IFA is still going on as I type but damn, a lot has been revealed so far. This article is one of a series of articles which will briefly comment on the key happenings at IFA 2014. Part 1 is about Samsung.
Samsung kicked things off with a bang by revealing the Note 4, Note Edge, their VR headset and the Gear S. All 4 products carry the Samsung traits but digging a little deeper, you learn to appreciate most of what is on offer.
The Note 4 is every bit the upgrade from the Note 3 in my opinion. The screen has been upgraded to 2K for starters, some may question the need for a 2K display but there’s no denying that it is a display which pops. Looking at hands-on videos, it is clearly evident that it is meant to be the star attraction alongside the metal chassis, further enhancing the ultra-premium ‘Note’ experience. The innards are a what’s what of the latest and best; Snapdragon 805, 4GB of RAM which is just ridiculously impressive and a 16MP camera with optical image stabilisation which sounds very promising. Software tricks are aplenty as you would expect from Samsung but I am holding judgment on their usefulness until I get my hands on one.
The Note Edge is essentially the Note 4 but with a weird curve display folding over on its right side. Supposedly for notifications or additional information, it is hard not to see this as a gimmick at this time but time will tell. We said the same thing about the Note line-up 4 years ago and now here we are, massive fans of that and many similar devices.
VR A step too far?
The VR headset promises a lot out of the box. It’s ability to complement the Note 4 and probably the last 2 generations of Samsung’s handsets could be huge news for mobile gaming but with mobile gaming accessories failing to set the world alight, I will wait to see where this leads before casting judgment.
Gear S Yet another Smartwatch from Samsung
And finally, the Gear S. YET ANOTHER SMARTWATCH FROM SAMSUNG! Myself and Mike mentioned how this was the sixth smartwatch from the South Korean giant in a year, another thing to add to that statistic is that this is easily the biggest mainstream smartwatch I have seen. The screen is 2 inches, so big it even has a qwerty keyboard for typing texts and so on. Which leads me onto another point… you can make calls independently on this device. It takes a nano SIM card which allows you to essentially have a device on your wrist operating as your chief point of contact. Insane.
All in all, you cannot knock Samsung for being creative. If their noteworthy (boom boom) products are anything to go by, it shows that the company is chock full of ideas and their successful ideas can morph into a really compelling range of devices as the Note phablet line-up has shown. Wether the rest can follow that trend, time will tell.
Next to get the summary treatment is Sony. Stay tuned.