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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.
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.
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.