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Samsung 4K SUHD TV, Samsung Pay

If you already find it hard to peel yourself away from the telly every night, Samsung’s new line-up of SUHD TVs will make it virtually impossible. This year, the Korean tech giant outdoes itself once again by infusing their screens with Quantum dot display technology, a boundless curved design and what they promise will be the ultimate smart user experience.

Equipped with the world’s only cadmium-free 10 bit Quantum dot display, the SUHD TV claims bragging rights for producing the most vibrant color and contrast available for true-to-life picture and experience, with the quality standard of 1,000-nit high dynamic range (HDR). This means brighter whites, and richer blacks. In contrast, an OLED TV produces only around 540 nits. Its Ultra Black technology also absorbs natural light and cuts back on glare, so spending hours on that Game of Thrones marathon is an option.


It would be a shame, then, to have poor design distract you from the stunning image quality. Which is why enclosing these technological feats is a bezel-free façade. Eliminating all unnecessary elements – that includes exposed screws, too – Samsung’s virtually edgeless screen and sleek curved silhouette makes it a joy to look at, besides the enhanced viewing experience, of course.

Following the trail LG blazed with the WebOS, Samsung’s new Tizen-based operating system integrates its TV with almost every device and subscribed programs. The 2016 Smart Hub provides viewers access to all their favorite content and services. Simply put, you can now switch between NetFlix, Hulu and YouTube without hassle. The Samsung One Remote will also help de-clutter your coffee table. The Smart TV detects game consoles, OTT boxes and home theater systems automatically so no setup is required.

“As the No. 1 brand in televisions for a decade, Samsung always strives to raise the bar in home entertainment experiences for consumers,” said Steven Koh, Consumer Electronics Business, Samsung Electronics Singapore.

Samsung Pay


Here is something to make your wallet feel overrated. Shortly after Apple announced the activation of Apple Pay, Samsung has also announced the launch of its own mobile payment service in Singapore, joining South Korea, the U.S. and China. Here’s why we’re excited about Samsung Pay (mentioned briefly in our post on the Samsung Galaxy S7):

Leave those credit cards at home

Payment via Samsung Pay only requires a swipe on any compatible Samsung phone. Bring up the last transacted credit or debit card, scan your fingerprint and authorize payment.

Shop with peace of mind

All transactions go through three levels of security – fingerprint authentication, tokenization and Samsung KNOX. An encrypted digital token replaces user’s personal payment information and payments can only be authorized with a registered fingerprint or PIN. The KNOX security platform also monitors malicious software and activities on the device.

Use it everywhere

Samsung will be partnering with banks like DBS, Standard Chartered and OCBC, as well as American Express, MasterCard and Visa, so that means just about everywhere credit and debit cards are accepted in Singapore. Its industry-leading technology will also make the application compatible with majority of existing and new payment terminals.

Samsung Pay will be available on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 4G+, Galaxy S6 edge+ 4G+, Galaxy S7 4G+ and S7 edge 4G+ upon its launch in Singapore.

Review: Benetti M/Y 11∙11

Unveiled at the latest edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, this immensely stylish 63m superyacht features a distinctive vertical axe bow – only the second plumb-bow yacht designed by Benetti’s naval architects. Designed to cut through the water and deliver an exceptionally stable ride, the vessel’s distinctive shape and wide beam permit increased living and storage space aboard.

Significantly redeveloped from her original concept in just 10 months, this full displacement superyacht has four decks contained in her steel hull and aluminum superstructure, and can accommodate up to 12 guests and 16 crew.Benetti-MY-11-11-Forward-Deck-Seating-and-Sunbathing

The yacht’s external architecture is elegant and streamlined. The absence of bulwarks and the integration of full height portrait windows on the main deck, as well as the enormous 180 degree windows that enclose the upper and sun decks, means that the forward area of the main deck is completely unencumbered. The ship’s handling and docking areas are concealed so as not to obstruct the view from the bridge or the master suite. Together with the significant natural daylight illumination achieved through the continuous glass windows, and the striking nocturnal illumination effects generated by 46 underwater lights along the waterline, the designers have created a magical effect.Benetti-MY-11-11-Forward-Deck-Bow-Sunloungers

11∙11 is the epitome of a luxury superyacht. This is particularly evident in the superior quality and high specification of her interiors, all which provide the comfort, functionality and innovation of a most luxurious residential home. From the principal living and entertaining spaces, to the spacious crew quarters and superbly-appointed galley, fine craftsmanship, exquisite finishes, and intricate attention to detail are at the heart of the interior. All the furniture, joinery and soft furnishings are bespoke.Benetti-MY-11-11-Living-Area

The generous and spacious living areas both inside and out offer softness, comfort and functionality. The main saloon is an impressive entertaining space with its custom-made U-shaped sofa, 12-seater formal dining table and calming grey color palette, while the sky lounge on the upper deck offers a more informal lounge environment complete with cocktail bar and generous seating.Benetti-MY-11-11-Dining-Area

An impressive lobby and staircase on the main deck features a bright Italian marble floor and handmade balustrade crafted from marine grade stainless steel with a shimmering shagreen handrail. There are numerous opportunities for dining across the main and upper decks, but perhaps the most distinguishing feature can be found on the upper deck aft where 14 guests can be accommodated at a unique ‘backlit’ quartzite dining table. The outside bar, crafted from over a tonne of natural Italian fluted stone, and two symmetrical seating areas with custom fitted sofas, complete this exceptional entertainment space.Benetti-MY-11-11-Main-Foyer

When it comes to social areas, it doesn’t get better than the main saloon on the 11-11, which welcomes passengers with a large, plush, U-shaped sofa, surrounded by a unique cushioned coffee table, which makes for a ‘Wow’ factor both by day and by night.

Two luxurious cabins on the main deck enhance the living quarters. The spacious VIP suite is a full-beam cabin with six full-height portrait windows and an adjoining study / vanity area and fitted walk-in dressing room. The master suite enjoys an expansive 180 degree panorama over the bow, overlooking the entirely private owner’s sun deck with large jet pool and a sunbathing area stretching all the way to the bow. As the yacht is designed for the owner’s family, child safety features strongly in the yacht’s design, including rounded edges and fabric-wrapped walls and furniture, with a children friendly cabin adjacent to the master suite.Benetti-MY-11-11-master-bedroom

On the lower deck, guests are accommodated in four spacious suites comprising two double cabins and two twins. All the ensuite bathrooms feature Italian marble hand-selected from the quarry, and bespoke Lalique crystal taps to complement the generous basin areas. There is also a powder room on every deck.Benetti-MY-11-11-VIP-Suite-Bathroomd

The Sun Deck is the pre-eminent leisure area aboard, and was entirely restructured to create 15m of deck space for outdoor relaxation, sunbathing and entertainment. The most indulgent spot on the yacht comes in the form of a dedicated Spa area. The Steam Room is made entirely from pearlescent mosaic tiles, with smoky quartz stones and soothing chromatherapy decor. The white marble Treatment Room features an adjustable massage bed and heated towel cabinet.Benetti-MY-11-11-Treatment-Room

The crew cabins are identical in size and without the disadvantage of narrowing as they near the bow, creating generous quarters for the 16-strong crew. The remaining volume is used as valuable storage space for this substantial vessel.

Technology features have been carefully integrated into the design and include individual iPads in every room. These provide controls for customising audio/visual content, lighting, curtains, blinds and air conditioning. Built-in curved Samsung UHD TVs also feature throughout, housed in bespoke cabinets and frames to complement the overall design.Benetti-MY-11-11-Helm-Station

Apart from the dreamy accommodations and the yacht’s luxurious amenities, the technical details are also important: twin CAT 3512C engines power the superyacht up to an impressive recorded top speed of 17.5 knots – exceeding the contractual speed by 1.5 knots – and delivering a cruising range of 5,000 nautical miles, which should be more than enough for most owners. The two nickel-aluminum-bronze DETRA propellers are designed for high efficiency and low-pressure transmission to the hull. A Custom Benetti 8m limousine tender and a Novurania 6m RIB complete the inventory of this exceptional vessel.Benetti-MY-11-11-Custom-8m-Tender

    LOA: 63m
    Beam: 10.80m
    Draught (loaded): 3.5m
    Construction: Steel (hull) and aluminum
    Displacement: 1,000 tonnes
    Gross Tonnage: 1181 GT
    Naval Architect: Benetti
    Exterior and Interior Design: Benetti
    Main engines: 2X Caterpillar 3512C, total 2700 KW combined
    Speed: Max 17.5 knots / Cruise 16 knots
    Fuel Capacity: 110,000 liters
    Range at Cruising speed: 5,000 nautical miles
    Stabilisers: OPEM Sistemi with Zero speed

Story Credits

Text by Suzy Rayment, Editor-at-Large, Yacht Style

Images by Jeff Brown

This story first appeared in Yacht Style.

Smarter Phone: Samsung Galaxy S7

Named the Samsung S7 4G+ and S7 edge 4G+, the new devices give us innovative and improved services. We had the chance to test out the new smart phone at Samsung’s consumer carnival, S7 Delights, last week and learnt more about what the Galaxy S7 series has to offer.

[UPDATE] If you were hoping to learn that there is a more luxurious option here, then you’re in luck. A UK based firm, Truly Exquisite, is currently taking pre-orders for those who would like a Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in precious metal finishes. Available in 24-carat gold, platinum, and 18-carat rose gold finishes, the smartphones will be presented in a wooden display box and will include a Samsung Gear VR as well as a Wireless Charging Pad. With a free worldwide shipping, dispatch is expected to be 21 days after the official release and priced at £1700 (SGD $3,343).

The Galaxy S7 4G+ measures in at 5.1 inches while its counterpart the Galaxy S7 edge 4G+ is slightly larger at 5.5 inches. Equiped with a Dual pixel camera that boasts an aperture of f1.7 and 1.4μm pixels, it produces images that are sharp even under low light conditions. The 3D curved glass and metal ensure durability along with a firm and comfortable grip. With an IP68 certification, the device is not waterproof but is water and dust resistant. This means that it is protected against the entry of solid foreign objects and water at up to 1.5 metres for a maximum of 30 minutes. While the specs of the device are impressive, we were more interested in the new features that were intoduced.Samsung S7 4G+ Black Onyx

Shopaholics will love one of the new features of Samsung Pay. Compatible with NFC (Near Field Communication), MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) and barcode technology, you can leave those cards behind when you shop. Simply wave the S7 at the side of the payment device and you are good to go. This is proprietary technology, by the way, because only Samsung currently offers a solution that bridges NFC and MST. Better than online shopping, this is one we can’t wait to be rolled out to a larger market in future. Oh, did we mention the special connection the S7 has with the BMW i8?

The Samsung Pay feature with the Samsung Galaxy S7 4G+

The Samsung Pay feature with the Samsung Galaxy S7 4G+

By pairing the smartphone with the car, the consumer is able to control the air temperature, locks, engine amongst others with the click of a button (or in this case, a tap on the screen). We only hope that this feature can be introduced to other car models in future.

Another perk of owning the Samsung Galaxy S7 4G+ and Galaxy S7 edge 4G+ is the first-ever Samsung Concierge, a service exclusive to those in Singapore. The suite of premium value added services, is the result of Samsung addressing the needs of its customers. For a flat one time fee of S$38, you can enjoy five different elements that would usually cost you a total of S$960.

We start with the New Yearly Phone, that allows you to enjoy an early upgrade fee waiver from your carrier from the 12th month onwards. For those without a contract, you can enjoy S$350 off your next Galaxy smartphone. With the concierge service, customers can also enjoy a one-time on-site personalized assistance and repair right at their doorstep within the first year of purchase.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 4G+ and Samsung Galaxy S7 4G+ in Gold Platinium

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 4G+ and Samsung Galaxy S7 4G+ in Gold Platinium

Under the exclusive service, there will also be a one-time 50% discount on any out-of-warranty repairs from cracked screens to liquid damages within the first year along with a 30-day one-to-one exchange promise due to any functional defects. The icing on the cake for those enjoying the concierge service, is the hassle-free data transfer when switching to a new Galaxy smartphone, using the Samsung Smart Switch.

While the Samsung Galaxy S7 4G+ and Galaxy edge 4G+ is the only model to be included in the program, consumers can expect more Galaxy models to be included in future.The Galaxy S7 4G+ and S7 edge 4G+ will be available from March 12 in Black Onyx, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium at all local telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics stores and authorised retailers and Samsung Experience Stores.Samsung-Galaxy-S7-Four-colours

The Samsung Galaxy S7 4G+ will cost S$998 while the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 4G+ will cost S$1,098.


Final Verdict: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Our friends from the Men’s Folio Singapore team had a bright idea for looking at the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – give the phone to non die-hard Samsung users for a fresh take. Below we present their final verdicts on the phone.

A Blackberry Classic user’s point of view

By Rachel Ang

Despite the cries of astonishment and undeserved horror whenever I whip out my Blackberry Classic to tap out a reply, I’ve stuck with the brand for the past four phones I’ve owned because I appreciate its focus on messaging, whether SMS, email, WhatsApp, or Blackberry Messenger. I’m not somebody who plays many games, so the fact that many applications aren’t available on the Blackberry platform doesn’t bother me. That being said, it was a pleasant surprise to see most of the common apps already installed on the Galaxy S6 Edge, even after rebooting it to factory settings. Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, and Google Drive are all there ready to go. For me, the only necessary app that needed to be downloaded specially was WhatsApp. Another reason I’ve remained using a Blackberry is its ability to multitask, especially between apps. I can easily minimize a browser window that is playing a YouTube video, and it will keep playing while I reply to any messages that come in. Although the Galaxy S6 Edge has a multi window feature, it unfortunately is not exactly user-friendly or intuitive. Perhaps, it takes a little getting used to. That being said, I do appreciate the touchscreen real estate on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, which is halved on my Blackberry Classic due to the physical keypad. I’m rather hard pressed to choose between being able to browse beautifully through feeds and banging out emails under the table without having to look and check for autocorrect blunders.

Final Verdict: The sleek form of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge certainly wins points for attractiveness. While its user interface has room for improvement, I can certainly see myself living with it quite comfortably.

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A Nokia Lumia 930 user’s point of view

By Patrick Chew

Here’s the thing, I like my phones to have a bit of weight to them. I need it to feel solid and sturdy so that when I place it in my pocket, I’ll know it’s there instead of feeling the urge to perform the ‘mobile phone dance’ every once in a while, you know, the one where you’d frantically pat down all your pockets the moment you don’t feel like your phone is on you. That’s why the 132g and 7mm thickness of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (a feat that Samsung’s engineers must have worked tirelessly to achieve) just doesn’t quite cut it for me. Having said that, I do appreciate its sleek design, held together by a metal frame with chamfered edges, a refreshing step away its predecessors’ heavy use of plastic. The mix of curved lines with right angles also gives it a very contemporary and expensive look and feel. My moment of satori came when I turned on the phone. The images and colors were incredibly sharp and more vibrant than anything my Lumia 930 has ever displayed, courtesy of a Quad HD (2560×1440) 557ppi display, which made it slightly underwhelming when I switched back to my Nokia’s 1920×1080 resolution. Additionally, the Google Play store presented a vast variety of apps, from immensely useful ones to the downright redundant, that the Windows Store sorely lacks. For years, I had convinced myself that Window Store’s embarrassing array of apps actually enabled third-party app developers to release their own versions of popular apps, but with added features. But I’ve found that there’s nothing like owning official versions of apps and taking comfort in its guaranteed quality and customer service.

Final Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge succeeded in persuading me to consider switching to an Android operating system. But whether or not I eventually opt for the S6 Edge is something that’s still up in the air.


An iPhone 6 user’s point of view

By Beatrice Bowers

My first reaction to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge was typical of any staunch Apple fan – derision that slowly faded into indifference. But pulling my courage and spirit of adventure together, I set my iPhone 6 aside (sorry, my love) for a day, and gave the S6 Edge a shot. Its 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen is significantly larger and has a higher resolution than the iPhone 6, so watching movies on it is particularly enjoyable, especially with the tasteful color settings that made visuals appear crisper. Also a plus, it processes most common video formats, allowing me to watch MKV versions of MasterChef on the bus without the hassle of converting them first. My inner narcissist also believes that the cameras is an important part of a phone and the S6 Edge’s 16-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras, had me sold with the Beauty setting, which eradicated my blemishes and made me look like a K-pop star’s unsuccessful sister – a massive boost for my self-esteem since the front camera on the iPhone 6 tends to make my zits look more offensive than usual. When it comes to usability, and multitasking abilities, the S6 Edge left me confused. Being accustomed to the neat iOS interface without many opportunities for customization, its TouchWiz interface was overwhelming, partially due to my innate handicap from having used iPhones since its advent. It really took awhile to grow on me.

Final Verdict: If you’re one who enjoys making technology your slave instead of the other way around, and loves tinkering with interfaces, go for the Galaxy S6 Edge. Also, take lots of selfies. Your self-image will thank you.

VRoom Service

Marriott to test VR headsets for guests

VRoom Service

Visitors to the New York Marriott Marquis and the London Marriott Park Lane will be able to order a Samsung Gear headset as part of the their room service menu.

The pilot scheme, which will run for an initial two-week period is called “Vroom Service”. A headset plus headphones are delivered to the room on request and users will get to experience an immersive virtual travel experience especially created or the hotel chain.


“Travel expands our minds and helps push our imagination,” said Matthew Carroll, vice president, Marriott Hotels.

“Our guests want to be in inventive spaces that help foster their creativity and thinking. VRoom combines storytelling with technology, two things that are important to next-generation travelers.”

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Samsung offers iPhone users a free, 30-day trial

samsung ultimate test drive

In an effort to convert users from its bigget competition, Apple, Samsung is offering US iPhone users a free 30-day trial of its latest smartphones.

Current Apple customers will be able to try either the curved display-rocking Galaxy S6 Edge+ or the large-sized Galaxy Note 5.

The offer does not rest upon any particular carriers and there are no obligations. Phones come with an activated SIM card in addition to instructions for use and how to benefit to the max from what Samsung is calling “The Ultimate Test Drive.”

Gear S2 smartwatch

Samsung teases round Gear S2 smartwatch

Gear S2 smartwatch

At its Unpacked 2015 event, Samsung teased its new Gear S2 smartwatch and then followed with an advertizing ‘lookbook’.

On August 13, Samsung teased a brief image of the new Gear S2 smartwatch during its Samsung Unpacked event in New York.

Shortly after the announcement, the company tweeted a link to a fashion “Lookbook” on its website, in which a series of contemporary models pose with the the new Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+ and Gear S2 smartwatch.

The look is very artsy-tech: it’s a modern photo shoot with graphic shapes, bold colors and copy that emphasizes the “breakthrough” nature of the brand.

The angle of the photos doesn’t give much insight into the Gear S2, so we’ll just have to wait until its official launch in Berlin on September 3.

Samsung S6 covers

Samsung adds luxury design elements to S6 range

Samsung S6 covers

Swarovski, Romero Britto, Rebecca Minkoff, Montblanc and Burton have been named as Samsung’s design partners for a range of Galaxy S6 and S6 edge phone covers.

Swarovski integrates crystal-embellishment into its series, and Montblanc provides leather-made cases and flip covers, the authorized Samsung Tomorrow blog promised.

Britto brings his reputation for vibrant color, Minkoff incorporates flower prints, and Burton some of its snowboarding motifs.

Samsung is taking advantage of the opportunity to promote its own bespoke Android apps, Galaxy Apps and the Google Play market’s Samsung Galaxy S6 Accessories, as channels through which S6 owners can find out more about the selection.

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Samsung Gear VR

Qantas first class flyers to get VR headsets

Samsung Gear VR

 is partnering with Samsung to trial the use of Gear VR headsets for a more immersive in-flight entertainment experience.

First class travelers on select Airbus A380 services between Australia and Los Angeles will be able to experience 360° virtual tours of select destinations and other specially developed content as well as accessing the usual selection of Hollywood blockbuster movies.


“Whether the user wants a virtual tour of our new Los Angeles First Lounge or to experience an A380 landing from the tarmac, this technology gives us a completely new way to connect with our customers,” said Qantas Group Executive, Brand, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Olivia Wirth.

“From an inflight entertainment perspective, it’s an industry first. Qantas is committed to being at the forefront of innovation to give our passengers the very best and latest in-flight experiences.”

During the initial three-month trial VR headsets will also be made available to customers using Sydney’s or Melbourne’s International First Lounge.

Qantas is confident that virtual reality is something that really can add a new dimension to in-flight entertainment and has already started partnering with organizations to develop original content.

Qantas plans to start equipping its Sydney and Melbourne International First Lounges with the headsets in mid-February, while the in-air trial will begin in March.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Free Lance

Samsung Galaxy Alpha gets 4 exclusive leather backs

 has joined forces with French luxury shoe designers Free Lance and Jean-Baptiste Rautureau to bring a haute couture twist to its already fashionable and stylish Galaxy Alpha smartphone handsets.

The Galaxy Alpha is the first smartphone in Samsung’s history to dump the plastic feel for premium alloys and now it’s also become the first phone to get a leather back panel in a choice of four styles and colors.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Free Lance

Women get the choice of a Burgundy or Teal blue shell complete with embroidered flower detail courtesy of Free Lance designer Guy Rautureau.

For men, two similarly textured but slightly more Spartan Jean-Baptiste Rautureau designs in brown and grey are available.

The leather shell will be handmade and individually numbered — only 100 examples of each design are being produced — and the completed phone will come with a certificate of authenticity signed in person by the designer.

The limited edition cases only add a further €80 to the standard handset’s €570 price, meaning that the only catch is that they’re exclusively for French customers and can only be bought from Samsung France.

Audi TT 2015

Audi turns to virtual reality for TT launch

Audi TT 2015

As the third generation of the sports coupe arrives in showrooms across Europe, Audi is offering owners a novel way of taking it for a test-drive.

 has teamed up with  and is using the electronic company’s Gear VR headsets in its dealerships in order to create a more immersive way of exploring the car and its capabilities.

The Gear VR headset, which itself was developed in partnership with Oculus VR, turns content from a Galaxy Note 4 phablet into wraparound three-dimensional imagery that’s always in focus. That’s because it tracks head movements to continually reposition and tweak visuals.

The Samsung Gear VR

The content isn’t computer-generated either but film footage of the car being put through its paces around the track by a test driver. Putting on the headset will place the wearer in the passenger seat.

Audi claims that the partnership is a coup and, in terms of the Gear VR headset, it is — it won’t be going on sale until December yet every Audi dealership in the UK now has one on hand.


Samsung to auction gold UHDTV for charity


A curved 78-inch ultra-high definition television set is already a rather rare and exclusive commodity. But this particular set has been gold-lacquer painted using the Ottchil technique, by celebrated artist Sung Yong Hong.

The one-of-a-kind TV will be on public display at Christie’s in Hong Kong before going under the hammer on November 20 as part of the Christie’s autumn action with all proceeds from the sale going to Orbis, a global NGO that is focused on improving access to high-quality eye health.


Ottchil is a traditional Korean lacquer technique that can be traced back to the Neolithic era. Historically, it was used to coat furniture, ornaments and other valuable objects because of its protective and decorative qualities.

In more recent times Korean artists have embraced and adapted the technique for use in their work.

Sung Yong Hong’s use of Ottchil on the TV was intended to give a modern twist on the ancient art, an attempt to preserve the moments and memories that television created.

The completed piece that covers the television’s rear is called “Memory of TV” and features iconic scenes and characters from television.


“The TV is the centerpiece of every home, and we are excited to share this work of art with the clients of Christie’s Hong Kong. TV is a part of all cultures and we hope that everyone can enjoy watching it.”

“We are also very proud to support Orbis, as they work towards the prevention and treatment of the causes of avoidable blindness,” said KK Park, Executive Vice President and head of Sales & Marketing, Visual Display Business, Samsung Electronics.


Samsung Galaxy Alpha by Goldgenie

A gold-plated Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha by Goldgenie

Goldgenie, a British company specializing in device customization, has added a 24-carat gold-plated Samsung Galaxy Alpha to its offering.

Over the Galaxy Alpha’s polycarbonate shell, Goldgenie has added a 24-carat gold veneer with a thickness of between five and ten microns.


Underneath, the technical specs of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha are unchanged, from its 4.7-inch Super AMOLED screen to its octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. The device is 4G ready and has 32GB of storage, enough to let users take advantage of its 12MP camera.

Presented in an exclusive cherry oak finish box, the glitzy smartphone costs €1,997 (around $2,500). For the same price, Goldgenie also offers a gold-plated Samsung Galaxy S5. The company has also given the Midas touch to various iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry models.

Samsung Gear S Swarovski strap

Samsung Gear S Gets Swarovski Treatment

Samsung Gear S Swarovski strap

No consumer is yet to get his or her hands on ‘s new smartwatch, the Gear S, but its first official accessory has already been announced: the Swarovski-designed Gear S Strap.

The strap is meant to accentuate the smartwatch’s fashion credentials and is adorned in crystals using Swarovski’s newly developed ‘Crystal Fine Mesh’ technique that makes crystals appear to be integrated into a fabric.


According to Samsung, the strap, which will go on sale in October, is a way of helping consumers to personalize their devices to reflect their personality.

A range of ‘Swarovski for Samsung’ accessories for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet, which will be officially launched on September 3, are also in the works and expected to go on sale before Christmas.


Samsung Bendable UHD TV

Samsung launches world’s first flexible TV

Samsung Bendable UHD TV

If you want an ultra-high-definition TV but can’t decide on a flat or curved screen, the  UN78S9B might be just the thing.

And that’s because its 78-inch screen goes from flat to concave curve, on command. Demonstrated for the first time at the 2014 International CES in January, the TV has gone from prototype party piece to actual product and will be going on sale in the company’s native South Korea on August 1.

The logic goes that curved-display TV screens, especially ones that boast four times the resolution of High Definition, offer a more immersive, cinematic experience — so great for watching movies and for gaming.

However, some things, like using smart TV apps or checking the weather or watching the news might be better on a flat screen.

The past several weeks have been very busy for Samsung’s TV business.

At the end of June it launched three new ranges of flat UHDTVs, including the frankly gigantic 105-inch curved screen UN105S9 UHD TV with its equally colossal $120,000 price tag.

There is currently no word as to how much Samsung’s bendable television will cost, or when it will be offered for sale beyond South Korea.

world first curved UHD TV

Samsung introduces a 105″ curved UHDTV for $120,000

world first curved UHD TV

The television, which officially goes on sale in the US this week comes with a 105-inch curved screen and a $120,000 price tag.

Samsung describes the new set — currently the world’s largest curved-screen UHDTV — as offering the ultimate immersive experience and, with a 105-inch curved screen (2.67 metres), it’s not an exaggeration.

The ultra-high-definition TV offers four times the definition of a HD TV plus the ability to ‘upscale’ the resolution of existing high definition content.

It measures 2.5m x 1.46m (including its stand) and thanks to its admittedly stunning curved screen, will need to be set back at least 63cm from a wall.


Each customer can expect a visit from a Samsung expert who will personally demonstrate the TV’s myriad capabilities and make sure that you’re comfortable with them.

The price may seem outrageous but last year Samsung launched an even larger albeit flat-screen UHDTV, the 110-inch UN110S9 which came complete with a $150,000 price tag. Yet within 24 hours the company confirmed that it had already sold 10 of them to customers in the Middle East.

swarovski crystal samsung galaxy note 3 covers

Samsung Shows Off Crystal Covered Tablet Cover

A range of crystal-encrusted Galaxy Note III cases are making their debut at New York Fashion Week.

The accessories, complete with matching bracelets, will be going on sale, for a limited time only, exclusively at Swarovski’s flagship Manhattan store.

Available in three colors — Jet Black; Crystal Metallic Silver; and Crystal Metallic Blue (with a gold blend) — the cases, designed to protect and enhance the Samsung’s flagship phablet, will retail for $300 each.

swarovski crystal samsung galaxy note 3 covers

Samsung UHD TV

World’s largest ultra-high definition TV

Update: Despite the fact that it comes with a $150000 price tag and has been on sale for less than 24 hours, Samsung has already received 10 orders for its latest monster television set.

Measuring 110 inches from corner to corner, Samsung’s latest ultra-high-definition television is the biggest of its kind and arrives just in time for the new year.

Samsung UHD TV

At the 2013 International CES back in January, Samsung promised that it would be launching a gargantuan 110-inch ultra-high-definition television and that it would be hitting the shelves before the end of the year. As it turns out, only just. The TV, which measures 2.6 x 1.8 meters, officially goes on sale in China, the Middle East and ‘select’ European territories on Monday, December 30.

Samsung has not confirmed pricing for the UN110S9 110-inch UHD TV, but its current flagship UHDTV, which at 85 inches was already pretty sizable, comes with a $40,000 price tag, making it the most expensive ‘standard’ TV on the market.

Samsung’s set doesn’t come with precious stones but it does have gesture controls, voice controls, and Samsung’s “Smart Hub,” which gives you access to online content, photos, video, music, and apps.

It also has a quad-core processor, and Samsung’s S-Recommendation service, which tracks your viewing habits and makes viewing recommendations over time.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Crystal Edition

Samsung recently launched a Crystal Edition of the Galaxy S III mini in Germany, and now it will be launched another Crystal Edition device, this time with the Galaxy S4, in Thailand.

S4 crystal

Samsung’s new Galaxy SIV Crystal Edition adds a white faux leather rear casing embedded in Swarovski crystals to the signature smartphone. The device, which is exclusive to Thailand, costs 20,300 baht (that’s $630 or €460), and its production is limited to just 3,500 examples.

The standard Galaxy SIV is currently the most popular branded Android handset on sale. In terms of premium smartphones, only the iPhone sells in higher quantities.

Samsung GALAXY S III mini Crystal Edition

Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini Swarovski crystal edition

Samsung has teamed up with Swarovski to breathe new life and elegance into its SIII Mini handset. The revamped handset, currently exclusive to Germany, is decorated with over 100 crystals.

Samsung GALAXY S III mini Crystal Edition

In all, the smartphone features 166 crystals in a curving wave pattern across the back panel. Other than that, the phone remains untouched, no crystals replacing the homekey or running along the display’s sides. And behind the back panel it’s the same story.

The phone still has the same processor, RAM, screen size, cameras, resolution and operating system as the stock version. The Galaxy SIII Crystal Edition is on sale now for €299.