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Samsung's new Home Hub wants to be the ultimate smart home controller

Samsung Home Hub
Samsung Home Hub (Image credit: Samsung)

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What you need to know

  • Samsung announced the Home Hub, a smart home controller display for SmartThings connected devices.
  • The device will debut first in Korea, and there's no word on global expansion.
  • SmartThings Hub is being integrated into more of Samsung's smart home appliances.
  • Samsung has also become a founding member of the Home Connectivity Alliance.

Samsung's CES presence didn't end with the launch of the long-awaited Galaxy S21 FE. On Tuesday, the company took to the stage to announce its latest efforts in the smart home space and SmartThings, Samsung's connected ecosystem. While the company announced plenty of smart home products, such as Bespoke home appliances, it also unveiled a new Home Hub display for controlling and monitoring devices.

Samsung's Home Hub is an 8.4-inch tablet that can be used docked or on the go around the house based on your needs. However, the purpose of the tablet is smart home control that's available to the entire family.

The interface is identical to Samsung's SmartThings app, with tabs for access to devices, automation, favorites, and the various SmartThings services. For instance, users will be able to easily look up recipes with SmartThings Cooking, or monitor energy usage with SmartThings Energy.

Source: Samsung

Samsung provided some details about the Home Hub, saying that it "integrates with AI-connected appliances to simplify home management." The tablet will feature two microphones and two speakers so it can easily understand commands and users can hear responses clearly. It will also be capable of hearing responses "spoken from the broader room" when docked, thanks to the high-performance microphones.

It seems that Samsung is keeping the focus on smart home control, omitting superfluous entertainment features that you'll find on some of the best smart displays like the Amazon Echo Show 15.

The Home Hub will only be available in Korea in March, with a broader launch planned afterward, although Samsung stopped short of providing a global launch date.

However, Samsung is also making moves to expand its SmartThings Hub technology by further integrating it within its devices. That will enable Samsung TVs, displays, and even refrigerators to act as SmartThings Hubs to connect and control other devices within your home. These capabilities will come to select Samsung products throughout this year.

Furthermore, Samsung has announced that it is a founding member of the Home Connectivity Alliance (HCA), which aims to make smart home appliances work seamlessly together, regardless of who manufactured them. That sounds a lot like the Matter initiative, which Samsung is also part of, so this move appears a bit redundant. For now, we'll have to wait and see how this initiative will pair with Matter when the standard launches later this year.

Derrek Lee
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8 Comments
  • I know there's SUPPOSED to be a reason I want this, but what would stop someone from buying a cheap usb-c stand and a tab A7 or A7 Lite and just using an app that locks Smartthings in place? The price would have to be quite inexpensive for this to work, especially now when they've stopped manufacturing their own hubs and rely on aeotec.
  • Because I don't think you can use the SmartThing app on Android as a Hub?
  • In my case Im already using smart things, so the hub is already present.
  • Because it would be a waste of a tablet just to sit there and do one task all day. But yes it needs to cost less than a tablet.
  • Not a bad idea to make a removable touch screen device a controller for the Hub, but wouldn't it make more sense to make it remote control sized if it's a dedicated SmartThings controller?
  • i thought Samsung was getting out of the hardware market for smart things?
  • One day I'll get into Connected Devices. The most popular use seems to be lights. I couldn't justify the laziness to myself when I can almost reach both light switches in my living room from the sofa. Light switches are by the door for a reason. I like the smart heating, not practical whilst I rent though. One day when I own a house.
  • Well, the good news is that it can't be less reliable than the original smartthings. i got a home hub because i needed something to run my door lock. I got a bundle with outlet switches, door sensors, and got a water leak sensor. It's down more than it's up. I use Google Nest stuff and KASA plugs for everything else, and no issues.