True to its reputation of being one of the largest consumer technology companies, Samsung at CES 2020 has once again shown its might by launching a bevy of new products starting from lite version of flagship smartphones, to new Chromebook, to a set of 8K TVs, and the most intriguing of all, the artificial humans.
Here is the run-down of every important thing that the South Korean manufacturer unveiled at the event.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite smartphones
Samsung has already confirmed its next flagship, the Galaxy S11 or the S20, whatever it will be called, will launch on February 11. But before that Samsung has announced the lite versions of its incumbent flagships, namely the Galaxy S10 Lite and the Galaxy Note 10 Lite.
Both the devices are similar in many respects as they pack a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 6GB or 8GB RAM, standard 128GB in-built storage, 32MP selfie camera inside a top-centrally positioned punch-hole, and a 45,000mAh battery.
The first difference, noticeable, of course, is that the Galaxy Note 10 Lite comes with S Pen functionality while the Galaxy S10 Lite lacks it. The other major difference lies under the hood as both the devices have different processors- the Galaxy S10 Lite is powered by Snapdragon 855 while the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is powered by Exynos 9810.
Both the smartphones have triple-rear camera setup but camera specs differ. The Galaxy S10 Lite wields a 48MP primary sensor along with a 12MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 5MP macro sensor. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite packs a 12MP primary sensor, 12MP ultra-wide sensor, and a third 12MP telephoto sensor. Samsung is yet to divulge details regarding the pricing and availability of the two phones.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
Samsung also launched its spec-heavy Galaxy Chromebook that is powered by a 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor coupled with 8GB or 16GB RAM with up to 1TB storage. The Chromebook has a 13.3-inch AMOLED display with a 4K resolution.
The Galaxy Chromebook will arrive in Orange and Red color options with a starting price of $1,000 (Approx.INR71,000), which is quite an amount of money indeed. The Chromebook comes with a built-in stylus and a large trackpad, and a backlit keyboard. The Galaxy Chromebook is basically a progressive take on the Google Pixelbook Chromebook from 2018
Like every year Samsung showcased its next innovative televisions at CES 2020 as well. Although so many TVs from Samsung were given the light it was the Samsung Q950 alongside the Samsung Sero that has attracted most eyeballs.
The Samsung Q950 comes with 8K and QLED technology but the most salient aspect of the television is the truly bezel-less design with a flat back. The television fixes on the wall seamlessly and ensures a new amazing viewing experience.
The Sero is another innovative TV from Samsung which possesses a vertically rotating display ideal for watching TikTok videos and Instagram stories, or any other vertically shot videos. Also, the TV adjusts and shows videos according to the way you have held the phone, no matter vertically or horizontally. Samsung, however, didn’t say whether these TVs will hit the shelves or not.
Artificial humans: Neon
After virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa, the next digital help for us would be the artificial humans called Neon. The Neons are created by Samsung-backed Star Labs which says the artificial humans have a bigger role to play in terms of functionality than the present virtual assistants.
The Neons look like humans and can emote in real-time to the point of becoming our friends. Besides that, they are also claimed to become our teachers, doctors, financial advisers, newsreaders, etc.
Nonetheless, they are not like physical robots rather they are digital humans with emotion and intelligence. They function on the company’s own Core R3 platform. R3 here stands for Reality, Realtime, and Responsiveness. As to when this futuristic technology will be available to users the company is yet to make it clear, however.
Ballie personal robot
One of the unusual offerings from Samsung this year is the Ballie, a ball-like robot enabled by Artificial Intelligence and made to help people around their houses.
Samsung has released a video that shows the capabilities of Ballie in doing a variety of things such as opening curtains at a predefined timing, giving command to robotic vacuum cleaner to clear up the mess on the floor, putting on videos on TV, as well as keeping a vigil at the home and sending footages to owners over their phones thanks to a camera mounted on it.
Although the Ballie looks like a finished product, the company didn’t give any information as to when this ball-like robot will roll out in reality.