Samsung Galaxy Camera

While most smartphones these days can butter toast, knit a shawl, and massage your groin, they still can’t take a decent picture. I mean, decent decent. Samsung aims to smash that notion with the Galaxy Camera, a camera that’s also an Android smartphone, instead of vice versa. A huge 4.8-inch HD LCD display shows you the 16-megapixel stills you capture in all their glory via the retractable lens with 21x optical zoom. The guts of device include a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, while Wi-Fi and 4G get you connected. No word yet on its shawl-knitting capabilities.

Samsung Galaxy S III

When Hollywood makes a good movie, it doesn’t take long for the sequels to follow (please disregard the Speed franchise). Hence the sequel treatment being given to Samsung’s pride and joy in the mobile phone market. Behold the Galaxy S III. With its 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, intelligent voice and face recognition technologies, and 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor, hopes are high that this will emerge as the Android handset of 2012.

It’s running Ice Cream Sandwich, so that’s good, and the 8-megapixel camera around back has some significant improvements over last year’s model, including zero shutter lag. The S Voice functionality means you can unlock your phone with just a verbal command, so start practicing your diction. Choose from 16GB, 32GB or 64GB models in “marble white” or “pebble blue.” Anyone else still waiting for a “urine yellow” option? Just me, huh? Anyways, the UK gets its mitts on it first with a May 29 release date, while the US debut is set for sometime this summer. No word yet on a price but probably the usual $199 w/ 2yr contract.

Samsung Shows Off Their Smarter TV at CES

One of the things we ran into at CES was a presentation by Samsung showing off their new line of smart tvs which forgo the keyboard of yesteryear and go straight into a built-in Kinect-like motion capture/voice activated camera. Most everything about the TV can be voice or gesture controlled. Just don’t go around sitting naked in front of this thing. You wouldn’t want your tv to go blind.

Check out a couple short videos of the presentation we recorded under the cut.

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SFC Goes to CES on Thursday

Thursday was another day of scouring the CES showroom floor for something awesome. Sadly, the day started late and we ended up in the Venetian for a while which was the [email protected] show consisting mostly of camera tripods, bags and other accessories. Though it wasn’t all remote triggers and Lensbabies. We stumbled on the Italian made Android smart watch, otherwise know as the i’m Watch otherwise known as the Dick Tracy watch. Interestingly enough, it could communicate with an iPhone. Steve Jobs must be rolling in his grave.

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SFC Goes to CES

So Freaking Cool went to CES 2012 to scour the showroom floor for products that caught their eye. Unfortunately, that was almost every product there. So, instead of shooting every single thing, here are just a few for Wednesday. Also unfortunately, HP didn’t have a booth to show off the HP Envy Spectre.

Regardless, check out the gallery below. The first thing that caught the eye was the amazingly thin LG led panels. I got a paper cut just looking at them.

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Samsung Series 9 Laptop

You ever get the feeling that laptops won’t truly be happy until they’re thinner than a piece of paper? It’s like enough already, will ya? There must be some kind of blood feud we don’t know about. Samsung is certainly doing its part to keep this thing going, what with their gloriously new thin Series 9 computers. The 13.3- or 15-inch laptops weigh in at a scant 2.5 and 3.5 pounds, respectively, with a sexy new dark aluminum skin. Both versions have 1600 x 900-resolution, 400nit, matte displays; so there’s that. The $1,399 13.3-inch model and $1,499 15-inch version both feature a 1.6GHz Core i5-2467M processor, 4GB of RAM, Intel HD 3000 graphics, and a 128GB mSATA SSD. Plus the keyboard is backlit so you can write fan letters  in the dark to Pat Sajak for being your “true source of hope and inspiration through the power of vowels and consonants.” Man, you’re weird.

Samsung Series 9 Monitors

Did you really think display technology would stop with the invention of flat panel high def screens? If you did, then hold onto your mutton chops, because Samsung has a handle on the envelope and they’re determined to push it. Unveiled in the flesh at next week’s CES will be the 27″ Series 9 high-definition display, offering 2560 x 1440 resolution, which means Samsung can call it a quad-HD monitor, due to its ability to show four times more resolution than standard HD. With not much more room to innovate in terms of flatness, Samsung has kept the funky hanging design it used in last year’s SyncMaster T27A950D. You get built-in speakers, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and DisplayPort, Dual Link-DVI and HDMI video ports for $1,199.

Samsung DV300F

What you’re looking at right here is a nifty piece of innovation–one that could finally rid us of those hideous pictures of girls and guys in their bathroom mirrors. The 16-megapixel DV300F ($199) is Samsung’s latest DualView point and shoot product, which means it has two LCDs, including that vital one facing forward to allow you to see your mug as you snap a pic of yourself in front of the grand opening of the new Krispy Kreme down the street. The 1.5-inch display is virtually invisible when it’s turned off, and the DV300F has Wi-Fi connectivity, so sending that pic to grandma won’t take but a minute. You also get 720p video recording at 30 frames per second, along with a 5x optical zoom and 25mm wide-angle lens. Zoom in on that icing! You know how grandma likes it.