reply 2 of 154
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,483member

    The watch is nearly 1/2 inch thick and has flat-head screws on the front. From an aesthetic and battery life point of view it seems like something from the 1990's.

  • Reply 3 of 154
    Wow! That "Smart" watch is Uber-ugly, fugly!!!! Clearly Samsung did not have men in mind as it appears to look too feminine. I know Apple can do much better at design, can't wait for Apple to trump this garbage.
  • Reply 4 of 154
    Who in their right mind is going to take phone calls through a watch? That's got to be worse than the bluetooth headset army.
  • Reply 5 of 154
    The watch is not so nice.. But worse it offers noting exciting in interface tems or functionality.
  • Reply 6 of 154

    Now Im looking forward to Sep 10th, to come out of the nightmare Sammy put me through. 

  • Reply 7 of 154
    blackbookblackbook Posts: 1,361member
    This is what they call innovation?

    Bigger screens and copying competitors rumored yet unreleased products?
  • Reply 8 of 154
    In my opinion, a smart watch is a stupid idea, by Samsung, Apple or other.
  • Reply 9 of 154
    dilliodillio Posts: 106member
    There's even a copper or champagne-colored watch. I heard that will be in style after Sept. 10th...
  • Reply 10 of 154
    So it's an iPod nano with the strap built in?
  • Reply 11 of 154
    blackbook wrote: »
    This is what they call innovation?

    Bigger screens and copying competitors rumored yet unreleased products?

    How is it copying if Apple hasn't made one? It's a dumb idea, yes. But copying? No.
  • Reply 12 of 154
    Ha (cue Nelson picture)! Although I won't buy one from Apple either unless they make a classy analog version.
  • Reply 13 of 154
    All the leaked pics of the new iPhones, but none of the iWatch?
  • Reply 14 of 154
    Originally Posted by j1h15233 View Post

    Who in their right mind is going to take phone calls through a watch?

     

     

     

    Well, here are two potential users. And since Samsung cares only about making worthless piles of crap for absolutely everyone, that's all the market they need.

  • Reply 15 of 154

    Why Why Why would shamesung announce this useless piece of a gadget called Samsung Gear.

    They have very poor standards internally for design and tech. It's software design is weak, the watch itself looks like those G-Shock watches of the 90's, just that its touch screen now. And it talks to 5 of there own products like the Note 3, Note 2, SG3, SG4, and the 10.1 (2014 edition) tablet.

     

    They dont bother announcing the price tag on any of there devices. Sheesh ! Horrible Sammy you guys Suck!

  • Reply 16 of 154
    jpvnjpvn Posts: 40member
    Thats one ugly watch....
  • Reply 17 of 154

    The guys at Apple must be laughing there asses off saying "Our iPod Nano's looked more appealing as a watch than this thing here ... "

  • Reply 18 of 154

    Whoever buys that watch may as well have "I'm a complete tool" tattooed to their arm.

  • Reply 19 of 154
    nikilok wrote: »
    Why Why Why would shamesung announce this useless piece of a gadget called Samsung Gear.
    They have very poor standards internally for design and tech. It's software design is weak, the watch itself looks like those G-Shock watches of the 90's, just that its touch screen now. And it talks to 5 of there own products like the Note 3, Note 2, SG3, SG4, and the 10.1 (2014 edition) tablet.

    They dont bother announcing the price tag on any of there devices. Sheesh ! Horrible Sammy you guys Suck!

    It's $299
  • Reply 20 of 154
    droidftwdroidftw Posts: 1,009member

    The Galaxy Gear certainly is an interesting evolution for the smart watch market.  It's borrowed and improved many things that worked from previous smart watches and I'm certain that other companies will borrow and improve on what works with the Galaxy Gear. 

     

    I'm not convinced that it will have mass appeal as it is right now.  It's certainly a masculine watch and I don't see many women wearing one.  The method of charging using the included case is extremely odd and the fact that it only works with other Samsung devices is also a very risky move for them.  I also read that while the battery life is rumored at 25+ hours that the watches on display at their conference are showing anything near those numbers.

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