Hoping maybe to steal some of Apple’s thunder ahead of its big press conference next week, Samsung unveils a handful of new devices—some with entirely new features. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
Samsung is really starting to think outside the box, or at the very least outside the rectangle we all know as our mobile phone screen.
It’s doing so in a few ways, some literal, some figurative. The literal example: it's just unveiled Galaxy Note Edge where the right side curved edge of the phone, the part outside the traditional rectangular screen, is now in play.
“The extended screen gives you greater control than ever before with faster access to your favorite apps, it lets you quickly pull up a game, video or song without opening another window," says Samsung's Ryan Bidan.
Samsung is going beyond just trying to fill one edge of your vision, also trying to fill all of the edges of your vision by getting into virtual reality.
Before we get to VR though, we have to tell you about a separate but related Samsung unveiling: the Galaxy Note 4. It has more power, better cameras, a better S Pen experience than its predecessor but also—and this is key here—a more vibrant and crisp screen.
That’s key because—back to the virtual reality announcement—the Galaxy Note 4 plugs into the front of the headset called the Gear VR, made in cooperation with the Occulus Rift headset folks, and the phone’s processors and screen are what power your virtual reality experience.
“It transforms that flat, 2D map of content we’ve always had into the rounded 3D globe of content we’ve always dreamed of—no wires, no computers necessary," says Samsung's John Pleasants.
Samsung also recently unveiled its latest smart watch, the Gear S with. Among its loads of features, a curved screen and 3G connectivity mean it does not have to be tethered to a phone to fully work.
The Note 4 and Gear S are due out in October; the Note Edge and Gear VR at some point by the holidays. Prices have not yet been set.