Samsung officially introduced Bespoke Refrigerator Family Hub Plus at CES 2023, which features a 32 inch full HD touch screen. From the 5th of next month (local time), the world’s largest home appliance exhibition CES 2023 will be held in Las Vegas, USA.
Considering consumers’ preference for larger screens, Samsung uses a 32-inch Full HD touch screen in this new refrigerator, which expands the area of the current 21.5-inch screen to more than double to provide a variety of Family Hub services.
Notably, Family Hub in 2016 delivers services related to entertainment, family communication, cooking, and smart home by applying artificial intelligence and IoT technologies to refrigerators. Now, it has been upgraded to let you enjoy the Samsung TV Plus service that contains approximately 190 US TV channels and approximately 80 Korean TV channels in PIP (picture-in-picture) mode for free.
Users can use use the 32-inch big screen more efficiently by multitasking, such as searching for recipes while watching a music channel or controlling home appliances while watching a news channel.
Especially thanks to the built-in SmartThings Hub, you can control lights, blinds, switches, motion detection sensors, and door opening sensors from different companies through the Family Hub, which can use the refrigerator as a home IoT hub.
In addition to the existing OneDrive, the new bespoke Refrigerator Family Hub can also connect to the Google Photos cloud to provide a comprehensive sharing experience. Amazon Your Essentials service also has been added but only in the US, which allows you to easily view frequently purchased items and order them with one click by setting them to appear on a widget on your home screen.
Lee Jun-Hwa, vice president of Samsung Electronics’ home appliance division, said:
“ Samsung Electronics ‘ newly introduced ‘ Bespoke Refrigerator Family Hub ‘ provides a vastly expanded experience as much as the larger screen. We will lead the innovation and evolution of refrigerators by reflecting style trends. ”
Phones will be banned in schools across New Zealand
New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced that he would promote the ban on phones in primary and secondary schools across the country. This initiative aims to improve the quality of education for primary and secondary school students in New Zealand.
According to New Zealand education sources, the literacy skills of New Zealand primary and secondary school students have been declining in the past few years, and have even reached a “crisis” level. Over 1/3rd of the country’s 15-year-old students have poor literacy levels, which has aroused concern from all walks of life.
In order to solve this problem, New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Lacson decided to take action. Within 100 days after taking office, he push for the ban on mobile phones in primary and secondary schools across the country to reduce students’ distractions so they could concentrate on class.
Nintendo may use Samsung OLED display on its new console
Nintendo is in talks with Samsung Display for supply of the next-generation OLED panels, following Valve’s SteamDeck. Both companies initially considered China’s BOE as a supplier but changed way to Samsung due to the burden of the risk arising from the patent infringement lawsuit.
According to the report, Japan’s Nintendo is known to have requested the supply of OLED panels from Samsung Display, following Valve. These companies negotiated with China’s BOE to lower device prices, but it is said that they chose Samsung Display panels.
In June 2022, Samsung Display filed a patent infringement lawsuit against China’s BOE in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The technology that Samsung Display claims to be infringing on is five OLED display patents for all products released after the iPhone 12.
Last December, Samsung Display filed a complaint with the ITC against 17 US parts wholesalers to keep BOE in check, asking the ITC to stop using parts and panels that infringe on the company’s ‘Diamond Pixel’.
Accordingly, BOE filed a countersuit in Chongqing’s First Intermediate People’s Court in May against Samsung Display China and Samsung Elec China, claiming patent infringement.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 to be made by TSMC, for Galaxy by Samsung
Similar to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, TSMC is exclusively producing Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset. While the new processor has just started to debut with smartphones, a new leak suggests that TSMC will continue to produce Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, while Samsung orders shelved until 2025.
According to tipster Revegnus, Qualcomm will rely solely on TSMC for producing the 3nm-based Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 processor in 2024. The company has reportedly decided to bet on Taiwanese chip manufacturer again as it’s aiming to use custom Oryon CPU cores.
It’s worth noting that a dual chip sourcing strategy is still on the cards for 2025 when the Snapdragon 8 Gen 5 comes out, while the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 for Galaxy will be produced at Samsung’s foundry 3GAP, reports Taiwan’s TechNews.
In a multi-core scenario, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is said to surpass 10,000 points on Geekbench 6, while the Adreno 830 GPU offers the same level of power draw as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 while offering excellent performance gains. The whole SoC is rumored to consume just 8W.