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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  • Lolimaster - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    Want a home appliance?

    Go german, japanese, southamerican or US brands, never korean.
  • uRtard - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

  • FMinus - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    European, not only German. Gorenje has one of the best home appliances, better design, better longevity, better energy savings, and costs half the price of a comparable Miele or Bosh.
  • Lolimaster - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    Mi peruvian made fridge running for 35years, 0 problems.
  • FMinus - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    I got so used to the damn ice maker in those new side-by-side fridges, I really can't survive going back to the trays and filling them with water, sticking them in the freezer and breaking them when wanting some ice. Aside of that, the Fridge/Freezer progress hasn't evolved much as you say, a fridge from 40 years has the same basic guts as a fridge from 2016.
  • Jerry Boyce - Monday, January 9, 2017 - link

    You might want to consider other brand of ice maker to use. There are only few release from Samsung. But you might need to read some of my reviews and a helpful buying guide before buying. You can check my ice maker reviews here : http://foodplusice.com

  • leexgx - Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - link

    apart from that newer fridges are made to fail sooner then do ones (made to cheap now)
  • Tewt - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    So much unnecessary complexity for appliances. When a robot can interact with them, go shopping and cook a meal then I will be interested. More stuff to break/replace/upgrade in the meantime. Also, no to all the smartTVs after reading about getting unwanted ads. From now on, I'm sticking to Rokus and the smart features built-in to TVs will not be a selling point anymore.
  • amdwilliam1985 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    Totally agree. They made things way too complicate with the home appliances.
    With the TV, hoping they'll make a "dumb" model with amazing image and quality for people like me, my first gen chromecast took care all my "smart" TV needs.
  • amdwilliam1985 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    recently saw some news about smart tv getting soft bricked, lol, another reason to stick with dumb tv with addons like chromecast.

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