Samsung Intros Slate, Smartphone, Note II and AiO PCs
Samsung ATIV S Smartphone
The Samsung ATIV S smartphone features a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz processor and HSPA+42 4G connectivity. It's 8.7mm thin, has a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel camera on the back.
Running Windows 8
The smartphone runs Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 and according to Samsung is highly responsive, offering a great user experience whether for browsing or playing games. It also houses a 2,300mAh battery, which should keep users going all day.
Coming to the U.S.?
Whether or when this phone will make it to U.S. shores is unclear. The device wasn't included on the American press release from the IFA show in Berlin. Microsoft acknowledged it on its U.S. blog, though, calling it "equal parts powerhouse and head turner."
Samsung Slate PC
Samsung's new Slate is available in Series 5 and 7 models. Both feature 11.6-inch displays and measure 11.6 by 7.2 by 0.5 inches. The former weighs 1.65 pounds, while the latter is 1.90 pounds.
S Pen Stylus
Both Slates come with an S PenSamsung's grown-up stylus. The Series 5 features an Intel Atom processor, 2GB of system memory and a 64GB solid-disk drive. The Series 7 runs an Intel Core i5 processor, has 4GB of system memory and a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD). The former will sell for $649 without the keyboard dock and $749 with it, while the Series 7 is priced at $1,199.
The keyboard dock attaches via what Samsung calls a "mechanical hinge." The two were designed as one device, and so "fit seamlessly when connected," says the company.
Series 5 Ultra
This more traditional laptop features a 13.3-inch touch-screen display and a choice of Intel Core i5 or i3 processors. It weighs 3.83 pounds, runs Windows 8, like the Slates, and starts at $799.
Galaxy Note II
As rumored, Samsung introduced a follow-up to the Note tablet it showed off at last year's show. The Note II features a 5.5-inch displayslightly larger than last year's 5.3-inch model, but a different story than the Note 10.1 Samsung introduced in New York this month.
The newest Note of course features an S Pen, and is "longer, thicker and ergonomically designed for the perfect grip," Samsung said in an Aug. 29 announcement, marking perhaps the first time any company has boasted about fattening up a product. Though actually, it measures 80.5 by 151.1 by 9.4mm, while the original Note measures 83 by 147 by 9.65mm.
Series 5 All-in-One PC
Samsung's new Series 5 AiO features "space-agey" legs that leave room for the keyboard to be pushed beneath the monitora nice space-saving feature on kitchen countertops. Like the new Series 7 model, it can also respond to five hand gestures from up to 3 feet awayhandy for flour-fingered home chefs trying to follow a recipe.
Series 7 All-in-One PC
The Series 7 AiO sits on a more solid metal base, but like the Series 5 features a thin bezel around its touch-screen. It's powered by a third-generation Intel Core processor and can support up to 8GB of RAM, dedicated HD graphics and up to a 1TB HDD and a 64GB SSD.
Pricing for the Series 7 ranges from $1,099 to $1,699, while the Series 5 is priced at $749. Both PCs feature considerable viewing angles178 degrees on the Series 7and ship with an exclusive Jamie Oliver's Recipes app.