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Ridgefield Park, N.J. – Samsung Electronics today reorganized its computer business unifying all its Windows-based products under the Ativ brand.
The company also rolled out two new laptops and a new USB-based interface for connecting smartphones and computers.
Ativ, previously the company’s brand for convertible PC devices, will now be used for all laptops, tablets and all-in-on PCs. Samsung said the new naming configuration will give consumers a consistent experience across the company’s computer product lines.
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Seoul, South Korea — Samsung Electronics reported higher revenues and net profit based in part on strong smartphone sales in the first quarter, ended March 31.
Revenues were 52.87 trillion won on a consolidated basis for the first quarter compared with the prior year’s 45.27 trillion won. Net profit was 7.15 trillion won compared with the prior year’s first-quarter profit of 5.05 trillion won.
San Francisco — Protection-plan company SquareTrade reported today that 20 percent of all Americans will buy a Samsung S4 smartphone.
The company added that 25 percent of those consumers will break their new phone within the first 12 months of ownership.
The SquareTrade study found that since 2007 Americans have spent $7.2 billion on damaged Android phones. In addition, people are more than 10 times more likely to damage their phone than have it stolen or lose it.
New York – Best Buy and Samsung officially kicked off their much ballyhooed in-store boutique program at a Manhattan launch event this morning.
On hand at the chain’s Union Square store were Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly, Samsung IT and mobile president/CEO JK Shin, and other senior executives.
The new Samsung Experience Shop, like the first 200 mini stores that preceded it, features an edited assortment of Samsung cellphones, tablets, laptops, cameras and accessories.
Washington — Samsung today honored five schools for their success in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, a nationwide $1 million competition designed to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education among U.S. public middle and high school students.
The grand prize winners were chosen for their video submissions illustrating how STEM can help address an environmental issue in their communities, Samsung said.
Dallas – A broad rollout of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone starts this month and runs through the summer, putting the device in the hands of seven carriers and seven national retailers at prices ranging from $149 to $249 with two-year contract.
New York — Samsung Electronics America today started shipping its Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook.
The Series 9 is a 13.3-inch model shipping with a $1,399 suggested retail.
The model has a FullHD display with 1,920 by 1,080 resolution. It runs an Intel Core i7 2GHz processor, with 4GB of memory and a 128GB solid-state drive. The Ultrabook also has Intel HD Graphics 4000 and a 1.3-megapixel camera, and it weighs 2.56 pounds.
Samsung stated the laptop will last almost six hours on a single charge.
Richardson, Texas – Samsung Telecommunications America declined to say whether it plans a U.S. launch of two Galaxy Mega phablets that will roll out in Europe and Russia in May.
The two Android 4.2 devices combine traditional smartphone capabilities, including circuit-switched voice calls, with tablet-size screens.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. – Samsung Electronics America said Thursday that it is now offering its NX1100 mirrorless compact system camera (CSC) nationwide, with built-in Wi-Fi and AutoShare, bundled with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.
The compact interchangeable lens camera bundle carries $600 suggested retail price.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. — Samsung announced a $399 suggested retail and April 11 availability of its first 8-inch Note tablet, which was intially unveiled in February at the Mobile World Congress.
The Wi-Fi-equipped tablet will be available through such retailers as Amazon, Best Buy/Best Buy Mobile, hhgregg, Newegg, P.C. Richard & Son, Staples and TigerDirect.com. Availability of a cellular-equipped version hasn’t been announced.