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Samsung goes artsy with Series 6, 7 LCD HDTVs

Posted in HDTV by Nino Marchetti on April 23rd, 2008

Samsung Series 7 LCD HDTV

Samsung today put word out through the lands of tech about the availability of its Series 6 and Series 7 LCD HDTVs. These displays range in size from 19- to 52-inches and pricing from around $480 to $3,500.

The Series 6 displays should mostly be available now, with the Series 7 units come out in May. Samsung’s most touted design features with these displays is its “Touch of Color” which draws from “several artistic inspirations” and features “a hint of red color naturally blended into a semi-transparent piano black bezel.” Excuse us while we go wipe the marketing barf off of ourselves – you can read the rest of the Samsung love fest after the jump.

Samsung’s touchscreen digital door lock

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2008

Samsung’s touchscreen digital door lock
Samsung has unveiled the “Luce” (SHS-5200), a digital door lock that measures just 2.1cm-thick and comes with an integrated touchscreen. The Luce is unique compared to existing door lock products due to it’s touch-sensitive interface.

It has special tempered glass, enabling users to enter numbers with their fingertips. The keypad isn’t displayed when Luce isn’t activated. When you press the start button, the numbers are displayed with a backlight. That way outsiders can’t get your password. No word yet on pricing or availability at this time.

Samsung announces svelte WEP350 Bluetooth headset

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on April 2nd, 2008

Samsung WEP350I’ve mentioned before that I have an issue with people I see walking around chatting away on a Bluetooth headset when the headset really isn’t needed. In this day and age I don’t think anyone is impressed that you have a Bluetooth headset.

In some states the only way you can talk on your phone while driving is by using a Bluetooth headset so there is definitely a place for them. To meet this need Samsung has announced one of the thinnest Bluetooth headsets available called the WEP350.

Sprint, Samsung bring us their Instinct

Posted in Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on April 1st, 2008

samsung-instinct.jpgSamsung announced today a bitching new touchscreen mobile which may very well get us to switch over to its exclusive wireless carrier Sprint. It’s called the Samsung Instinct and, sorry, there is no pricing as of yet.

The Samsung Instinct sports “localized tactile feedback, called haptics, which allow the virtual QWERTY keypad and other operations to become a sensory experience.” Sweet. It is also Sprint’s first EV-DO Rev A consumer focused mobile, meaning you can expect quicker load times for things like browsing the Web and streaming audio.

Samsung AnyCall Haptic with 22 types of touch

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on March 25th, 2008

Samsung AnyCall Haptic mobile phone with multiple types of touch feedbackSamsung is jumping in the market joining the ranks of LG, Apple and others who have put out mobile phones featuring a touchscreen interface with the new AnyCall Haptic SCH-W420 mobile phone. Touchscreens have been all the rage for the past year or so, and already there are enough that companies have to come out with some unique features to help one stand out from the other.

To the AnyCall Haptic, Samsung has added some vibrating tactile feedback to the touchscreen. In fact, they’ve added 22 different types of feedback to your fingers from the screen, depending on what you’re doing with the phone such as dialing a number, moving objects around or spinning a dial. Whether or not your fingers are able to distinguish between 22 different type of vibrations is another story, but at least some feedback helps quite a bit if you’ve every tried to quickly dial a number on a flat touchscreen.

Samsung claims world’s slimmest 8MP cellphone module

Posted in Digital Cameras by Darrin Olson on March 18th, 2008

Samsung 8MP CMOS camera module claims to be world’s slimmestIf you like one of those who frequently use your mobile phone for taking photos, things just got a little clearer. Samsung recently unveiled what they claim is the world’s thinnest 8MP CMOS designed for use with cellphones.

The device measures just 28mm × 15.3mm × 8.5mm, and the small size is not all. Like many digital cameras, the little photo-taking module features face-detection, anti-shake, ISO 1600 sensitivity and can even detect and automatically snap a photo when it recognizes a smile.

Samsung introduces quartet of new LCDs

Posted in LCD by Shane McGlaun on March 12th, 2008

Samsung 2253LW 22-inch LCD

There are probably a few of you out there still rocking the big CRT monitor from way back in the day or those tiny first generation LCDs. Well, it’s time to upgrade. Samsung has announced a new line of high-end contemporary LCDs with what it describes as industry leading performance. What else are they going to say?

The new line has four displays including the SyncMaster 953BW, 2053BW, 2253LW, and the 2253BW. The displays vary in size, but all share the same features for the most part. The new line has a fast 2ms gray-to-gray response time.

miCoach fitness mobile from Samsung and Adidas

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on March 5th, 2008

miCoach fitness mobile phone from Samsung and AdidasIt looks like Samsung and Adidas have paired up to take on the likes of Apple and Nike+ in the fitness gadget market. The miCoach F110 mobile phone brings on similar workout tracking capabilities and then some.

The miCoach comes packaged with a heart rate monitor and a “foot pod” for tracking your steps wirelessly to the phone. The device will then keep track of your pace, distance and heart rate giving you audio feedback on your progress and exercise level during your workout.

Samsung Gives you More Room for Stuff on your Notebook

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on March 5th, 2008

Samsung SpinpointThere are a few things most of us would like to have on our notebook computers including longer battery life, more performance and more storage capacity. Samsung can’t really help with the first two items I mentioned, but it can help with the storage space issue. Samsung announced today that it is now shipping its Spinpoint M6 500GB hard drive for notebooks.

The new 500GB M6 drive sports a trio of platters that each has 167GB of storage space packed into a 2.5-inch frame designed specifically for use in notebook systems. The drive is only 9.5mm in height and uses the SATA 3.0Gbps interface, making it a direct upgrade for many notebook users.

Samsung drops 5 new commercial SyncMaster LCDs

Posted in Displays by Darrin Olson on March 3rd, 2008

Samsung launched 5 new commercial SyncMaster LCD displaysSamsung added five new LCD monitors to their lineup today for the commercial market, ranging in sizes from 17 to 22 inches. The new LCDs consist of the 743BX, 943BX, 943BWX, 2043BWX and 2243BWX models with the ‘BWX’ indicating ‘widescreen’ and prices ranging from $239 up to $359.

All the monitors have adjustable height, can rotate and swivel and feature a very slim 15mm bezel making it easy to tile next to each other for multi-monitor desktops. Included is a contrast ratio of 8,000:1 with Samsung’s MagicColor technology and a DVI port with HDCP.

Samsung self-cradling phone patent application

Posted in patents by Darrin Olson on March 2nd, 2008

Samsung Self-cradling mobile phone applicationA new patent application from Samsung was recently released by the USPTO showing what the company is describing as a mobile phone for media with a self-cradling function. The design shows an angled hinge in the middle of the candy-bar style phone which allows it to rotate and provide an angled display on top and an input pad on the bottom for some type of multimedia and/or gaming functionality.

Samsung also described is a pair of slide-out, detachable stereo speakers, a camera next to the display for possible video conferencing and a “plurity” of keys with a four-direction keypad.

Samsung brings 3D plasmas for gamers

Posted in HDTV by Reuben Drake on February 28th, 2008

Samsung launches new 3D plasma TVs targeting gamingSamsung launched some new plasma TV’s in Korea build in collaboration with Electronic Arts to provide a superior “3D” gaming experience. The company released two new PAVV HDTV’s, one measuring 42 inches and the other 50 inches, equipped with USB 2.0, HDMI, HD resolution, the Samsung DNIe+ (Digital Natural Image engine+) anda 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio.

Samsung says SSDs will last, stop worrying

Posted in SSD by Darrin Olson on February 24th, 2008

Samsung is trying to bring confidence to potential buyers of solid state drivesSamsung is trying to dispel some concerns consumers are having about using flash-based solid-state drives in their computers, saying they are more reliable that a lot of people think. Sure, having a 64GB SSD in your notebook at first sounds like a pretty good idea. Faster boot times, no moving parts to wear out, but then the price hits you. Adding that SSD can increase the overall price of the computer by as much as $900. Also, in terms of computing, a maximum 100,000 write cycles just doesn’t seem like that much.

Michael Yang, flash marketing manager at Samsung, is assuring us that 100,000 write cycles is actually quite a bit. He states that the SSD can write 100,000 times to each and every memory cell, and the drive controller evens out the cells that get written to with “wear leveling”. As an example, Yang says that a 64GB SSD could be fully erased and filled again with data every hour and it would still last years before failing. He also said the failure would then likely come from the controller, not the memory cells. He also expects the price of SSDs to drop around 40 percent each year, making this alternative more affordable.

Samsung unveils potent 14.6-megapixel DSLR

Posted in Digital Cameras by Nino Marchetti on February 1st, 2008

Samsung GX-20Samsung has unveiled a monster 14.6-megapixel digital SLR which looks like it could make almost any category of photographer happy. It is called the Samsung GX-20 and pricing is set at around $1,400.

Chief among the features of the Samsung GX-20 is a high performance CMOS sensor which can handle ISO settings up to 6400, a 2.7-inch LCD screen, improved sensor-based shake reduction and a viewfinder which yields a 95-percent wide field of view.

Samsung said the GX-20 will be available in March. You can get the full details after the jump, courtesy of ecoustics.

Samsung pops out new monochrome laser printer

Posted in Printers,Samsung by Nino Marchetti on December 13th, 2007

Samsung ML-2851NDSamsung recently unveiled a new monochrome laser printer for the SOHO market. The new Samsung ML-2851ND is priced at around $330.

The Samsung ML-2851ND has the ability to print 30 monochrome pages per minute. Estimated first page out speed, according to Samsung, is 8.5 seconds. Memory on this printer can be expanded to 160MB for larger printing jobs. DPI output is noted to be 1200 x 1200.