Samsung: TV quad-core in a fairly porous presentation

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 02:04

The Today has been another day that intense CES startup and therefore a day filled with product presentations by Intel , LG and NVIDIA to name a few. Following the introduction of Intel, the next item on the agenda of the day we had to put the focus on Samsung.

Smart TVs

Logically, one of Samsung's strengths are its televisions and ecosystem services and applications and rotating about its Smart TVs, an issue that occupied the first segment of the presentation, in which the Korean automaker introduced the F8000 LED TV . This TV has a rather unique design in which the user, it seems that the screen is floating because the base can not be seen frontally, will be available in models ranging from 46 to 75 inches and will aim to make content with the best quality as it supports the new video codec HDVC.

The F8000 LED TV is the first TV from Samsung that supports a quad-core chip, a significant detail that result in a faster response (according to the manufacturer, the triple speed than previous models) to change the applications, example, television channels.

After presenting this model, Samsung was stopped in one of the most interesting aspects of televisions: the user interface and the ecosystem of applications and services. First, Samsung has shown a recommendation engine (called S-Recommendation) with which television is able to help the user find what he wants to see between the supply of programs being broadcast at that time, something like a assistant to help us answer the question "what I can see today." In fact, to make things easier, that question could make it out loud because it also introduced voice commands (S-Voice) to manage television.

Another detail presented is the renewal of Samsung's Smart Hub, ie the ecosystem of applications and services that can install on your television or on our Blu-ray player. The change presented aims to "clarify things" because it breaks with the welter of applications to bring order and classify applications into groups (applications, content of connected devices, social applications, etc.).

After these appetizers, Samsung introduced one of the "highlights" of his presentation: the Samsung UN85S9 , an Ultra HD TV with an aesthetic rather unique (leaving aside the typical TV furniture since it includes a support structure quite minimalist ). This includes your own television stand is more than logical since it is a 85-inch television that appears to be floating in the air and also offers a device that also has a quad-core processor, and gesture control plus access to voice applications like Skype or Netflix.

Following the path of Smart TVs, Samsung has introduced a device that, personally, I have a lot of attention: the Smart Evolution Kit. What is this device? The Smart Evolution Kit is a small box that attaches to the back of Samsung TVs to make them "more intelligent". Although it may sound strange, the idea is quite simple since the Smart Evolution Kit is simply a way to extend the capabilities of our TV and evolve without having to change it. Imagine that our TV has a few years and therefore can not run certain applications, with the approach of Samsung all you have to do is remove the Smart Evolution Kit and place a more advanced (same as we did in our PC to " update "changing motherboard, processor and RAM).

All Samsung televisions manufactured in 2012 have a slot for attaching this device apparently around 200 and $ 400 (a price slightly higher to "upgrade" a TV). According to Samsung, Smart Evolution Kit is a way to extend the life of a TV and avoid software obsolescence, a somewhat complex because a television is an investment that pays off in the long term and perform an upgrade or a change device can not run an application is not something that users still arise.

The smart home

After speaking of TVs, Samsung followed with a focus on home and spent the hall to the kitchen because, in the unexpected, the Korean automaker spent time a refrigerator. The T9000 (which has nothing to do with Terminator) refrigerator is a "smart" that comes equipped with an LCD screen that locks behind a Linux system that will give us access to Evernote (curious integration with access to our recipes cooking or shopping list) and, most bizarre, access Twitter from this two-door refrigerator (which will cost close to $ 4,000). Besides presenting the odd appliance, I must admit that this fridge has left me something out of the game because it seems more a product of "proof" that something that can be accommodated in the market because, in my case, I find myself consulting my Twitter timeline in the fridge door.

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In addition, during the presentation could also attend the announcement of the tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available with LTE support for Verizon's network, an announcement that will bring Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and therefore multitasking support and some more facilities as photo editing applications, productivity-oriented applications and work well as a nod to leisure, for example, including Smart Remote to turn the tablet into a universal remote control.

We also had the chance to see the NX300 camera (a compact camera that allows us to exchange the objectives) and the range of the manufacturer ultrabooks with touchscreens, Windows 8 and, on some models, just 2 inches thick with the laptop closed.


I must admit that this presentation has left me a bittersweet taste because I expected something much more powerful and shocking that some of the things you have shown. The new models of television (with quad-core processors) I found something more interesting, however, I think some things have faltered as the concept of Smart Evolution Kit (a Smart TV is not a PC we update every 2 -3 years) or "smart appliances" represented by the fridge T9000 (which seems more a concept than a serious product).

Given the importance that has Samsung in the mobile segment (including laptops), I expected more powerful things in this direction and not as general presentation in which these devices have had little role.

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