Samsung at CES 2013: S9 4K UHD TV, NX300 camera and more
Ever the big player at tech shindigs the world over, Samsung has been a busy boy at CES 2013. With so many arms of course - computers, TVs, cameras and more - it can be rather tricky to keep track of it all. Well, not for us.
Below, we’ve put together a list of all of Samsung’s movements at CES 2013 for you to peruse as you will. Burrow down into the links for some greater detail and more colourful pictures but, if you want the short version, this is what Samsung went and did in Vegas.
Samsung cameras: Samsung NX300
The headline move in the camera department was the next edition of the compact system camera that is the Samsung NX range. This time it was the turn of the Samsung NX300 with 3.3-inch AMOLED screen and APS-C size sensor. For the rest of the Samsung smart camera range, the watchword has been connectivity. Smart Camera 2.0 is where it's at, with all of them now connected using Wi-Fi.
The WB250F is the new flagship zoom camera with an 18x optical zoom lens. Then there's the WB800F with 21x optical zoom lens or, if you're after something a little smaller, then the WB30F is the baby of the WB family. It has a 10x optical zoom lens, giving you 24mm at the wide angle, running out to 240mm. Samsung has also kept in its dual-view format with the Samsung DV151F. More details on all the Samsung cameras from CES 2013 here.
Samsung laptops: Series 7 Ultrabook & Chronos
There are two players to think about on the laptop front from Samsung at CES 2013 and both are Series 7. There's the Samsung Series 7 Ultrabook and the Samsung Series 7 Chronos. The Samsung Series 7 Chronos is an update to a pro-end machine that arrived in 2011. It's a 15.6-inch display computer with a number pad at the end of the keyboard and RAM Accelerator software, designed to provide a 150 per cent speed boost to the already meaty quad-core Core i7 CPU, 2GB AMD-dedicated graphics card and 8GB RAM combo. There's also a 1TB HDD tucked into its aluminium frame. We've got Samsung Series 7 Chronos pictures here.
As for the Series 7 Ultrabook, it's a more consumer-friendly affair. The screen size shrinks to a more bag-suitable 13.3 inches and gets a little brighter at 350 nits. It's got a touchscreen, top inner specs and an eight-hour battery life.
Samsung Galaxy S4
No, the Samsung Galaxy S4 did not turn up, no matter what had been rumoured beforehand. What we did get on Samsung's superphone for 2013 is that it's going to have a release date some time after May 2013. That was according to a bit of an accidental tweet from Samsung Lebanon.
The other tidbit on is that we got a good look at some Samsung Galaxy S IV pictures with a leaked press snap that's reportedly the real deal. So, nothing on the S IV officially at CES 2013 but some good info nonetheless.
Samsung televisions: Samsung S9 4K UHD TV and friends
The Samsung S9 (S9000) 4K UHD TV had managed to pick up a CES 2013 design award even before the show had got going. It's an 85-inch, LED backlit TV with all the connectivity and 3D trinkets you could want. It also happens to come on a rather attractive and unique stand. You can get one that's 110 inches on the diagonal if you can find the space.
If you'd rather something a bit more normal/affordable (just) then there will also be a range of straight 1080p LED backlit sets, the king of which will be the Samsung F8000. It's a quad-core telly (TV chipsets seem to be very important now) and it comes in 46, 55, 60, 65-and 75-inch screen sizes. You'll also get an all-new connected Smart Hub platform too. The step-down version is the Samsung F7500 and that will be available in 46, 55 and 60-inch.
Samsung has also shown plasma technology some love with the Samsung F8500. The Samsung F8500 is said to offer eight times the black "expression" of regular LED TVs and even supports the next-gen HEVC video codec too.
Finally we come to OLED: the Samsung F9500 OLED TV. Like LG, it's a largescale OLED panel - not cheap - with serious colours and a stupidly thin profile. What we really like though is Samsung's Multi-View feature which will allow two people to watch different Full HD programming at the same time on the same screen in full. Oh, and if this makes you all sad about your old TV, Samsung is introducing a solution for that too.
For those after a touch of the ridiculous though, here's Samsung's curved OLED screen prototype. There's some quotes justifying its existence. Whatever the excuse, it's some bloody impressive engineering.
Samsung home cinema sound
Finally, no TV is complete without proper sound and there's a small raft of options here ranging from the big and expensive to the small and, er, expensive, probably. Wireless is the key to what's been going on and the new products include the HW-F750 valve-amplified soundbar, DA-F60 portable wireless Bluetooth speaker, HT-F9750W 7.1-channel home theatre system and BD-F7500 Blu-ray player. Peruse them at your please.