The Samsung Forum 2014 took place in Málaga, Spain this year; slightly different to the format we’re used to in South Africa (Cape Town), replacing the Africa Forum.
Each year Samsung announces its full product line-up for the year at the event, and this year was no different. It included UHD TVs, curved TVs, TVs specifically for Africa, various tablets, a selection of cameras, and other household appliances.
The curved Ultra HD TV line up is a 65- and 78-inch variant that will make its way to South Africa – no pricing yet. It has smart localised features, per region so you can get, for example, local news and weather in your language (in partnership with Yahoo). The TVs have an “auto depth enhancer” that gives off a 3D effect without needing 3D glasses. It also has a video pack content solution, which is a 1Tb hard drive filled with UHD content from different movie houses. The curved TVs do look great, but it all comes down to affordability and practicality.
The above TV is an entry-level 23-inch LED aimed for and sold specifically on the African continent. It will cost under R4 000 and will become available in the second quarter. It is unique in that it allows other alternate power sources to be connected to it, in addition to electricity. So it can also be powered by a car battery or solar power. If there is a power cut, the TV won’t switch off, and power from alternate sources will kick in.
The Galaxy tablets introduced were the Note Pro and Tab Pro. The 12.2-inch Note Pro is a uniquely-sized tablet aimed at the enterprise, with a 2560 x 1600 screen resolution. It lets you multi-task using 4 windows on the display that supports dragging, dropping and resizing. The tablet also has an e-meeting feature that lets users view the same content and make edits in real time, without having to access a server. It has a 2.3GHz processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and runs Android KitKat 4.4. The Tab Pro comes in two variants: 8.4-inch and 10.1-inch and also offers productivity tools. All tablets have Wi-Fi only, 3G and LTE options and S-Pen included or excluded. Tablets will be available this quarter (Q1).
The camera line-up included the flagship NX30 aimed at professionals and the Galaxy Camera 2, aimed at people like me. The NX30 is a 20.3MP shooter with a 1/8000 second shutter speed, shoots at 9 fps on the continuous shooting function, a 3-inch display and a unique moveable viewfinder. Since everything is getting smarter these days, it includes Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities with a ‘Tag & Go’ feature that lets you instantly share content between NFC devices. The Galaxy Camera 2 now has an extended battery life, more RAM, a faster 1.6GHz processor and the same 21x optical zoom as before. It’s also much thinner with Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities like the NX30. It has a 4.8-inch touch display and runs Android. I can’t wait to get my hands on this for review. (Pictured above – to the right in black and white).
How could I not take a pic with the real show stopper? Samsung’s 110″ Ultra HD TV that will be available on demand. It will cost a whopping R3 million!
Apologies, all pics taken on a mobile handset.