Samsung Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 – Summary

Just as expected, Samsung Mobiles, one of the trending Smartphone manufacturers, who has been ruling the Smartphone and Tablet PC world in these last years by fighting with various giants such as Apple Inc, has revealed their real abilities via the Samsung Unpacked Event 2013, during IFA Berlin 2013. Even though Samsung rumours have slightly killed the anticipation, Samsung was able to launch various devices in the mentioned event, which could probably rock the market.

As you might know, Samsung Mobiles has gone a little bit early, as Apple Inc’s September 11th event is still behind the stage. Nevertheless, it is sure that devices that have been launched in Samsung Unpacked Event may become a notable rival to Apple’s products. Here, we would like to sum up all happenings in the mentioned event, in order to give you a brief idea about launched devices as well as their ability to in the market.

Samsung Galaxy Gear – The Upcoming Smartwatch

Yes! As rumours have been explaining to us in these weeks, Samsung Galaxy Gear is the upcoming device from Samsung Mobiles in the ‘Smartwatch’ category and probably a rival to iWatch, expected Smartwatch from Apple Inc.

When technically speaking, Samsung Galaxy Gear is an accessory to your Smartphone, which in turn establishes a connection with your Samsung Smartphones. Nevertheless, the company has done a good job through integrating various abilities and supporting features in the wearable gadget. The device, which is accompanied by a price tag of $299, comprises technical specifications such as following.

  • S AMOLED Panel Display of 1.63 Inches and 320*320 Screen Resolution
  • 800MHz Dual Core Processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4 GB of onboard storage
  • 1.9MP Front Camera with recording ability to record at 720p
  • Running on Android Jelly Bean
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • Will be on stores from 25th September 2013
  • Six colour variants available
  • 10 Hours Battery Backup

At the current stage, Samsung Galaxy Gear has official compatibility with devices like Galaxy Note III and Galaxy Tab 10.1 2014 Edition, which were announced in the event, though the manufacturer software update for other high-end devices in Galaxy series.

However, according to its features, Galaxy Gear is not a revolutionary device, as it keeps the same purpose of smartwatches like Pebble. The device is able to show you relevant notifications about your Smartphones such as text messages, voice calls, etc, allow you to make phone calls, manage your music, if the Samsung Smartphone is in the Bluetooth coverage area. Furthermore, the deep integration with Samsung Smartphones is making the gadget easy-to-use.

However, various sources, who were able to check out the device, say that Samsung Galaxy Gear is not a for-everyone-gadget but rather a sluggish one, especially considering the low number of Apps, which Samsung expect to rise soon. Hence, for getting a clean idea about the device as well as how it can rock the market, we have to wait until 25th.

Samsung Galaxy Note III

As its name implies, Samsung Galaxy Note III is the latest member in the Note series of the Korean Smartphone manufacturer and so the successor of Note II, which was launched back in last year. To be precise, the mentioned device is the refreshed edition of Note II with the abilities of enhanced performance and slimmer build. Notable specifications of Note III are as follows.

  • 5.7-inch AMOLED Display (1080p)
  • 2.3 GHz Snapdragon Quad-Core Processor from Qualcomm [LTE-Version]
  • 1.9 GHz Octa-Core Processor [3G Version]
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB Onboard storage
  • Improved S-Pen
  • 13 Megapixel Rear Camera
  • 2MP Front Camera
  • Wi-Fi, GLONASS, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth
  • Availability from 25th September
  • Three colour variants
  • 3200 mAh battery, offering around 12 Hours batter life

One notable addition in the device is improved S-Pen, the stylus for Samsung devices, which brings a bunch of superb features to the device, mainly intending the management of Note-only features. It seems to be a good addition but reviews say that the usage is much hard than we expect. Moreover, hands-on reviews from reliable sources suggest that Samsung has over concentrated on the UI and made it hard to understand even for an experienced Smartphone user.

What we found interesting in the UI is the addition of features such as multi-window, which helps you to open same application on two windows by splitting screen into two, My Magazine – for managing your favourite news sources in a comprehensive form, Drag and Drop for transferring data in-between multiple windows etc. Nevertheless, Samsung Galaxy Note III is a nice device, altogether.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

As you can guess, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is the newest member in the Tablet PC category of the Korean giant. Major specifications of the Android-powered Tablet PC are as follows.

  • 10.1-inch Screen with LCD Display
  • Two variants – 3G+Wi-Fi and 4G+Wi-Fi
  • 1.9GHz Octa-Core processor [3G+Wi-Fi variant]
  • 2.3GHz Quad-Core processor [4G+Wi-Fi variant]
  • 16/32/64GB internal storage
  • 8MP Rear Camera with Autofocus, BSI Sensor and LED Flash
  • 2MP Front Camera
  • Runs on Google Android v4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 8220mAh battery
  • Black and Classic White colour variants

As a member of the Note series, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition comes with S-Pen, the special stylus, which makes it easy to manage features such as Action Memo, Screen Writer, and S Finder etc that are available in Galaxy Note III. The presence of features such as Samsung KNOX, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AllSharecast etc are also important in this 10-incher.

However, when there is a comparison with the older version of the Tablet PC, the new edition of Note 10.1 is something worth praising, especially when considering its specifications and features. As of sources, the device will hit stores in third quarter of 2013 but the company has not broken its silence in the case of price tag of the Tablet PC.

Conclusion

Having a second look to these Galaxy devices from Samsung, it is clear that the Korean Giant is about to get ready for the new generation wearable computing, especially when considering Galaxy Gear. Nevertheless, we will have to wait a few days for knowing more about these devices as well as how it can withstand other rivals in the Smartphone and Tablet PC market. What do you think about these devices? Do let us know via your valuable comments!

Ujjwal Kumar

Ujjwal is just a simple guy who likes to be happy and likes to write various different kind of stuff. You can find him writing posts related to Android most of the time but he also likes writing poems, short stories and other stuff. Mail him at ujjwal [at] droidextra [dot] org.

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