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.
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.
Henge Docks' Gravitas Dock with Lightning Connector ($89) is one of a handful of products that's just now shipping, a year after it was first introduced at the 2013 CES. Made of a metal alloy that's supposedly 265% denser than aluminum, the dock is a truncated cylinder weighing over 2.5 pounds.
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.
Sony has announced new headphones that promise quality audio and support for smartphones. The new headphones are the MDR-ZX and MDR-EX series. There are eleven new headphone models in the MDR-ZX and EX series. The ZX series are headband style headphones with the EX series being in-ear units. The ZX series includes the MDR-ZX750BN that are pictured here.
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.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime, believed to be a higher-resolution version of Samsung's existing flagship smartphone, could have just crossed through Bluetooth certification, supporting rumors of an imminent release.
with Samsung's senior vice president of product strategy Yoon Han-kil, the company plans to launch more devices this year running a variety of different operating systems instead of relying primarily on Android.But diversifying hardware designs isn't the same as diversifying the operating systems you use to power that hardware.
Samsung's decision to use Tizen, a non-Android operating system, on its Gear line of smart watches has mostly been seen as a blow to Google, Android's developer. If Samsung adopts Tizen more widely in its lineup of mobile devices — particularly if it extended Tizen onto future iterations of its flagship Galaxy and Note models — then it would cut the market share of Android. Samsung co-CEO J.K.
Nokia's new Lumia Icon may have fairly distinctive looks, but it's what it hears that the Finnish firm is most proud of. The phone's PureView camera system introduces what Nokia is calling "directional audio" recording, which uses twin microphones on the rear of the Verizon exclusive to focus what sound is picked up and what gets ignored.
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.
Samsung's recently launched range of Gear products -- the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit -- have all gained support for a total of 20 Samsung smartphones and tablets, the company announced this evening.
With a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in hand at The Oscars, Bradley Cooper this past Sunday took what quickly became the most retweeted photo in Twitter history. But what was supposed to be yet another Samsung advertising coup turned into yet another Samsung advertising misstep.
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.
Toshiba is no stranger to Windows tablets, but what we've seen to date has typically been targeted atbusinessesor has otherwise been...limited. In that sense, theEncoreis something special. It's not just the company's first 8-inch Windows tablet -- it's the first aimed at a truly broad audience. That said, it faces stiff odds.
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 .
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.