Reporting live from the Samsung Unpacked event. I am in London, at YouTube headquarters, where Samsung have invited us to join them as they make their announcements in Barcelona.
I can see the crowd, and the lot.
So, as I start to live blog, keep your eyes out!
And this is the end of the press conference.
We will have hands on experience and more details for you later today.Google+
The models have managed to make Richard Yu do a little catwalk for us as well!Google+
There is a cat walk on show now!Google+
To talk more about how fashion and watches go together, we have a couple of fashion experts on the screen who are being presented with two Huawei watches.
They are talking about how fashion and Huawei work together.
Prices range from 399 to 699 in Euros. Probably similar in the UK. It comes in many flavours, from basic to Elite.
It will be available most of Europe, including UK, but a smaller market than the phones.Google+
We now have the video that introduces the Huawei Watch… which features a Sapphire Crystal display and Android Wear.
We are about to hear Richard again to hear more about the watch.
It works with both iOS8.2 upward and Android 4.3 onward. It is the first Android Wear watch to work with it out of the box.Google+
That was the phone presentation, finished.
Now we are talking about dreams and passion, and there is a song performance.Google+
For those who want a premium experience at a not so premium price, there is the G8. Features a 13MP camera, full metal body, touch sensor.
The price for this is €399, with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM.
Available in the same countries as before, starting from September.Google+
This will come in two flavours, standard and premium.
Standard will have 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM, and priced at €649.
Premium will have 3GB RAM and 64GB ROM, and priced at €699.
Available in September, in the UK and across many countries.
It will be available for pre-order from http://vmall.eu.
This is the Mate S.Google+
There is a smart case and a leather case too, though not sure if they are coming with every phone or just available separately. Once again, there is pink, in coral pink. We also have champaigne, grey and gold.Google+
It provides a single box audio chamber, for superb sound quality. Very loud. Great for handsfree and conference calls.
Each headset also comes with metal acoustic headset, with built in wind noise cancellation and smart multifunction control, which gives volume, music and call control.Google+
10 min charging will give you 2 hours of talk time, which makes it twice as fast as iPhone. Only at 2A too.
It features Dual SIM, dual access, dual 4G, Dual LTE.
The second SIM slot also works as a microSIM slot.
Two SIMs should also give you better coverage overall.Google+
Ah yes, the phone is water resistant!
So, Huawei are definitely delivering what the hints were throwing!
It protects against moisture and accidental drops.Google+
It also features an auto rectangular alignment if you take a photo of a presentation or a photo, or a board for example. Once again, great for meetings and such like.Google+
Directional Listening and microphones
Now we go back to ‘life’.
To get rid of noise, there are three microphones, which has smart directional algorithms for voice. For example, we can have directional listening. It features both auto and manual modes. Great for those conference calls.
It can also be used to eliminate side or background noise.
Print and Share
It features wireless printing, and supports over 16 brands and over 800 models.Google+
Now we look at the camera.
“Everything has beauty, but not every one can see it.” But they hope the Mate S can see it.
It features a 13MP, 4 colour RGBW image sensor, better than 3 colour sensors.
It includes a 1.2 degree OIS.
It features a DSLR processor to process images.
The camera is protected using saphire, to make it scratch proof.
It even has a professional mode for professional photos. You can adjust ISO and shutter settings as well as bracketing and spot focus. It even allows you to adjust aperture, which most cameras don’t. You can also adjust metering.
There is a special mode for Black and white photos as well. It has a deeply tuned black and white filter, to take a classic photo.
You also have Impact Mode, to get a HDR black and white photo, with high contrast. And Neutral Density mode for normal life. Of course, there is the vanilla Mono Mode too.Google+
Huawei are wanting ideas from people, so they can add more features!Google+
You can also press corners to launch apps.
The Mate S has a magic bottom, which lets you use the navigation buttons on the Android.
You can even guess the weight of items!Google+
Oh yes, they are announcing ‘Force Touch’. Press Harder, zoom closer for example!
We have a live demo on the screen.Google+
You can also use knuckle to draw gestures to launch apps! For example, C to launch camera, M for Music.Google+
Knuckle Sense 2.0
Knuckle Sense 2.0 lets you crop photos in any shape, and then share it.
If you want a long screen capture, you can just use your knuckle to take a long page screen capture, which is beyond your screen.
Two knock, double knock lets you crop your video. This allows you to record bits of videos, and hence share them.
Fingerprint Sense 2.0
It brings 100% increased sensitivity and speed. For example if your finger is sweaty, or too dry, it will work in either situation.
It also brings control via the finger print sensor on the back, for example swipe down to see notifications.
This is great for single handed operation.
The sensor can also be shown to glide through the gallery to swipe.
No more grubby fingerprints on screen!
There is also single hand call answering. Just put your finger over the sensor and you can pick up the phone call.
Also, you can take selfies by using the finger print sensor!
Image sharing is very important these days on social media!Google+
Now, we come to TOUCH!!!
We look at history of touch on phones, from keypad to the touch screen to the fingerprint to the knuckle sense.
We have Fingerprint 2.0 and Knuckle Sense 2.0 on the Mate S.
Another colour that Huawei are introducing is Harmony pink, which features all the features in pink. Which is a gold/pink shade.Google+
Even the inside is beautiful. It also features a stepped battery to give you just a bit more battery life. The mAh wasn’t mentioned, but it is supposed to last over a day.
Now we have the product video.Google+
It is thinner and smaller than an iPhone 6 plus, but offers the same screen size.Google+
The antenna has been elegantly hidden, and a picture of an iPhone is being shown to compare.
iPhone uses a white colour, while on this phone, the antenna is the same colour.
It isn’t easy, and they are only using one line rather than two lives.
There is a long line for GSM, and a thin line then going to the camera which is NFC.Google+
It features 2.5D curved 4th gen gorilla glass, to the ‘edges’ of beauty, as in minimal bezel.
It features a 401ppi 5.5 FHD
105% colour saturation
1.8M:1 high contrast ratio.
The first thing we are looking at is design.
“A thing of beauty of a joy forever”. – John Keats.
The Mate S brings perfect balance and harmony.
It doesn’t look too different from the renders.
The back has a beautiful curve on the back, which should feel great in your hand.
The camera sticks out a bit.
It features dual diamond cut. It is sleek, but not slippery.
It is 2.65mm thin.Google+
Huawei have just announced the Huawei Mate S!Google+
Mr Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group, to show off the new phone now!Google+
Touch is a powerful language, now there’s a phone that speaks it!Google+
Now, a video about touch!Google+
We have a few customers from Europe who are now talking about their Huawei device experience.Google+
We have seen videos about individual situations around the world.
Now we have another video, about inspirational people from around the world, and how important technology and connectivity is to them.Google+
Number of phones, according to the Huawei’s reports, the number of phones will exceed 7 billion. That is more than the people on the planet!
Also, Huawei’s devices are everywhere, providing connectivity.
But mostly, Huawei doesn’t see devices. It sees individuals and people.Google+
We have Glory Chung, the head of marketting from Huawei starting things off.Google+
There are quite a few underwater shots in the video… wonder if there is IP rating for the new phone…though it must be for the watch!Google+
So it begins! Starting off a video showing different human experiences, including big scenes, pictures, the watch, touch, and fish!Google+
Right, we have just been asked to be seated. There were cocktails on offer, after all. Hopefully the event will be starting soon.Google+
The word ‘touch‘ is a big part of the Huawei IFA2015 campaign this year. While it is already speculated that we are expecting a fingerprint sensor, and made a touch sensor, the words powerful attached to the word touch would generally indicate haptic feedback.
While I am not sure if that is coming, it would be a pretty good surprise, and a well guarded secret, if that is indeed true.Google+
Right, let’s get the party started!Google+
That is it… time to explore the devices.Google+
The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available from April 10 in 20 countries, and will be available in 32, 64 and 128GB options.
There are Samsung accessories available as well.Google+
Gregory Wade now comes to the stage.
Carrying on, he tells us about this is the most secure device.
There is Samsung Knox available. Android mobile OS will be dominating the business space, and Samsung KNOX is rated highly in this regard.
Galaxy 6 is ready for business, the moment you turn it on, with built in Mobile Device Management solution compatibility.
“Ready for business”Google+
Now on to Samsung Pay.
NFC has not been universally acceptable, and only works at 10% of vendors.
Samsung Pay works anywhere you can use debit cards, credit cards, or NFC. This is solved by Samsung’s technology, MST.
There is finger print scanning to secure payment. Then you put the phone on the side of the card reader, and the magnetic reader inside can detect it and accept payment, like any other card.
There is partnership with Visa and Mastercard. This will expand to AMEX, etc.
From this summer, Samsung Pay will be accepted in USA and Korea at more vendors than any other mobile solution.Google+
Camera can be launched by double clicking the Home button. Quick access!
Camera has a quick focus, which takes care of moving objects and focuses moving subjects.Google+
Now on to the back:
The images on show have been taken with the S6. A 16 MP sensor, with another f1.9 lens. Built in OIS as well.
Another dig at iPhone 6 , with a much darker image from that vs that of the Galaxy S6.
Video is better too. Another dig at iPhone 6, with a video shot through it. The video on the S6 obviously looks a lot better.Google+
Galaxy S6 feature has been prepared using the S6 camera.
The key challenge is to create a camera that works in all lighting conditions.
This does it.
A brighter flash, active HDR, a low light mode. All this is just the front camera! 5MP, with f1.9 lens. 60% more light!Google+
The built in wireless charging is designed to work with all the wireless charging pads available at restaurants.
Now on to the camera!Google+
Battery charging: Faster than anyone in the industry.
A 10 minute charge will last you 4 hours of use.
(I don’t know about Barcelona, but people are sniggering here).
It takes half the time of the charge of iPhone 6.
There is a built-in battery. Much like wireless charging.
The phone is 6.8mm thin.Google+
A new GEAR VR is announced by Samsung.
It features 11% richer display.
S6 and S6 Edge have a 5.1″ Quad HD Super AMOLED 577 ppi!Google+
Justin Denisson takes the stage to talk the power:
Processor: one of kind, 64bit architecture, 14nm technology. More power, easier on the battery, smaller.
20% faster, 35% efficient than the Note 4’s processor.
Running memory is boosted by 80%.
A new flash technology has been introduced by Samsung, giving you faster feedback.
UI: Simple, fast, intuitive.
Now to focus on the ‘power’ of these devices.Google+
Now focusing on the Edge!
You can assign colours to your favourite contacts (up to 5).
There is a heart rate sensor on the back too. It can be touched to cancel a call!Google+
Icons have been replaced with text. So you know what you’re looking at.
There is no ‘scrolling’.
Ms. Lee is rather excited (loud). 🙂Google+
Hyun Lee takes the stage, to talk about Samsung’s new design policy.
The message is that the new UI is a stripped down version.
No lag is the promise.
Bright and simple colours means Samsung’s UI are taking a page out of Lollipop.
Colour coding apps.Google+
Galaxy S6 features Corning Gorilla Glass 4, promising the toughest protection yet.
A direct dig at Apple:
This phone will not bend!Google+
You can tell that the Samsung team is extremely proud of what they have achieved.Google+
There is emphasis on design and detail.
There is focus on both the essentials and features.
The S6 is the first of its kind, giving you a three edged screen. In other words, you have a dual tapered screen.Google+
The curves are being shown off. There is hint of gold in the video, which indicates gold will be one of the colours on offer.
Okay, gold is definitely on offer. With green, white and black.
Curved edges around the screen make it look not unlike the iPhone.
Of course, it still looks like a Galaxy S phone.Google+
JK Shin heads back.
More detail on design now:Google+
NEXT IS NOW!Google+
Beautiful design – the message that is being said over and over again.
There is wireless charging, built in.
JK Shin closes by saying that he is really proud of the company.Google+
Samsung have officially announced the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge.
With capabilities, no other phone can match.
And to use a technical engineering term, they look really cool!
Featuring the best display, under any conditions.
There is also features for work, including security and data protection.
Samsung Pay will provide people with ways to pay. They have already partnered with Visa and Mastercard.Google+
They are playing the feature video for the Galaxy S6.
While the rumours have already revealed the looks, lets look at the features in a bit more detail.Google+
JK Shin continues:
The most beautiful smart phone in history, the most advanced smartphone in history.Google+
JK Shin continues:
Samsung’s push is for new technology and new ideas.
They listen to ideas, and feedback.
Things like AMOLED technology, NOTE, Gear, etc prove this.
Samsung is offering both design and features.Google+
Yungchee Lee starting the proceedings.
She introduces JK Shin.
No more rumours!Google+
So it begins! We can see it all!
Follow @OxGadgets on Twitter as well as this blog, as we will be reporting live.
So far, these are the keywords:
Metal will flow, beauty will be powerful.
Borders will disappear, reflections will be free
Colours will live
The future will be the present!
Anyway, this is it from the event. I am Sami, signing off for now. I will publish more information as it becomes available.
Thank you for following our live coverage.Google+
A question which a lot of people who are settling in the UK from other countries will want to know the answer to is the fact whether channels from their local countries will ever be featured on this service. Specially services that are offered on competitors like Sky. I was asked to give them all the channels I wanted (say Geo, ARY, PTV from Pakistan), and they’ll be sure to get in touch with their service providers and see if they can offer subscription.Google+
A couple of questions were asked by our writer, Becca.
One of them was the fact that a lot of shows appear to be 4:3 on this service. This was explained as that since the audience is used to that aspect, TalkTalk will be sticking with that instead of moving to 16:9 for the affected shows.
Another issue that customers may have are subtitles, specifically in shows which come as on demand. It was explained that these subtitles are offered by third party services, and since they use different channels to transmit video vs data, things like bad weather can affect them. TalkTalk do have a team of people who constantly monitor all channels, and if such an issue occurs, they immediately get in touch with the service provider and try to resolve the issue as soon as possible.Google+
Some of the other features include small size, a newer and faster motherboard, more RAM, etc.Google+
One of the best features of this box, which you won’t find in any ‘basics’ freeview box is the ability to pause for up to 30 minutes. While it isn’t a Personal Video Recorder, and the bigger TalkTalk box is recommended for that, the Essentials box gives you access to the pause feature. This means that you need not miss that scene in your favourite show!
Obviously, being TalkTalk, and YouView partnered, you also have access to the last 7 days of content. That content is available to you as an EPG option, meaning an easy interface.Google+
The box itself is tiny, and is younger brother to the bigger box. This makes it easy to own as a second viewing device, or as your main TV Box.Google+
You also have other features such as Watchlist, which just adds things to a reminder service. You can also search for various programs that you may want to watch.
This also works with the TalkTalk App, currently in Beta, but it helps you look at what programs you want. It isn’t quite the SkyGo app, but it hopes to be able to talk to your TalkTalk box in the near future.
The app can be used to select what you want to watch, look at program guides, and see what is available from TalkTalk.Google+
As far as paid content goes, this includes items such as films, which you can rent for £3.50 for a period of 48 hours. Films should be available within 6-8 weeks of them being on in cinemas.
You can also subscribe to other services, such as Sky Sports on a per month basis. No annual contracts are required, and all these services are on a per month basis.
However, you will have to unsubscribe from a monthly service yourself, as it will roll on otherwise.
The box has specifically been designed for the non-tech savvy among us. The parents, the grandparents, the uncles, the aunts. People who do not want to faff about with a lot of technology. Hence the UI has specifically been designed to be easy and the usage is very simple.
This includes aspects such as Self-Install, which means that you get the box, you plug it into your Ethernet, and it automatically will install. Your box will automatically know who you are, and where you live, what your account is, and that means that you don’t have to enter configuration of any sort.
This is particularly useful if you are accessing any paid content. You will only have to enter your PIN, but no account details ever.Google+
TalkTalk have announced the TalkTalk YouView Essentials box.
It is targeted towards the audience that only view FreeView, and it is included in the monthly fee of £7.50 if you’re already a TalkTalk customer. This means that you don’t have to pay anything extra, and you get the experience included as part of your Broadband/phoneline.Google+
Sorry about the delay in updates, as the event is ‘standing’ and ‘demo’ and it is hard to type while standing and listening/watching a demo.Google+
We have just been given an introduction to the Pay TV aspect of the YouView Essentials box.Google+
TalkTalk have worked hard to create an easy to use interface. It offers everything to the user at £7.50 a month. It offers pay per view content, as well as the stop, pause, rewind.Google+
TalkTalk are part of the YouView group. It includes the likes of BBC.Google+
Henrik, Head of TalkTalk TV, now takes the stage.Google+
While others are increasing prices, Talktalk are cutting prices. This includes items like pause and rewind. All that for 7.50 a month, and unlimited broadband!Google+
Olivia from TalkTalk is telling how they will be introducing the IP market.Google+
VCRs. 30 years ago they baffled everyone. Now it is your TV remote.Google+
The event is starting. TalkTalk have reached half a million homes in the UK, in only 9 months.
Talktalk is not about the geeks. It is for the common man.Google+
And so the event begins.Google+
All starting to get a bit busy as more people arrive to the event.Google+
In other news, I have just heard the full version of the Big Bang Theory soundtrack. Boring update, but hey, the IT Crowd sound track is next!Google+
Meanwhile, very aptly, a collection of top soundtracks from television play in the background. Everything from The Simpsons and A-Team to the likes of Game of Thrones.Google+
Things looking pretty busy here, as people are getting the balloons going. Last minute prep for the even goes on as people get ready.
The rough schedule is that a summary of the last year of TalkTalk TV would be presented, followed by some of the latest offerings from TalkTalk. The event will be starting in a little while, so keep your eyes peeled.Google+
The logo has appeared!Google+
Hello there. Just testing how well this works.Google+