Samsung at IFA 2017
With the new Galaxy Note8 smartphone launched at the Samsung Unpacked event in New York last week, the stage was set for Samsung's wearables and home appliances to step into the limelight at IFA 2017.
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Samsung’s new wearable tech line-up
The company unveiled a trio of new wearables designed to make our lives healthier when we’re on the go.
1. Gear Sport Smartwatch
Samsung called this a ‘wellness manager’ that will automatically coach you on staying active if you need a little encouragement to get fit. It’s a more active version of the Gear S3 smartwatch, unveiled at last year’s IFA.
It’s waterproof, so ideal for swimming. You can even swim in the sea with it as it won’t get damaged by saltwater. It connects with your smartphone, and a new Spotify feature allows you to save your workout playlists offline on the watch. There’s a variety of colourful straps to choose from too.
2. Gear Fit 2 Pro
This slender, lightweight fitness band is similar to the Gear Fit bands we’ve seen before, but it’s got better waterproofing. As with the Gear Sport, you can swim in the sea with it as saltwater won’t harm it. It’s got Spotify and built-in GPS to track your walks, runs and swims.
3. Gear IconX 2018
One thing the smartwatch and fitness band don’t have is Bixby, Samsung’s new voice assistant. But through the updated version of the IconX wireless earbuds (available in multiple colours), you can interact with Bixby via a Samsung phone. You’ll also get improved battery life.
It wasn't just new wearables that made the announcement. Samsung showcased clever innovations in home appliances, and exciting developments in their TV range...
Another big reveal was a 43-inch version of Samsung’s Frame TV. It’s called Frame TV because it doubles as art when it’s not in use. It’s able to show art from world-famous galleries and museums, such as the Prado in Madrid, so it blends in with other paintings on your wall.
The TV was previously only available in 55-inch and 65-inch, but this smaller version could be a great option if you don’t have much space on your wall, or you want to put the TV in a smaller room.
Samsung also presented plans to expand its QLED line-up, the next innovation in TV. It has partnered with Panasonic and 20th Century Fox to increase the availability of HDR 10+ technology, which makes colours more crisp and vibrant.
A 49-inch QLED gaming monitor, which was originally announced a couple of months ago, was also on show. It promises to deliver an IMAX-style cinematic gaming experience.
QuickDrive™ washing machine
In 2015 Samsung released the AddWash™, which enabled you to add clothes mid-cycle. The QuickDrive™ takes that a step further, and speeds up the whole washing process. In fact, Samsung claims it can halve laundry times.
The machine contains a back plate which moves in the opposite direction to the drum, increasing the amount of movement during the wash and dry cycle. Learn more about the revolutionary QuickDrive™ washing machine here.
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