Samsung on Friday unveiled Galaxy Note 510, its new 8-inch tablet , and its first ultra-high definition (UHD) television, the 85S9, in India. The new devices and appliances, launched as part of the Samsung Forum, will become available over the coming months.
The Galaxy Note 510 will bring the popular features of Samsung’s Note range of phablets to a larger screen. So, this mid-size tablet will come with a S-Pen, as well as S Note templates and tools. The company is pegging this device, which can be held in one hand, as a smart diary. The new tablet also underlines the increasing popularity of tablets with calling capability, especially in value-conscious India, where it serves the purpose of two devices.
Samsung also unveiled its stunning 85-inch UHD television, the 85S9. With a radical “timeless gallery design”, the screen appears as if it is floating within the frame, which incidentally nests an array of speakers, producing an unprecedented 120w of sound. This device will compete with the 4K televisions announced by rivals Sony, Toshiba and LG. Samsung says UHD is different from the 4K televisions.
Samsung’s South West Asia president and CEO B.D. Park said innovation and discovery are the key principles of the company’s business. “These are driving our goal to enable consumers to discover a world of possibilities and technology,” he added.
The company also announced the new F8000 series of LED TVs, which will be available in 46, 55 and 65 inch screen sizes. These smart televisions will feature the improved Smart Interaction 2.0, which can understand up to 300 commands and has better language recognition.
The first evolution kit for the smart televisions will also become available from this year, said Atul Jain, VP consumer electronics. “Large-screen televisions are the fastest growing market segment in India. Globally, over 100 million smart television applications have been downloaded,” he said, adding that smart televisions now command 10 per cent of the panel TV market in India.
Other announcements included the NX300 Wi-Fi-connected compact mirror-less camera as well as new ranges of refrigerators and washing machines. The company did not announce prices or availability dates for any of the products.