Samsung Guest Speaker Overshadows CES Press Conference
January 7, 2014

CES 2014: Guest Speaker Meltdown Spoils Samsung CES Press Conference

Peter Suciu for – Your Universe Online

It probably wasn’t the headlines that South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung hoped to make at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but news on Monday of the event was dominated not by so much by the company’s lineup of new product offerings but rather the on-stage meltdown of action movie director/producer Michael Bay.

The Transformers director was supposed to be a celebrity speaker at Samsung’s Monday afternoon press conference, but a teleprompter glitch caused him to get flustered – so much so that he simply walked off the stage.

“Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES – I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing,” the director posted on his official blog soon after the event. “But I’m doing a special curved screen experience with Samsung and Transformers 4 footage that will be traveling around the world.”

As CNET noted in their live blog coverage of the event, the annual Samsung press conference is one of the biggest events of the pre-CES media day. “People stand in line almost all day to get in to Samsung’s CES press conference,” wrote Shara Tibken. “Just for the VIP line, people got there a couple hours early.”

While Bay may have thrown the audience for curve, Samsung actually presented a curve of its own. The South Korean consumer electronics giant introduced a line of UHDTVs (Ultra HDTV) – also known as 4K – including a massive 105-inch curved model as well as plans for a 55-, 65- and 78-inch curved sets. The company touted its 105-inch model as the world’s largest curved UHD TV and it features a cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio with more than 11 million pixels in its 5,120 x 2,160 screen resolution.

The company is clearly looking for a game changer that could help turn around sluggish TV sales.

“Ultra HD is going to drive the next change in the TV industry,” Joe Stinziano, executive vice president at Samsung, told the audience during the press conference.

Samsung also announced that it would extend Ultra HD to a smart hub device that would also include Amazon, M-Go, Netflix, Comcast and DirecTV services – suggesting that the company is planning to cover as many video bases as possible.

While the company is looking to go big with TVs sets, it is also apparently making all efforts to cover the tablet bases as well, and on Monday announced that the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 will arrive later this year. This high-end tablet will feature a 2,560 x 1,600 pixel display along with an 8-core Samsung Exynos processor or a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor on the 4G LTE model.

Both versions of the tablet will feature an 8 megapixel rear camera, 2megapixel front facing camera, 3 GB of RAM, and options for either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. Both models – the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO line – will run on Android 4.4 KitKat, and will feature an integrated infrared blaster and feature Bluetooth 4.0.

“We created the Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO series to kick-off a year in which Samsung truly establishes its leadership in the tablet market,” said JK Shin, CEO and president of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “This new line offers the best-in-class content consumption and productivity, combining a stunning viewing experience with Samsung's design legacy. The Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO truly demonstrate our commitment to providing our customers with extraordinarily versatile product offerings, tailored to tablet users of every description.”

Prices and release date for the new line of tablets have yet to be announced.