[IFA 2022 Samsung Town] ① Everyday Sustainability: Samsung Showcases Everyday Energy Savings Throughout the HomeBy STF News
After a two-year hiatus, Europe’s biggest home appliances trade show is back and better than ever. IFA 2022 took place offline on September 2 in Berlin, Germany, where Samsung Electronics showcased its latest lineup in the Samsung Town exhibition hall. With various zones, such as the SmartThings Life Zone and Everyday Sustainability Zone, visitors could experience the latest products in visual display, home appliances, mobile and memory categories.
Samsung Newsroom takes you to the scene of Samsung Town in this three-story series. In this first story, we’ll cover Samsung’s eco-conscious efforts for sustainable daily lives. In the second story, we’ll share the integrated connected experience enabled by SmartThings Home Life. In the third story, we’ll give you a tour of Samsung’s latest products in the exhibition hall — making you feel as if you are actually there.
As we begin this online tour of Samsung Town, we would like to first introduce you to the Everyday Sustainability Zone, a vision for a greener future by incorporating sustainability into everyday life. In the zone, Samsung Electronics showcases its diverse efforts to increase sustainability at all stages of the product lifecycle, from manufacturing and distribution to usage and disposal.
At the three SmartThings Home exhibit spaces including Kitchen & Laundry, Bedroom and Outdoors, the visitors, using SmartThings AI Energy mode, can experience Net Zero Home, a space where it produces, stores, manages and consume the energy at home without creating energy surplus or shortage.
Let’s find out more about how everyday sustainability was showcased at IFA 2022 through the photos below.
▲ Entrance of Everyday Sustainability Zone
▲ Every Sustainability Zone shows various efforts Samsung made to increase sustainability by categorizing devices in their lifecycle process — manufacturing, distribution, usage and disposal — and Samsung’s 10 initiatives such as Galaxy upcycling, eco-conscious packaging, Solar cell remote control and more.
▲ Samsung and Patagonia, a global outdoors brand, have collaborated to create a new Bespoke washing machine that effectively reduces the impact of microplastics.
▲ In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to reach Samsung Global Goals by 2030, Samsung developed various initiatives including the development of Samsung’s Global Goals app, launching of Generation17 and more.
▲ Samsung’s SmartThings Home exhibit let visitors experience integrating home appliances and devices for greener day-to-day lives.
▲ The visitors are introduced to the Net Zero Home area which helps produce, store and consume energy at home. The visitors are trying out the installed solar panels, household battery and EHS outdoor AC unit via AR within Net Zero Home.
▲ When turning on the Automatic Blind air conditioning, the curtains shut automatically to block out radiant heat. The AI Energy Saving Mode within your app to reduce the air conditioner’s energy usage by 20% (RAC). The Energy Usage While Away Alert feature within SmartThings app alerts you that the air conditioner is still on if you’ve left home. With the notification, you can easily turn it off using the app while away from home.
▲ AI mode is on at night where the solar panels are unable to produce electricity to save energy usage across all your home appliances. In eight hours, you can reduce the energy used by a refrigerator by 30%, energy used by a washing machine by 70%, energy used by a dryer by 20%, energy used by the dishwasher by 15% and energy used by an EHS by 40%.
▲ At the SmartThings Playground’s Save your Energy section, the visitors can experience easier laundry experience, thanks to SmartThings. Once the laundry is done, you receive notifications on your phone with SmartThings app, and check how much energy has been saved.
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[Let’s Play with Samsung] ② The Next Era in Home Gaming: An Upgraded Gaming Experience With Samsung Gaming HubBy STF News
In this installment, Samsung Newsroom introduces how to enjoy home gaming with the Samsung Gaming Hub. The Samsung Gaming Hub provides fun gaming experiences for all types of gamers, from aspiring gamers who have to buy new gear to play games when starting out to avid gamers who want to play all sorts of games, including console games and downloadable games.
According to a report from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) in 2021, there are an estimated 214 million gamers in the U.S. alone, with 75 percent of households having at least one person who plays games. As a result, during the pandemic, gaming became a fun group activity, particularly for those looking to connect with others.
As home gaming continues to become a more popular form of home entertainment, Samsung Electronics is providing new gaming experiences to consumers. Samsung Newsroom introduces the way users can enjoy a more realistic, immersive home gaming experience with Samsung Smart TVs.
Take the First Step Towards Unfettered Home Gaming With Samsung Gaming Hub
The biggest hurdle for many who wish to start at-home gaming is the cost and inconvenience of buying and setting up gaming equipment. Many consoles carry console-exclusive game titles that are only available on one platform. In order to play different games, users have to buy multiple different consoles.
PC games come with a set of obstacles as well. Gamers need to have all the necessary accessories and computer parts, such as a CPU, graphics card and monitor, in order to have a smooth gaming experience. Furthermore, gamers who purchase downloadable games need to ensure they have ample storage space available for the new games to be installed, causing them to delete older games to clear up space on their PC.
Now, gamers can have a complete home gaming experience with Samsung Gaming Hub without having to worry about hardware requirements.
No gaming PC, console or additional gaming gear is needed; all you need is a controller to enjoy gaming on a Samsung Smart TV. Moreover, users don’t need to worry about storage space for their games either. Just like watching a TV series or a movie on a streaming platform, all you need to do to start playing is simply select a game title.
On Samsung Gaming Hub, users can access games from various industry-leading partners, including NVIDIA GeForce Now, Google Stadia and Utomik. Additionally, Gaming Hub supports Xbox Game Pass, making it the world’s first Smart TV platform to include the Xbox app. Through this partnership, Samsung Gaming Hub users are now able to stream hundreds of high-quality games including blockbuster titles. Moreover, they can play new games on day one of release from Xbox Games Studios and enjoy iconic franchise games from Bethesda Softworks and more, all without having to buy a console.
Users can also continue playing a game on their tablet or smartphone after they have begun playing it on a Smart TV. By logging in using a cloud service, all saved files from a TV, tablet or smartphone are linked together. This allows users to cross-play games from anywhere in their home regardless of which device they use.1
From Taking an Online Trip to Learning How To Code: A Customized Home Gaming Experience
While winning games is fun, the act of playing a game itself can also be enjoyable. In addition to its collection of popular games, Samsung Gaming Hub offers educational games that are both entertaining and visually captivating.
For those who want to take a spontaneous trip somewhere, take a trip to anywhere in the world with Flight Simulator. Flight Simulator is a pilot simulation game that has been loved by many since it was launched in 1982. The game presents users with realistic visuals and detailed background scenery, such as sunsets and city lights. The game also gives users an extremely realistic flying experience, similar to actually flying a plane.
For families that enjoy playing games with their kids, keep the fun going with Minecraft. Minecraft is a game in which players freely create their own spaces through mining, farming and hunting in a world made of square blocks. Minecraft: Education Edition is used in classrooms around the world to teach a wide range of subjects including the basics of programming, such as coding and design. With an in-game tutorial, many walkthroughs and online guides available, those who aren’t familiar with playing games can easily learn to play Minecraft. For more family fun, the action-adventure game Minecraft Dungeons enables players to brave the dungeons alone or join up to three other players to battle monsters together and gather treasure in an epic quest.
Your Own Playground Made Complete With Samsung Neo QLED
One of the most important pieces of equipment for home gaming is the display. The display not only affects how immersive a game is but also the outcome of the game as well.
The Samsung Neo QLED presents the world inside a game with the best picture quality. With 100% color volume and improved, detailed black levels, users can appreciate the beautiful high-resolution graphics and find out where enemies are hiding in the dark.
The Neo QLED is equipped with various features that make gaming even more exciting. Specifically, it comes with Motion Xcelerator Turbo Pro technology, which provides crisp gameplay motion in 4K resolution at 144Hz, and FreeSync Premium Pro, which minimizes input latency, lag and stutter on screen. Thanks to these features, gamers can play CPU-intensive games smoothly and enjoy vivid, life-like graphics. From first-person shooter (FPS) games that require fast response times to racing games with fast switches between different screens, the Neo QLED gives gamers an upgraded and immersive gaming experience across all genres.
The Neo QLED also provides enhanced display aspect ratios of 21:9 and 32:9, allowing gamers to play on a larger screen rather than on gaming monitors only. The Neo QLED is the first of its kind in the industry to offer Ultrawide GameView. Ultrawide GameView captures game angles that weren’t available with a display aspect ratio of 16:9, allowing users to play games without any blind spots on screen. The Neo QLED also supports Multi View, a feature that allows users to play two different videos simultaneously. With Multi View, users can play a game while referring to a walkthrough at the same time.
Enjoy an upgraded sound experience with the Neo QLED. The Neo QLED comes with Moving Sound Pro+ (OTS Pro+) technology, technology that matches the direction and movement of an object within a video to the sound. By creating multi-dimensional sound, users feel as if they are inside the game itself.
Home entertainment is loved by many because it is the most convenient way to enjoy fun activities from the comfort of one’s home. The next era of home gaming has begun, an era where anyone can play video games as easily as they can watch TV from their homes. A Samsung Smart TV is all that’s needed to enjoy playing games comfortably. Jump into the immersive world of home gaming with Samsung Smart TVs.
1 Requires Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. Different for each game.
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[Samsung Smart Screen Experiences] ② Manage Your Home Like Never Before on 2022 Samsung Screen With an Intuitive Home IoT HubBy STF News
In this second article, we’re exploring how SmartThings has been enhanced to become a built-in feature of your Samsung Smart TV and Smart Monitor,1 so read on to learn more about how the 2022 lineup lets you take total control of your devices and your smart home — right from your sofa.
SmartThings, Opening Up an Era of the Smart Home Previously Only Dreamed of
As the devices we use at home have become more diverse, so, too, have the methods necessary to connect them. From Cloud to Cloud (C2C) connectivity, wireless (WiFi) connections and the Zigbee method, a variety of different systems available for us to control our homes with have emerged — a diversity that resulted in it taking a while for Internet-of-Things (IoT) to be cohesively applied within the home.
Previously, you would need a separate device, or hub, to act as a connecting bridge for these devices, ultimately impacting accessibility. Therefore, in order to help mitigate this inconvenience, Samsung, for the very first time in 2022, has integrated a built-in SmartThings Hub directly into the 2022 screen lineup, providing reduced latency and total control for more immediate smart home control experiences.
The Samsung Home IoT Hub — your SmartThings hub — is now built directly into your TV or Smart monitor, making it possible to easily connect, monitor and control all the connected devices in your house, all without a separate hub device.2 This advancement is the first step towards Samsung’s fully-realized home IoT ecosystem.3
This innovative SmartThings Hub is not only compatible with hundreds of millions of devices, but has also been further expanded thanks to the introduction of an all-new interoperability standard. As the premier technology enabling connected living and driving the future of IoT, SmartThings recently announced the addition of a new smart home interoperability standard named Matter,4 which has been developed by Apple, Google, Amazon and others and allows for users to control Matter-enabled devices using their Samsung products.
With these innovative advancements in your SmartThings home control system, you are set to enjoy the utmost convenience with your 2022 screen — like never before.
Anywhere, Anytime and as You Wish With the 2022 SmartThings Hub
Thanks to the fully-integrated SmartThings Hub, your 2022 screen is a central hub from which you can conveniently control the smart devices you have around your home.
To make the smart home experience more enhanced than ever before, Samsung made sure to develop SmartThings Hub to be the most streamlined platform it could be for ultimate user convenience. Along with the greater screen real estate available on your 2022 screen for monitoring, making the process easier on the eyes, SmartThings Hub features an intuitive Map View interface that not only shows all your devices and their current status, but also where they are located in your home.
1. Map View: Locate IoT Devices in Your Home at a Glance
When you launch your TV or smart monitor for the first time, ‘rooms’ can be created automatically for you based on the location of your connected devices through SmartThings, and this will be displayed on-screen for you in Map View. If you want to further customize the layout of your devices, you can use your remote control to change the location of the device within the interface to match your actual room layout, and if you have the SmartThings mobile app, you can easily add rooms or change its location using Touch & Drag. You can even change room shapes to be polygons, if desired.
Say you’re settling down to relax in the living room with a good film after a long day, but suddenly realize you’re not sure if the lights are on or off in the garage, simply pull up SmartThings Hub’s Map View on your smart TV or monitor. Now, you can check and manage the status of your smart devices and then click back into your film for a truly hassle-free end to your night.
2. Voice Control: Manage All Your Devices With a Single Word
As well as streamlining the smart home management experiences that SmartThings brings to users, you can also enjoy smart experiences that may have previously seemed impossible with SmartThings on your 2022 Samsung screen.
For example, the always-on Voice Control capability provides you with next-level connectivity and control over your devices, no matter what you are doing and whether your screen is on or off. Thanks to Bixby, Samsung’s AI voice assistant, you can verbally switch your lights on or off or control a connected device, even while in the middle of a movie, just by saying ‘Hi Bixby’ to your screen.
3. Smart Doorbell: Check Out the Front Doorstep While Watching TV
Furthermore, the Smart Doorbell feature lets your smart home control radius expand as far as your front doorstep. Even if content is playing on your 2022 Samsung screen, a notification will appear on-screen when someone rings your doorbell, allowing you to see right through to who is waiting at the front door and even talk to them directly from your screen.5
With such convenience-first capabilities, the future of the truly connected smart home, something that Samsung has been working diligently towards, is getting closer and closer each day.
The Hub of Smart Home Life: Your 2022 Smart Screen
Although smart homes have been around for quite some time, the process of building a smart home ecosystem that allows all kinds of IoT devices to interoperate is still underway. Samsung intends to develop a smart home that is optimized for your in-home activities and that lets anyone easily build their own connected home, making it easy to harness the power of IoT for device control anywhere in the house — using just your screen.
The first step of this next-generation smart home ecosystem has been taken with the 2022 Samsung screen lineup. With your Neo QLED 8K or Smart Monitor M8, you can now enjoy easy and convenient control of all your smart home devices directly on-screen thanks to the all-new SmartThings Hub. Take a look at the video below to learn more.
Be sure to stay tuned for the final article in this series where we will be diving into even more smart features offered by the 2022 screen lineup, including those capabilities that let you manage your aesthetic and even your workouts more intelligently — directly from your screen.
1 Models that support the SmartThings Hub include: QN900B/QN800B/QN700B/QN95B/S95B/QN90B/QN85B/Q80B/Q70B/Q60B/BU8/The Serif/The Frame/The Sero/Smart Monitor(M50B and above), released in 2022.
2 Make sure to log in to the same Samsung account on your TV or monitor and your mobile SmartThings app.
3 To use products with Zigbee protocol, you must purchase a SmartThings Dongle (VG-STDB10A) separately.
4 Samsung also joined over 200 global companies in support of MATTER, a new standard for simplifying smart homes.
5 Ring Doorbell is currently the only solution supporting the 2-way talk function. It is set to be available on more solutions soon.
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The era of dull and lifeless desks, with black monitors and unsightly wires, is officially over. As people spend more time at home, they are more eager to personalize their home office. To provide users with a range of customization options to fit any lifestyle, Samsung Electronics has added four new colors to the Smart Monitor M8 lineup that liven up any space.
The four colors — Warm White, Sunset Pink, Daylight Blue and Spring Green — were inspired by the theme, ‘Shades of Nature.’ These soft pastel colors can boost your mood at home, whether you want to feel calm and comfortable or fully energized.
Do you want to transform your boring desk into one with playful colors and innovative features? Samsung suggests using one of the Smart Monitor M8’s four colors to create a personalized ‘deskterior,’ a portmanteau of ‘desk’ and ‘interior.’ Read on to discover how this colorful upgrade can refresh your desk space in style.
Invigorate Your Home Office With Spring Green
After a long day of remote work, you can add some life back to your eyes with the Smart Monitor M8 in Spring Green. By picking up some office supplies in different shades of pastel green, you can turn your space into a playful and botanical-inspired sanctuary.
The Smart Monitor M8 handles all of your necessary tasks without needing a separate PC or laptop, allowing you to create a neat and clean deskterior. The Smart Monitor M8 allows you to search the Internet, check email and access Microsoft 3651 simply by connecting to Wi-Fi. Conveniently, you can continue your work by logging into your account and uploading files directly to the cloud. The most notable advantage of the Smart Monitor M8 is that you can access your work desktop remotely and remain as agile and productive as you were in the office.
Video conferencing while working from home is now a breeze, as the Smart Monitor M8 comes with a SlimFit Cam which can be conveniently attached or detached from the monitor at any time. Additionally, Eye Saver Mode reduces blue light, the main culprit of eye fatigue, and Flicker Free ensures a comfortable viewing experience by lessening screen flickering. Not only does the design and color of the Smart Monitor M8 minimize eye strain, but also the display itself helps protect your vision and improve work efficiency.
Enjoy Your Hobbies to the Fullest With Daylight Blue
With the Smart Monitor M8, you can decorate a space dedicated to your favorite hobbies, accompanied by the color of Daylight Blue. Enhance your room with travel souvenirs, trinkets or celebrity merchandise in complementary shades of blue to create the ultimate deskterior that expresses your unique personality.
The Smart Monitor M8’s next-level connectivity with your mobile device can help you watch your favorite content on a bigger screen. Simply connect your smartphone to the Smart Monitor by using Tap View or Screen Mirroring. With a single click, you can be transported instantly to another country or your favorite singer’s concert, all thanks to the monitor’s large screen and rich picture quality. Samsung DeX also enables multitasking and transforms your smartphone into a touchpad. Using two screens at once, you can take an online drawing class or watch videos of your favorite music group on a larger display while still using your phone as a phone.
The Smart Monitor series also boasts Apple AirPlay2 integration, which allows users to easily view movies, music and photos saved on their smartphones or laptops on the big screen.
Relax in Your Home Cinema With Warm White
After a busy day, one of the best ways to recharge and unwind is by streaming your favorite movies in a home cinema. For a cozy atmosphere, you can pair your monitor’s Warm White color with wood accents to warm up your space and keep you feeling comfortable.
The Smart Monitor M8’s flat-back design with 11.4mm of thickness uses your space more effectively and maintains a minimalistic, café-like aesthetic — so it’s the perfect place to enjoy a sweet treat while binging your favorite shows.
You can build your perfect home cinema using only the Smart Monitor M8, as it provides a wide range of OTT services2 such as Netflix, YouTube, Disney+ and Samsung TV Plus on a large screen. There’s also no need for a keyboard or mouse while watching a movie — the Samsung Smart Monitor’s remote control allows you to use the up, down, left and right buttons on the remote to control the mouse cursor from your sofa or bed.
Other features that make the viewing experience even more satisfying include the device’s UHD resolution, HDR10+ support, 2.2CH stereo speakers and Adaptive Sound+, which automatically analyzes the monitor’s surroundings to optimize its sound quality. Are you worried about your posture while watching TV? The Smart Monitor M8 includes a height adjustable stand (HAS) and tilt functionality, allowing users to find the perfect position for binge-watching.
Celebrate Spring With Sunset Pink
For fans of flowers, the Smart Monitor M8 in Sunset Pink instantly transports you to a cherry blossom festival in full bloom. Adding a white vase of beautiful flowers to your desk creates a bright and optimistic atmosphere perfect for any home.
If you’re inspired by the floral scent and craving a song for the spring season, the Smart Monitor M8 is a perfect solution. Even if your monitor is turned off, you can still play a perfect song for spring by talking to Bixby. The Smart Monitor M8’s built-in microphone lets you manage your device with just your voice, so you can focus on your hobbies, like writing or drawing, instead of using a keyboard or mouse.
The Samsung Smart Monitor M8 complements your daily life and personal style to make your space more colorful. Regardless of your daily routine, you can use the Smart Monitor M8’s expanded color options to customize your space and express your individuality. From hobbies to home cinema, the Smart Monitor M8 can transform your boring desk into a vibrant deskterior, perfecting for adding a splash of color to any space.
1 Microsoft 365 account is required
2 Service availability may vary by region.
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Last fall, Apple launched its Self Service Repair program in response to increased pressure from the right-to-repair movement. Five months later, Samsung announced its own self-repair program that might soon let you repair Galaxy phones yourself at home.
It’s not surprising to see Samsung follow closely in Apple’s footsteps. It’s something Samsung has been doing for years for big mobile-related decisions. Unlike Apple, Samsung will be working with the experts at iFixit to help Galaxy device owners repair their handsets.
Don't Miss: Friday’s deals: $199 Roomba, $450 65-inch Roku TV, Arlo cameras, $50 air fryer, more The good news is that Samsung is ready to support the right-to-repair movement in time for the Galaxy S22 series. I’m not saying that your Galaxy S22 will definitely need repairs. But if you’ve seen any drop tests, you know the odds are against you. The front and back glass are surprisingly fragile and might suffer unfortunate accidents that will necessitate repairs.
Unfortunately, the Galaxy S22 phones aren’t part of the first batch of Galaxy devices that Samsung’s new program will support.
Galaxy S21 on a table. Image source: Christian de Looper for BGR Can a Samsung phone be repaired?
Most phones can be repaired, whether they’re Samsung Galaxy devices or iPhones. It’s not just the display that can break. Internal components might fail. The battery might need a replacement. These sound like simple repairs and Samsung’s new product will target these sort of do-it-yourself fixes.
Samsung explained that it will support repairs for the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21 this summer. Joining those phones is the Galaxy Tab S7+ tablet.
The company will provide access to genuine parts, repair tools, and “intuitive, visual, step-by-step repair guides.” iFixit should help with the latter, which is what you want to hear if you plan to repair your Samsung phones.
It’s unclear when the Galaxy S22 series will follow, but you’ll likely be able to repair the handset yourself in the future.
Initially, Samsung will let you replace display assemblies, the back glass, and the charging ports. The company will also let customers return the faulty parts for proper recycling.
You won’t be able to do anything about software issues, however. Like the Galaxy S22 throttling or GPS problems.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus color options. Image source: Samsung Maybe you shouldn’t repair the Galaxy S22 yourself
Just because you might be able to repair the Galaxy S22 at home using genuine parts doesn’t mean you should. It might look easy in some of those teardown videos. But those people are professionals who know what they’re doing. It’s not their first time disassembling a phone that cost $1,000 or more.
If your Galaxy phone breaks and needs repairs, you might want to look for help from trained professionals who can get the job done quicker and safer. In addition to announcing its own self-repair program, Samsung also reminded users that they have several service options available.
The company says it operates a far-reaching same-day repair service covering 80% of the US population. More than 2,000 locations are available to Galaxy device owners for repairs. Also, Samsung runs more than 550 “We Come To You Vans” that offer in-person service within a 30-60 minute drive. Repairs using that service take about two hours.
Samsung can also ship an empty box to your home so you can send a Galaxy phone to be repaired. One other way to fix a broken Galaxy S22 or older device is to find an Independent Service Provider in your area. These are certified technicians who work with genuine Samsung parts.
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