South Korean mixed bag of pickles Samsung announced a whole lot of new gizmos today, ranging from the new SF, RF, QX and NF series of note- and netbooks, a new Wave smartphone running on Samsung's open Bada OS to a 4G netbook.
The new SF notebooks will come with 13.3", 14" and 15.6" size screens, run on Intel i3 and i5 dual-core CPUs and apparently will run for 7.5 hours, while recharging fully in two to three hours.
Samsung also says the SF series will use the company's fast start technology, to get the notebook up, running and connected in less time than usual. Gadgets, such as a smartphone, can also recharge through the USB port when the notebook is turned off.
In what comes as not really too much of a surprise, the NF series netbooks will employ an Intel Atom N550 as a CPU. The upper-end NF 310 will have a 1366 x 768 widescreen so consumers can enjoy HD content recently leeched, whereas the NF 210 will make writers and coders happy as it can be placed on a lap under a tree somewhere undisturbed and run for 14 hours. According to Samsung, the NF110 is simply "affordable" and gives "trendsetting consumers all they want".
Samsung also presented the N350, the world's first dual-mode LTE-HSPA+ netbook. Punters can switch between bog-standard 3G mobile networks and high-speed 4G networks. However, the latter still have to be erected and put into operation. 4G means LTE, or "long-term evolution", not WiMax, as some companies like writing.
As for the RF and QX series, those beasts will weigh a tad more. The QX series will sport an aluminium chassis and be nicely rugged and robust, so they might even survive a night in the pub, including a trip up whilst heading home. In contrast, the RF units will sport either an Nvidia GT330M or GT420M and have two HDD slots, allowing for a total of 1 TB storage. The RF'ers will naturally sport quadcore CPU's from Intel.
In addition, the Wave 723 was also shown at Berlin's IFA trade fair as an entry-level smartphone. It'll be launched in September in Germany and then make its way across Europe, so punters in the UK can expect it some time in the fourth quarter, alongside all those non-titillating net- and notbooks.
Samsung harps on about how "application-centric" the Wave 723 is and states it will be a "true lifestyle assistant with localized services that specific and dedicated to individual lifestyles". In other words, happy users will have access to Samsung's app market where they can buy all sorts of tat, just like the average iPhone user.
And now for something completely different. Samsung says it has cosied up with French defense company Thales to offer a bastard of 4G and PMR (Private Mobile Radio) to the public sector, i.e. LTE, WiMax the pseudo-4G and the European public security standard TETRA. Fire brigades and security services will apparently profit from being able to use the different services for video surveillance and data transmissions.