Samsung Forum 2014
When Samsung also goes digital in your living room and kitchen
In about four months I will be furnishing my new home. Building a home in the year 2014 is a lot different from how it was when I was growing up. Special considerations should be made as to where the WiFi router should be stationed so that the signal is carried on to all the rooms. The analog home has transformed into digital with more than just your household computers being the most high tech thing at home. At the recently concluded Samsung Forum held in Bali, Indonesia, I came to the epiphany that the geekiest things can actually exist in your kitchen.
Last week, Samsung made new waves reinforcing their leadership in the tech sphere with new curved 4k TV’s, tablets and cameras, as well as with digital home appliances including new split-type air conditioners, vacuum cleaners, washing machines and refrigerators. They have even ventured into smart lighting by introducing smart lamps that you can control with your smartphone. Plowing through the showroom, I was thinking to myself, ‘not all tech companies can furnish an entire home’ and Samsung may just be that company.
Viewing on a Curve:
The U9000 UHDTV
The living room has always been the centerpiece of every home, where most of the family spend time together in front of the television. For a more immersive experience in living room entertainment, Samsung has expanded their curved UHDTV line with new models in the 78”, 65” and 55” respectively. Curved screens, they propose, give a more cinematic viewing experience. With more and more content being produced in 4k resolutions, it makes sense to invest early in an ultra-high definition TV.
Ultimate Kitchen ShowCase
The kitchen, at least in most Filipino families has always been the territory of the mother. Dad might want to spend more time behind the counter and in the laundry room with new innovations in refrigerator and washing machine design. For one, the new refrigerators present such a smart design to the way we store groceries and perishables. The new Food ShowCase refrigerator line divides itself into three parts: The Cooking Zone for sauces and other ingredients, the Family Zone for every fast moving items like milk, soft drinks and the Kids Zone, which has a lower handle for easy access to kids and only displays the items your kids would want most often like chocolates and juices.
It is common norm for most families to keep the washing machine tucked away at the dirty kitchen. Samsung is convincing you to think otherwise. This is the most elegant washing machine you can find in the market today. With a built-in 5” touch screen, you can even preset your washing regimen and the WW9000will automatically measure the right amount of detergent and softener. You can even control it using your smartphone! That means you actually save a lot of time monitoring the progress of your laundry.
Samsung has also introduced a new brand — their Digital Inverter built into all their home products. For instance, their new ‘Triangle’ design split type air conditioner can save you up to 60% less in electricity bills. You will be able to find this new branding of Digital Inverter in all their new appliances at the showrooms by April 2014.
Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO
Of course, Samsung has not forgotten the reason why they have become popular in the last 5 years. Although there were no new phones announced at the forum, they did announce new professional-grade tablets – the Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO. It’s a brand new line. The ‘Pro’ series is targeted towards professionals, executives and enterprise. It is by far the most high end of Samsung’s line of portables running on Android. The NotePRO comes in a whooping 12.2” which means that its virtual keyboard is around roughly the size of a real-life keyboard. Also, because of the big screen, it can show up to 4 active windows at once which means you can have a text document, a spreadsheet, your browser and photos open all at the same time without hindrance. The TabPRO comes in a smaller 10.1” and 8.4” frame. Both come with a super crystal-clear WQ-XGA display. The NotePRO comes with the famous S-pen (the main difference between the Note and Tab line is that the former comes with a pen that allows added functionality when tapping on the screen).
NX30 and Galaxy Camera 2
Before the forum, I was looking for clues as to what Samsung would be launching. Then I saw top Philippine photographers Shaira Luna and Paolo Pineda post a couple of teasers on their Facebook and Instagram accounts. Turns out they were doing a shootout for Samsung near our hotel. A camera was indeed going to be launched and Samsung later unveiled the NX30, the follow up to the NX20 with two key differences: it comes with a 270 degree swivel viewfinder — not an optical one mind you — but you can alternate between the main Super AMOLED screen and this one for taking shots at challenging angles without having to bend down anymore. It also comes with NFC and WiFi capabilities, allowing you to upload and transfer photos on the fly without having to plug your device into a computer.
For lovers of Smart cameras, Samsung has also unveiled the Galaxy Camera 2 which is essentially a camera that is powered by an Android 4.1 device. The device itself is powered by a 1.6GHz Quad Core processor with 8GB of internal memory (up to 64GB expandable) and has a 2000mAh inside, just enough for a day’s worth of shooting. The camera totes a 23mm wide angle lens at f/2.8 and 16.3MP. Also, guess what? A whopping 21x optical zoom!
If you’ve ever been to South Korea, you’ll immediately be aware of how almost everything is manufactured by Samsung. It seems that the Korean company is about to make more waves abroad with their entry into health care (we were able to see their new sonogram!) and Smart Schools where they provide tablet and app solutions to classrooms. In fact, just last month, Samsung already initiated a partnership with Philippine Science High School and launched their first SMART Classroom for students there.
“If you’ve ever been to South Korea, you’ll immediately be aware of how almost everything is manufactured by Samsung. It seems that the Korean company is about to make more waves abroad with their entry into health care and Smart Schools where they provide tablet and app solutions to classrooms. In fact, just last month, Samsung already initiated a partnership with Philippine Science High School and launched their first SMART Classroom for students there.”