While it's hardly pulling the curtain back on its entire CES 2012 slate of products, Samsung's earliest preview for your AV pleasure is an updated range of HTIB systems and sound bars, as well as two new Audio Docks that support Apple devices as well as its own Galaxy S phones and players.
Two new speaker sets have been shown this week by Samsung Electronics America, bringing about one that bows outward and another that bows inward. The Shape M3 Wireless Audio-Multiroom Speaker adds to the "Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom ecosystem" with its smaller form factor.
This week we watched Apple buy Beats for $3 billion, explored the inspiration behind the newly-announced LG G3, learned about Samsung's new partnership with Oculus VR, investigated the benefits of solar energy and much more. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last seven days.
So many Ultrabooks in ourlaptop buyer's guide: Not one with a 15-inch screen. Which is strange, because it seemed for a while that bigger-screen ultraportables were going to become a thing; HP, Sony and ASUS all tried their hand at super-light 15-inch machines. Two years later, though, Samsung is one of the only companies that's still at it.
You may have a brand new shiny Samsung curved TV, but those flat speakers flanking it just breaks the spell of the TVs alluring curves. Luckily for you, Samsung has just announced a new Soundbar that will complement that TV with its own curves and can even take the place of the TV stand.
When it comes to ASUS, buying a full-size Android tablet has usually meant venturing past the $300 mark; even theTransformer Book T100set you back $349 when it first came out, and that was considered a steal. That's no longer a problem in 2014. ASUS' newTransformer Pad TF103Ccosts $299 with the company's signature keyboard dock included, or as much as some smaller mid-range slates.
Samsung has just unveiled a sneak preview of a new camera called Project Beyond, which is a 3D-capturing 360-degree camera designed to capture videos and stream them on the Gear VR. Pranav Mistry, Samsung's VP of Research, says that Beyond is a "new kind of camera that gives a new kind of immersive experience.
Headphonesandmusic playersaren't all Sony had on tap in theaudio departmentforIFA, as the company has also announced a newsoundbar/wireless subwoofer combo. Having already outedtwo of the devicesearlier this year, the HT-ST5 offers the option of 380 watts of 7.1 surround sound across seven digital amps and nine total speakers with support for both Dolby TrueHD and dts-HS formats.
One leaked configuration of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet shows an unreleased Exynos 5433 processor. While that may sound rather unexciting, scores from AnTuTu has just revealed that this Samsung octa-core chip outperforms Qualcomm 's top high-end processors. Of course, after all that drama about benchmark cheating last year, everyone has become wary of benchmark tests. Nonetheless they still provide some interesting metrics and theoretical numbers. And in theory, the upcoming Exynos chip from Samsung will be leaving even Qualcomm's fastest Snapdragon 805 in the dust.
If you're tired of your boring, run of the mill speakers and want to fill your huge living room not just with sound but also with a giant sound system, then Sony has got something for you here at IFA 2014.
It'd be silly of me to talk about tablets in the past tense -- we still write stories about them daily and clearly, we review them, too. But of the ones we've seen lately, most have been low-end; mid-range at best. The market for high-end slates, once crowded with companies big and small, now looks more like a fraternity.
BlackBerry has announced a new mobile solution to help people stay in touch and participate in meetings while on the go. The solution is called BBM Meetings and is a multi-OS voice and video conferencing solution capable of delivering a mobile collaboration experience to enhance productivity for mobile professionals.
Not everyone can justify splurging on a powerhouse phone like theGalaxy S5, and Samsung clearly knows it -- the tech firm just unveiledfour Android KitKat handsetsfor frugal types. The Galaxy Core II (shown here) is the standout of the bunch, although it's a curious case of taking two steps forward and one step back. While it has a larger 4.
Samsung has introduced a 78-inch Curved UHD TV with a unique artistic backing -- one that begs for a spot in the home where both the front and back are visible. The curved television's backing is painted with gold lacquer, and will be featured starting November 20 as part of Christie's Hong Kong autumn auction preview.
Samsung and Facebook's Oculus VR unit are working together to create a virtual reality device powered by Samsung's Galaxy S5 line of phones, Engadget reports. You literally plug your phone into the headset and you're inside a "shockingly good" virtual world, the site reports. Last week, a source familiar with Samsung's plans confirmed the company is going to launch a virtual reality headset .
In all my gadget reviewing years, I have yet to try or even test a robotic vacuum cleaner. It hasn’t been from lack of desire, I just haven’t found one worth trying – till now. Today in Tokyo, Dyson unveiled the Dyson 360 Eye cyclonic robot vacuum cleaner and it looks very impressive. From its 360 degree panoramic camera that lets it see the whole room to map and navigate its cleaning course for maximum cleaning coverage, to the tank style tracks that are used instead of wheels.