Samsung No Longer Content to Beat Apple in Just Smartphones

 
 
By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-06-21 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Samsung has proven that it can get consumers to forgo iPhones for Galaxy S smartphones, and now it's going after the rest of the mobile ecosystem. At a June 20 event in London, it revived its ATIV (pronounced ah-tiv) line and showed off a few other devices that had yet to receive more than press-release intros. Properly introduced were the ATIV Q, a "tablet" that can be used four ways and run both Windows 8 and Android apps; the ATIV Tab 3, the "world's thinnest Windows 8 tablet," per Samsung; the super-thin ATIV Book 9 Plus and Book 9 Lite laptops; an ATIV One 5 Style all-in-one desktop with a strong resemblance to the iMac; and the Galaxy NX, a professional camera with an interchangeable lens and Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. It also spent some time showing off the Galaxy S 4 Active, a water-resistant and dustproof version of its flagship phone—which now comes in five more colors—and the Galaxy S 4 Zoom, a device that's more a camera with a phone than the reverse. "At Samsung, we have listened further to our customers around the world for inspiration," said marketing head DJ Lee. "Based on their needs and desires, we are striving to take innovation one step further."

 
 
 
  • Samsung No Longer Content to Beat Apple in Just Smartphones

    by Michelle Maisto
    1 - Samsung No Longer Content to Beat Apple in Just Smartphones
  • Samsung ATIV Q: A Tablet Contender

    The ATIV Q features a 13.3-inch touch-screen with a resolution of 3200 by 1800, for a pixel density of 275 pixels per inch (ppi). The Apple iPad with Retina display has 265 ppi. It comes with an S Pen, runs a full version of Windows 8 and can also run Android apps.
    2 - Samsung ATIV Q: A Tablet Contender
  • Samsung ATIV Q Larger Than iPad

    The ATIV Q measures 12.87 by 8.54 by 0.55 inches. For context, the Apple iPad, with its 9.7-inch display, measures 9.5 by 7.3 by 0.37 inches. The Q is notably larger, then, and can strike four poses.
    3 - Samsung ATIV Q Larger Than iPad
  • Samsung ATIV Q With Hidden Keyboard

    The screen pops up to reveal a hidden keyboard. The screen can be propped up, laptop style, or hover parallel to the keyboard—a scenario that could be helpful in instances when users are standing up, perhaps at a service kiosk or counter.
    4 - Samsung ATIV Q With Hidden Keyboard
  • Samsung ATIV Q With Four Poses

    The display can also be folded back, a useful pose for watching movies on an airplane tray table or for giving a presentation. The fourth pose, of course, is standard tablet mode.
    5 - Samsung ATIV Q With Four Poses
  • Samsung ATIV Tab 3: A Thin Tablet

    The ATIV Tab 3 also runs a full version of Windows 8—and is the thinnest tablet on the market to do so. It's 0.32 inches thin, has a battery life of 10 hours and also comes with an S Pen.
    6 - Samsung ATIV Tab 3: A Thin Tablet
  • ATIV Book 9 Plus: Thin Design

    Some might call the Book 9 Plus Samsung's answer to the MacBook Air. It features an aluminum uni-body design and is 0.54 inches thin. The MacBook, at its thickest point, is 0.68 inches thin.
    7 - ATIV Book 9 Plus: Thin Design
  • ATIV Book 9 Plus: A Quick Boot-Up

    The Book 9 Plus is said to boot from cold in less than 6 seconds, wake from sleep in less than 1 and last 12 hours on a charge. SideSyn and HomeSync technology enable it to easily share data with a Galaxy smartphone and even control the phone.
    8 - ATIV Book 9 Plus: A Quick Boot-Up
  • Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite Designed for Affordability

    The Lite is a more affordable version of the Plus. Many of the key features are identical, though the Lite gets 8.5 hours of battery life, up to a 1.4GHz quad-core processor (versus the Core i7 possible in the Plus), has only one USB 3.0, to the Plus's two, and comes in white or black, while the Plus ships only in the latter.
    9 - Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite Designed for Affordability
  • Samsung Galaxy NX With Interchangeable-Lens Camera

    Days after the introduction of the S4 Zoom, a device that's more a camera with a smartphone, than the reverse, Samsung showed off the Galaxy NX, the first interchangeable-lens camera with Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity. It runs Android 2.2 and has a 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor, a DRIMe IV image signal processor, a 1/6,000-second shutter speed and shoots 8.6 frames per second.
    10 - Samsung Galaxy NX With Interchangeable-Lens Camera
  • Samsung Galaxy NX With 30 Smart Modes

    The NX offers users more than 30 smart modes and a Camera Studio with easy digital scrolling, where users can customize their settings. A Multi Exposure setting will merge shots into two images; Animated Photo will create a GIF of images; and Sound & Shot will store an audio recording with a photo. It's compatible with a variety of lenses, from ultra-wide fisheye to pancake lenses.
    11 - Samsung Galaxy NX With 30 Smart Modes
  • ATIV One Style 5 With Full-HD Touch-Screen

    The One Style 5 features a 21.5-inch full-high-definition (1920 by 1080) touch-screen and runs Microsoft Windows 8.
    12 - ATIV One Style 5 With Full-HD Touch-Screen
  • ATIV One Style 5 With SideSync, HomeSync

    Like the new ATIV laptops, the Style 5 features SideSync, for sharing files with a Galaxy smartphone, and HomeSync, so members of a family can set up individual accounts each can sync. It comes with up to a 1-terabyte hard drive and features 4GB of memory, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) in and out, a three-in-one card reader and an RJ45 dongle. It's available only in white.
    13 - ATIV One Style 5 With SideSync, HomeSync
  • Samsung Galaxy Collection Complete

    Since introducing the Galaxy S 4 in March, Samsung has also marched out the Galaxy S 4 Mini, the Galaxy S 4 Zoom and the Galaxy S 4 Active, in addition to a handful of other devices. "We are committed to the diverse needs of our customers," Samsung marketing head DJ Lee told the crowd at Samsung's London event.
    14 - Samsung Galaxy Collection Complete
  • Galaxy S 4 Active for Rugged Use

    The Active should find a strong following, from military folks to parents. It's dustproof and water-resistant. It could sit in a fishbowl—as U.K. television personality Jason Bradbury here pretended was the case—for 30 minutes without incident. Samsung added underwater photography software and the ability to use the volume rocker as a shutter, since the touch-screen doesn't work underwater.
    15 - Galaxy S 4 Active for Rugged Use
  • Galaxy S 4 in More Colors

    In case you were distracted from the fact, the Galaxy S 4 is Samsung's flagship smartphone. Lee announced that it's now available in five more colors—pink, red, purple, blue and brown. "In the last few months, we have received so much support for the Galaxy S 4," he said.
    16 - Galaxy S 4 in More Colors
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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