One of the products Samsung showed at its CES 2022 presentation was the Home Hub, an 8.4-inch tablet for controlling all connected home appliances in your household. The company has now shared more information about it. At launch, the Home Hub can connect to any product in the SmartThings ecosystem, including Samsung devices.
That way, it can tell you how much power your appliances are using and whether one needs to be cleaned. Home cooks will find a recipe center for making shopping lists and meal plans. Those are just some of the use cases Samsung outlines for the Home Hub. The company says the device’s AI software will anticipate what you need and put that information in front of you exactly when you need it.
Samsung has also pledged to support the upcoming Matter standard, which should open the door for the hub to connect to devices from other manufacturers. Based on the photos shared by Samsung, the Home Hub runs on Android, suggesting it may also be possible to use it as a standard tablet. The device also comes with two speakers and two microphones, as well as the company’s Bixby assistant. The tablet comes with the charging dock you see in the photos, and you are free to remove it from that stand.
At first glance, it’s hard to see the Home Hub’s appeal. After all, it’s essentially a tablet with the company’s SmartThings app pre-installed. You can download the same software on your phone. So it’s not like it’s offering something that isn’t there yet. However, framed in a different way, it’s a different approach to a smart display. Samsung hasn’t tried to make a device like the Echo Show 15 that wants to be the centerpiece of your home. The focus here is narrow, and that’s something that might appeal to people.
Samsung will release the Home Hub in Korea sometime in March, with global availability to follow later. No word on US pricing yet.
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