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Samsung reveals 2 new Note smartphones plus Gear VR virtual reality headset

Samsung demonstrated two new versions of its Galaxy Note smartphone, along with a new virtual reality headset, today at the IFA tech show in Berlin according to this BBCNews.com article dated Sept. 3. Samsung orchestrated simultaneous events in Berlin, New York and Beijing to introduce the three devices in major markets across the globe. The new headset is called Samsung Gear VR. VR stands for virtual reality. The two smartphones are the long-expected Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Note 4 comes in gold, pink, dark gray and white and it looks much like previous versions of the Note. The Note Edge is a dramatically different looking smartphone with a glass screen that curves around the right edge of the phone. Note Edge's screen measures 5.6 inches, slightly smaller than Note 4 and the earlier Notes which all measure 5.7 inches diagonally.

Adam Levine (C) and James Valentine (R) of Maroon 5 were on hand in New York along as Samsung launched two new Note smartphones and the Gear VR headset.
Adam Levine (C) and James Valentine (R) of Maroon 5 were on hand in New York along as Samsung launched two new Note smartphones and the Gear VR headset.Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Samsung introduced the Gear VR, for Virtual Reality, Sept. 3 at the IFA tech show in Berlin.
Samsung introduced the Gear VR, for Virtual Reality, Sept. 3 at the IFA tech show in Berlin.Photo by Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Samsung

To see the Samsung Gear VR demo that Samsung performed at IFA in Berlin earlier today, check the video attached to this article. Samsung Gear VR works with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. In the video, the demonstrators insert the Note 4 smartphone into the Gear VR headset. The CNET.com site also covers Gear VR featuring the commentary of CNET's New York-based reviewer who demoed the Gear RV and noted that it works successfully using the Note 4 smartphone as its screen. At the time of the live demo there were a few remarks and tweets questioning the likelihood of average Joe types using this helmet in their homes; suffice it to say that headsets, like Google Glass, tend to look funny the first time anyone sees them.

The IFA show is one of the oldest tech shows around, having begun in Berlin in 1924. IFA stands for Internationale Funkausstellung. Translated from German to English, this means International Radio Exposition. This show has evolved from a radio exposition to a major show that features technical and industrial exhibitors from around the globe.

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is likely to have a price above the standard $200 benchmark when initially released. That price could dip below $200 within a few weeks. It isn't likely that a higher price will stay in place for long. In competitive environments, technology prices typically go down over time, not up. The $200 price point assumes the buyer signs up for a new, two-year commitment for phone services from a service provider such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint. The new phone will cost over $500 without a new commitment. Each of the major carriers also offers a plan that allows the buyer to pay for the phone over time. Samsung Mobile's site contains much more detail about each device.