Hi everyone. Our preshow will be starting at 9am PT / 12n ET.
The actual Samsung event will start an hour later.
Hi, everyone. Welcome to Samsung's Unpacked event!
I'll be hosting you from San Francisco until the fun begins in Berlin at 7 p.m. local time. That's 10 a.m. on the US West Coast, 1 p.m. on the East Coast, and 6 p.m. in London.
Also, until we begin please enjoy the preshow with Brian Tong, Eric Franklin, and Donald Bell. If you don't see the video player, please refresh your browser.
The CNET UK team will be live blogging the event from Berlin with Josh Miller from San Francisco delivering the photos.
This has been a busy day from IFA. Sony and Asus held press conferences just a couple of hours ago. Samsung will host another press conference tomorrow (Thursday) at 11 a.m. Berlin time. CNET will be there to live blog so please join us (if you're awake).
Once the team in Berlin enters the room and get online, they'll take over.
We're seated, waiting for the event to kick off! Half an hour to go. What's everyone hoping to see?
Samsung has opted for its usual musical score -- booming, heartfelt orchestra music. We feel suitably moved.
The venue is absolutely enormous -- Samsung clearly has cash to splash on events like these. We'll get a behind-the-scenes picture for you asap.
@Ryan: We'll have to see what Samsung says. Sometimes they reveal a new device without giving exact details on carrier availability.
The lighting is a deep blue, classic Samsung-logo shade. The stadium is filling up quickly -- we have 25 minutes until go time!
The Galaxy Note 3 is hotly anticipated to feature here -- what features do you want to see in the next Note?
@Shashank: Fingerprint scanners do appear to a hot feature that a lot of people want right now
@Yash, Samsung seems to incrementally give the S Pen more features, so I'm confident we'll see some new tricks today.
Fingerprint scanners *could* work, but they have to make sure that the scanners actually adequately capture your entire fingerprint in one go -- that's meaty fingers in addition to the slim ones. Current versions are pretty hit or miss.