Samsung's IFA event was dominated by the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge smartphones, but the company had other things to offer too. Chief among those was the Gear S, a smartwatch we had heard about before it was launched in Berlin today. However, while Samsung loves launching a wearable, the Gear S may be the most interesting one the company has made yet.
Samsung pulled out a surprise at IFA by launching the Galaxy Note Edge, a phablet smartphone that features a folding two sided screen.
Samsung has launched the Galaxy Note 4 here at IFA, introducing the fourth iteration of its phablet flagship to the market. The Korean company started the event by reminding everyone that it was it that started the phablet trend with the original Note and that the S Pen is a standout feature of the niche.
Samsung has detailed its Android KitKat plans for a slew of devices, bringing version 4.4.2 to a bunch of its products and confirming Android 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 for others. The Korean company is often slower than some of its rivals (for example, both HTC and Sony's 4.4.3/4 plans are well underway), but it is nice to see Samsung dealing with so many of its devices in one swoop.
LG won't be the only Korean company launching a new smartwatch at IFA next week as Samsung will also be rolling out the Galaxy Gear S (not Solo as we reported yesterday). This wearable is arguably the most elegant Samsung has made so far, while it comes with one added differentiator. As we said yesterday when the Gear S was a mere rumour, it will allow taking and making calls directly on the smartwatch.
When a new mobile oriented event arrives, we are not content with just seeing what smartphones and tablets are released as the wearable market is now making its presence felt. No company has done more to pad out the smart watch market than Samsung, but then the Korean giant does that in any category. At its IFA press event in Berlin next week, Samsung will launch yet another smart watch from its Galaxy Gear range.
Samsung has recently launched the Galaxy Alpha, the company's first smartphone made from premium materials. Of course, when we say premium we mean metal, but either way the Alpha stands as a one of a kind in Samsung's range. Not for long though as some device codenames point to a new series being built around the Alpha.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with the company's Exynos chip has already wowed us today, but we have some more information about another part of the handset that could also be very good. We reported way back in June that Samsung would focus on the camera on the Galaxy Note 4 and look to make it a standout feature of the handset, or as we put it then:
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is going to be a blockbuster device with market leading specs and stunning performance; we do not need a crystal ball to tell you that much. Every new edition in the Note smartphone range has been the same and things are unlikely to change when the phablet launches at IFA in Berlin next month. However, we have had a glimpse of just how powerful the Galaxy Note 4 will be as one of its variants blitzed a recent benchmark test.
Samsung will be launching a huge phablet at IFA, and we are not talking about the Galaxy Note 4 flagship. The Korean company will be busy at the Berlin based trade show and will also be showing off the sequel to its biggest phone ever when it launches the Galaxy Mega 2.