Samsung Press Conference @ CES 2016

Samsung always has a lot of flash at CES and this year was no different. We'd just come from the LG press conference so we had a few guesses on what Samsung would be big on showing. Jason thought their big push might be Samsung Pay, Eric knew it would be about TVs of some sort, while I held true to 8K TVs. 

We were all sort of wrong. They spent as much time talking about their new appliances as they did TVs, and wearables. That's not always a bad thing, but it is different than it was a few years ago. Mobile World Congress gets all the mobile releases, and CES is now relegated to other electronics. While the fridge and washing machine used to be considered appliances, these days they are much more than that. LG's fridge could tint - allowing you to see what was inside, while the Samsung fridge comes equipped with internal cameras to take pictures of your food and display them on the outside. That way, you don't have to open the fridge to see what you want to eat. It says energy - in theory, but retraining yourself will be different. Also the food inventory idea makes it easier to have your smart fridge recommend food items that you need to pickup. All I want is something to keep my Cherry Pepsi cold.

 

While TVs weren't the big thing, they were still a thing and it kind of hard right now to get excited about 4K. They look great. OLED is amazing, but the content simply isn't widely available. Samsung is going to be offering a 4K Blu-Ray player later this year to address the issue, but right now, 4K has limited content. That's why Samsung only mentioned 8K available later this year. 

One item that made a bit of a surprise announcement this year was the Galaxy TabPro S. This is a 2-in-1 tablet that offers a great Windows 10 experience. It will ship with either Windows 10 Home or Pro - depending on your configuration and comes with 4GB of RAM and either a 128GB or 256GB SSD option. With a large battery (5,200mAh), it should power the 12" 2160x1440 screen for a day. The best way to think of this, is to consider it a Microsoft Surface Pro 4.2 machine.

 

Their TVs look great - as does the rest of their product line. With the brand loyalty and the quality that Samsung offers, I'm sure they will do very well.

You can check out all the images from Press Day right here.