Sand, Sea And Samsung (Part 1)

7/22/2012 11:22:26 AM

Samsung holds South East Asia Forum

Description: Samsung's latest SMART TV

Samsung's latest SMART TV

Description: Samsung’s latest camera in the market - WB150F

Samsung’s latest camera in the market - WB150F.

Description: SMART TV


Ariel Arias, Head of Audiovisual, Samsung Philippines, sharing with the guests the interesting features of the new Samsung SMART TV.

Last month we ran a quick roundup of the Samsung Southeast Asia Forum held way back in March. This time around we're taking a closer look at the event and laying out what really happened in Bangkok.

This kind of shindig usually starts out with a keynote speech by the people Samsung considers to be both important and well-versed in their divisions. This was no exception with Ariel Arias, Head of Audio and Video of Samsung Philippines, taking the stage to kick things off with the introduction of their newest line of smart TVs. They showed off the shiny new ES8000 on stage; with its 75-inch screen, ridiculously thin bezel and a display quality that you can shave with, it was a little hard to pay attention to the speech. This new generation of state-of-the-art televisions will feature the Samsungs three guiding philosophies of Smart Interaction, Smart Content and Smart Evolution.

Smart Interaction

Smart Interaction is Samsung's attempt to bring us to the 21st century with voice and motion controls. It sounded a little odd at first to address the TV with "Hi TV", but apparently that's the only command it has to activate voice commands. If Samsung comes up with a way to modify the commands (or issue a special Star Trek version) they'll have a winner on their hands.

Description: Samsung ES8000

Samsung ES8000

Voice commands aren't the only thing that Smart Interaction can do. Motion controls are also included in the ES8000, and its sibling: the ES7500. It's a great feature, but probably won't see as much use as the voice commands.

Smart Content

All the interaction possibilities don't mean anything if there's nothing to interact with, and that's where Samsung's Smart Content comes in. Naturally, Samsung announced that Angry Birds would be coming to the Samsung Smart TV when it launches; this comes at no surprise since everyone announces that they have the aggravated avians on their platform (not to say that it's a bad thing). Other content will be available for download via Samsung's own app store.

Description: The Samsung Smart TV 2012

The Samsung Smart TV 2012

The big highlight for Smart Content is how Samsung is buying into the four screens concept and tying your gadgets together via the AllShare Play service. It bears similarities to a cloud storage service but can also access files stored on your other Samsung devices, provided that you remembered to leave them connected to the Internet, of course.

As part of the big Smart Content push, Samsung also announced a partnership with webstreaming service Viki. Users will gain access to over 15,000 shows on-demand which can be translated into some 30 languages. The highlights of which Samsung is expecting to be the inexplicably popular Korean dramas.

Smart Evolution

Samsung understands that people don't want to change their TVs every year to keep up with advancing times. As a means to keep up with Moore's law, they have decided to go where no other TV has gone before by making their Smart TVs upgradeable. The plan is to release a new upgrade kit, called an Evolution Kit, every year which will include all necessary hardware and software enhancements. While it took a while to explain, it looks like the Evolution Kit will be a block that sticks on to the back of the Smart TV and becomes the new processor or whatever it is that needs upgrading. It's an intriguing idea, but time will tell if it really catches on.

Malaysian Market

Director of Marketing Samsung Malaysia, Jimmy Tan believes that the three guiding philosphies are a true differentiator for Samsung in the Smart TV market. He says, "We have big plans for Malaysia.

Description: Director of Marketing Samsung Malaysia, Jimmy Tan (left)

Director of Marketing Samsung Malaysia, Jimmy Tan (left)

We will reach out to our customers and let them really experience our products, because it's just too difficult to communicate without real experience in the store front. So we're going to select key stores that have the right target segment and put in the retail infrastructure for our customers to experience our Smart TVs."

There will also be a push to help customers who buy their Smart TVs understand the capabilities that Samsung has crammed into these devices. This push will come mainly from retail stores, but will also be supported by online information.

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