Samsung threw a lot of new devices at us today. The Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Gear S smartwatch, and Gear VR headset all took center stage at IFA. That’s how Samsung does things. They release multiple products several times of year to see what sticks. The Note series has stuck well with consumers, but will these other devices? That’s up to you.
As per tradition, Samsung has updated the latest Note to match the latest Galaxy S, but with a few changes. The display is still 5.7-inches, but now it’s Quad HD 1440 x 2560. Samsung has also improved the camera from 13MP to 16MP, and made some big improvements in how people will take selfies. The processor has been bumped up to 2.7GHz, and battery life is supposed to be much better too. Overall it’s a very Samsung-like update. Improvements all around, but save for the display, nothing too crazy.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
This device took us a little by surprise. The Galaxy Note Edge is basically a typical Note 4, but the display on the right side curves around the edge. This little extra space can be used for notifications, and hopefully more things as developers take advantage of it. That’s what will really decide if this device is just another Continuum. If developers embrace the Edge Screen it could be a cool phone.
Samsung Gear S
Samsung has been hitting the smartwatch game hard lately. Their latest attempt is the Tizen-based Gear S. The unique thing about this device is it doesn’t depend on a phone so much. You need a Samsung device to set it up and install apps, but after that it can operate on its own. The Gear S even has a SIM card slot. To some of you that sounds like a nightmare, but some people have been wanting a wearable that can stand alone.
Samsung Gear VR
Virtual reality is all the rage these days, so of course Samsung is throwing their name in the ring. The Gear VR is a headset that works with the Note 4 to give the user a virtual reality experience. Samsung and Oculus Rift tag-teamed this thing together, surprisingly enough, so you can get the best of Oculus’ expertise while taking advantage of the best of Samsung’s hardware. Think of it like premium Google Cardboard.
Which device will you be buying?
The Galaxy Note 4 and Gear S are slated to be released next month. The Galaxy Note Edge and Gear VR will be coming later this year. Which of these devices do you plan on buying? Let us know in the poll below (multiple choice is allowed)!
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