CES 2015 is in full swing, and V3 has rounded up all the key news from Korean tech giant Samsung.
While the Galaxy S6 predictably failed to make an appearance, and the firm disappointed many with the lack of a major product launch, Samsung still made a few interesting announcements. Here are our top picks from the Vegas show floor.
Samsung Portable SSD T1
Samsung unveiled the Samsung Portable SSD T1, a solid state drive (SSD) available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB storage capacities. The Portable SSD T1 will launch globally in 15 countries across the US, Europe and Asia later this month, including the UK.
Samsung said that the Portable SSD T1 is ideal for business travellers, creative professionals and content creators who need secure local storage that they can take on-the-go and use to quickly transfer large amounts of data.
Built with the same technology as Samsung's internal SSDs, the drive has sequential read/write speeds of up to 450MB/s with a USB 3.0 super speed interface and random read/write speeds of up to 8,000 inputs/outputs per second (IOPS) and 21,000 IOPS respectively.
Depending on the file size, the Portable SSD T1 has a data transfer speed four times faster than an external HDD. It takes only eight seconds to transfer a 3GB movie file and 27 seconds for a 10GB movie file compared with an external HDD, which takes 26 seconds and 85 seconds respectively.
The Portable SSD T1 comes with a three-year limited warranty, and is available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB models with a starting price of £154.79.
Samsung revealed a new standard in UHD content, which aims to elevate the viewing experience in its new range of TVs.
The SUHD standard aims to offer a better colour quality in TV displays and Samsung claims it to be the most colour efficient available.
"For the most accurate colour display, we achieve this from a combination of hardware and software to make TV look as good as on the big screen," said Samsung.
SUHD is a proprietary nano-crystal technology, which uses an engine to remaster picture quality. Samsung will use it to improve curved TV products.
"Samsung SUHD TVs demonstrate ground-breaking advances in contrast, brightness, colour reproduction and detail to deliver an overall superior picture quality experience," the firm said.
Internet of Things funding
At the Vegas show, Samsung chief executive BK Yoon promised more than $100m in funding for developers and to create an open system to kickstart an Internet of Things (IoT) revolution.
Samsung sold 665 million devices last year, many of which already have internet connectivity. But Yoon promised that by 2017 90 percent of those devices will plug into the IoT ecosystem, and 100 percent in five years.
"I've heard people say they want to create a single operating system for IoT, but these people only work with their own devices," Yoon said in his CES 2015 keynote.
"We can deliver the benefits of IoT only if all sensors can talk to each other. I'm making a promise that our IoT devices and products will be open. We will ensure that others can easily connect to our devices."
Galaxy E5 and E7
Samsung went for the mid-range and low-end phone market with the launch of the Galaxy E5 and E7.
Offering 5in and 5.5in screens respectively, they cost a good deal less than Samsung's other large-screen phones.
The Samsung Galaxy E5 and E7 have been announced only for the Indian market at present, but their INR19,300 and INR20,500 prices put them around the £200/$300 mark.
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