As usual, Samsung took center stage at CES 2022 to show off some of its new upcoming consumer products, including a unique projector and new TV technology.
The Freestyle Projector
The Freestyle certainly looks more like a lighting fixture than a projector. With its yoke stand, you can point it in nearly any direction, including downward, to project onto ceilings, walls, the floor, or a tabletop, providing a versatile projection experience. In addition to its already versatile design, you can power The Freestyle with your portable USB battery pack that supports a 50W / 20V output and USB-PD technology. Going a step further―and definitely outside the box―Samsung says an optional Socket Adapter will eventually be made available, allowing The Freestyle to be screwed into a standard E26 light socket for power. This feature could easily go hand-in-hand with the projector’s ability to create ambient lighting when used in ambient mode with its translucent lens cap. With its smart speaker functionality, The Freestyle can sync this lighting to your music.
The projector can create images from 30 to 100" and features a 5W woofer and two passive radiators to create 360-degree sound, so you can hear the projector no matter on which side of it you sit.
The Freestyle sports the Tizen operating system and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, enabling it to function just like a Samsung smart TV. It is controllable by your voice with any of the two built-in voice assistants: Samsung Bixby or Amazon Alexa.
Samsung monitors were also on display at CES. The Odyssey Neo G8 features a 4K UHD curved screen, a 240 Hz refresh rate, and low 1 ms response time, making it well-suited for gaming. It outputs up to 2000 cd/m2 of peak brightness, thanks to its Quantum Mini LED backlight and supports Quantum HDR 2000 for enhanced detail.
The Smart Monitor M8 has an ultra-slim 0.45" design to help you conserve space on your desktop. It tops out at 400 cd/m2 of brightness and supports 99% of the sRGB color gamut with 1.07 billion colors. As its name suggests, smart TV functionality is built-in, along with the ability for the monitor to serve as a SmartThings control hub, with or without your computer.
The High Resolution Monitor S8 is available in 27 and 32" and supports HDR, delivering up to 98" of DCI-P3 color. They support USB Type-C charging up to 90W and Ethernet ports, allowing users to set up simplified workstations that can charge compatible devices without a docking station.
Lastly, the Odyssey Ark, as it’s currently named, is an oversized 55" deeply curved display with 4K resolution, designed to provide a wrap-around experience for work or gaming. It supports landscape and a “cockpit-style” portrait orientation to meet whatever needs you’d have for a monitor this size. Supporting the Odyssey Ark is a height-adjustable stand, so you won’t need to worry about finding an arm to support it.
QD-OLED TV Technology
You’re reading that correctly―QD-OLED technology is an OLED panel with the addition of a layer of Quantum Dots designed to boost color accuracy, brightness, and contrast. While Samsung hasn’t yet announced any models that will pioneer this new tech, the brand has stated that its QD-OLED TVs will have four HDMI 2.1-compatible inputs, a Neo Quantum Processor, a 144 Hz refresh rate, and immersive sound.
Samsung has plans to provide more information on its QD-OLED TV lineup in the coming weeks, leaving enthusiasts on the edges of their proverbial seats.
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