In the absence of the much anticipated S8 smartphone, now slated to be launched in New York on 29th March, Samsung has headlined its MWC offering with tablets, VR and 5G products.
The Galaxy Tab S3 (pictured) and Samsung Galaxy Book are described as ‘stylishly designed tablets with advanced computing technology offering a premium mobile experience’. The Galaxy Tab S3 is aimed at the gaming and productivity market, while the Galaxy Book is aimed at business and leisure users.
The Galaxy Tab S3 has a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display, and the Galaxy Book has a 10.6-inch TFT LCD version and 12-inch Super AMOLED version.
Both offer HDR (High Dynamic Range) video content, Samsung Flow biometric authentication, S Pen stylus, 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera.
The Galaxy Tab S3 can be pre-ordered from 17th March on Samsung's website, and the Tab S3 launches in the UK on 31st March, available on the website and from select retailers.
Also announced at MWC was the Gear VR with Controller powered by Oculus. T he company’s first Gear VR headset with a controller, the Gear VR with Controller expands Samsung’s virtual reality ecosystem and features a Touchpad for quicker selection and interaction in VR apps, controls designed to minimise movement, and a newly designed grip.
The Gear VR with Controller offers 42mm lenses with 101-degree FOV (Field of View) and advanced distortion correction technology to minimise motion sickness. It supports both micro USB and USB Type-C port with a converter in-box.
The latest edition of the Samsung Gear VR is compatible with the Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note5,mS6 edge+, S6 and S6 edge.
In the industry arena, Samsung Electronics unveiled its end-to-end portfolio of 5G mobile network products and solutions, including consumer devices for fixed wireless access connectivity, a 5G Radio Base Station (5G Access Unit), and Next-Generation Core Network infrastructure.
‘Samsung has been focused on 5G R&D for nearly half a decade, and this portfolio launch represents the culmination of a lot of hard work and industry engagement,’ said Paul Kyungwhoon Cheun, Executive Vice President and Head of Next Generation Communications Business Team at Samsung Electronics. ‘With pre-commercial deployment of our 5G products already underway in the US, we’re starting to see some of the earliest evidence of the potential for new and compelling 5G-driven services – it will be exciting to see it evolve as we move forward on our roadmap.’
The 5G Home Router (Customer Premise Equipment, or CPE) is aimed at the fixed wireless network market, providing direct connectivity to the wireless network, with the placement of the 5G Home Router in a window facing a nearby 5G Radio Base Station. A peak data rate of up to 1Gbps will allow service providers to dimension networks that provide an attractive alternative to often-costly FTTH deployments.
The 5G Radio Base Station is a natural extension of current LTE small cells, designed to be installed in a dense configuration that allows for very high network capacities. The system supports 28GHz mmWave spectrum and is capable of providing up to 10Gbps among devices within its coverage range.
Samsung’s Next-Generation Core Network infrastructure is the centralised point of control and direction for network traffic, with a shift to a software-driven architecture gaining the ability to flexibly split network resources, and even individual network functions, in order to maintain peak operational efficiencies.
With pre-commercial versions of these products and solutions already under deployment with operators in the US, Korea and Japan, Samsung’s 5G product portfolio is described as representing ‘represents the final leg of the journey towards industry 5G adoption.’