Samsung teaser promises something new and innovative at CES 2013

Samsung CES 2013 teaserWith only a few weeks before the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 gets underway, the teaser videos from manufacturers plugging their latest creations are about to begin. It’s Samsung who is first on the scene with a short video entitled Get Ready, which contains almost no information whatsoever.

The video runs for a mere 18-seconds, and features an overly dramatic soundtrack mixed with a few words chosen from the Big Book of Marketing Terms someone happened to have lying around. After being told The World Awaits, we’re bombarded by old favorites such as Ideas, Innovation, Wonder, and The Future, before finally we’re told to expect Something New between January 8 and 11 next year.

Did you notice the flicker over the dates at the end of the video? Think it contains a secret message about what’s to come? It doesn’t, sorry, as on closer examination it’s a quick fire series of images showing the Las Vegas skyline. If you’re wondering why, it’s because that’s where CES 2013 is going to be held.

New tablets, smartphones, and brand identity possible at CES

This leaves it down to us to speculate on what Samsung is so excited about. Of course, minds instantly jump to the next flagship phone, the Galaxy S4; but Samsung is almost certainly going to wait until mid-2013 for this one. It held a separate and incredibly successful launch event for the S3 in May, so a return to a show launch for its sequel is highly unlikely.

The Galaxy Note 2 has only just been upgraded, so it won’t be the Note 3, leaving us with the exciting prospect of something new. We’ve already seen rumors regarding a 1080p screen from Samsung, and with the recent launch of the Droid DNA/HTC J Butterfly, we suspect Samsung isn’t keen to get left too far behind in this burgeoning niche. Flexible screens have also been discussed recently, so a device using this new technology is a possibility too.

However, Samsung may not be thinking smartphones at all, and the fuss could be about tablets. Its Galaxy range hasn’t seen much movement recently, and a rumor has mentioned a new 7-inch and a larger 13-inch tablet are in development at the Korean firm. The latter of which will have a keyboard dock and will be aimed at Asus’ Transformer line of convertible tablets. These rumors have also pointed to a budget Galaxy Note device too, which will ditch the S-Pen stylus and stick with a 5-inch display to keep the price as competitive as possible.

Knowing Samsung, we can expect another video providing just that little bit more information before the show, where it’s also expected the company will reveal an overhaul of its branding.

Product Review

The iPad Pro is the best tablet ever. But don't sell your laptop just yet

Apple has unveiled a big redesign for the iPad Pro, slimming down the bezels, adding Face ID, and the ability to attach and charge the Apple Pencil. All of this comes at a high cost however, as the iPad Pro starts at $799.

Samsung will reportedly announce its folding smartphone at MWC in February

Samsung has been showcasing bendable display tech for a few years and now a folding smartphone might finally arrive. The Galaxy X, or perhaps the Galaxy F, may be the company's first example. Here's everything we know about it.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (November 2018)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Product Review

Rylo is the 360 camera that finally makes 360 video useful

The Rylo puts a new spin on 360 video by focusing on flat, fixed-frame output. It can’t quite replace your action camera or camcorder, but it shows a glimmer of what the future of consumer video could be.

Golf ball-sized Lume Cube Air is a pocketable LED for photos and video

Off-camera lighting for smartphones and GoPros just got even smaller. Meet the Lume Cube Air, a smaller portable LED light designed for photos and videos that weighs only about two ounces.

Best Google Pixel 3 XL screen protectors

It's tough to find good screen protectors, but the 6.3-inch OLED screen in the Google Pixel 3 XL definitely demands to be protected from scratches and impact damage. We've picked out the best options and included insight into the downsides.

Taking shots in the dark with Night Sight, the Pixel’s newest photo feature

The Google Pixel range has always been the home of some of the mobile world's best phone cameras. That performance is now getting even better with the introduction of the low-light Night Sight mode.

Pocket Casts adds more cross-sync, curation, and Siri Shortcuts

Pocket Casts is a pocket staple for many podcast fanatics. But it's about to get even better with the introduction Pocket Casts 7.0 that adds intelligent curation, Siri Shortcuts support, and a streamlined UI.
Product Review

Mediocre battery and a big notch slight Google's otherwise perfect Pixel phone

Google’s Pixel 3 XL has two big flaws: The gigantic notch on the front, and mediocre battery life. That being said, this is the best Android experience you can find in a smartphone today.

Upcoming Galaxy S10 may support 8K video and have Neural Processing Unit

While we still may be months away from an announcement, there's no doubt about it: Samsung is working hard on its successor to the Galaxy S9. Here's everything we know about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10.

Here's our head-to-head comparison of Pandora and Spotify

Which music streaming platform is best for you? We pit Spotify versus Pandora, two mighty streaming services with on-demand music and massive catalogs, comparing every facet of the two services to help you decide which is best.

Netflix is testing a cheap mobile-only subscription tier in some markets

Netflix is trying to reach potential subscribers in emerging markets. To that end, the company has begun rolling out a cheaper, mobile-only subscription tier, which comes at around $4 per month -- half the price of the Basic subscription…

Check out 30 of the best iPhone games you need to be playing

The iPhone has some of our favorite games available for any mobile platform. Here are the best iPhone games for every big-name genre, whether you're into puzzles, strategy, or something else entirely.

Text messages are disappearing on Pixel 3s, but a fix is on the way

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are arguably the best Android phones out there right now -- but they aren't perfect. Users have reported a number of issues and problems related to the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Here's how to fix them.