Samsung CES 2017 Event Live Blogby Joshua Ho & Billy Tallis on January 4, 2017 4:36 PM EST
05:01PM EST - We're here at Samsung's CES Press Conference. Josh is on photos and Billy is on text.
05:01PM EST - The stage props suggest a home automation theme
05:03PM EST - Intro video rolling. Refrigerator and curved monitors
05:03PM EST - Tim Baxter, President and COO of Samsung Electronics America
05:04PM EST - "This was a challenging year for Samsung"
05:04PM EST - "despite our setbacks, we have not stopped innovating"
05:05PM EST - more than 5M Gear VR devices
05:07PM EST - 3 key areas of focus
05:07PM EST - 1. build products that fit your life
05:07PM EST - appliances, lightweight mobile computers
05:07PM EST - 2. "elegant, thoughtful design"
05:08PM EST - "just as beautiful turned off as turned on"
05:08PM EST - 3. IoT: "not just a buzzword, it guides our strategy"
05:08PM EST - building a more expansive set of connected devices
05:09PM EST - "we have IoT products in every appliance category"
05:09PM EST - "because that's what consumers want"
05:09PM EST - every Samsung TV will be a smart TV
05:09PM EST - features/services like Samsung SmartThings and Samsung Pay
05:10PM EST - acquiring Harman for automotive technology
05:11PM EST - now playing a video about Samsung's TVs
05:12PM EST - customers listing what they want from their next TV: 4k, HDR, streaming
05:13PM EST - on stage: Joe Stinziano, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics America
05:13PM EST - UHD market grew 70% last year
05:13PM EST - Samsung has 46.4% TV market share in US
05:14PM EST - Quantum Dot technology: improved image quality
05:14PM EST - no degradation over time like with OLED
05:15PM EST - branded as Samsung QLED TV
05:15PM EST - being revealed on stage
05:16PM EST - supports "nearly all" of DCI P3 color space
05:17PM EST - 1500-2000 nits brightness
05:18PM EST - TV connects through one optical cable to a breakout box
05:18PM EST - no-gap wall mount
05:19PM EST - multiple options for stands
05:20PM EST - showing a TV with a wood bezel, mimicing a picture frame
05:21PM EST - now on stage: Won Jin Lee, Executive Vice President, Samsung Electronics
05:21PM EST - talking about TV as a hub for entertainment
05:23PM EST - virtual remote: Smart View app for Android and iOS
05:24PM EST - personalized discovery: unifying watching recommendations from multiple sources
05:25PM EST - including sports streaming from multiple partners
05:25PM EST - 4k and HDR streaming from Netflix and Amazon built-in
05:26PM EST - TV Plus for US market: find and buy 4k content
05:27PM EST - Joe Stinziano back on stage, talking about audio innovations
05:28PM EST - expanding line of sound bars with Samsung Sound+ soundbar
05:28PM EST - bass down to 35Hz, can attach directly to TV
05:29PM EST - upscaling to 32-bit audio (as if that matters)
05:30PM EST - second generation UHD blu-ray players
05:30PM EST - 31.5" WQHD curved monitor (1800R curvature) in early 2017
05:31PM EST - QLED TVs shipping February
05:31PM EST - now on stage: John Herrington to talk about appliances
05:32PM EST - recapping last year's new products
05:32PM EST - theme of more flexibility from appliances
05:33PM EST - laundry: washers and dryers with small top-loading compartment and larger front-loading compartment
05:33PM EST - FlexWash and FlexDry
05:35PM EST - FlexWash: 1 cu. ft. top, 5 cu. ft. front compartment
05:36PM EST - FlexDry: 7.5 cu. ft. main dryer
05:36PM EST - moving to kitchen appliances
05:36PM EST - more built-in appliances, all with IoT
05:38PM EST - expanding Family Hub line of refrigerators: all French Door models will have Family Hub 2.0 option
05:39PM EST - voice control, display shows what's inside fridge
05:39PM EST - everybody seems to be having the same ideas for smart appliances
05:41PM EST - Family Hub 2.0 features: order groceries online, leave notes on screen, music streaming from Spotify, Pandora
05:42PM EST - first generation Family Hub products will get an upgrade with most of the new features
05:42PM EST - done with appliances
05:43PM EST - now on stage: Alanna Cotton talking about wearables
05:45PM EST - new apps for Gear S3 smart watch
05:46PM EST - new notebook PCs
05:47PM EST - new Chromebook with support for Android apps
05:47PM EST - Samsung Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro
05:47PM EST - Chromebook Pro with Intel Core m3
05:48PM EST - Chromebook Plus with ARM processor
05:48PM EST - digitizer pen included
05:49PM EST - talking about new Notebook 9 with Kaby Lake, GeForce 940MX
05:50PM EST - new gaming laptop: Samsung Notebook Odyssey
05:51PM EST - dual fans, large vent on bottom
05:51PM EST - 2.5mm key travel, curved key caps
05:51PM EST - anti-glare screen
05:52PM EST - Kaby Lake Core i7
05:52PM EST - 17-inch has twice the RAM and SSD
05:52PM EST - black and red color scheme
05:53PM EST - wrapping up now
05:54PM EST - We'll be visiting Samsung's booth for a closer look at the new products. That's all for now.
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Lolimaster - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - linkWant a home appliance?
Go german, japanese, southamerican or US brands, never korean.
uRtard - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - linkhurr
FMinus - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkEuropean, not only German. Gorenje has one of the best home appliances, better design, better longevity, better energy savings, and costs half the price of a comparable Miele or Bosh.
Lolimaster - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - linkMi peruvian made fridge running for 35years, 0 problems.
FMinus - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkI got so used to the damn ice maker in those new side-by-side fridges, I really can't survive going back to the trays and filling them with water, sticking them in the freezer and breaking them when wanting some ice. Aside of that, the Fridge/Freezer progress hasn't evolved much as you say, a fridge from 40 years has the same basic guts as a fridge from 2016.
Jerry Boyce - Monday, January 9, 2017 - linkYou might want to consider other brand of ice maker to use. There are only few release from Samsung. But you might need to read some of my reviews and a helpful buying guide before buying. You can check my ice maker reviews here : http://foodplusice.com
leexgx - Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - linkapart from that newer fridges are made to fail sooner then do ones (made to cheap now)
Tewt - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - linkSo much unnecessary complexity for appliances. When a robot can interact with them, go shopping and cook a meal then I will be interested. More stuff to break/replace/upgrade in the meantime. Also, no to all the smartTVs after reading about getting unwanted ads. From now on, I'm sticking to Rokus and the smart features built-in to TVs will not be a selling point anymore.
amdwilliam1985 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - linkTotally agree. They made things way too complicate with the home appliances.
With the TV, hoping they'll make a "dumb" model with amazing image and quality for people like me, my first gen chromecast took care all my "smart" TV needs.
amdwilliam1985 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - linkrecently saw some news about smart tv getting soft bricked, lol, another reason to stick with dumb tv with addons like chromecast.