Samsung smartphone takes us to a whole new Galaxy

Samsung have lifted the lid on the latest addition to its family of smartphones, the Galaxy S. Powered by the newest version of Google’s Android operating system, the Galaxy S incorporates a beautifully vibrant 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a whopping 1GHz application processor to enable HD content. The handset also comes with 16GB of memory; a hefty hard drive for a smartphone but essential if you’re going to store all of the HD content that screen is made for.

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Alongside the Android 2.1, Samsung have added some nice features including some rich augmented reality content and advanced LBS (Location Based Services). Social networkers are also well catered for with the ‘Social Hub’ feature which connects all of a user’s profiles into one place allowing them to enjoy communications with their friends, colleagues, and families whenever they want and wherever they are.

Wireless N networking is accompanied by Bluetooth 3.0 and standard 3G and HSDPA will be on hand for all of your mobile internet access needs. They’re impressive specs and weighing in at just 118 grams the Galaxy S is also light, especially when you consider the hardware it’s packing and the large screen.

The Galaxy S is no slouch in the looks department either. As with all touch screen smartphones it has got a little bit of the iPhone about it, but it’s impossible for anything to look bad with a screen that looks like it belongs on a widescreen TV rather than a phone.

A release date for the Galaxy S hasn’t been announced yet but Samsung have hinted that it’s likely to hit UK shelves soon, so watch this space.

Samsung’s Diva S7070 targets fashion-conscious females

Samsung has launched a new fashion phone aimed at teenage girls and style-focused young women.  The appropriately-named Samsung Diva (S7070) focuses on eye-catching looks, with a pearly white quilted-effect back cover reminiscent of the classic Chanel design, and a diamond-shaped crystal navigation button on the front.

Designed to cope with the constant need to be in touch with friends, the phone comes with Facebook and MySpace fully integrated and easy to access, so there’s no need to miss out on the latest goss.

Even the 3.2 megapixel camera has been designed to appeal to the female hankering for perfection as it comes with a ‘Beauty Shot’ mode, which allows a little bit of sneaky airbrushing.  There’s also a ‘Lomo effect’ mode to turn photos into works of art.  The ‘wish list’ function allows the user to make a shopping list, assigning prices and order of priority – the idea being that it helps keep track of budgeting when the need for a shopping spree gets too much.

There are a couple of features that aren’t just designed to appeal to young women’s vanity, some are considered to be safety features too.  SOS Message sends a direct message or call to an assigned security service, or there’s a ‘fake call’ that will ensure your phone rings when you need it to – although this may be more useful for getting out of awkward first dates than anything else.

Aside from that, the phone has a 2.8” screen with touch sensitive display, internet browser, audio player, FM radio and song recognition services.  It’s not the most technical of phones, with no 3G  or WiFi support, but then that’s unlikely to be the priority for someone who is considering buying it.

As an added incentive to get the Diva into the maximum number of oversized handbags, there are limited edition goodies to be had if you buy it from Carphone Warehouse and O2.  The Carphone Warehouse offers a number of Benefit foundations and concealers, while O2 is offering a free 12-month subscription of iSUBSCRIBE and a DVD of ‘The September Issue’.

If the fashion aspect is key but this phone is too girlie for you, there are other phones to consider.  Alternative collaborations include Samsung’s ventures with Armani, the LG Prada phones, the Jalou from Sony Ericsson and Dolce & Gabbana, or the budget-busting ‘My Dior’ from Christian Dior.  If it’s the unashamed girlieness of the phone you love, then consider the Nokia 5530 Illuvial Pink, the pink Samsung S3100 Slider or the lilac Samsung Jet.

Samsung reveal “Long Term Evolution” (LTE) Netbook

Earlier this month at the Mobile World Congress 2010, Samsung wowed the tech world by unveiling its Long Term Evolution (LTE) netbook PC. What places the N150 netbook at the forefront of technology is that it features a new Kalmia chip which has been designed in-house and has been described as the future of mobile technology.

Samsung demonstrated the technology to its full potential by live streaming on their own LTE network (on the N150 netbook) which is definitely causing much excitement in the industry as it provides what is widely becoming labeled as 4G connectivity for mobile devices.

From an everyday user perspective, the benefits of the new LTE technology include the delivery of high speed, low latency and consistent connectivity which is incredibly beneficial to those who need to access large amounts of data at any given time or location.

As far as the netbook itself goes, it provides the complete package with features including an anti-reflective LED display allowing users to experience fine-tuned and sharp images, and optimised processing performance in conjunction with Samsung’s enhanced battery life solution which in simple terms, means that the battery is maximised and lasts for approximately 8.5 hours.

Additional features include an integrated Digital LiveCam for video-conferencing and live messaging, a webcam, internal microphone and a headphone-out connection. Definitely a great package if you are looking for a netbook that offers maximum all-round usability. In typical Samsung style, the N150 netbook is slick, stylish, streamlined and with its 10.1 inch screen and weighing in at 1.24kg is compact and lightweight.

The need for data services is ever on the increase and people require access to information at any given time and place. Samsung’s demonstration of the Long Term Evolution (LTE) netbook certainly provides a full network and netbook solution and the LTE technology will also be incorporated into mobile devices in the near future.

The Samsung netbook N150 is currently available to buy with HSPA 3G communications and WiFi access and will become available with LTE ‘according to service schedule and market demand’.

For more information visit www.samsung.com

Samsung first to mass-produce 3D panels

Things are getting serious when it comes to 3DTV, with pretty much all the big companies showing off 3D-ready TVs at CES. Samsung seems to be beating them all, though, by actually ramping up full production of 40-inch, 46-inch and 55-inch 3D panels. Samsung is producing standard LCD panels as well as LED panels, presumably meaning there will be 3DTVs available for a range of budgets.

The 3D technology at work here uses Active Shutter glasses, rather than the polarisation techniques used for James Cameron’s Avatar and other 3D films at the cinema. The reason for this is that polarised glasses only allow you to see the image at sub-high definition quality, due to the fact that the glasses are filtering half of the image to each eye at a given time.

Systems using Active Shutter glasses are a little more complicated, but allow 3D viewing in full 1080p HD. A screen with a high refresh rate (at least double the 24-frames-per-second 2D films are shown in) displays each frame from the film twice – once from the left eye’s perspective and once from the right eye’s. The Active Shutter glasses literally close off the lens over the right eye when the image appropriate to the left eye is shown, and then vice versa. That little sequence is repeated thousands of time a minute, which means that there can be a visible flickering using this technique.

Fortunately, Samsung has planned to conquer the flicker by offering high refresh rates of 240Hz and an extremely low pixel response time of 4ms (though not as low as Plasma TVs are capable of).

One big reason why Samsung producing 3D panels is good news is that Samsung has been known to supply panels to other TV manufacturers. Previously, Samsung has been known to work with Sony sharing panel technology in their HDTVs, and has also provided the guts for Dell monitors. Two of the other biggest suppliers are Sharp and LG, so when these three all get 3D production in full swing we’ll see all sorts of 3D-ready TVs to go with the advent of 3D Blu-rays.

Samsung quotes research from DisplaySearch that 3D TV sales will pass the million-mark during 2010, and will be selling nearly 10 million units per year by 2012. That’s not unreasonable if we assume that most TVs produced then will have 3D abilities as standard, but as with high definition, the choice of content could take some time to catch up.

Samsung announce Galaxy Portal with Layar

“Layar”, the Augmented Reality Browser”, boasts Samsung like we all know all about this intriguingly titled new browser already. When in reality most of us have never even heard of it, although that is perhaps a good sign in the cutthroat world of technology and the increasingly pressurized yearning for companies, particularly mobile phone companies, to be innovative and inspiring.

In launching the Galaxy Portal, Samsung have leapt into the electrifying new world of Augmented Reality, and they’ve sure done it in style.  The chicly slender handset embraces a 3.2” TFT screen, has 32GB of memory and its Android Operating System enables users to download more 20,000 applications from the Android Market. Where many mobiles fail, Galaxy Portal users can enjoy the extensive range of apps and multimedia content without being abruptly interrupted by a flat battery, as this phone comes equipped with a 1500mAh battery life.

With the Galaxy Portal, users can quickly learn the location of a local business with the ‘Samsung Local Search’, powered by Qype. They can find a hotel with ‘Samsung Hotel Search’, powered by hotels.com, or they can obtain train station information with the ‘Samsung Train Station Search’, powered by thetrainline.com.  It is interesting that many of the thousands of pre-installed apps on this phone have been re-named to ‘Samsung’ – savvy self-promotion by the South Korean mobile giants, and one which exemplifies Samsung as being seminal ambassadors in mobile app technology.

Although regardless of Samsung’s determination to be branded as the indispensable developers in the app-driven world of mobile phones, it is the ‘Layar’ application that is undoubtedly the Galaxy Portal’s most innovative and exciting feature. Samsung have teamed up with a strategically decisive assortment of ‘lifestyle brands’, intent on easing the itineraries of even the most demanding of lifestyles. Faced with the tedious task of finding somewhere to dine tonight, simply point the Galaxy Portal at a restaurant and the visual guide will steer you to a restaurant. Not sure which pub has your team’s game on, the ‘Samsung Football Pub Finder’, with its comprehensive database of pubs with satellite television across the nation, will take you to the door. By pointing the handset, the Augmented Reality browser provides detailed visual guides about what’s going on in the vicinity.

And as the UK has recently been primed as becoming one of the world’s biggest consumers of mobile Augmented Reality, Samsung have well timed the launch of the Galaxy Portal onto the British high streets. As since January 12 this year, T Mobile has had the Galaxy Portal in stock, albeit only for an exclusive three months.

Although regardless of this mobile’s aesthetical elegancy, its ferocious appetite for apps and its seemingly endless quest to make busy lives seamless, what is really spectacular about the Galaxy Portal is its price. At approximately 225.00 pounds, the Samsung Galaxy Portal really does allow Augmented Realism to become a reality.

Samsung announces NX10 camera

Barely had New Year hangovers cleared than Samsung announced what it describes as “the next generation of cameras”. The NX10 will, they say, deliver all the quality of DSLR packed within a small but perfectly formed frame.

This is Samsung’s response to the Micro Four Thirds System developed by Panasonic and Olympus. Since its release in 2008 it has set the standard for micro interchangeable lens cameras. The NX10 promises to change all that.

Like MFT, NX10 removes the mirror box to create a smaller, sleeker frame that still allows users to switch lenses.

However, NX10 has one thing its counterpart lacks: a large 14.6 MP APS-C size CMOS sensor. That’s bigger than you’ll find with MFT and has the potential to deliver DSLR standard pictures. In other words: convenience and quality in one stunning package.

Round the back you’ll find another winning feature: a three inch AMOLED screen. This has, says Samsung, a 10,000 times faster response rate than conventional LCDs and uses less power. Better still you can view shots in bright sunlight and from any angle. The days of shielding your eyes from the sun are behind you.

It even knows when you’re looking through the viewfinder. The screen powers down to save energy, and a few polar bears into the bargain.

Elsewhere it has an impressive arsenal of goodies: a rapid auto focus, HD video and a Smart Range feature that let’s you express light and dark areas within the same frame.

All of which makes for a formidable piece of equipment. Samsung hopes to draw in people who are tired of lugging around bulky DSLRs as well as those who want more performance from their MFT cameras. If they success then this will be a true game changer – something that can transform Samsung into the major player in the camera market.

Samsung first out of blocks with 3D Blu-ray

Unless you’ve been living underground for the past month, you’ve probably heard or read about Avatar, James Cameron’s 3D epic that’s been wowing audiences and breaking box office records around the globe. This visual masterpiece is the latest in a number of fully immersive offerings as Hollywood seeks to up the entertainment stakes. With the increasing popularity of 3D on the silver screen the race has been on for manufacturers to bring the technology to our living rooms.

Currently leading the field is Samsung. The manufacturer was the first to introduce the technology in 2007 with the launch of the world’s first 3D capable plasma television, and over the past two years has been investing heavily in 3D image processing. Now, entertainment enthusiasts can enjoy the fruits of this labour in the BD-C6900, one of five new Blu-ray players launched by the manufacturer in Las Vegas last week and winner of the 2010 CES Best of Innovations Award.

With Blu-ray players now starting to become old hat, 3D Blu-ray is the next big thing in home entertainment and Samsung’s new player will be the first to feature built-in 3D playback. The player is compatible with Samsung’s new 3D HDTVs and upcoming 3D Blu-ray disks, but as you’d expect from a top of the range model it’s also a big step up from current 2D players and promises unrivalled picture quality and faster loading times. It even looks the part and alongside its sleek and stylish design it’s even got a transparent cover that allows you to see the disk spin as it plays. Like the manufacturer’s new TVs the player also shows off the latest incarnation of the Internet@TV platform which provides viewers with a gateway to a multitude of entertainment ranging from Video, Music, Social Networking, News and Games.

It’s the first out of the blocks as far as 3D Blu-ray goes and the finer details and price are still to be announced but the BD-C900 certainly offers a tantalizing glimpse into the future of home entertainment.

Samsung release new ‘clever’ N-Series netbooks

We’d all like to think laptops and netbooks give us the freedom to productively work away cable free on lengthy flights or in trendy cafes but in reality it’s not long before you find yourself scrabbling around for a socket before that last 10% of battery powers out. Enter Samsung’s N-Series – bringing a new dimension to the netbook market new meaning to the word portable.

Due to be on sale at the end of this month, the N210 and N220 will deliver an impressive 12 hours of battery life, the NB30 offers 11 hours and the N150 will stay alive for about the length of a flight from Las Vegas back to London – if you were fortunate enough to have brought one of these back from CES last week.

Samsung have done an excellent job in tantalising tech-tastebuds and packing in what’s important to netbook users. Each model has a 10.1 inch LED and anti-reflective screen with changeable resolution for different software needs. The inbuilt Intel Atom N450 processor allows for super-fast internet connection and it doesn’t drain battery life; what’s more, the N210 and N220 include a clever Instant On function that connects the netbook to a network as soon as they are switched on, this means you don’t have to wait until Windows has loaded to get online.

For the clumsy, the NB30 is the first netbook to feature a water tight seal to prevent damage from water spills as well as a freefall sensor that protects data when it detects the netbook dropping. All four models come with scratch-resistant casing meaning you don’t have to handle them with kid-gloves.

It seems Samsung have thought of everything. And if you’re worried someone may pinch your shiny new piece of technology, the N-Series also includes Phoenix FailSafe anti-theft software that allows a device to be tracked and the option to retrieve, erase or transfer important data to a home PC if it gets stolen. Very clever indeed.

The only aspect of the N-series up for speculation is the pricing, but we won’t have to wait too long to find that out as they are due to be on sale at the end of this month.