Samsung Premiere 2013 event is all about Galaxy, Ativ convergence
21st Jun 2013 | 01:28
Announcements from Samsung reach new Galaxies
Samsung announced the mini version of its flagship smartphone, but there was nothing small about the number of products it unveiled today in London.
The Korean manufacturer finally told the world what it already knew: the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is on its way.
The Galaxy S4 Mini is the 4G successor to the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini. It has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display at a 960 x 540 resolution, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, and 1.5GB of RAM.
While there is 8GB of internal storage, the company noted that only 5GB are actually available to use.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini release date is pegged for "before the end of June" in the U.K., while availability in other markets is still unknown.
The price is expected to be around the £25 per month mark, or about £300 (around $460, AU$480) SIM-free.
More Galaxy S4 variants
Samsung also announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, which is more like a digital camera-fied version of the stripped-down Galaxy S4 Mini.
It has a 16-megapixel camera on the back along with a 10X zoom lens, hence the name. That's great for Android phone fans who are more interested in a camera than high-end smartphone specs.
Sure, the Blue Arctic, Purple Mirage, Red Aurora, Brown Autumn and Pink Twilight are a bit garish and don't have a release date yet, but where else are you going to get both pastel variety and Smart Pause.
Samsung tablet announcements
The other big focus of Samsung's June 20 announcement was its Ativ tablet range.
The company was bending over backwards to show off its slim, transforming Samsung Ativ Q tablet-laptop hybrid that definitely fits into the post-PC era.
This wafer-thin tablet measures just 8.2mm and weighs in at only 550g. Yet it's powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 CPU chip and runs full Windows 8, not Windows RT.
The Ativ Tab 3 will also come with Microsoft Office Home and Student edition, which will be perfect for anyone returning to school the next month.
Book 'em, Danno
The Samsung Book 9 Plus, Book 9 Lite and One 5 Style all take on the more traditional PC role.
The skinny on these Windows 8-running computers is that the Book 9 Plus is a 13.3-inch laptop with a touchscreen and 12 hour battery life aimed at business professionals.
As you may have guessed, the Book 9 Lite is a lower-specced version of the Plus.
The Samsung Ativ One 5 Style is a minimalist is look too, but this all-in-one desktop is anything but in terms of its specs.
It has a 21.5-inch screen with 1920x1080-pixel-resolution, runs on an AMD A6 Quad Core Processor, has 4GB of memory and a storage capacity of up to 1TB.
You've spilt Android on my CSC camera
Proving that Android knows no bounds, Samsung is packing Google's mobile operating system into the newly announced Samsung Galaxy NX.
This makes it the first compact system camera (CSC) with 4G and Android, specifically Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean in this case.
In addition to its 20.3 million-pixel APS-C sized sensor and interchangeable lenses, the Galaxy NX's connectivity feature specs include WiFi and GPS to boot.
Like most of the products unveiled today, Samsung didn't reveal a price for its Android-powered CSC, but it did promise a summertime launch.
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