The 2014 CES tradeshow in Las Vegas is finally wrapping up, so Pocket-lint figured it was a good time to compile all the highlights from some of the biggest tech companies, including Samsung.
Samsung used CES 2014 as a platform to debut a range of new, updated and surprise products. From tablets, notebooks and desktops to Ultra HD 4K TVs, smart remote controls, and compact camera systems, Samsung didn't skip a beat.
If you were one of the many who quickly drowned in the flurry of launch announcements and gadget unveilings from Samsung, have no fear. Pocket-lint has laid out everything you need to know below. There's even that Michael Bay gaffe video. And if you don't know what that means, you should definitely continue reading.
Galaxy NotePro and Galaxy TabPro tablets
Samsung announced the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro, introducing a tablet size it hadn't previously produced.
The 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro features a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution display, S-Pen, LTE capabilities, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-camera, 3GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of storage, 9500mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat.
As for the processor, that'll depend on where you buy your tablet and whether it's the 3G or 4G version. The Wi-Fi and 3G models will get an Exynos 5 Octa chip, while the 4G version will get a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset.
Launched alongside the Note Pro was the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro. It offers the same specification - but without the S Pen. The Tab Pro is available in a number of different sizes. The largest size is 12.2-inches, followed by a 10.1-incher, then the 8.4-inch model. That last size will likely rival the LG G Pad 8.3 and the iPad mini.
ATIV Book9 and ATIV One7
Samsung introduced the latest-generation 15.6-inch ATIV Book9 and a new ATIV One 7 all-in-one desktop.
The ATIV Book9 has a 1920 x1080 screen resolution display, which offers a 20 per cent brighter and 125 per cent higher definition display than the previous-generation Book9. It also features either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 ULV processor, Intel HD 4400 Graphics, 8GB of RAM, up to 1024GB of SSD storage through dual SSDs and Windows 8 software.
The Ativ One7 boasts a similar, albeit larger, display to the ATIV Book 9. Specifically, it has a 24-inch Full HD touchscreen display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. It also features an Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, 1TB HDD or 128GB SSD with a 1TB HDD, a 720p camera, and Windows 8.1. There is an HDMI-in/HDMI-out port and two USB 3.0 ports.
The Ativ One7 will release in white in South Korea in February 2014 in a non-touch model, though a touch model will follow in April 2014.
Ultra HD 4K TVs (including curved and bendable)
Samsung announced a 105-inch curved 4K UHDTVs and a 85-inch bendable 4K UHDTV. They will be available to customers in the second half of 2014.
The 105-inch curved 4K UHDTV features an 11 million pixel (5120 X 2160) screen resolution with a 21:9 aspect super widescreen ratio.
The 85-inch bendable 4K UHDTV is unique still, mostly because it can transform from a flat panel to a curved TV design (all with a touch of a button). This set is likely aimed at customers who want a choice in screen format.
As for those other UHD sets announced at CES, Samsung expanded the S9 series to include a 110-inch model. That means it's the largest television in Samsung's 2014 line-up.
Plus, the company has a new U9000 range. It boasts curved UHD TVs at 55, 65 and 78-inch sizes. They have a wider field of view and a balanced and uniform viewing distance across all areas of the screen.
Lastly, a new U8550 range will boast sets in 50, 55, 60, 65 and 75-inch sizes. They come with a system-on-chip solution that interpolates details for picture information based on a picture quality database and applies the results accordingly.
Smart Control remote
Samsung announced a new remote control called the Smart Control remote.
The remote is actually a successor to last year's model. It brings two significant improvements, including a new shape and more accessibility options. Specifically, the remote ditched the traditional rectangle design for an oval look that Samsung described as "pebble-like" and ergonomic.
Samsung also added gesture control, meaning you can flip through menus by moving the remote, as well as the ability to control your television using the remote's mic or touchpad. Speaking of the touchpad, it is now 80 per cent smaller.
WB Smart Cameras
Samsung announced a bunch of new zoom cameras with Smart Connectivity. They consist of two bridge models and three compacts, with varying feature sets.
The Samsung WB2200F is a bridge camera with 60x optical zoom and a 16.3-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. It features a rear screen at 3-inches. It also has optical image stabilisation, ISO range of 80 to 6400, Full HD video recording.
Slightly down the scale a bit is the WB1100F. It features a 16.2-megapixel CCD sensor and 35x optical zoom lens. The rear LCD screen is still 3-inches, and video recording is only offered at 720p. Its ISO range is 80 to 3200.
The Samsung WB350F features a 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, 21x optical zoom, optical image stabilisation, ISO range from 80 to 3200, and Full HD video recording.
The last two compacts are the WB50F and WB35F. They both have 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensors and 12x optical zoom lenses with optical image stabilisation. Both also feature 720p video recording. The WB50F though has a 3-inch rear screen, while the WB35F has a 2.7-inch one.
NX30 and Premium S Lens
Samsung announced the follow-up to its NX20 compact camera system, and it’s called the NX30.
The Samsung NX30 is a high-end DSLR-styled mirrorless camera with an NX mount. It sports a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 3-inch Super AMOLED swivel and touch display, tiltable EVF with eye contact sensor, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity options, access to cloud services, and a DRIMeIV image processor.
The camera’s ISO ranges from 100 to 25,600, and it is capable of shooting in Raw at 20-megapixels (5472 x 3648). Full HD video recording is also supported. It can even capture 3D still images and video with a suitable lens.
Samsung also announced two new standard zoom lenses for the NX system, each of which cover the 16-50-mm focal range. The 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS is a standard kit-type lens, and the second, while covering the same focal range, offers a variable maximum aperture of F2-F2.8.
More Samsung at CES 2014
Beyond everything mentioned above, Samsung also announced an expansion to its Home Entertainment line-up, including a sound bar, GIGA system, Blu-ray player, etc, a new Smart Hub Game Panel, streaming content partnerships for its UHD eosystem, further integrated home control, and support for GalaxyGear in the new BMW I3, among many other things.
Pocket-lint also got a hands-on with the Galaxy Camera 2. Check out some of the links below or the company’s CES 2014 press page for more information.
Oh, and that Michael Bay gaffe
We can’t talk about Samsung at CES 2014 without mentioning the company’s press conference and Michael Bay’s now infamous meltdown.
In a nutshell: Bay, a Hollywood film director, lost his place when reading the teleprompter, became embarrassed, then decided to abandon ship, and left Samsung in the lurch. It’s hilarious and super awkward. Watch it for yourself, below.