Samsung had a huge day at its Samsung Premiere 2013 showcase in London with new PCs, smartphones, tablets, cameras, and services being paraded out. Most focused on a summer release for the UK, but all were pretty amazing devices.
To kick things off, there’s HomeSync Lite, software that allows users to use their PCs for cloud storage instead of a HDD or other external device. HomeSync Lite also allows for users to store and download media and documents from any Samsung branded device without paying fees.
Up to five Samsung accounts will be supported on HomeSync Lite and allows for six devices per account. Privacy concerns about family members and others accessing your personal documents and media should be quelled in knowing that HomeSync Lite supports folders that can be allow for users to keep their documents and the like private.
Also showcased was the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active which is a smartphone rough and tough enough for the outdoors. It’s even functional underwater for a good amount of time. The Samsung ATIV Tab 3 is a Windows 8 tablet with a very thin body that is supposedly 8.2mm, which would make it the thinnest. It has 2GB of RAM and is powered by a Z2760 Atom processor. Samsung stated that it could last 8.5 hours and sports a 10.1 inch display.
Also, it runs actual Windows 8—not RT—and comes with both S Pen and S Note. With the Samsung ATIV Tab 3, users get a free copy of Office Home & Student. The tab comes out in August and will weigh in at $699.
In the ATIV family is the ATIV Q, a hybrid which can run the popular Android OS and Windows 8 which can be switched between by pressing the Start button. It was shown that you can pin Android apps to Windows 8 and Windows 8 apps to Android OS. It is able to switch between tablet, typing, stand, and writing. This hybrid tab has a 13.3 inch, 3200×1800 display with qHD resolution. It also features S Pen. A Core i5 Haswell processor powers the ATIV Q and it can run up to 9 hours. The tab is just shy of 14mm in thickness at 13.9mm. It will hit London later this year.
If cameras are what you seek, you’re in luck! The Galaxy NX is a mirrorless, Android-powered camera. It makes use of 4.2.2 Jellybean and has LTE radios. The camera features a 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G and 4G LTE. On top of that, it has a 4.8 inch HD LCD display with 1.6GHz Pega-Q quad core powering it. There is another processor—the DRIMe IV Signal processor—used for imaging. The camera makes use of Android’s UI and has a device wheel for 30 Smart Modes which can be used for imaging settings. Thirteen lenses are swappable with other NX cameras. Even though it’s making use of Android, it’s not particularly for those familiar with Android-powered smartphones. This is very much a photography oriented device through and through.
The two important parts—price and a concrete date for when it hits shelves—haven’t been revealed at this time, however it looks like consumers in the UK will be able to get their hands on the Galaxy NX first. So far it’s only been mentioned that it could hit shelves there this summer.
For those looking for something more smartphone-like that can still do prime photography, then the Galaxy S4 Zoom is what you’ll like. Without getting too fancy and techy, here it’s a Galaxy S4 with a lens in the back. That’s basically with it is at first blush. It has a 10x zoom, 16 megapixel lens and features editing and sharing. It’s also very straight forward with a point and shoot approach. It’s pretty much what you like about your smartphone only with professional photo taking potential. The photo stuff aside, it allows you make phone calls and has a qHD resolution. Pricing and release date for the UK and US haven’t been released.
Bringing up the end of significant device news is the Galaxy S4 Mini. It had been rumored and mentioned for months leading up to Samsung Premiere, but it was introduced to the public yesterday. It features a 4.3 inch qHD Super AMOLED display. There’s a 1.7GHz dual core processor powering the Galaxy S4 Mini and it has both a 1.9 megapixel front camera and an 8 megapixel rear camera. As with most of the amazing devices shown at Premiere, release date and price weren’t disclosed.
Finally, Samsung kingpin phone the Galaxy S4 will get new colors. Don’t get too excited, it’s only five: Blue Artic, Pink Twilight, Red Aurora, Purple Mirage, and Brown Autumn. No release date was announced for the color variations.