Samsung teases Gear S2 smartwatch, again!

Last week when Samsung launched its two new phones, the Galaxy S6 Edge + and Galaxy Note 5, it also got the tech world excited by showing a short teaser video of its eagerly anticipated new smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2.

To build even more hype for the new smartwatch ahead of its official launch in early September, the company has just released the teaser on You Tube for the whole world to get excited about the device that’s set to rival the Apple Watch.

With its stylish design, round face and apparently smaller size, the Samsung Gear S2 looks nothing like its bulky predecessor, the Samsung Gear S, and is arguably even better looking than the Apple Watch.

While we’ll have to wait until September for the full specs, the video does hint at some of its functions including heart rate sensor, sport tracking, stopwatch, weather and time zone apps.

The video confirms that the Gear S2 will be announced on September 3 at the IFA in Berlin, and we’ll certainly be tuning in then to find out more.

What are your first impressions of the Samsung Gear S2? Do you think it’ll be a match for the Apple Watch.

Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5Yesterday Samsung announced two new supersized phones at its Unpacked event in New York: the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+.

The new handsets both have 5.7 inch screens boasting 2560 x 1440 resolution Super AMOLED diplays, with 518 pixels per inch.

Like the Note 4, the Note 5 still comes with an S-pen stylus, but its predecessor’s plastic frame has been replaced by metal and glass, in keeping with the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Measuring 154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9mm and weighing 153g, the Galaxy S6 Edge is effectively a larger version of the S6 Edge, released earlier in the year, and retains the same curved sides. It has the same Exynos 7420 octa-core processor but boasts 4GB of RAM instead of 3GB and comes with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. However, there is no micro SD card slot and the 3,000 mAh battery is non-removable.

The Note 5 shares the same specs, and both have a16 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera, and fingerprint sensor for security and use with Samsung Pay, which was also announced at the event.

There’s also a keyboard attachment for both handsets, for those who prefer physical keys as opposed to touchscreen.

UK pricing is yet to be confirmed, but the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is expected to arrive on our shores on 4 September. However, there are currently no plans to release Note 5 in Europe.

What do you think of Samsung’s latest handsets?

Samsung takes on the iPad with its new Galaxy Tab S2

Just days after announcing its thinnest smartphone to date, the Galaxy A8, Samsung has just announced its thinnest ever tablet in the form of the Galaxy Tab S2.

At only 5.6mm thick, the new Galaxy Tab S2 is 1mm thinner than last year’s Galaxy Tab S, and even thinner than Apple’s 6.1mm thick iPad Air 2.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung’s latest tablet comes in two sizes; an 8 inch and 9.7 inch model, both with a 3 x 4 aspect ration, which is much more reminiscent of the iPad’s dimensions than those of its widescreen predecessor.

The new tablets are not only super thin, but also extremely light, weighing only 265g and 389g respectively. They also have a 2048 x 1536 pixel super AMOLED display that, while lower res than its predecessor, is designed to provide bright, vibrant colours whilst also being easy to read.

As well as being slim and easy on the eye, the Galaxy Tab S2 is also fast and powerful, with loads of memory. It has an octo-core processor running at 1.9Ghz/1.3Ghz, and 3GB of RAM, with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, which can be increased to up to 128GB via micro SD. There’s also a 8MP rear camera and 2.1 MP one on the front.

With its sleek design, altered dimensions and improved specs, it’s clear that Samsung is taking on the iPad, and the Galaxy Tab S2 may be its biggest rival yet.

Available in either black or white, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 will go on sale in August although the price has yet to be divulged.

What do you make of Samsung’s latest tablet? 

Samsung announces Galaxy S5 and three new Gear smartwatches at MWC

Yesterday Samsung announced its latest range of smart devices at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which included its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5 and a range of new Galaxy Gear smartwatches.

Other than a rumoured 4K screen, which didn’t materialise, the Galaxy S5 didn’t disappoint and has some pretty impressive specs, listed below:

samsung-galaxy-s5_05.1-inch, full HD Super AMOLED screen

Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core, 2.5GHz processor

2GB of RAM and 16/32GB of storage

16-megapixel camera on the back and 2.1-megapixel one on the front

2,800mAh battery

On top of all this the device is also water and dust resistant to IP67 specifications, which means that it can be immersed in up to 3 feet of water. Good news for those prone to dropping them down the toilet!

galaxy-gear-2-2Like the iPhone5S, it also has a fingerprint scanner but unlike its rival, this can also be used to protect certain documents and confirm PayPal payments in addition to unlocking the phone.

As expected, Samsung also announced its follow up to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, with not one, but three new models. The range consists of the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit, with the ‘Galaxy’ part having been dropped due to the fact that they now all run on Tizen OS rather than Android.

In terms of design the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo aren’t vastly different to the original Galaxy Gear although they have been slimmed down and weigh just 68g and 55g respectively, compared to the Galaxy Gear’s 74g. Another major design change is the ability to change the strap on the Gear 2. 

gear_fit_groupIn terms of performance, both are considerably more impressive than the original and Samsung has addressed issues such as poor battery life and limited compatibility with other devices. The new Gears now have 3x longer battery life than the Galaxy Gear and are compatible with 16 Galaxy devices as opposed to the paltry one that was available at the launch of the original Gear. 

The product that’s most likely to have commercial success is the Gear Fit, which as the name suggests, is a fitness monitor. The Gear Fit is a sleek looking wristband with a curved OLED screen, which tracks movement, heart rate and sleep patterns. In addition to these basic features it also has a timer, stopwatch, and displays notifications from your phone. It’s also water resistant, which is good selling point for such a device.

Samsung are yet to reveal prices for its latest devices, but all three Gear smartwatches are expected to ship in April.

Over to you…

What do you make of Samsung’s latest offerings?

 

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Samsung rumoured to be launching two new Galaxy Gear smartwatches and a flexible tablet at MWC

Ahead of next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, rumours are flying around about what Samsung will be unveiling at their Unpacked event on Monday.

Galaxy Gear 2Samsung has already made it pretty clear that it intends to launch the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3 Neo at the event but there is also much speculation that they will use the event to showcase the next incarnation of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Evleaks has revealed fuzzy images of not one, but two new models, which it claims will be known as the Galaxy Gear 2 and the Galaxy Gear Neo. One of them appears to be made from metal and the other from plastic, which would presumably be a low cost version to add to Samsung’s budget Neo range.

In terms of aesthetics the new devices look pretty similar to the original Galaxy Gear but hopefully Samsung will have ironed out some of the performance issues.

Another leaked report to emerge claims that Samsung is also set to unveil a flexible tablet that can bend at 90 degrees. The report from Chinese site etnews is a little tenuous but given Samsung’s recent history in dabbling in flexible screen technology, it’s distinctly possible.

All will be revealed at the MWC on Monday!

Over to you… 

Are you excited about Samsung’s prospective offerings?

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