South Korean manufacturer Samsung makes no bones about its belief that one size doesn’t fit all, and while its resultant output is nothing less than outrageously prolific, the tactic is clearly paying off, as evidenced by its domination in the world of Android – and indeed mobile phones on the whole.
But we hadn’t realised just how outrageously prolific Samsung is at the moment, with at least 10 devices launched (we dare say a couple might’ve slipped through the net) in the past eight weeks, and a handful more seemingly imminent. Yes, that’s more than one product launch PER WEEK.
In case you happened to blink at any point over the past fifty-six days, I’ve listed Samsung’s new devices in chronological order. Ready? Check it:
August 14: Samsung Hennessy
Perhaps named after the tasty cognac, the Samsung Hennessy is the first of two dual-screen flip phones on our list, with a full numeric keypad beneath the internal display. Massive picture incoming:
Samsung Hennessy specs: 3.3in displays (320 x 480), quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1,500mAh battery, microSD compatibility, Jelly Bean Android 4.1.
August 24: Samsung Galaxy Golden
Less than two weeks after the launch of the Samsung Hennessy, the South Koreans lifted the lid on a little something called the Samsung Galaxy Golden, a dual-screen flip phone with a full numeric keypad beneath the internal display. You heard me.
Samsung Galaxy Golden specs: 3.7in displays, dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 8MP rear camera, Jelly Bean Android 4.2.
August 28: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids
With Samsung covering each and every customer base it can think of (the Samsung Galaxy Golden appears to be aimed at those in their “golden” years i.e. old folk), it shouldn’t come as much surprise to see a tablet specifically aimed at wee ones. Boys and girls, meet the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids.
The tablet comes with “top ranked kids’ apps” and a “brand new Kid’s Store aimed at driving the educational possibilities of technology for kids”. Bless.
Parents can also define a period of use, with a password-protected lock screen appearing when it expires.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids specs: 7in display (1024 x 600), 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 3MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 8GB storage with microSD, Jelly Bean Android 4.1.
August 31: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom LTE Edition
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is the flagship variant with the protruding 16MP rear camera, and the LTE Edition adds – you guessed it – LTE compatibility, specifically for Europeans. Otherwise, the handset appears unchanged.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom LTE Edition specs: 4.3in qHD Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 16MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, 8GB internal storage with microSD, 2,330mAh battery, Jelly Bean (Android 4.2).
These three were fairly well documented, being among the most talked about devices at the annual IFA conference in Berlin.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features some neat multitasking stuff, such as the ability to draw a second window. Example: looking at an invoice and bringing up a little calculator without leaving the invoice. Neat.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition - described as a "multitasker's dream" - does it all on a larger screen, and sounds surprisingly impressive after the lacklustre Note 10.1.
And finally, the Samsung Galaxy Gear is a “companion device” for the above, and even Samsung concedes that it’s somewhat lacking.
For specs and what have you, hit the blue stuff.
September 12: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (rumoured)
This one is simply rumoured at the moment, but we’re told to expect a Samsung Galaxy S4 Active with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor at any moment, the current chap hosting a Snapdragon 600.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is of course the flagship variant that laughs in the face of water and dust.
September 25: Gold Samsung Galaxy S4s
Exclusive to territories where people drive around in cars made of solid gold, the gold Samsung Galaxy S4s (available in Gold Pink and Gold Brown) came to light after the launch of the gold iPhone 5S, but were actually available before Apple’s flagship.
October 9: Samsung Galaxy Round
One of the strangest devices on the list, the Samsung Galaxy Round is curved around the vertical axis, which supposedly makes it real comfortable to hold, while you can tilt the phone from a flat surface to view notifications. Hmm.
Samsung Galaxy Round specs: 5.7in 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 13MP rear camera, 2,800mAh battery.
October 10: Samsung Galaxy J
Here’s one that’s just come to light at the time of writing. As the name suggests, it’ll probably remain exclusive to Japan, and appears to sit somewhere between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Samsung Galaxy J specs: 5in 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage with microSD, 2,600mAh battery, Jelly Bean Android 4.3.