Samsung products coming to the Asia Pacific in 2015

Smart TVs, home entertainment, cameras, connected appliances and more

  • 2015 Samsung products

    Samsung gave Good Gear Guide a sneak peak at its upcoming products, ranging from SUHD televisions to intelligible washing machines, at the Samsung Regional Forum 2015.
  • A new era for Smart TVs

    All of the Samsung smart televisions coming to Australia in 2015 will run an open-sourced operating system called Tizen. The strategic move to have televisions running Tizen will help Samsung shift smartphones and other Internet of Things devices towards the platform, said Brad Wright, the director of Samsung’s AV technologies, at the 2015 Samsung Regional Forum.

    “Tizen is a larger piece of the smart home platform, with home appliances and wearables technology.

    “This is the direction we’re going in terms of the Internet of Things and the future of smart homes. This will really be the central hub.”
  • Introducing SUHD

    Samsung is backing Ultra high definition (UHD) technology in its current range. Ultra high definition televisions have a resolution of 3840x2160, which is four times greater than the current Full HD standard.

    Premium Samsung televisions have the moniker SUHD, as they “provide viewers with 64-times more colour expression” and are “2.5 times brighter than conventional televisions”.
  • Neglecting OLED

    The Samsung televisions coming to Australia will not use OLED panels – a technology Samsung introduced, and a technology its rival LG is backing with its upcoming range.

    “We sold a lot more UHD TVs in Australia than we did OLEDs, and we launched them on the same day,” Wright told Good Gear Guide.

    “We see the future for us being UHD, beyond the next couple of years, I can’t really say.”
  • Samsung JS9500

    Samsung's top of the range 2015 television is the JS9500, an 88-inch curved set that supports SUHD technology.

    Curving the screen reduces pesky reflections and provides a viewing experience better suited to human eyes, said Brad Wright, the director of Samsung’s Audio and Visual technologies. It is for these reasons the company is introducing more curved televisions and curved screen monitors.
  • Samsung JS9500

    The JS9500 smart TV leads the range in design. The bezel is chamfered for a premium finish and the rear has a soft, shirring patern. Cues have been taken from "contemporary art and architecture", claims Samsung.

    Official launch dates and pricing has yet to be announced; however, Samsung executive Brad Wright told Good Gear Guide the company is striving to have the new range in stores by April.
  • Samsung S9W

    Samsung's S9W is a curved UHD television with a screen span of 82-inches. Samsung worked with designer Yves Behar on the television, and the result of the collaboration is a striking wafer-thin TV propped up on what is literally a pedestal.

    The chrome base does a lot more than simply prop the television up. It houses the processing guts and the television’s speakers.
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear

    Samsung's partnership with Oculus birthed the Galaxy Gear. This accessory takes advantage of the Galaxy Note 4's AMOLED display to deliver an immersive virtual reality experience.

    The Gear VR went on sale recently in Australia at Samsung experience stores for $249.

    [[artnid:566406|Read the full Gear VR review here]]
  • Curved soundbars join Samsung's range

    People who buy a curved Samsung television will be able to complement them with matching soundbars. Curved soundbars will be offered from 48- to 78-inches in size.
  • 8500 series

    Topping Samsung’s soundbar range is the 8500 series. The soundbar works with a wireless subwoofer to create a virtual 9.1 surround sound footprint.

    Most soundbars virtually create a surround sound experience by firing audio at different directions so that the reverberations converge on viewers from a variety of angles. Curving a soundbar will optimise the positioning of drivers for an improved virtual surround experience.
  • Samsung WAM series

    Samsung’s omni-directional speakers are styled like an egg, with a tweeter at the top and a bass driver at the bottom.
  • The audacious styling of the wireless speakers serve a purpose. Whereas other speakers fire audio horizontally like a beam of light, the WAM series projects sound spherically, in the same way a light bulb illuminates a room.

  • The WAM range of speakers stream music over Wi-Fi, work with Samsung’s existing range of modular speakers and can be controlled by smartphones.

  • Samsung Milk

    Samsung's Milk radio service is available for free, with no ads, and users don't need a log in to use the service, said Daren Tsui, vice president of music at Samsung Media Solutions.

    The Milk application is available through the Google Play store, and will initially work with Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The company is, however, thinking about expanding its use to competing mobile devices, Tsui said.

    The service has 200 radio stations and 13 million songs, and in addition to functioning as a jukebox, allows users to create customized stations based on artist or genres.
  • The connected home

    Samsung's gradual move to Tizen has far reaching implications for the company. It will act as the cornerstone to its Internet of Things strategy. Ultimately, all of the devices in Samsung's ecosystem will work together by running the same operating system.
  • WA6700

    The idea behind the WA6700 is one of absolute common sense. Samsung refers to it as a 'dual wash' washing machine because it has a second, deep dish lid that functions as a sink.

    This means laundries no longer need a second sink, which saves space, and that the chore can be done all in the one place.
  • PowerBot 9000

    The Powerbot tops Samsung’s range of robotic vacuum cleaners for a good reason. Last year Samsung introduced its digital inverter technology, which is the tech central to its top-end refrigerators, washing machines and air conditioners.

    A miniaturised version of Samsung’s digital inverter technology is found at the heart of the Powerbot vacuum cleaner. According to Samsung, is 60 times more suction-power than older Samsung robotic vacuums.

    [[artnid:563764|Good Gear Guide praised the Powerbot's sense of direction in our full review.]]
  • Samsung NX50

    The NX500 is the successor to Samsung’s NX300 mirrorless camera. Its 28-megapixel backside illuminated APS-C sensor and the DRIMeV image processor capture high-resolution photos quickly. Up to 9 frames-per-second can be taken continuously, and a wide ISO range of 100-25600 will help the NX500 take photos in a variety of lighting conditions.
  • The NX500 can double as a video camera. Cinematic 4K videos can be recorded at 24 frames-per-second and Ultra high definition (UHD) videos are captured at 30 frames-per-second. Videos at these resolutions are storage intensive. Tending to this dilemma is the in-built HVEC codec, which Samsung claims will compress “high quality video to half the size and bit rate of H.264 footage”, and it’ll do this without discounting quality.

  • Integrating this technology into a body significantly smaller has resulted in some drawbacks. Photographers will have to do without a live viewfinder for instance. In its stead is a 3-inch SuperAMOLED touchscreen, which tilts and pivots 180 degrees. The versatility of this touchscreen makes self-photography a possibility with the NX500 – a prospect that was much more challenging with the NX300.

  • Sharing photos between devices can be done a number of ways. Most will pop out the SDXC memory card and slide it into their notebook/PC. Tech-savvy users will tap their NFC-capable smartphone with the NX500 and have their photos transferred over Bluetooth of Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n).

  • Samsung's existing range of lenses will work with the NX500 by way of a mount.

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S

    Samsung's flagship slate has been on sale in Australia for some time, and yet till this day it remains competitive. Apple's iPad Air 2 can't match it on screen quality, while its thin profile proves challenging to Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet.

    [[artnid:552286|Read the full Good Gear Guide review here.]]
  • Samsung Gear S

    The Samsung Gear S is a Tizen-powered smartwatch that has a curved display and can take a SIM card. The Gear S can use 3G networks for texting, emailing and Web-browsing.

    Phone calls too are possible by pairing the smartwatch to a Bluetooth headset that, when not in use, magnetically clips around the neck. Samsung call this the Gear Circle.

    The Gear S supports additional connectivity technologies, including Bluetooth 4.1 and single-band Wi-Fi (802.11n).

    Wrapping around wrists is a curved 2-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360x480. A 1GB dual-core CPU delivers the computing power, alongside 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Powering the smartwatch is a 300 milliamp-hour battery, which Samsung claims will help the Gear S last for two days before needing a charge.

    On-board GPS coupled with support for the Nike + Running application could see the Gear S smartwatch appeal to exercise enthusiasts. Navigation is possible with support from HERE maps.
  • Curving monitors

    A year on and Samsung’s computers monitors have curved displays. Three wide-screen monitors will don the innovative form-factor, with the flagships SE790C destined to replace multi-screen setups. The ultra-wide 34-inch monitor has a 3440x1440 resolution. It will be joined by the SD590C and SD510C, two 27-inch curved monitors that have Full HD displays.
  • Chef collection

    Samsung's Chef collection is the copany's premium range of kitchen appliances. Photographed is the RF9900 refrigerator.

    Samsung claims the RF9900 has the largest capacity on the market. Typical refrigerators fluctuate in temperature approximately 1.5 degrees Celsius. Samsung's RF9900 bests the average with a wavering temperature of just half a degree.
  • Return to Good Gear Guide for more information on the pricing and availability of Samsung products.

    We'll be attending Samsung's Unpacked event in Barcelona for the latest news on the upcoming Galaxy flagship.

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