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Samsung Z

There may be no Android, but Samsung's Z phone running its in-house Tizen operating system looks enough like the Galaxy S5's custom interface to easily get around.

June 3, 2014

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is a smooth-performing midrange slate, but it's overpriced compared to similar tablets.

June 10, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating June 10, 2014
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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 delivers everything casual tablet users will need, but it's all tied down to an inflated price tag that makes comparable options more attractive to budget-conscious shoppers.

April 11, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating April 11, 2014
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

As with the original flagship, Samsung is counting on the midrange phone's fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor, and extra apps to stand out.

July 1, 2014

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Vivo Xplay 3S

The distinction of having the first smartphone with ultra HD resolution goes to Chinese phone-maker Vivo's Xplay 3S from this past December.

February 4, 2014

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport

Coming in cherry red and electric blue on July 25, Sprint's take on the Galaxy S5 Active includes its own fitness app and a partnership with Under Armour. We weigh in on the phone's specs and form here.

June 23, 2014

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

Though it's only marginally more durable than the original Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S5 Active's physical buttons and high-end features keep it in Samsung's hit parade.

June 6, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating June 6, 2014
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Samsung Gear 2 Neo

The Gear 2 Neo offers the best balance of features and price among Samsung's three 2014 smartwatches, but it falls short of must-have status.

May 15, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating May 15, 2014
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Samsung Gear 2

Samsung has made strides with the Gear 2, but this smartwatch is on its own island with few apps and Samsung-only device compatibility. At this point, you're better off waiting for Android Wear.

May 7, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating May 7, 2014
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Samsung Galaxy Beam 2

Samsung's second stab at the Beam line signals the return of the built-in projector, and adds a 4.6-inch screen and quad-core processor.

April 25, 2014

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