MWC 2017: Samsung Press Conference

12:57PM EST – We're here at Samsung's MWC 2017 press conference.

12:57PM EST – Matt on text, Anton on photos

12:58PM EST – Ian is here too, but he's busy writing up the Samsung news article.

12:58PM EST – After walking 1.2 miles from the LG press conference to the Huawei event, I couldn’t get in because the building was at capacity.

12:59PM EST – The Wi-Fi here is dead. We're uploading pics via 4G

01:00PM EST – Samsung usually announces its next Galaxy phone at MWC, but it already stated that it’s not announcing the Galaxy S8 here.

01:00PM EST – Instead, this event should feature some new tablets.

01:00PM EST – As such, this event is much smaller and less ostentatious than previous MWC events.

01:01PM EST – Sorry for the quality of the photos. We're sitting towards the back of the room.

01:04PM EST – It should be starting soon. Samsung's running a little late.

01:05PM EST – Hopefully it starts before I fall asleep

01:08PM EST – I need more coffee

01:11PM EST – I've been listening to the same song playing in a loop for 30 minutes

01:12PM EST – There have not been many interesting Android tablets lately

01:14PM EST – Most of the compelling high-end tablets are running Windows 10

01:18PM EST – Apparently there's a technical difficulty with the projector

01:22PM EST – Here we go!

01:23PM EST – Showing a video about quality assurance testing. Odd way to start a press conference

01:24PM EST – Still trying to assuage people's fears about Note7 I guess

01:25PM EST – "You have to give people what they want"

01:25PM EST – Reflecting on the past 6 months

01:26PM EST – Determined to correct past mistakes

01:26PM EST – Wants to regain customers' trust

01:26PM EST – Samsung has implemented an 8-point battery safety check and battery safety advisory group

01:27PM EST – A protestor was just asked to get off the stage

01:28PM EST – Thanking customers for remaining loyal to Samsung

01:28PM EST – Now looking to the future

01:28PM EST – New network technology, tablets, VR

01:28PM EST – First up: 5G

01:29PM EST – Tim Baxtor, President & COO Samsung America, on stage

01:30PM EST – Connecting devices. IoT

01:30PM EST – Connect everything!

01:31PM EST – Samsung has invested heavily in 5G

01:31PM EST – Talking about how great 5G is

01:32PM EST – Fast, low-latency, ubiquitous

01:32PM EST – Samsung launching its 5G network portfolio

01:33PM EST – Infrastructure, 5G radio, and 5G home router for consumers

01:33PM EST – 5G in the home instead of fiber

01:33PM EST – "Modem SoC" That's a pretty generic name

01:34PM EST – Spokesperson from Verizon on stage

01:35PM EST – Samsung is working with Verizon on 5G network trials

01:36PM EST – Now doing customer trials

01:36PM EST – Will begin in the next 60 days

01:38PM EST – Involves interoperability testing between devices and deployed network

01:38PM EST – It sounds like these trials are for fixed wireless applications

01:39PM EST – Moving on to tablets

01:40PM EST – The role of the tablet has become less defined

01:40PM EST – Most tablet usage takes place in the home

01:40PM EST – This usage still requires mobility

01:41PM EST – Most people see tablets as entertainment devices

01:41PM EST – Samsung is introducing 2 new tablets

01:42PM EST – Not just for entertainment. Can also be for work

01:42PM EST – Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

01:43PM EST – Cue slick product video

01:44PM EST – A tablet for entertainment and productivity

01:44PM EST – Glossy glass back

01:44PM EST – alumimum frame

01:44PM EST – silver and black colors

01:44PM EST – 429 grams

01:45PM EST – Ships with Android 7

01:45PM EST – Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC

01:45PM EST – 9.7" QXGA SAMOLED display

01:45PM EST – 97% of DCI-P3

01:46PM EST – Supports HDR content

01:46PM EST – blue light filter for reading

01:47PM EST – It includes Qualcomm's Game Center software to mute notifications while gaming

01:47PM EST – Includes 4 speakers tuned by AKG

01:48PM EST – Auto rotate speakers: audio changes when tablet is shifted between portrait and landscape

01:48PM EST – "a 9.7-inch home theater solution"

01:49PM EST – Claimed 12 hour battery life (video playback)

01:49PM EST – LTE & Wi-Fi connectivity

01:50PM EST – There's a keyboard cover and S Pen for productivity and taking notes

01:50PM EST – S Pen based on Wacom tech

01:50PM EST – Galaxy Tab S3 includes the S Pen in the box

01:51PM EST – S Pen does not use batteries and does not require charging

01:51PM EST – Pressure sensitive

01:52PM EST – There's a new special edition S Pen by Staedtler modeled after a pencil

01:53PM EST – Now for the next product

01:54PM EST – Samsung Galaxy Book

01:54PM EST – "for the user who needs to get things done"

01:55PM EST – Windows 10 2-in-1 device

01:55PM EST – all aluminum chassis with a fan inside

01:58PM EST – Intel Core i5-7200U inside

01:58PM EST – 12" has up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage

01:59PM EST – Comes with 2 USB Type-C ports on same edge

01:59PM EST – LTE connectivity

01:59PM EST – fast-charging battery with a claimed 10.5 hours of battery life

02:00PM EST – Microsoft representative on stage to discuss collaboration on Windows devices

02:01PM EST – The Galaxy Book seems to compete with Microsoft's Surface and Huawei's MateBook

02:01PM EST – [my wrist is cramping]

02:02PM EST – emphasizing Windows 10 security

02:02PM EST – can use Windows Hello with Galaxy Book

02:03PM EST – Office 365 + Windows 10 for productivity

02:03PM EST – Full S Pen functionality and features (Air Command, etc) on Windows

02:04PM EST – Adobe Photoshop recognizes S Pen for enhanced functions

02:05PM EST – Adobe on stage demoing S Pen with Photoshop

02:06PM EST – The S Pen inking is smooth and tracks with the pen well

02:07PM EST – The keyboard cover (included) is backlit (powered by the tablet, no battery) and has similar key travel to laptop

02:08PM EST – Tablet connects to keyboard magnetically

02:08PM EST – Samsung Flow: software that provides integration between Galaxy Book and other Galaxy devices

02:08PM EST – Unlock Galaxy Book with fingerprint sensor on Galaxy phone

02:09PM EST – Notifications from phone show up on Galaxy Book

02:09PM EST – You cannot take or receive calls on Galaxy Book, though, like you can with MacBook/iPhone

02:09PM EST – That's it for tablets

02:10PM EST – Now VR

02:10PM EST – Gear VR has "democratized the VR experience"

02:11PM EST – New Samsung Gear VR with handheld controller with touchpad from Occulus

02:12PM EST – hand tracking opens up new experiences

02:12PM EST – Gear VR Control will come with Gear VR

02:12PM EST – Just one more thing!

02:13PM EST – Galaxy S8 teaser in progress

02:13PM EST – 3/29/2017

02:14PM EST – Galaxy Unpacked event for S8

02:14PM EST – And that's it!

02:15PM EST – Time for some hands-on time with the new tablets


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *