By Samsung Newsroom
At IFA 2023, Europe’s largest consumer trade show held in Berlin, Germany, Samsung Electronics underscored its vision for the future of home living — powered by the company’s cutting-edge devices and leading Bespoke products.
Notable figures from Samsung and partner companies outlined Samsung’s plans to drive positive change through exceptional innovation, impacting the individual lives of users as well as the world around them.
Benjamin Braun, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung Europe, began by looking back at some of the company’s instrumental innovations that changed the status quo and shaped technological development. Samsung reiterated its commitment to fearlessly pioneering new endeavors, demonstrating its position as a leader within the industry.
“We are proud to be first and we will continue to innovate, however strange it seems to begin with,” Braun stated.
▲ “We have over 200 amazing products on show for you,” shared Benjamin Braun, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung Europe.
Amidst an ever-changing world, Braun emphasized how Samsung has been actively listening to consumers throughout the years — producing leading products that meet their needs and add value to their lives. Continuing this pursuit, Samsung has shifted its focus to developing devices and appliances that both empower users on a global scale and contribute to the creation of a more sustainable future.
Enhancing Lives and Bettering the Planet
With climate change at the forefront of people’s minds, Samsung highlighted the company’s ongoing commitment to reducing its environmental impact and prioritizing climate-positive solutions, touching on the targets outlined in its new environmental strategy announced in September 2022. Understanding the urgency of the climate crisis, the company set ambitious goals to achieve net-zero carbon emissions for its Device eXperience (DX) Division by 2030 and company-wide by 2050. To meet these goals, Samsung noted the progress in transitioning to renewable energy sources, with 31% of its operations currently running on clean energy — up from 11% in 2021. Additionally, Aimee Holloran, Business Development Manager at Samsung Climate Solutions U.K., discussed how Samsung’s environmental commitment is embedded into its products, allowing users around the world to live more sustainably through the company’s devices and appliances.
▲ “We strive to embed sustainability in every aspect of our business and product strategies,” stated Aimee Holloran, Business Development Manager at Samsung Climate Solutions U.K.
To create innovative solutions based on scientific data, Samsung has joined hands with a variety of industry leaders such as Ocean Wise and Patagonia to tackle environmental issues gripping the planet. In September 2022, the companies partnered to develop the Less Microfiber Cycle for Bespoke washing machines, a remarkable step in addressing microplastics emissions.
Taking this further, Samsung leveraged its partnership with the companies to develop another groundbreaking innovation in June 2023. Charlie Cox, Manager of Microplastic Solutions at Ocean Wise, highlighted the development of the revolutionary new Less Microfiber Filter for Samsung washers to reduce up to 98% of microplastic emissions from laundry cycles.
“In just a year, Ocean Wise and Samsung have demonstrated the opportunity that exists for industry leaders — to empower their communities to take positive action and create impact at scale,” added Cox.
▲ “Ocean Wise’s collaboration with Samsung and Patagonia shows there are simple ways we can all be part of the solution to microfiber shedding,” said Charlie Cox, Manager of Microplastic Solutions at Ocean Wise (left). Samsung’s Less Microfiber Filter (right) helps reduce microplastic emissions from laundry.
The Less Microfiber Filter is a prime example of Samsung’s overall approach to sustainable product development – providing consumers with solutions that help them live eco-consciously using minimal effort. In line with this vision, Samsung continues to outfit its Galaxy devices with internal and external components made from recycled materials, in addition to creating product packaging that uses 100% recycled paper.
As climate change creates new challenges for people around the world, forward-thinking solutions are becoming increasingly necessary. To respond to global energy shortages and advance the transition to clean energy, Samsung emphasized its efforts in building out heat pump technology and leading the rapidly growing market in Europe.
Likewise, the company highlighted how its SmartThings home ecosystem is utilizing the latest technologies to help more than 280 million registered users save energy. By harnessing the power of AI across its line of Bespoke home appliances, Samsung’s AI Energy Mode optimizes appliance energy usage, reducing unnecessary energy waste and lowering energy bills simultaneously.
Transforming Homes Through Powerful Solutions
Aside from helping the planet, Samsung showcased its newest products that add value to consumers’ lives. Zeena Hill, Marketing Director at Samsung U.K., announced the launch of Samsung Food — a new AI-based application that gives users access to thousands of recipes. Samsung plans to link Samsung Food to Samsung Health by the end of this year, allowing users to better keep track of their health and dietary goals.
▲ “We’re excited to be bringing our complete lineup of Micro LED screens to Europe,” shared Zeena Hill, Marketing Director at Samsung U.K.
Samsung is revamping home entertainment and putting users in the center of the action through its new releases, such as the new 98-inch Neo QLED 8K TV. Samsung TVs feature unmatched image quality in sleek forms, and the company continues to release unique patterns and designs to meet the style needs of every user. As such, Samsung has partnered with Disney to launch The Frame-Disney100 Edition — a special, limited-edition version of The Frame TV for Disney lovers.
In addition, the company showcased its recently launched Odyssey Neo G9 gaming monitor and The Freestyle 2nd Gen portable projector — devices perfect for gamers who want to expand their field of vision to ensure they never miss a moment of gameplay. Users can experience games like Starfield, Bethesda Game Studios’ new action-packed role-playing game, in stunning detail on Samsung TVs and displays. Florian Liewer, Senior Director of International Gaming Marketing at Microsoft, discussed the two companies’ partnership on expanding Samsung Gaming Hub, highlighting how Samsung’s technology offers the ultimate gaming experience.
“Together with Samsung, we’re forging a path that aligns with Xbox’s vision for the future of gaming — reaching more players with breathtaking content,” said Liewer.
▲“We are inviting more players to embark on a journey with us,” said Florian Liewer, Senior Director of International Gaming Marketing at Microsoft
Aside from enhancing entertainment, Samsung detailed the ways it is helping users stay connected to the world around them. The company reemphasized its commitment to ensuring its devices and products meet the diverse needs of consumers and touched on how its latest accessibility features help as many users as possible. This includes TalkBack for Home Appliances and Services, which reads home appliance and service content on SmartThings, and Relumino Mode, which optimizes content on Samsung TVs, for those with visual impairments.
Future Possibilities Enabled by Technology
Partnerships have helped make some of Samsung’s technologies possible and, more broadly, brought the company closer to realizing its vision for a brighter future. In line with its goal to upgrade at-home living, Samsung partnered with electric vehicle charger manufacturer ABB and residential inverter brand SMA to collaborate on changing the ways houses are constructed.
“By integrating Samsung’s products with those of ABB and SMA, we can help make our homes even safer, smarter and more sustainable,” stated Lu Han, EVP of Building and Home Automation Solutions at ABB.
▲“With hundreds of new technologies and innovations each year, a joined up approach to home energy systems is vital,” said Lu Han, EVP of Building and Home Automation Solutions at ABB
Looking forward, Samsung sees the value in future technologies and the limitless applications they can have on the lives of consumers. With new ventures such as 6G deployment, AI capability expansion and more, the company remains excited and optimistic as it explores the remarkable potential of technology. Braun concluded the conference by stating Samsung will continue to improve users’ lives by listening to their needs.
▲ At its Press Conference at IFA 2023, Samsung Electronics emphasized how the company works to connect customers to “what matters most” to the media members and business partners in attendance
“With the help of 6G, AI and XR, augmented reality and mixed reality and artificial intelligence, we will make great advances in everything from healthcare to entertainment and remote work,” he stated.
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More pictures from the Samsung Electronics Press Conference at IFA 2023:
▲ SmartThings Energy puts users in control of how much power they use and when.
▲ The annual sales of Samsung’s foldable devices have exceeded the Note Series in Europe.
▲ Samsung’s Less Microfiber cycle and Less Microfiber Filter help reduce microplastic emissions from laundry.
▲ ABB and SMA have partnered with Samsung to work towards Zero Emission homes.
▲ Samsung’s vision for Samsung Food is for it to become the ultimate app for the entire food journey.
▲ Samsung’s state-of-the-art technology, combined with the limitless universe of Starfield, signals a thrilling new chapter in gaming.
▲ The Samsung Gaming Hub has over three thousand games to choose from, from leading games streaming partners Xbox, NVIDIA GeForce NOW, Amazon Luna and Utomik.
▲ An attendee takes a picture as Samsung shares that it has been recognized as No.1 in soundbars by global sales and market share for the ninth year in a row.
▲ The Frame-Disney100 Edition is “magical!”
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Unbox & Discover 2023 in Brazil Presents Bigger Screens, Game-Changing Partnerships, Personalized Display Solutions and MoreBy Samsung Newsroom
Samsung Electronics held its latest Unbox & Discover 2023 on June 6 in Sao Paolo, Brazil, introducing the latest Smart TV and Soundbar portfolio alongside an exciting collaboration with the e-Sports giant, LOUD. This partnership is set to connect Brazilian gaming fans with the latest in e-Sports and provide ultimate gaming experiences through the all-new Neo QLED 4K Gaming TV.
▲ WW Kim, President of the Consumer Electronics Division at Samsung Electronics Brazil, welcomes attendees to Unbox & Discover 2023
At the core of Samsung’s partnership with LOUD is the concept of providing screen options that match the preferences of every user — a goal that is also at the heart of the new 2023 TV and display solutions portfolio. There is something for everyone in Samsung’s latest lineup: From the Neo QLED 8K category that features the apex of screen technologies for revolutionary viewing experiences to the Crystal UHD TV that marries ultra-high-resolution screen quality with design elegance.
▲ Samsung Brazil’s collaboration with LOUD will feature two squads of e-Sports athletes as well as influencers representing Samsung in various competitions and events
Bringing Brazilian Fans Closer to the Community They Love
Featuring screen technologies for optimized gaming performance, Samsung’s TV lineup helps game enthusiasts all over the world make the most out of the games they love. As such, it’s a natural choice for Samsung to partner with Brazilian professional e-Sports and entertainment organization LOUD to help gamers access even more of their favorite titles.
The partnership is set to showcase a range of focused campaigns and exciting activations with two squads of local gaming influencers going head-to-head at fan-favorite games made even more compelling with the outstanding performance of Samsung’s latest TVs and monitors.
The Neo QLED Gaming TV squad will consist of pro gaming athletes from LOUD’s VALORANT team while the Odyssey Squad will include local League of Legends influencers.
Unique Functionality for Fluid Display Experiences
Another highlight from Unbox & Discover 2023 was the announcement of the Samsung Neo QLED 4K Gaming TV (QN90C), a new member of the Neo QLED 4K lineup available in 43-, 50-, 55- and 65-inch models. Fitted with an enhanced Neural Quantum Processor 4K that features AI and 20 neural networks exclusive to Samsung and a Super Ultra-Wide screen available in multiple formats, users can enjoy premium gaming experiences even when upscaling content.
With up to 144Hz1 in the 43- and 50-inch models, the TV’s panel Mini LEDs create the ideal viewing environment to watch and play with maximum fluidity. The Motion Xcelerator Turbo Pro2 feature also ensures high performance during matches, with low response time and 4K images on any of the four HDMI 2.1 ports.
▲ An illustrative concept image of the all-new Neo QLED 4K Gaming TV QN90C
The Neo QLED 4K Gaming TV’s processor converts any SDR content to HDR using Deep Learning technology, ensuring all scenes feature accurate luminosity and brightness. In addition, FreeSync Premium Pro2 and Quantum Dot technologies deliver 100% color volume,3 while Dolby Atmos4 technology paired with Sound in Motion Plus2 offers truly immersive sound. Alongside these functionalities, the NeoSlim Design2 of the TV ensures cinematic, distraction-free gameplay experiences.
“I got to know about gamers and the products that serve both users looking for high-investment hardware and those who want more affordable options. The highlight of the event was LOUD’s sponsorship announcement with Samsung,” said Raphael Batista of Meu PlayStation. Paulo Barba of Barba Sou Eu added, “There was also a lot of emphasis on the gamers’ part, and I was happy to know that the presence of the Gaming Hub is so relevant today.”
The Next Evolution of Samsung Smart TVs and Display Solutions
▲ Unbox & Discover 2023 in Brazil introduced the latest TV and display products from Samsung, including interactive hands-on experience zones.
Apart from the Neo QLED 4K TV, Samsung’s Unbox & Discover 2023 showcased other products from the latest 2023 Smart TV and Soundbar product line, including the Neo QLED 8K, Samsung OLED and QLED TVs and Crystal UHD 4K models.
A major highlight of the lineup, the Samsung Neo QLED 8K5 features cutting edge innovation for large screens with outstanding sound performance from Dolby Atmos. The 85-inch model (QN900C) features groundbreaking Mini LED technology, 64 AI-powered neural networks in its Neural Quantum Processor 8K6 and SDR to HDR conversion for upscaling.
The Samsung OLED 4K (S90C) features 20 neural networks for optimal image upscaling and an AI-powered Neural Quantum Processor 4K that scans and improves on-screen brightness and depth for lifelike, 3D viewing experiences.
Among the new models announced as part of the UHD lineup, the Crystal UHD 4K (CU8000) is a stand-out Smart TV featuring Dynamic Crystal Color for new levels of color display in ultra-high resolution.
Samsung also showcased the latest smart features of its Lifestyle line, including the all-new 2023 models of The Frame, The Serif and The Sero TVs as well as The Freestyle and The Premiere projectors.
▲ Unbox & Discover 2023 attendees learn about all the latest innovations and products.
A Step Forward Into the Future of the Samsung Smart TV
Unbox & Discover 2023 attendees expressed excitement around the announcements, with many looking forward to experiencing the latest products and innovations set to bring premium viewing, gaming and entertainment to users of every lifestyle in the coming year.
▲ Unbox & Discover 2023 visitors receive first-hand information about the latest products.
“Samsung continues to bring new premium devices, offering more consumers the opportunity to choose between a Neo QLED or an OLED,” said Dante Baptista of Terra. “Samsung is truly consolidating its complete offering within the Smart TV space,” agreed Jacson Boeing of Mundo Conectado. “My experience with the S90C showed it to be a superior OLED product, further establishing Samsung’s leadership across many industry segments.”
Junior Nannetti of Loop Infinito echoed the excitement for the latest announcements. “This moment is an important one for the OLED segment as we are seeing industry leader Samsung enter,” they noted. “Ultimately what this does in the long run is offer consumers the power of choice.”
Stay tuned to Samsung Newsroom for the latest on Samsung’s all-new 2023 Smart TV and Soundbar lineup.
1 The refresh rate of the display will adjust based on the type of content or game being viewed.
2 Feature names may differ across regions.
3 The maximum brightness may vary depending on the model and size of the TV. Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker (VDE) has officially recognized Samsung’s QLED TV as the first TV in the world capable of producing 100% of the available color volume. Samsung’s QLED TVs are based on Quantum Dot technology.
4 To experience this, users must connect their Soundbar to their TV via HDMI cable, purchased separately. Wireless Dolby Atmos via Wi-Fi works with select Samsung 2022 TVs.
5 The Neo QLED 8K portfolio includes the QN900C model, available in a 85-inch version, the QN800C model, available in 65-, 75- and 85-inch versions and the QN700B model, available in a 55-inch version. Playback of 8K materials can vary by 8K streaming, connectivity and other decoding standards.
6 Viewing experience may vary by content type and format. Upscaling may not apply to Computer and Game Mode.
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Samsung Electronics today announced that Pixar Animation Studios has mastered its new animated film “Elemental” — released globally on June 16 — as 4K theatrical High Dynamic Range (HDR) content available exclusively on Samsung Onyx, the world’s first Cinema LED screen. Those who view the film at an Onyx theater will enjoy a more captivating and vibrant viewing experience through next-generation picture quality with 4K theatrical HDR.1
Samsung Onyx, the world’s first Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI)-certified cinema display for theatrical exhibition, is an LED screen that provides exceptionally vivid color and the most detail-rich content. It transcends the traditional projector-based systems that have been the industry standard for more than 100 years by overcoming limited contrast ratio and brightness, delivering millions of additional colors that traditional projection does not.
Pixar, an Academy Award® winning animation studio, mastered the film in 4K theatrical HDR to exemplify its bright, sharp, rich and detailed imagery, extending beyond the capabilities of Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) theater-based projectors. Additionally, Pixar pairing its reach with Samsung’s visual technology expertise has resulted in the largest cinema LED presence of any brand in the theatrical space. Moviegoers can enjoy 4K HDR mastered “Elemental” exclusively on Onyx screens.
“Pixar is known for pushing the boundaries of both technology and art, continuing that legacy with our latest film, Elemental,” said Dominic Glynn, Senior Scientist at Pixar. “With Onyx, Samsung has taken a bold leap forward, deploying extraordinary technology at a scale that enables a compelling step-change in cinema image quality. For the first time, audiences will be able to experience our highest brightness, rich, detailed HDR imagery on large, sharp cinema screens that showcase Pixar’s most ambitious work to date. HDR cinema delivers a genuinely fresh visual experience to our global audiences, and the filmmaking teams at Pixar are excited to share this unique version of Elemental with the world.”
Starting with “Elemental,” Pixar plans to continue mastering 4K HDR content for Samsung Onyx to ensure the film is viewed the way creators intended for the best possible viewer experience.
“With Pixar’s new movie, we present 4K HDR content exclusively on cinema LEDs for the first time in the industry,” said Hoon Chung, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue to actively expand partnerships in the movie industry based on our leading LED technology innovation that expresses accurate image quality and vivid colors not available anywhere else.”
Samsung Onyx can accommodate virtually any venue configuration while delivering unparalleled picture quality, technical performance and reliability beyond that of traditional projector-based operations. The extraordinary display combines 4K resolution, HDR picture quality and 300nit peak brightness — nearly six times greater than standard projector technologies.
Starting with the world’s first cinema LED screen at Lotte Cinema World Tower, Seoul in July 2017, Samsung has now supplied Onyx screens to 120 movie theaters around the world.
About Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” “Coco” and “Turning Red.” Its movies and technology have won 40 Academy Awards® and the films have grossed more than $14 billion at the worldwide box office. “Elemental,” Pixar’s upcoming 27th feature, releases in theaters June 16, 2023.
1 The availability of “Elemental Mastered for Onyx” may vary by region and theater.
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If you were concerned about the structural integrity of foldable glass displays before, this article is only going to reinforce your concern. On Sunday, PhoneArena received an email from a Galaxy Z Fold 3 owner whose screen cracked for seemingly no reason. The user claims she never dropped the phone, and yet an enormous crack has appeared down the center of the display.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 owner told PhoneArena that she got in touch with Samsung shortly after the screen cracked. Samsung referred her to a uBreakiFix electronics repair store, which then offered to repair her screen for $800. That’s $400 less than what Samsung is charging for a new Galaxy Z Fold 3 would cost on its website right now.
Cracked screen on a Galaxy Z Fold 3. Image source: PhoneArena Most concerning is that this isn’t an isolated incident among Galaxy Z Fold 3 owners.
Last month, a Redditor shared a similar story about their Z Fold 3 cracking along the fold after 15 months of “careful ownership.”
“15 months in, opened the screen to show a friend who was interested and heard a cracking sound as it was nearly fully opened run along the centre fold. (Phone was not dropped),” wrote the Fold owner. “The right-hand screen no longer responds to any input, the left-hand does. Just saw the price to repair and that is shocking. Pretty gutted as loved the phone and in all honesty, I rarely opened the phone, maybe 2-3 times a week if that.”
Back in November, yet another Z Fold 3 owner reported a cracked screen. They had only owned the device for three months, and it cracked right down the seam when they opened it. The owner claims that Samsung offered to repair the phone under warranty, but upon receiving the phone, Samsung found an “impact point” and charged the owner $700.
Given that Samsung is at the forefront of the folding phone revolution, stories like these aren’t going to convince skeptics to give the new form factor a chance.
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