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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  • Shadowmaster625 - Friday, January 6, 2017 - link

    I feel like an old kodger for saying I will never pay to have a goddam screen on my fridge. A lot of this tech is just so far beyond stupid. CES 2017 has been an utter disappointment. It seems like everything is geared toward the blatant vanity of the top 0.1%. And that introduces a paradox because you dont get to be in the 0.1% by wasting your money on useless crap like a giant screen on a fridge. It's not arguably useless, it is completely frickin useless. You want to know whats in your fridge, you open the door and look, all in less time than it takes to poke around on some stupid screen.
  • jm04sure - Friday, January 6, 2017 - link

    Samsung refrigerators, once failed, very hard to repair. Need authorized agent, and speaking from experience, they do not know jack. Had to find compatible parts on my own and repair myself. Never will purchase Samsung appliances again.
  • Bullwinkle J Moose - Friday, January 6, 2017 - link

    There is a huge difference between the way Samsung advertises Quantum Dot Tech at this CES event and the way LG is advertising right now at other Tech sites

    Samsung >
    Quantum Dot technology: improved image quality
    supports "nearly all" of DCI P3 color space
    LG Ad - Improved color "Accuracy" from quantum dot film tech
    If I understand The Film Technology correctly, Quantum Dot Film tech ADDs colors that were never there so it is misleading to say it improves color accuracy as LG is doing

    For example, if I add a quantum dot film to a 256 color LCD display to recreate billions of colors to the eye, the new colors in no way relate to accurate colors

    It can improve the "perception" of accuracy but there is no fidelity to the actual source material

    Please respond to the following statement:
    A monitor that "accurately" reproduces the entire color spectrum and dynamic range is currently FAR beyond the current tech available today

    Is that statement accurate and can you comment further?
  • mkozakewich - Sunday, January 8, 2017 - link

    Our eyes see only red, green, and blue. Something yellow, for example, is just triggering two different receptors in our eyes at the same time.
    When lighting rooms and things, you need to take colour rendering accuracy into account; but in this case it's just pure image from the screen, so the light can be purely r/g/b. Literally the only colours we see are a billion combinations of red, green, and blue light.

    Traditional 'white' LEDs send pure blue or violet light through a fluorescent material that transforms it into white light (that is, a wasteful set of various colour wavelengths). Two thirds of that light are filtered out to strip out all the waste colours.
    The quantum-dot add-in takes the light from pure blue LEDs and converts a third of it to pure red and a third of it to pure green. Since the light entering the LCD matrix is now purely r/g/b, no additional filtering is needed. The purer the elemental colour is, the larger the possible gamut.

    If you added a quantum-dot layer to a 256-colour LCD, you could have 256 very accurate colours. There would be a lot of banding in the gradients, though. That's not a question of accurate colours, though, as much as it is about resolution.

    tl;dr: The light coming out of the quantum layer can be tuned to precisely the values accepted by the average human eye, and so the colour can be controlled to a far greater degree. The pure colours are also purer, which lets them expand out to larger gamuts.
  • Bullwinkle J Moose - Monday, January 9, 2017 - link

    Thanks mkozakewich

    The limited info I read sounded like the film was adding colors instead of correcting colors

    However, If I did take colour rendering accuracy into account, could the quantum-dot film IMPROVE the CRI value of LEDs for Video Lighting?

    Now that Flashlights are just beginning to approach usable consistent output levels above 2500 Lumens for over an hour @ 90+CRI and have tripod mounts, I'd like to see more of them like the Manker MK34 with Nichia 219 B or C LEDs

    It will be another HUGE market soon if the maximum output levels are "Stable" for an hour or 2
    Wink Wink Hint Hint

    Add a variable level control to a wireless remote or cellphone app for this kind of light and it would be a studio favorite in Zero Time!

  • oranos - Saturday, January 7, 2017 - link

    lmao Samsung trolling Apple by micro-analyzing features

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