Samsung CES 2017 Event Live Blog

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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