Samsung unveils smart new line-up at CES 2016
Key product announcements include:
- Ultra Slim SUHD TV concept that is approximately 3mm wide
- The world's largest SUHD TV concept measuring in at 170-inches
- Samsung's Ultra HD Blu-ray player
- AddWash Washing machine, that lets consumers add in additional clothing and detergents to an active cycle
- The Galaxy TabPro S 12-inch tablet, the thinnest and lightest tablet on the market to date
- Updated Gear S 2 Classic in Platinum and Rose Gold variants
SAMSUNG has unveiled a new line-up of SUHD TVs at CES 2016, which it says will usher in a new decade of global TV leadership.
The new TVs feature Quantum dot display, the world's first bezel-less curved design "which is beautiful from every angle".
The full 2016 SUHD TV lineup has applied IoT hub technology, allowing the TV itself to act as the controller for the entire smart home.
Samsung says the 2016 SUHD TVs feature the world's only cadmium-free, 10-bit Quantum dot display, offering the most true-to-life picture quality, with stunning brightness, exceptional contrast and the most lifelike colors ever offered by Samsung.
This year, all of the Samsung SUHD TVs will feature the ability to provide a premium high dynamic range (HDR) experience, with 1,000 nit HDR minimum for a higher level of contrast between light and dark images.
New Ultra Black technology also significantly reduces light reflection, further enhancing picture quality with minimal glare.
Samsung has designed the world's first bezel-less Curved TV, the KS9500 SUHD TV, to provide a more immersive viewing experience.
In keeping with this design ethos, Samsung has sought to eliminate all unnecessary elements, even removing screws from the rear of the TV, to create an elegant product that is beautiful from every angle.
New Smart Hub
The 2016 Smart Hub is designed to provide users with simple access to their favorite content all in one place.
Live TV, over the top (OTT), games and even the menu that appears on the home screen of the Samsung Smart TV allows users to access their favorite programs as soon as they turn on the TV.
Samsung Smart Control remote - The new Samsung Smart TV eliminates the need to juggle multiple remote controls.
The Samsung Smart TV will automatically recognize the type of set-top box, game console, OTT box or home theater system that is connected to the TV. This allows users to control all of the external devices with the Smart Control remote - with no setup required.
More than 500 streaming and downloadable games will be available on the 2016 Samsung Smart TVs.
Recent additions for PlayStationTMNow include Assassin's Creed III, Batman: Arkham Origins, The LEGO Movie and many more.
Smart View: The Samsung Smart View mobile app allows users to share their favorite content instantly with their family.
The upgraded Smart View is now available beyond Samsung Galaxy devices, supporting Android and iOS devices, as well as Window PCs.
Popular apps and websites including AccuWeather, Crackle, iHeartRadio, M-GO, Plex, Pluto.TV, UFC, Vimeo, YuppTV and more are all also Smart View enabled, so consumers can begin the entertainment experience right within the apps and services they enjoy most.
TV becomes the Controller for the Connected Home
All 2016 SUHD TVs feature IoT hub technology, developed by Samsung with SmartThings.
The SUHD TV can connect with and control over 200 SmartThings compatible devices - whether it's to see who is ringing the doorbell, lock the doors or turn off the lights - all from the TV.
The new feature also enhances the entertainment experience by allowing consumers the ability to program a routine that puts the TV in the appropriate picture settings for a movie and activate the soundbar and surround system while watching TV.
A SmartThings Extend USB adapter is required.
Samsung's First Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
Samsung also unveiled its first Ultra HD Blu-ray Player, the UBD-K8500, which is HDR compatible and offers four times the resolution and 64 times detailed color expression of a conventional Blu-ray player.
It features a sleek, curved front design, and is available for pre-order now and for purchase in the U.S. in March 2016.
When paired with Samsung SUHD TV's Quantum dot display, the new UHD Blu-ray player delivers a level of picture quality never before seen in the home.
The UBD-K8500's built-in upscaling technology enhances the picture quality from standard Blu-ray discs and DVDs, and consumers can also play CDs.
Samsung has partnered with Hollywood studios to ensure consumers have a selection of Ultra HD Blu-rays with astonishing HDR picture quality.
This year, 20th Fox is slated to release more than 100 4K Ultra HD discs with HDR including films like The Martian, Peanuts, and among others.
How about a super smart fridge?
Samsung also revealed the new Family Hub Refrigerator, a new category of IoT technology applied home appliance which helps families to connect, and provides new ways to manage, shop and prepare food.
Its centrepiece is a 21.5" Full HD LCD touchscreen, a digital command center for the connected home, which combines powerful performance with ground-breaking technology never before seen in a refrigerator.
The Family Hub's Key capabilities include:
Improved Food Management: Three built-in cameras take a photo of the inside of the refrigerator every time the door is closed so consumers can always see what they have wherever they go, via their smartphone.
Samsung has also partnered with MasterCard to offer a seamless online shopping experience through the Family Hub Refrigerator.
Using the app on the refrigerator's touchscreen, consumers can easily find and purchase items from multiple retailers, directly from their kitchen, all finished with a single, simple checkout process that accepts U.S.-issued credit and debit cards.
Family Communication Centre: The Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator enables the family to write notes, post photos, share calendars and artwork, right on the refrigerator's touchscreen, or using their smartphone if they are away.
IoT Technology Enabled: For example, consumers will be able to check their home's doors are locked and turn off the lights right from the Family Hub screen.
Connected Entertainment: With the Family Hub Refrigerator's built-in stereo speakers, people can stream their favourite music service, or TV content from their Samsung Smart TVs directly to the touchscreen, as well as connecting to their own Bluetooth speakers.