CES 2014: Samsung Electronics

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Samsung Electronics has continued its development in the field of televisions, mobile devices and home appliances by launching a range of products at the 2014 International CES.
Andy Griffiths, President of Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland said: “Samsung is at the cutting edge of innovation. Our approach of combining deep consumer insight, engineering excellence, software innovation, and clever design has made Samsung the global technology leader.”
Outlining his vision for the future of the consumer electronics industry, Andy Griffiths said that four mega trends were shaping the technology demands of consumers: connectivity, urbanisation, an aging population, and new environmental and societal risks.

Andy Griffiths added: “The Home of the Future has to respond fully to these trends that are prevalent to consumer needs now and are only set to rise further. We are now operating in a market where there are as many active mobile phones as there are people, increasing populations in our cities and extending life spans of the population as a whole. All this combined with risks that are beyond our control, such as hurricanes that devastate entire countries, means that technology will need to work harder to connect the digital dots in the lives of consumers. Samsung is in a better position to deliver solutions for the Home of the Future than anybody else – helped by it’s broad product range, integrated development and manufacturing, and its large global network of partners.”

Among Samsung’s key products launched at CES 2014 are:

‧ The 105 inch curved UHD television, with 21:9 aspect ratio and 11 million pixels for a 5,120×2,160 screen resolution

‧ The U9000 Curved UHD TV, which is a CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards honouree and Samsung’s flagship television for 2014. The U9000 range is completed by 65-inch and 55-inch curved TVs, all with minimal bases and ultra slim bezels

‧ Samsung also announced partnerships with global media and content companies such as Amazon, Netflix, Comcast, M-GO, and DirecTV to deliver a better UHD experience. Customers can look forward to a UHD video pack service that offers UHD films by HDD in co-operation with Hollywood film makers

‧ A new range of washing machines and washer dryers designed to help lighten household’s workloads by offering the largest capacity on the market – of 5.6 cubic feet (or about 25kg)

‧ Samsung will be demonstrating its new Smart Home service, an integrated platform for appliances and devices that enables consumers to control their home with a single app – from the lights and air conditioning to kitchen appliances and security systems

‧ The new Chef Collection of home appliances combines Samsung technology and design with the kitchen know-how and passion for food of the Michelin-starred team in our Club des Chefs

‧ The Samsung PRO range of tablets, including the Galaxy NotePRO and the Galaxy TabPRO with industry-leading WQXGA displays with a more than 4million pixels for a 12.2-inch screen that’s perfect for both content consumption and powerful productivity. The Pro range is completed by new PRO tablets with 8.4 and 10.1 displays. All Pro devices are running the most recent version of Android 4.4

‧ The NX30 interchangeable-lens camera has an advanced 20.3 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, Tiltable Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) and 1/8000 sec Shutter Speed and 9 FPS continuous shooting capability, to create high quality images with faster than ever performance. The NX30 features NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities, including the ‘Tag & Go’ function, that lets users tap to share memories instantly and easily when paired with NFC enabled mobile devices. The Galaxy Camera 2 captures images quickly and beautifully with revolutionary technology for instant sharing capabilities, thanks to its 16.3 effective megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 21x optical zoom lens, 1.6GHz Quad Core processor and the Android platform


An Immersive Entertainment Experience

Samsung will showcase a broad range of UHD televisions, four of them curved, and promote its ‘Bendable TV’ concept at this year’s CES, which allows viewers to switch between a curved and flat screen at the touch of a button.

Their 105-inch curved UHD television (U9000) utilises a 21:9 aspect ratio and doubles the enhanced contrast ratio of a flat TV. Additionally, viewers can experience a 3D effect without glasses with the new Auto Depth Enhancer feature. The UHD TV experience is further enhanced through new proprietary technologies that provide increased image depth, detail and colour, including PurColour technology and a UHD upscaling process that converts HD and Full HD content to near-UHD quality. Samsung’s curved design creates an immersive viewing experience, and allows everyone watching the television to enjoy the best seat in the house. Additionally, with Samsung’s new Instant On feature, users will no longer have to wait for their TVs to power up.

Research shows that a majority of potential TV buyers worry that they might shop at the wrong moment, just before new technology becomes available. Samsung counters this concern by releasing its first ‘evolution kit’ for UHD televisions to ensure they are future-proof . The evolution kit – available both for selected HD and all UHD TVs – is effectively a brain transplant for the TV, to make sure it works with the latest standards and is powered by the newest technology.

Samsung’s televisions are also designed to become even smarter than its predecessors, with a new Multi-Link feature that brings contextual multi-tasking to the big screen, as well as a newly designed Smart Hub. The 2014 Samsung Smart Hub includes a Games Panel, which allows users to enjoy big-screen games from leading partners such as Electronic Arts (EA) and Gameloft. Smart TV performance is further enhanced with Samsung’s upgraded Quad Core processor that performs at twice the speed of its predecessor.

Through its co-operation with content providers such as Amazon.com, Netflix, MGO, Comcast and Direct TV, Samsung will offer its customers an extended range of UHD content.


Upgrading Your Kitchen

This year marks the debut of the Chef Collection: a suite of premium appliances that blends a passion for food with the insights of Samsung’s Club Des Chefs – a group of Michelin-starred chefs who help Samsung develop kitchen appliances that meet the needs of both food enthusiasts and the most demanding chefs. The range encompasses a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave and a dishwasher that features WaterWall technology for perfect cleaning.

Samsung’s premier Chef Collection 4-Door Refrigerator is designed to signal a new era of professional food preservation, storage, organisation and meal preparation. With Samsung’s Triple Cooling System, the refrigerator is optimised to keep food fresh and tasty. Additionally, Samsung’s Chef Pan, a temperature-controlled compartment that keeps fish optimally chilled constant at 30°F, ensures that it maintains optimal temperatures before cooking. Samsung’s Chef Pan, a multi-use container located in the refrigerator can be used formarinating and storing food, and also be placed directly in the oven and loaded in the dishwasher. The refrigerator also features a versatile Fridge-in-Freezer compartment that can be converted from a refrigerator to a freezer and backagain. Boasting a capacity of 34 cu. ft (2014 DOE Standard), or 34 full bags of groceries, Samsung’s new offering accommodates more food than any other refrigerator on the market.

Cutting down on household chores is the idea behind Samsung’s new washing machine and washer dryer, WF9000. Samsung brings a deeper, quicker and more thorough wash to even the largest of loads, with a capacity of 5.6 cu. ft (or about 25kg), with its efficient PowerFo
amTM technology that pre-dissolves detergent into powerful yet gentle foam. The company’s new EZ Reach washer sports a lower top and shallow, wide tub, and features proprietary AquaJetTM Cleaning Technology, which penetrates fabrics faster by distributing detergent with a concentrated water spray.

Another first is the VU7000 Motion Sync Upright Vacuum Cleaner, the upright model featuring the Motion Sync Design which allows for greater agility and manoeuvrability. The model includes an innovative Full Detachable Handheld vacuum that can be detached and used as a separate vacuum cleaner for stairs and tight spaces.


Making the Connected Home a Reality

Samsung’s new Smart Home service puts consumers in control of the devices and appliances in their home with a single application that connects both personal and home devices through an integrated platform and server. With a single application on a Smart TV, digital camera, smartphone or wearable device like the Galaxy Gear, consumers can manage home devices – ranging from washing machines to lights to air conditioners – both at home and on the road. The system can be set up for voice commands; for example saying “Going Out” to your Samsung Gear will enable the TV and the lights to turn themselves off.

Smart Home will initially offer three main services: Device Control, which lets consumers use custom settings on theirmobile device or Smart TV to monitor or control home devices; Home View, a feature that allows users to monitor their home in real-time through built-in cameras on appliances from their smartphone; and Smart Customer Service, which provides service alerts and assistance in after-sales servicing.

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