Samsung's new Family Hub refrigerator gains advanced Bixby voice control and SmartThings integration (Updated with pricing!)
Samsung's newest Family Hub refrigerator gains advanced Bixby voice control and SmartThings integration
Update, July 10, 11:30 AM: The new Samsung Family Hub refrigerator will be available at all major consumer electronics stores from July 11, 2018 at a recommended retail price of S$7,499.
Samsung will be doing a launch promotion till September 30, 2018. Consumers who purchase the Family Hub will get a free Ring doorbell. This complimentary Ring doorbell is available while stocks last.
At CES 2018, Samsung has unveiled the next generation of its Family Hub refrigerators, and new this time are the addition of Bixby voice control and integration with Samsung’s SmartThings IoT ecosystem.
With the new Bixby update, Family Hub can now recognize individual voices and provide personalized information based on preferences. For example, you can say, “Hi Bixby, what’s new today?” and the fridge read out news, weather, and calendar updates specifically tailored to the user.
On the other hand, the integration with SmartThings ecosystem means users can control and monitor their connected home from the Family Hub screen. Have a QuickDrive washing machine or POWERbot robot vacuum cleaner? From the Family Hub you can start the washer's washing cycle or instruct the vacuum cleaner to go on its cleaning rounds. Cooking in the kitchen and the door bell rang? You can check the security camera’s feed from the fridge’s giant 21.5-inch Full HD touchscreen.
Other features on the updated Family Hub include access to various music streaming platforms and live radio apps, mirroring of a Samsung smart TV, and even streaming of content from a smartphone to the fridge. There's also a Memo app that lets you easily leave handwritten notes or draw personalized messages to send to family members. On the premium 4-door Flex model, Samsung's also put in an AKG speaker for sound that’s “deep in bass and rich in mid-range”.
In addition, Samsung is expanding the Family Hub’s range of content with new collaborations with leading companies like HomeAdvisor, Pinterest, The Weather Company, and Buzzfeed’s Tasty. There’s also a new Meal Planner that provides recipes for the family based on food preferences, dietary restrictions and food expirations dates; and a new Deals app for users to discover shopping bargains. Availability of these features is dependent on the region.
Finally, Samsung is expanding the Family Hub platform to four new 4D FDR (4-Door French Door Refrigerator) models, bringing the total to 14.
Note: This article was first published on Jan 8, 2018.