Samsung announced its Smart TV lineup 2022 ahead of CES, which boasts of Micro LED, New QLED and Lifestyle lines as well as a new line of soundbars. The new smart TVs and the soundbar support Dolby Atmos. The company also unveiled a new Smart Hub for its 2022 smart TVs that it claims will “enable intelligent content curation, cloud gaming, video calling, screen multitasking, NFTs management and more”. One of the main features of the Smart Hub is the Gaming Hub, which allows gamers to stream games from a handful of cloud gaming services. Samsung also unveiled its 2022 Eco Remote, which uses radio waves from the router to charge itself.
In a press release, Samsung announced that owners of its 2022 smart TVs will be able to use the Smart Hub’s gaming hub to play games with Nvidia GeForce Now, Google Stadia and Utomik game streaming services. Samsung also stated that gamers would benefit from faster loading of games with the Gaming Hub on Samsung Smart TVs launched in 2022. Since Microsoft has announced that it will soon be launching a smart TV app for the Xbox Game Pass, it could hit Samsung’s Gaming Hub shortly. With the new Smart Hub, users can switch to media and ambient mode in addition to gaming.
According to a report by The Verge, the Gaming Hub also allows users to play their HDMI connected consoles along with the game streaming services. Essentially, it allows users to play cloud and console games with a single controller – with both PlayStation and Xbox controllers supported from the start.
Samsung gaming product director Mike Lucero told The Verge that the company is “working with partners to bring the best possible level of service to our platform.” He added, “We will release details as we get closer to launch.” It remains unclear whether the new Gaming Hub functionality would be available on existing TVs, but Lucero mentioned, “We’re starting with our 2022 models and are working on bringing the Gaming Hub to even more Samsung customers.”
Ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022, Samsung has also announced three new lines of smart TVs. First and foremost is the micro-LED smart TV range. It is available in three display sizes – 110 inches, 101 inches, and 89 inches. This range of smart TVs has 100 percent DCI and Adobe RGB color space and a screen-to-body ratio of 99.99 percent. The displays have 4K resolutions with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. It also advertises features like Art Mode and Multi View.
The second product line presented is the Neo QLED Smart TVs with the new Neo Quantum processors. They also have the EyeComfort mode, which automatically adjusts the brightness and tone of the screen to the surroundings. Other features include a Real Depth Enhancer and shape-matching light technology to improve brightness, accuracy, and overall image quality. You also get 8K resolution displays and OTS Pro, an improved version of Object Tracking Sound. Finally, Samsung has detailed some of its 2022 Lifestyle Smart TVs, which will include models in three subcategories – Frame (from 32 to 85-inch models), Serif (from 43 to 65-inch models), and Sero (with a new vertical multi view function).
In addition, Samsung has also introduced a new range of sound bars. You have an updated Q Symphony surround sound experience and wireless Dolby Atmos. It briefly describes the HW-S800B Ultra Slim Soundbar, which redefines the slim category by integrating passive radiator technology into the subwoofer for enhanced bass. It has upward facing speaker channels and measures 1.6 inches in depth.
Samsung is also promoting a new Watch Together app that allows friends and families to video chat while watching content. Earlier this week, Samsung announced the NFT Aggregation Platform, which allows users to search, browse, and purchase NFTs right from their smart TVs. Users can preview the NFTs, read more about their creator and the history behind the tokens. Users who own NFTs can present them on Samsung Smart TVs.
A report from The Verge mentions that Samsung has redesigned its Eco Remote. Like the previous Eco Remotes, it can still be charged with solar energy. The 2022 Eco Remote can now be charged using the radio waves from a Wi-Fi router with radio frequency harvesting (RF) functions. In addition, the Eco Remote can be charged via the exterior or interior lighting or via the USB Type-C port.
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