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Samsung Unpacked Galaxy S6

The Korean electronics giant will show off its newest devices during an event in Barcelona, Spain.

  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:13:20 PM
    @xiria7: Actually, we're equal opportunity when it comes to the big companies. We also live-blogged and streamed the HTC event earlier too.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/1/2015 5:13:44 PM
    A little while ago, HTC unveiled its new One (M9), which is gorgeous and also looks just like last year's model. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are also metal and known for its more minimalist design.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/1/2015 5:14:31 PM
    Xiria7, I've been live-blogging Samsung at (or just after) MWC for three years! But glad you're joining us now.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:15:37 PM
    Beyond the plastic body, another key criticism has been the amount of preloaded Samsung software put on its smartphones. Let's hope that "bloatware" goes away with GS6.
  • Chris 3/1/2015 5:16:26 PM
    I hope they find some more uses for the edges, as I haven't seen that many developers taking advantage of the Note Edge.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:16:36 PM
    @Chris: I hope so too. It'll be a shame if it ends up a gimmick.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:17:38 PM
    While Samsung has been pretty fixated on Apple at the high end, it is feeling the heat at the low end with low-cost vendors like Xiaomi taking its share in China and Micromax in India.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:18:03 PM
    While we talk about the Galaxy S line a lot, Samsung sees a lot of its volume from the low and mid-tier markets, where phones can be under $200 (without a contract).
  • Joe 3/1/2015 5:18:55 PM
    Do you think this will hold the title as "The next best thing"
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:19:13 PM
    @Joe: I'm sure Samsung's marketing will claim it either way.
  • Dhroov Patel 3/1/2015 5:19:29 PM
    Yeah Roger you are right, but rumor says that they will get rid of the bloatware and there will be just a couple preloaded apps.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:19:37 PM
    @DhroovPatel: Let's hope so.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/1/2015 5:19:58 PM
    The edge on the Note Edge is a standalone UI that's always-on and lets you navigate. You also get notifications along that strip.
  • AustinOFLA 3/1/2015 5:20:15 PM
    @jessica you've been reporting on Samsung for a few years now. Do you see the addition of the "edge" feature to the Galaxy line as a benefit?
  • ashikch 3/1/2015 5:20:27 PM
    I think Xiaomi ate even Micromax share in India too.. Seeing their sales in India, I can say they ate a big chunk of Micromax too!
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:20:40 PM
    @ashikch: The point is it's crazy competitive, and Samsung is losing its lunch in those markets.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/1/2015 5:21:50 PM
    AustinOFLA: I guess it depends how this feature develops. On the Note Edge, I kind of liked the idea of it, but rarely used it. Sometimes it slowed me down. I love night mode, though, and I liked getting notifications on the side bar.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/1/2015 5:23:31 PM
    Ashikch: Micromax ate Samsung's lunch in India as well. Xiamo's flash sales have made inroads, but Xiami hasn't been there long. They'll have a hard time (Xiaomi) getting enough product to actually dominate the market. They're growing, and Samsung should be worried.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/1/2015 5:23:59 PM
    The mobile industry seems vast, but is pretty small. Xiaomi folks come from big Silicon Valley tech, like Microsoft and Google.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:24:37 PM
    Okay, we're about five minutes away from the event. There's a slowly rising level of chatter and buzz in the crowd.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:24:45 PM
    But that just may be because there are so many people here.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/1/2015 5:25:52 PM
    Fingers crossed, by the way, that our Ethernet and Wi-Fi holds up. This space is PACKED.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:27:01 PM
    So Samsung has traditionally been a major presence at Mobile World Congress, announcing its flagship products here over the last two years.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:28:18 PM
    Again, my apologies for the lack of photos. Our photographer is still having connectivity issues, and we're working on getting her back up.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/1/2015 5:28:56 PM
    And with the GS4 launch, Samsung just missed MWC and unveiled right after in NYC. Roger and I are still trying to block that one out.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:29:01 PM
    Okay, we just got the warning message that the show is about to begin. Get ready all!
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:29:56 PM
    Random aside, there seems to be smoke emanating from the stage. Or it could be a trick of the lighting.
  • Jason Jenkins 3/1/2015 5:30:08 PM

    Live bloggers waiting for the event to start

  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:30:19 PM
    Hey there's a photo!
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:30:51 PM
    The lights are dimmed, the video is playing, here we go.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:31:00 PM
    Lots of curvy lines and edges in the video.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/1/2015 5:31:24 PM
    The whole room is aglow with our florescent wrist bands.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:31:52 PM
    The lights are back on, and screens all around us are lit up as a narrator talks about bringing "tomorrow into today."
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:32:00 PM
    Tomorrow, "metals will flow." Ha!
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:32:09 PM
    So metal is totally going to be in this phone.
  • Kent German 3/1/2015 5:32:26 PM
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:32:52 PM
    Younghee Lee, the executive vice presient of global marketing, takes the stage.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:33:16 PM
    YH Lee is one of the most powerful executives in Samsung Electronics, and one of the rare women in its leadership ranks.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:33:31 PM
    This is the most significant team effort in the company's history, she says.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:33:42 PM
    And she welcomes CEO JK Shin.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:33:51 PM
    He's one of three CEOs, and in charge of the IT and mobile division.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 3/1/2015 5:33:54 PM
    Agree: YH Lee is a force within Samsung.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:34:00 PM
    No more Internet rumors, he jokes.
  • Roger Cheng 3/1/2015 5:34:07 PM
    Today, we unveil what's next, he says.
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