Check out all the official Samsung gear that was announced at the Unpacked event
Ladies and gents, the cat is officially out of the bag! Samsung unveiled its dynamic flagship duo for 2017 – the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. While the two high-end smartphones were clearly the stars of the show, the South Korean manufacturer also used the venue of its "Unpacked" event to announce a bunch of interesting devices.
Below, we’ve prepared a short summary for each of the gadgets that Samsung announced today. If you've missed the livestream and would like to see more info for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, feel free to catch up on all the details here.
We're starting off with the DeX, which we consider as the most useful accessory for the new Galaxy S phones. This puck-shaped docking station takes full advantage of the powerful hardware inside the two S8s, essentially turning them into a into a desktop PC.
The unattractive stretched out Android UI which was typical for older multimedia docks is now a thing of the past, as the DeX offers a new custom Android-based interface which looks similar to Windows. Speaking of Windows, Samsung has partnered up with Microsoft to bring compatibility with the entire Office package, while a tie-up with Adobe allows running apps like Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile and Lightroom Mobile. Furthermore, one can even remotely access virtual desktops through partnerships with Amazon, Citrix, and VMware.
The DeX sports an HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB-C port for charging, and an Ethernet port. No pricing information was released at the time of writing, but rumors suggest that the DeX might cost around $150.
The new Gear 360
Samsung's first take on a 360-camera was perhaps a bit too weird to become hugely popular – it looked like a giant eyeball and wasn't too comfortable to use. This year, the manufacturer raised the bar by introducing a new handheld design which looks more compact and convenient.
Compared to its predecessor, the new Gear 360 can capture video in 4K, while also being able to live-stream to YouTube or Facebook in 2K. The camera is also compatible with more Samsung handsets (Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017)), while also supporting iPhones for the first time.
The device will ship "in the spring", and while no information was given on the pricing, Samsung said that it is going to be cheaper than the $350 first-gen camera.
Gear VR and controller
The new Gear VR headset unveiled today is pretty much identical to the one we saw when the Note 7 was announced. In fact, the only difference is that it is slighty adjusted in order to be able to fit the larger Galaxy S8 devices.
The interesting bit here is that Samsung also has came up with a new controller for the headset, which makes the whole task of controlling and engaging with the Gear VR a lot easier. The pair was announced at MWC, but today, Samsung revealed the price and release date for the two. You'll be able to grab the set for $129.99 on April 21st, but those who already own a Gear VR will be glad to know that the controller will also be sold separately at the price of $39.99. Better yet, if you pre-order the Galaxy S8 or S8+, you'll get both of these devices for free.
Samsung Connect Home
As you may know, apart from producing great phones and TVs, Samsung Electronics also manufactures a wide array of appliances, including plethora of smart home devices. Today, the company announced its intentions to connect all the smart appliances in your home with the introduction of its first Wi-Fi system – the Samsung Connect Home.
The system consists of three devices, as mesh networking is supported. If you're unaware of the term, this means that you can use one of these to broadcast your Wi-Fi signal, while the other two can extend said signal in order to ensure good coverage throughout your entire house. However, Connect Home does more than just mesh networking, as these routers also have a SmartThings hub built in. Essentially, this would allow you to control all Samsung and third-party smart appliances in your home with a single smartphone app.
The Connect Home will come in two versions – a mid-tied one featuring a 2×2 MU-MIMO antenna, 710 MHz quad core processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of flash storage. Each of the thee routers in the set can cover an area of up to 1,500 square feet, meaning that the three combined can cover up to 4,500 square feet. A Connect Home Plus variant was also announced, sporting a 4×4 MU-MIMO antenna and a 1.7 GHz dual core processor. It will be twice as fast as the standard Home, but the coverage will remain the same. Sadly, Samsung didn't elaborate on the price or release date.