Welcome to the Future
Samsung's Unpacked event is being livestreamed now on Facebook but most of the details are out already. With new phones, tablets and computing devices on the way, it promises to be quite a show.
Is It A Phone or Is It A Camera?
There have been quite a few iPhone stuck on the back of a camera spoofs, but Samsung has gone and done it for real, with a new product shown ahead of today's event. The Galaxy Camera looks like a sleek consumer camera with a large touchscreen on the back and a super 21X zoom lens up front.
Taking 16megaixel shots, you can view them on the 4.8" HD screen and upload them direct to your usual social and photo services directly using your Android apps. Internals include a likely 1.4GHz processor, 8GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. Expect more details on this soon.
The specs for the Galaxy Note 2 are also being widely dispersed ahead of the event. as expected, it will offer a 5.5″ HD Super AMOLED screen running at 1280×720. Inside is a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM (with 16, 32, and 64 GB options and a microSD slot) plus dual cameras.
Juice is delivered by a huge 3,100mAh battery which makes it a smudge heavier by a couple of grams on the original, even so the overall dimensions are slightly thinner. There will be LTE and HSPA+ 21 models depending on your region and it will ship in white or grey with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It is out in October in Europe, U.S. release details to follow.
Phoning Home on Windows
Samsung is also showing off its first Windows 8 phone, the ATIV S, this features specs that match the latest Android devices, but will be a key part of Microsoft's success as a smartphone player. This ATIV s offers a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, 1.5GHz dual-core and dual cameras.
Windows 8 Phones are headed your way in huge numbers
Looking rather executive in silver and grey, the phone was shown on Microsoft's Windows Phone blog which has more photos and specifications. ATIV is the product name for all Samsung's Windows 8 products including a smart tablet PC, with detachable magnetic keyboard.
Samsung showed off Windows RT tablets, Ultrabooks and other devices, focusing on lightness, thinness and design specs, but the phone came across as the highlight of the show.