Samsung: January 2014 in review

Samsung: January 2014 in reviewSamsung is notoriously prolific, so occasionally it’s necessary to pause, have a lie down and digest its recent output, as was the case in Fifty-six days of Samsung: 10 devices in eight weeks, and Samsung: completely and utterly mental?

In addition to the nine new Samsung devices we wrote about last month, I’ve managed to track down a further five. Yes, technically, that’s FOURTEEN new Samsung devices in January 2014 alone. Good lord.

I guess the easiest way to do this is chronological order. Or at least vaguely chronological. Ready? Let’s rock!

Samsung: January 2014 in review1-4. CES 2014: four new Galaxy Pro tablets

Kicking the year off with a bang, Samsung brought no less than four new tablets to CES 2014 in Las Vegas, all members of the spanking new (as far as I'm aware) Pro family.

They are the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (pictured), Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, and Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

In addition to boasting two gigantic tablets (beating the iPad Pro to the proverbial punch in the process), the Galaxy Pro family is notable for debuting Samsung’s Magazine UX, which looks more than a little bit Windows.

5. Samsung Galaxy Tab3 Lite

Not content with those four new Galaxy Pro tablets unveiled in Las Vegas, Samsung quickly followed up with the wallet-friendly Galaxy Tab3 Lite.

With specs including a 1024 x 600 resolution, 1GB of RAM and 2MP rear camera, we’re thinking the Samsung Galaxy Tab3 Lite will be priced rather competitively, perhaps less than £100.

Samsung: January 2014 in review6. Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Olympic Games Edition (KPN)

Popping up in the Netherlands, it’s the slightly bizarre Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Olympic Games Edition.

It comes with a special flip cover and tickets to skating lessons in the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium, and buyers also get the chance to win tickets to the Winter Olympics, which get underway this week.

Incidentally, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the official phone of the Winter Olympic Games, and has been gifted to all participating athletes.

7. Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo+ (Samsung China)

I’m looking at that name and I’m just… It’s the Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo Plus.

Launched in China, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo+ is pretty much identical to the existing model, but with dual-SIM support and Jelly Bean Android 4.3 out of the box. I dare say that appeals to someone in China.

Samsung: January 2014 in review8. Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

This guy was rumoured for a Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 launch, but who needs trade shows?

Meet the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo, a phone that’s both better and worse than the original 2012 Galaxy Grand. I would've paid good money to be a fly on the wall at that R&D meeting.

Of all the devices on this list, this is the one that really has under wondering: ‘What the actual fudge?’

9. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

Here’s another one that was tipped to make its debut at MWC 2014 in Barcelona, but Samsung knows best.

I speak of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, essentially offering Galaxy Note 2 specs in a Galaxy Note 3-style body, complete with a faux leather rear.

The LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo is also notable (pun intended) for being the world’s first hexa-core smartphone, with a quad-core plus dual-core set-up type dealio.

Samsung: January 2014 in review10-11. Samsung Galaxy S4 Black and Galaxy S4 mini Black

Here’s another couple of devices taking their design cue from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, with its faux leather rear.

Destined for Russia, it’s the Samsung Galaxy S4 Black and Galaxy S4 mini Black, which are – for all intents and purposes – identical to the existing models, other than the black leatherish rears.

12-14. Samsung Galaxy Fame Lite, Galaxy Trend and Galaxy Core: LaFleur Editions (Samsung Russia)

Remember the Samsung Galaxy Fame Lite, Galaxy Trend and Galaxy Core smartphones? Me neither.

In stark contrast to the manly Galaxy S4 Black, Russia is also being treated (ahem) to LaFleur Editions of the above trio.

The specs are the same as the existing models, so essentially you’re getting a lovely floral design on the back. Amazing.

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