Introduction

Samsung's press conference at CES didn't feature any new mobile phones or tablets. The Korean manufacturer focused on its innovative SUHD TV, portable SSD drive and Milk Music. It highlighted the smartphone and tablets sales, but there were no new devices to share the spotlight with the new TV.

The awaited Samsung Galaxy S6 didn't make it to CES, so we'll be seeing it later on MWC or shortly after.

CES 2015 Samsung

The recently released Samsung Galaxy A5 was at Samsung's booth at CES though, so we seized the opportunity to take a closer look at the thin and metal-clad Galaxy A5. It's a mid-range device with premium build and nice screen plus quite a capable camera so it's shaping up to be quite a something.

CES 2015 Samsung

One day later, Samsung introduced some very interesting tech at the Samsung's "Night with Marvel" event. Unfortunately, most of the new devices are exclusive to the Avengers team only, but at least we got a nice glimpse of what Tony Stark and co are going to use in their fight for saving the world.

So, without further ado, we are ready to share with you our impressions of Samsung's gadgets showcased at CES 2015.

Samsung Galaxy A5 hands-on

Samsung Galaxy A5 looks the same as the compact Galaxy A3 and both share the design language behind the Galaxy Alpha. The entire Galaxy A lineup is built around a metal frame, thin profile and Super AMOLED screens.

The Galaxy A5, just like the rest, features the stylish metal chassis with tapered shiny edges. It's got a beautiful Super AMOLED screen, 5" big with a resolution of 720p. Currently, this is the biggest display in the A series, though the rumors suggest the upcoming Galaxy A7 will be a phablet with a 5.5" big screen.

CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung

Samsung Galaxy A5 in Pearl White

The Galaxy A5 is really thin at 6.7mm and weighs just 123g. Yet it feels great in hand providing strong grip thanks to its matte rear plastic cover and those tapered edges completing the sides.

CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung

We really like the sides of the Galaxy A5

The front of the Galaxy A5 is pretty much a standard Galaxy affair though there is no premium tech as fingerprint security scanner as it was on the Galaxy Alpha.

CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung

The front of the Galaxy A5

There isn't a heart-rate monitor on the back either - it's just the 13MP ISOCELL camera sensor, the LED flash and the loudspeaker grille.

CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung

A peek at the back of the white, black and silver flavors of the Galaxy A5

The 5.0" 720p AMOLED screen offers great contrast and colors, wide viewing angles and vivid images for great multimedia experience. Those type of screens are among the most preferred on the market and the A5's display will be on of its key selling points for sure.

CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung

The beautiful 5" screen of the silver Galaxy A5

The rear cover is non-removable and so is the embedded 2,300 mAh battery. The microSD and the nanoSIM beds are both on the right side of the Galaxy A5, easily ejectable with the help of small pins.

CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung

The sides of the Galaxy A5

Samsung Galaxy A5 runs on Android KitKat OS skinned with company's proprietary TouchWiz UI. We like this combo and though it might come overwhelmed with features and apps, we still prefer it in favor of a stripped down Android OS.

CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung

Samsung Galaxy A5 in white and silver

The Galaxy A5 is available in Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue, and Champagne Gold, and will set you back about €400.

CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung

Samsung Galaxy A5 in black

Samsung Avengers tech hands-on

Samsung has been rather lacking in mobile tech announcement at this year's CES with only a few devices premiering (Galaxy E7, E5, A5 and A3) and technically not as part of the press conference itself. This however does not mean that the Korean tech giant went over to Las Vegas empty handed.

A few interesting TVs along with a new SUHD technology graced the podium at their press conference along with an array of Kitchen appliances, audio equipment and even smart vacuum cleaners.

But sadly, that has little to nothing to do with mobile tech, which we were really hoping to see. Walking by the Samsung booth, however a rather peculiar showcase caught our attention and it definitely falls more in the realms of our interest.

It appears that Samsung was responsible for the tech props used in the recent Avengers movie and the giant did not miss to showcase them.

First on the list is smartwatch with a 1.9 inch curved display very reminiscent of the Samsung Gear S. It looks very slick with what appears to be a metal finish and a nicely shaped strap. Frankly, it is kind of a beautifully re-imagined version of the recent Samsung wearable.

It looks a lot more premium in terms of materials and the lack of a button on the front makes the whole thing flush, but the large Samsung logo kind of gives away its true marketing agenda.

Samsung Avengers tech
Samsung Avengers tech
Samsung Avengers tech

Avengers smartwatch reminds a lot of the Gear S

Second on the list are two futuristic-looking earpieces, complete with large curved displays. Both appear very high-tech, but kind of over the top, especially the golden one. Again the company logo is front stage center, but again that is to be expected.

Samsung Avengers tech
Samsung Avengers tech
Samsung Avengers tech

Futuristic Avengers earpieces, complete with curved display

Finally, we see perhaps the most intriguing item of the bunch - Tony Stark's own device, dubbed simply - "Smartphone". It looks out of this world with a large 6.9 inch transparent part, which is identified as a transparent display and a wider solid bottom part that should supposedly hold the rest of the hardware. It is also complete with its own 3.65-inch curved display, covering it edge to edge and a nice silver strip tying the whole design together.

It is truly the stuff of dreams, especially after taking into account all it has done for Tony, aiding him to defend the World.

Samsung Avengers tech
Samsung Avengers tech
Samsung Avengers tech

Tony Stark's very own Avengers smartphone

The Avengers display is a nice little marketing touch that is sure to appeal to tech geeks and Avenger fans alike.

Interestingly enough, the curved displays on the separate pieces do look very real under closer examination.

Although it is extremely unlikely that any of the device actually work, the panels themselves might just be the real deal, making the exhibition all that cooler.

When you think about it, the tech to power these futuristic gadgets is all pretty much a reality, even the large transparent smartphone display, which is an exciting thought, to say the least. But until anything similar makes its way to consumer devices, we can only marvel at exquisitely crafted models like the ones brought by Samsung to CES 2015.

Samsung Galaxy A5 hands-on

Samsung Galaxy A5 looks the same as the compact Galaxy A3 and both share the design language behind the Galaxy Alpha. The entire Galaxy A lineup is built around a metal frame, thin profile and Super AMOLED screens.

The Galaxy A5, just like the rest, features the stylish metal chassis with tapered shiny edges. It's got a beautiful Super AMOLED screen, 5" big with a resolution of 720p. Currently, this is the biggest display in the A series, though the rumors suggest the upcoming Galaxy A7 will be a phablet with a 5.5" big screen.

CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung

Samsung Galaxy A5 in Pearl White

The Galaxy A5 is really thin at 6.7mm and weighs just 123g. Yet it feels great in hand providing strong grip thanks to its matte rear plastic cover and those tapered edges completing the sides.

CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung

We really like the sides of the Galaxy A5

The front of the Galaxy A5 is pretty much a standard Galaxy affair though there is no premium tech as fingerprint security scanner as it was on the Galaxy Alpha.

CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung

The front of the Galaxy A5

There isn't a heart-rate monitor on the back either - it's just the 13MP ISOCELL camera sensor, the LED flash and the loudspeaker grille.

CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung

A peek at the back of the white, black and silver flavors of the Galaxy A5

The 5.0" 720p AMOLED screen offers great contrast and colors, wide viewing angles and vivid images for great multimedia experience. Those type of screens are among the most preferred on the market and the A5's display will be on of its key selling points for sure.

CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung

The beautiful 5" screen of the silver Galaxy A5

The rear cover is non-removable and so is the embedded 2,300 mAh battery. The microSD and the nanoSIM beds are both on the right side of the Galaxy A5, easily ejectable with the help of small pins.

CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung

The sides of the Galaxy A5

Samsung Galaxy A5 runs on Android KitKat OS skinned with company's proprietary TouchWiz UI. We like this combo and though it might come overwhelmed with features and apps, we still prefer it in favor of a stripped down Android OS.

CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung

Samsung Galaxy A5 in white and silver

The Galaxy A5 is available in Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue, and Champagne Gold, and will set you back about €400.

CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung
CES 2015 Samsung

Samsung Galaxy A5 in black

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