Samsung Unveils Galaxy NX Smartcamera

Galaxy NX with Interchangeable Lenses

Samsung has been hard at work creating all kinds of franken-devices, and the Galaxy NX is their attempt at creating a high-quality camera and Android device hybrid. Not to be mistaken with the Galaxy S4 Zoom, which weighs heavily on the smartphone side and less on the camera, all things considered, the Galaxy NX is a true camera with smartphone-like functionality. The lens are interchangeable much like a professional camera, and the sensor is a whopping 20.3 megapixels. It also records 1080p video at 25 frames per second.

In terms of hardware, the Galaxy NX looks the part, and even includes a 4.8″ AMOLED touchscreen that also serves as a viewfinder when it’s not serving as the touch interface for Android 4.2.  The Galaxy NX is also capable of transmitting data over 3G, 4G LTE, WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.  Inside the device is a quad-core 1.6GHz processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot to expand your storage further, presumably by an additional 64GB.  This is also a Google-approved device, so you will have full access to the Google suite of apps, including the Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, and more.

The Galaxy NX won’t take just any lenses, however, so you’ll have to find Galaxy NX lenses that are available in several different types, including pancake, telephoto, wide-angle, and 3D.

Pricing and availability wasn’t mentioned, but we expect it to cost north of $599 if their past cameras are of any indication.

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HomeSync Lite Turns Your PC into a Personal Cloud

Samsung has announced HomeSync Lite, which essentially turns your PC into a personal cloud server that all of your Samsung devices can access remotely.  A cool thing that makes this different than a traditional setup is that compatible Samsung devices can all communicate with each other through the personal cloud.  For example, you can access content on your Galaxy NX camera from your Galaxy S4 completely wirelessly.

There is no cost associated with HomeSync Lite, and it will work with devices besides Samsung’s own products as well.  Check out the video below with what seems to be a very good, computer-automated voice, or someone with a very unique dialect:

Samsung Announces ATIV Q Windows 8 Convertible Tablet

At the Samsung Premiere Event in London today, Samsung announced a few new products, but one of the most awe-inspiring devices was their new ATIV Q convertible tablet.  The tablet is powered by Windows 8 and the new Intel Haswell CPU’s, which tout higher power efficiency as well as extremely powerful graphics processing when compared to its predecessor, the Ivy Bridge.

The ATIV Q is crafted from magnesium, which is the same metal used for Microsoft’s Surface tablets, and is extremely thin.  What made everyone’s jaws drop to the floor was the convertible capability of the device.  The presenter swung the screen up and out, revealing a keyboard, and then showed off the different ways the screen and tablet could be manipulated into different viewing angles and positions.  The screen also had a qHD+ 3200×1800 pixel resolution, which Samsung claims is the highest in the world for such a screen size.

No pricing or release information was immediately available, but we will keep you posted as soon as we get word.

Samsung Livestreaming its Galaxy & ATIV Premiere Event Tomorrow

Samsung Galaxy & ATIV Event

Tomorrow at 3PM EST / 2PM CST, Samsung will be livestreaming it’s Samsung Premiere 2013 Event for its new Galaxy and ATIV devices, which are rumored to include a Galaxy Note 3 and new Windows Phone device.

Samsung has done a tremendous job lately preventing leaks from occurring and everyone guessing.  Some prototypes of the Galaxy S4 did end up leaking a few days in advance to much doubt, but for the most part the company has done an admirable job keeping things close to the vest.  Samsung has made a lot of noise lately with several releases that include a nice array of Galaxy S4 variants and even a dedicated Galaxy camera.  Rumors earlier in the year pointed to an all-aluminum housing for a Galaxy Note 2 successor, which is definitely within the realm of possibility considering it sees a yearly release just like its smaller brother, the S4, although it would be a little early considering they’ve been announced toward the end of summer rather than the very beginning.

The ‘phablet’ market may be heating up, however, as rumors also suggest Apple making a foray into the over-sized screen smartphone market, but those rumors are definitely without substance as of now.

You can tune in and watch the event as it happens on YouTube at youtube.com/SamsungMobile.

Samsung Giving Away 1 Million Copies of Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail”

During Game 5 of the NBA Championship Game between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, a Samsung commercial touting the release of a new Jay-Z album, entitled “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” was released upon the world.  As the hype grew to immense proportions, we started getting some information regarding the upcoming release.

It is currently slated to release on July 4th, 2013, but if the rapper’s prior attempt at hitting a release date is to be observed (Watch the Throne was initially slated for a July 4th release), this could always change.  We also learned that Samsung has purchased a million copies of the unreleased album for $5 apiece, potentially making this album a platinum record before it even sees the light of day, or a Best Buy or Target for that matter.

Samsung didn’t just buy 1 million albums as a favor to HOV, however, as they plan to giveaway all of the albums to one million of their own customers who happen to own the latest Galaxy devices such as the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Note 2.  The first million users to download an app in the Play Store beginning on June 24th will get access to the album on July 1st.

Source: ABC News

Samsung Releasing Faster Galaxy S4 with LTE-Advanced and Snapdragon 800

Samsung has been cranking out several variants of the Galaxy S4, all with their own unique strengths added.  So far, we know about the Galaxy S4 Mini, the Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy S4 Active, and now there’s a new Galaxy S4 variant that is capable of LTE-Advanced which is an even faster 4G technology still in its infancy.

Looking beyond the support for Advanced-LTE, this new Galaxy S4 variant also houses a Snapdragon 800 processor which is quite a bit faster than the Snapdragon 600 processor in the Galaxy S4.  Some expect the performance boost to increase further as Samsung gets closer to a final model.

Samsung has somewhat confirmed the new device, and says it will release the first version of this new variant in South Korea sometime within the next month, but no U.S. carriers have confirmed plans for the LTE-Advanced device.  AT&T, however, does expect to have their LTE-Advanced 4G network up and running later this year.

Source: Rbmen