Samsung wows at CES keynote with flexible phone and Clinton (pictures)
Samsung's keynote address gets widespread attention at CES with the company's new Youm flexible display and a talk by former President Bill Clinton.
Wooing the crowd
Samsung President Stephen Woo on stage at the annual Consumer Electronics Show. Woo tells the audience the talk will focus on three areas: advances in processing, how new memory solutions are speeding up response times, and display technology with new form factors. Also: "new ideas and new focus on mobilizing possibility for all the world's people."
Woo tells the audience at CES that there are more than 6 billion mobile devices in use and more than half a billion smartphones sold -- and as people become more attached to these devices, they want more things. Today's devices are all about ease of use and experience, he says.
Woo debuts Samsung's Exynos5 Octa, a new processor that has two sets of four-core processors each. It's made to run intense apps while also conserving energy when handling basic tasks, Woo tells the audience.
Youm, Samsung's new flexible OLED display technology, was one of the highlights of the presentation. Here Samsung's Brian Berkeley, SVP of Samsung's display lab, holds up a Youm display and bends it on stage. "Imagine the products you could design with this," he says.
"Some companies talk about a reality distortion field. We actually built one," quips Microsoft's chief technical strategy officer, Eric Rudder, as he shows off the prototype of a Windows Phone with the Youm display.
"This electronics show shows how much technology has changed, and what we have to look forward to," Clinton told the audience. But let's not forget about the poor countries that can benefit from technology, he added.