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Here’s how Samsung’s blowout CES press conference went down

Above: Samsung president BK Yoon talks about what makes his company different.

Image Credit: Devindra Hardawar/VentureBeat

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LAS VEGAS — In just a few years, Samsung has become a rock star of one of the world’s largest tech shows. Today, it continued that trend with a huge 2014 International CES press conference where it showed off new curved 4K TVs, pro-grade tablets, and more.

Here’s the news from the press conference:

Devindra Hardawar January 6, 20142:58 pm

And we’re done, thanks for joining us folks.

Tom Cheredar January 6, 20142:56 pm

Samsung just “one more thing”‘d us… but really it was just to show off all its new products.

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Briefly, the company just Introducing a new NX30 Smart Camera plus two new lenses.

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Here’s Ramachandran showing off the new Pro tablets.

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Now they’re talking about a refreshed Galaxy Tab line.

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The NotePro features a 2.3GHz Quad Core processor, has Wi-Fi ac MIMO, with a “network booster” that lets you combine your cellular data connection to further speed up downloading.

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The pro line also has a full-sized virtual keyboard.

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Why would you need to have 4 windows up on your freaking tablet? Video conferencing, Samsung says. Its showing off WebEx video conferencing and viewing business documents.

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The pro line will also have the ability to view 4 windows at once, via a Multi Window.

Tom Cheredar January 6, 20142:49 pm

Tablets are 12.2 -inches, Will feature a new app called “Magazine UX” that basically shows you everything that’s going on currently from your tablet.

Tom Cheredar January 6, 20142:47 pm

Samsung just announced two new lines of tablets, the NotePro and the TabPro. Demo video playing now.

Devindra Hardawar January 6, 20142:46 pm

Here’s the crowd marveling at Samsung’s huge 110-inch 4K curved set.

Tom Cheredar January 6, 20142:46 pm

Nanda Ramachandran, head of Samsung telecommunications now talking about tablets.

Tom Cheredar January 6, 20142:44 pm

Samsung’s new 9000 Series washer/dryer is touting a load of laundry finished within half an hour.

Devindra Hardawar January 6, 20142:43 pm

Michael Bay bombed more than “The Island” today folks.

Tom Cheredar January 6, 20142:42 pm

Samsung is showing off its new dish washer featuring “Waterwall” technology. Please, refrain from getting too excited ya’ll.

Tom Cheredar January 6, 20142:35 pm

Samsung is touting its new line of premium smart appliances, the Chef Collection. Video is playing now.

Devindra Hardawar January 6, 20142:33 pm

Here’s Michael Bay standing near one of Samsung’s curved 4K displays, right before he completely bombed.

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Samsung president BK Yoon

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Whoops: Samsung brought on director Michael Bay to chat about its new curved sets, but a teleprompter error left him flustered. He just walked away from the stage saying “I’m sorry…”
Awkward.

Tom Cheredar January 6, 20142:21 pm

Samsung finished as “No. 1″ in 4K TV sales… (is that worth bragging about?)

Tom Cheredar January 6, 20142:20 pm

Joe Stinziano, EVP of Samsung Electronics America. On stage now, talking about UHD TV (4K resolution).

Tom Cheredar January 6, 20142:18 pm

Samsung is really trying to grab those sports fans in its strategy to take over your living room.

Tom Cheredar January 6, 20142:17 pm

Cuban: “Now we’re going to see second screen 2.0″

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Mark Cuban now taking stage.

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Head of the PGA is now speaking about a PGA app on Samsung. Way to get the Dad consumers Samsung!

Tom Cheredar January 6, 20142:14 pm

Samsung Smart TVs are getting content from the NBA and PGA… adding to its partnership with MLB.

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Samsung is highlighting how all its tech will eventually work together. Baxter’s example was having the lights dim to Theater Mode when you tell your phone you want to watch a movie.

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Tim Baxter is now talking about how Samsung was first to Chromebooks, and since then has put the devices into more than 4,000 schools in the past year.

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Yoon brings up Samsung Smart Home, a new company initiative to bring your devices together on a single platform. It seems to embody his vision for the future of tech, one where you can get telemedicine help from your TV, and share what you’re watching in the living room in your kitchen.

Tom Cheredar January 6, 20142:08 pm

Apparently future homes all have video displays embedded in all your appliances. (So, if you don’t like that, tough.)

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Yoon lays out three points that Samsung’s tech needs to focus on: Protect. Flexible. Response.

I’m still trying to make sense of this.

Devindra Hardawar January 6, 20142:06 pm

Yoon points out over 1 billion people will be over the age of 60 in ten years.

The big point he seems to be making is that tech needs to be for everyone.

Devindra Hardawar January 6, 20142:05 pm

“Today’s world is undergoing dramatic changes, not by technology, but by consumers like you making technology choices,” Yoon said.

Devindra Hardawar January 6, 20142:04 pm

Samsung president BK Yoon just hit the stage to kick things off, he says he’ll focus on two things: Change is ahead, and what Samsung is doing to cope with it.

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