Samsung introduced a range of new products at its Premiere 2013 event in London today, including a new camera called the Galaxy NX and a number of Ativ tablets, notebooks and all-in-one devices.
First, the Galaxy NX is Samsung’s latest interchangeable lens camera. It isn’t a straight follow-up to last year’s Galaxy Camera, but it borrows from that device by supporting 4G LTE (and 3G and Wi-Fi) connectivity and, most strikingly, running a modified version of Android 4.2.2 on its 4.8-inch, LCD rear display.
Under the hood, the Galaxy NX comes with a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 16 GB of storage, 2 GB of RAM, and a 4360 mAh battery. On the imaging front, it sports a 20.3-megapixel sensor, hybrid autofocus tech, shooting speed of 8.6 frames per second and a max shutter speed of 1/6000th of a second. It’s compatible with past NX cameras too. Samsung has not given any details on pricing or availability for the mirrorless camera just yet.
Heading up the five new Ativ devices is the Ativ Q, a laptop and tablet hybrid that dual-boots both Windows 8 and pure Android 4.2.2. The 13.3-inch device packs an extremely high-res 3200 x 1800 display, along with a fourth-gen Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD. Samsung is claiming up to 9 hours of battery life. The device as a whole weighs 2.84 pounds and measures in at 0.54 inches, which is hefty for a table but fairly slender for a convertible of its kind.
Samsung is playing up the duality of the Ativ Q, which can be adjusted to various display modes with its convertible hinge. Besides the usual tablet and laptop setups, for instance, it can be adjusted to more floating- and slanted-style modes. An S Pen is included for writing as well. Samsung says users will be able to share and backup files and data between the two operating systems, and that they can pin Android apps to the Windows 8 homescreen as shortcuts.
The Ativ Tab 3, meanwhile, is a more traditional slate. It’s notably thin and light at 0.32 inches and 1.2 pounds, comes with a 10.1-inch, 1366 x 768 resolution display, and is said to get up to 8.5 hours of battery life. Internally it’s running on an Intel Atom Z2760 processor and 2 GB of RAM. It runs full Windows 8 and comes with an S Pen. Samsung is even throwing in a free copy of Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student to sweeten the pot.
Both tablets, along with the three PCs detailed below, will support Samsung’s SideSync tech, which lets users mirror data from their Android-based Samsung smartphones on PCs and vice versa. As with the Galaxy NX, pricing and availability details for the Ativ Q and Ativ Tab 3 are sparse – Samsung only says that they’ll be available in the UK “from selected retailers” by the end of the year.
Samsung didn’t leave more traditional PCs out in the cold, though, as it introduced two new follow-ups to the Ativ Book 9 in the Ativ Book 9 Plus and the Ativ Book 9 Lite. As their names would suggest, the Plus is the meatier of two Windows 8 laptops. Its 13.3-inch, Gorilla Glass, touchscreen display also comes with that super high 3200 x 1800 resolution, and the Ultrabook as a whole runs on a fourth-gen Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 8 GB of RAM, up to 256GB of SSD storage, and integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics. It is said to have up to 12 hours of battery life, and a boot time of under six seconds.
The Ativ Book 9 Lite is the Plus’ cheaper, thinner and less-powerful little brother. It also sports a 13.3-inch display, but it isn’t a touchscreen by default, and its resolution rests at just 1366 x 768. It has 4 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of SSD storage, and an as-of-yet unknown 1.4 GHz quad-core processor. Battery life here is said to be 8.5 hours.
The last product Samsung introduced today was Ativ One 5 Style, a Windows 8 all-in-one. The design of its 21.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution, touchscreen display is reminiscent of the company’s line of Galaxy phones, but under the hood it comes with an AMD A6 quad-core chip, 4 GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of HDD storage. It, along with the two Ativ Book 9s, is said to arrive in the UK later this year, though no price points have been given.
Finally, Samsung also took time to show off its mini, Zoom, and Active variants of the Samsung Galaxy S4, and revealed that the S4 itself will be available in five new colors (blue, purple, red, pink, brown) at an unspecified date.