Samsung At CES: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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Samsung was ruthless on the first day of CES, flaunting TVs that are genuinely smart, powerful computers, Ultrabooks, smartphones and tablets. Bar a few disappointing products, their repertoire proved the company wants to aggressively play in the big league.

Samsung Electronics believes that Smart TVs really can get smarter.

More than 4,000 journalists packed the Venetian Ballroom in Vegas this morning to hear Samsung announce a swag of new products for 2012, including a Super OLED TV, a new super thin notebook, an Ultrabook and a new Galaxy Tab.

At the CES event Samsung showed for the first time their “ultimate TV,” a 55-inch “super” OLED model. Inside is Smart Interaction Technology which will recognise gestures such as waving and voice cues when navigating the menu, eliminating the need for a remote control. The wafer thin TV achieves this by using an intelligent in built webcam, microphone and voice/gesture recognition software developed by Samsung. The set is considered to be “future-proof” with an attachment on the side allowing the processor to be replaced and a TV upgraded.

Read: Samsung 55″ OLED TV Uses You As The Remote

 


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The company also showed off an LED SmartTV that features the same Smart Interaction technology, but benefits from the computing grunt of a dual core processor. Together, the TV can juggle TV viewing, applications and internet browsing, minimising the application rather than closing it for an experience more faithful to a computer.

Missing from the line-up was the much mooted Google TV, however some insiders are saying that it will appear on the Samsung stand tomorrow.

The company went on to showcase new content offering and applications along with new mobile devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Note which is tipped to be launched in Australia soon. The Note is a confused device with its 5.3 inch profile idling between tablet and smartphone proportions. On the feature front, it has an impressive 800 x 1,280 resolution screen (the same res as the 10.1 Galaxy Tab), a dual core 1.4GHz processor and an 8MP camera.

Read: Phone Or Tab? Samsung To Reveal 5.3″ Superphone At CES

Even though it has some high end equipment to its name, the Note’s most interesting attribute is that it brings back an archaic tool: the stylus. Unlike Samsungs of old (i900 Omnia), the stylus neatly tucks into the phone, invisible when it’s not in use.

 


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Samsung’s Series 5 Ultra
It wasn’t all glamour and headlines, with the company releasing a 7.7″ tablet that runs Android FroYo. If the software name doesn’t ring any bells, it’s because it has been replaced by Honeycomb, and will be three generations old once Ice Cream Sandwich hits the tablet front.

After such a mediocre tablet, the company returned to form by showing off two desirable Ultrabooks in the 13 and 14 inch categories. With Intel Core i processors, a variety of hardware configurations and sleek proportions, they should prove threatening to Apple’s MacBook Air dominance.

Read: Samung Chases Apple With New Ultrabooks

Concluding their first day at CES was a second generation Series 9 notebook. Before the term ‘Ultrabook’ was coined, the original series 9 notebook was the Windows computer to have if you were after a lightweight companion that didn’t skimp on the hard-core innards.

Its ancestral heritage is far from lost with Samsung saying the new Series 9 notebook is “the thinnest premium notebook on the market” at just half an inch thick. And yet even though it weighs just 2.2 pounds, it’ll still start up in less than ten seconds, and awake from hibernation in an even more impressive 1.4 seconds.

More will follow tomorrow when Samsung hit the stage for day 2.

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