12:57PM EST - We're here at Samsung's MWC 2017 press conference.

12:57PM EST - Matt on text, Anton on photos

12:58PM EST - Ian is here too, but he's busy writing up the Samsung news article.

12:58PM EST - After walking 1.2 miles from the LG press conference to the Huawei event, I couldn’t get in because the building was at capacity.

12:59PM EST - The Wi-Fi here is dead. We're uploading pics via 4G

01:00PM EST - Samsung usually announces its next Galaxy phone at MWC, but it already stated that it’s not announcing the Galaxy S8 here.

01:00PM EST - Instead, this event should feature some new tablets.

01:00PM EST - As such, this event is much smaller and less ostentatious than previous MWC events.

01:01PM EST - Sorry for the quality of the photos. We're sitting towards the back of the room.

01:04PM EST - It should be starting soon. Samsung's running a little late.

01:05PM EST - Hopefully it starts before I fall asleep

01:08PM EST - I need more coffee

01:11PM EST - I've been listening to the same song playing in a loop for 30 minutes

01:12PM EST - There have not been many interesting Android tablets lately

01:14PM EST - Most of the compelling high-end tablets are running Windows 10

01:18PM EST - Apparently there's a technical difficulty with the projector

01:22PM EST - Here we go!

01:23PM EST - Showing a video about quality assurance testing. Odd way to start a press conference

01:24PM EST - Still trying to assuage people's fears about Note7 I guess

01:25PM EST - "You have to give people what they want"

01:25PM EST - Reflecting on the past 6 months

01:26PM EST - Determined to correct past mistakes

01:26PM EST - Wants to regain customers' trust

01:26PM EST - Samsung has implemented an 8-point battery safety check and battery safety advisory group

01:27PM EST - A protestor was just asked to get off the stage

01:28PM EST - Thanking customers for remaining loyal to Samsung

01:28PM EST - Now looking to the future

01:28PM EST - New network technology, tablets, VR

01:28PM EST - First up: 5G

01:29PM EST - Tim Baxtor, President & COO Samsung America, on stage

01:30PM EST - Connecting devices. IoT

01:30PM EST - Connect everything!

01:31PM EST - Samsung has invested heavily in 5G

01:31PM EST - Talking about how great 5G is

01:32PM EST - Fast, low-latency, ubiquitous

01:32PM EST - Samsung launching its 5G network portfolio

01:33PM EST - Infrastructure, 5G radio, and 5G home router for consumers

01:33PM EST - 5G in the home instead of fiber

01:33PM EST - "Modem SoC" That's a pretty generic name

01:34PM EST - Spokesperson from Verizon on stage

01:35PM EST - Samsung is working with Verizon on 5G network trials

01:36PM EST - Now doing customer trials

01:36PM EST - Will begin in the next 60 days

01:38PM EST - Involves interoperability testing between devices and deployed network

01:38PM EST - It sounds like these trials are for fixed wireless applications

01:39PM EST - Moving on to tablets

01:40PM EST - The role of the tablet has become less defined

01:40PM EST - Most tablet usage takes place in the home

01:40PM EST - This usage still requires mobility

01:41PM EST - Most people see tablets as entertainment devices

01:41PM EST - Samsung is introducing 2 new tablets

01:42PM EST - Not just for entertainment. Can also be for work

01:42PM EST - Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

01:43PM EST - Cue slick product video

01:44PM EST - A tablet for entertainment and productivity

01:44PM EST - Glossy glass back

01:44PM EST - alumimum frame

01:44PM EST - silver and black colors

01:44PM EST - 429 grams

01:45PM EST - Ships with Android 7

01:45PM EST - Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC

01:45PM EST - 9.7" QXGA SAMOLED display

01:45PM EST - 97% of DCI-P3

01:46PM EST - Supports HDR content

01:46PM EST - blue light filter for reading

01:47PM EST - It includes Qualcomm's Game Center software to mute notifications while gaming

01:47PM EST - Includes 4 speakers tuned by AKG

01:48PM EST - Auto rotate speakers: audio changes when tablet is shifted between portrait and landscape

01:48PM EST - "a 9.7-inch home theater solution"

01:49PM EST - Claimed 12 hour battery life (video playback)

01:49PM EST - LTE & Wi-Fi connectivity

01:50PM EST - There's a keyboard cover and S Pen for productivity and taking notes

01:50PM EST - S Pen based on Wacom tech

01:50PM EST - Galaxy Tab S3 includes the S Pen in the box

01:51PM EST - S Pen does not use batteries and does not require charging

01:51PM EST - Pressure sensitive

01:52PM EST - There's a new special edition S Pen by Staedtler modeled after a pencil

01:53PM EST - Now for the next product

01:54PM EST - Samsung Galaxy Book

01:54PM EST - "for the user who needs to get things done"

01:55PM EST - Windows 10 2-in-1 device

01:55PM EST - all aluminum chassis with a fan inside

01:58PM EST - Intel Core i5-7200U inside

01:58PM EST - 12" has up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage

01:59PM EST - Comes with 2 USB Type-C ports on same edge

01:59PM EST - LTE connectivity

01:59PM EST - fast-charging battery with a claimed 10.5 hours of battery life

02:00PM EST - Microsoft representative on stage to discuss collaboration on Windows devices

02:01PM EST - The Galaxy Book seems to compete with Microsoft's Surface and Huawei's MateBook

02:01PM EST - [my wrist is cramping]

02:02PM EST - emphasizing Windows 10 security

02:02PM EST - can use Windows Hello with Galaxy Book

02:03PM EST - Office 365 + Windows 10 for productivity

02:03PM EST - Full S Pen functionality and features (Air Command, etc) on Windows

02:04PM EST - Adobe Photoshop recognizes S Pen for enhanced functions

02:05PM EST - Adobe on stage demoing S Pen with Photoshop

02:06PM EST - The S Pen inking is smooth and tracks with the pen well

02:07PM EST - The keyboard cover (included) is backlit (powered by the tablet, no battery) and has similar key travel to laptop

02:08PM EST - Tablet connects to keyboard magnetically

02:08PM EST - Samsung Flow: software that provides integration between Galaxy Book and other Galaxy devices

02:08PM EST - Unlock Galaxy Book with fingerprint sensor on Galaxy phone

02:09PM EST - Notifications from phone show up on Galaxy Book

02:09PM EST - You cannot take or receive calls on Galaxy Book, though, like you can with MacBook/iPhone

02:09PM EST - That's it for tablets

02:10PM EST - Now VR

02:10PM EST - Gear VR has "democratized the VR experience"

02:11PM EST - New Samsung Gear VR with handheld controller with touchpad from Occulus

02:12PM EST - hand tracking opens up new experiences

02:12PM EST - Gear VR Control will come with Gear VR

02:12PM EST - Just one more thing!

02:13PM EST - Galaxy S8 teaser in progress

02:13PM EST - 3/29/2017

02:14PM EST - Galaxy Unpacked event for S8

02:14PM EST - And that's it!

02:15PM EST - Time for some hands-on time with the new tablets

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  • Trixanity - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    I'm guessing the projector exploded, so they had to get an intern to go out into the city to get a non-Samsung projector.

    Jokes aside: what's the point of holding all these live presentations when articles have been written by the tech media beforehand?
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  • Ian Cutress - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    Having early PRs helps us from having to write it up during the event and racing to be first. Mind you, we only got them 60 mins before the event. Quite often a few nuggets are in the press event only, but the press event is the precursor to having a hands-on. It's like an exchange program - sit through the presentation, think of questions, then go ask them with a hands-on with the device. That's when we write our hands on. :) Reply
  • Ian Cutress - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    Though some companies raise the embargo mid-presentation, or end-presentation. It's rare to get an embargo time of when the presentation starts. Reply
  • Trixanity - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    Fair enough. It just looked like multiple outlets had articles up before all the presentations which made me wonder and it seemed to make watching the actual presentations somewhat redundant as you'd get all the details in a condensed format instead of spending hours on presentations. It's the first time I've noticed the articles be up so early. I appreciate the expediency though. It's a good format for all parties I suppose including readers. Reply
  • Meteor2 - Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - link

    I think it's new. Same thing happened with AMD at GDC yesterday. Embargo was lifted at presentation start, not end. Reply
  • austinsguitar - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    am i the only one extremely uninterested in this device? no? Reply
  • Michael Bay - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    Which one. Reply
  • SpartanJet - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    Yes the ADroid device is so boring and useless.

    Now the windows 10 device is very interesting and has an OS that is actually useful.
    Reply
  • theuglyman0war - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - link

    With the New 27" pen enabled RealSense AIO's coming out I was hoping Samsung would come out with an AMOLED/HDR10 version for some Zbrush Maya pressure sensitive/color accuracy heaven.

    As expensive as the Microsoft is Not being able to upgrade the GPU and just knowing that HDR10 linear accuracy is here now... It just seems like throwing money in the toilet.
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  • theuglyman0war - Tuesday, March 07, 2017 - link

    Hmmm I missed the part where the Tablet was both AMOLED AND HDR...
    hoping that includes the 12" windows version.

    As much as I am loving the the new large pressure sensitive 27" realsense aio size real estate for old school traditional art gestural skills that promote using one's shoulder n elbow into one's stroke rather than the timid carpal inducing wrist motion that small form factors promote ( reinforcing what Art College use teach back in the day was definitely a bad habit )

    But if the Windows 12" Tablet has HDR to and that is WCG 10 bit HDR along with that AMOLED screen's true black contrast ratio sharpness and dark drama then I have definitely found my "portable solution!"
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