By Lisa Johnston
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Minneapolis – Best Buy has begun taking pre-orders for Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smart watch.
The device, which was introduced earlier this month at IFA, must be ordered in-store within Best Buy’s Samsung Experience departments or stand-alone Best Buy Mobile shops for home shipment.
According to a Best Buy spokeswoman, the chain will offer the Galaxy Gear in at least five colors, including black, gray, orange, beige and gold.
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Ridgefield Park, N.J. – Samsung Electronics America’s Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition will be available in the U.S. beginning Oct. 10, with pre-orders starting at midnight ET tomorrow, Sept. 27.
The new tablet is Wi-Fi-enabled and available in 16GB and 32GB versions with an additional 64GB of storage available via MicroSD card expansion, Samsung said.
Berlin, Germany – Samsung finally debuted its long-rumored "smart watch," the Galaxy Gear, at the Tempodrom concert hall here during the annual IFA electronics and appliance show, which runs through next Thursday.
The company also unveiled two new stylus-equipped Galaxy Notes, the 5.7-inch Note 3 phablet and the Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet. Both are the first mobile devices with included leather rear panels, and both are the first mobile devices with 3 GB of RAM.
Samsung is preparing to launch its first smartwatch, and Apple is rumored to be developing its first smart watch.
But for all the hype, the smart watch is an old concept that harkens back to the era when pagers were a top-selling mass-market consumer electronics product.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. – Samsung this week set suggested retail pricing at $1,600 for the body only on its Galaxy NX Smart camera.
Samsung’s first connected compact system camera (CSC), Galaxy NX will also be available as a bundle with an 18-55mm lens for $1,700, the company said.
Seoul, South Korea - Samsung will compete with a growing number of kids’ tablets with the introduction of its first kid-targeted tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids.
The yellow tablet will feature preloaded Samsung-designed educational apps, parental controls, and access to applications available through the Kids Samsung Apps store. The tablet will also access Google Play and feature the full array of Google services.
Pricing wasn’t disclosed.
New York – Pricing on new high-ticket Ultra High-Definition TVs have started plummeting faster than the consumer confidence index, with word from retailers that Samsung followed Sony’s lead in making price reductions on recently introduced Ultra HD LCD TVs.
Similarly, LG released a statement from Korea that it was planning to soon introduce new less-featured 55- and 65-inch Ultra HD TVs that potentially could also impact current price thresholds, but the company was not commenting on whether or not those plans included U.S. distribution.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. — Samsung Electronics America formally introduced Tuesday its first 55-inch curved OLED FullHD TV in the United States.
Samsung model KN55S9C carries a $9,000 suggested retail and is said to be the first TV to feature MultiView capabilities, which allows two viewers to watch two different programs in FullHD, stereo sound, and even FullHD 3D, on the same screen at the same time.
The feature is enabled by Samsung’s 3D Active glasses, which come with built-in personal stereo speakers.
Washington — The U.S. Trade Representative has 90 days to decide whether to uphold Friday’s International Trade Commission (ITC) vote to ban the import of select Samsung mobile products that Apple contended violated some of its patents.
Samsung is allowed to continue importing the affected products while the review is underway.
San Mateo, Calif. – Tablet shipments were up almost 60 percent to 45.1 million units during the second quarter, but could have been even higher, according to an IDC report.
The research firm noted that shipments were down 10 percent from the first quarter of 2013 and it blamed the lack of a new iPad by Apple this spring as the culprit for the fall off.
Apple shipped 14.6 million units during the second quarter, down from 19.5 million during the previous quarter. Apple also saw a shortfall compared to 2012 second quarter when it shipped 17 million units.