CES 2017: Samsung is betting on new laptops and a new range of QLED TVs
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Leaving behind the Galaxy Note7 fiasco, Samsung took the centre stage at CES 2017 and showed off its new line-up of QLED displays, new Chromebooks with high resolution display and more powerful hardware. The South Korean giant also chose the occasion to enter the gaming segment with a new gaming laptop with a mammoth screen size and top of the line hardware.
Samsung Chromebook Pro and Plus laptops
Samsung has revisited the Chromebook segment by incorporating some high end features such as a 2K display, Intel’’s m series processor and a flexible 360 hinge design which allows the lid to be flexed backwards and used as tablet.
The Chromebook Pro runs on Intel’s 6th Gen Core m3 processor while the Chromebook Plus is a typical Chromebook driven by an ARM based processor used in tablets. Rest of the elements such as the 12.3-inch 2K display, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, USB Type-C standard and metallic finish are common to both the devices. The Chromebook Plus will be available in the US from February 2017 at $449, while the Pro will arrive later this year.
Samsung Odyssey Gaming Laptop
The other major unveiling from Samsung’s camp is a gaming laptop called Odyssey. Though its the first gaming laptop by Samsung, it doesn’t look burly or ugly and the 15.6-inch display variant weighs just 2.5kg, which is pretty impressive by the standards of gaming laptops. The laptop’s second variant offers a slightly bigger 17.3-inch display. Both units offers a resolution of 1,920x1080p on their display and run on Intel’s top of the line Core i7 processor with Nvidia’ new 14nm GeForce GTX 1050 GPU.
What is different in the two models, apart from the display size is that the bigger one offers 512GB SSD with 1TB HDD and 64GB RAM, while the smaller variant offers 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD and 32GB RAM. The 15.6-inch variant will be available at $1,199 from April 2017 in US. The price of the 17.3-inch laptop is yet to be announced.
Samsung QLED TVs
Samsung has also refreshed its TV line-up with a new range called the QLED TVs. Powered by Quantum dots and LED technology, the new Q7, Q8 and Q9 series of TVs can produce brighter and more diverse colours. The Q9 series offers only flat screen TVs, the Q8 offers curved screen panels while the Q7 series includes both and curved and flat panel TVs.
Quantum dots technology uses quantum dots a slight source. These quantum dots are small nano-crystals with diameter of 2 to 10 nanometre and are capable of reproducing more accurate and vibrant colours even at higher brightness levels.
The Korean company is yet to announce the price and the date of availability of any of the TVs in the Q series.