Samsung’s new M8 monitor has a built-in smart home hub


Samsung is coming to CES with two high-end monitors aimed at very different audiences. As The Verge points out, the company is starting with the Smart Monitor M8. The 32-inch 4K display offers TV functionality like its predecessors, but now includes a SmartThings hub to control compatible smarthome devices directly from your screen. It’s also better suited for video chats thanks to an included SlimFit magnetic webcam that you can use with Google Duo and other apps.

The M8 can also serve as a platform for (as yet unnamed) game streaming services, complete with support for wireless gamepads. More details are coming closer to launch, Samsung said. Workspace also folds Microsoft 365 and other cloud productivity services into one space.

Samsung has not disclosed pricing or a release date for the Smart Monitor M8. Although it’s smaller than the 43-inch M7 (normally $600), the smart home features and webcam can keep the price relatively high.

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The other screen may cost less than previous models. Samsung has also unveiled a 32-inch Odyssey Neo G8 gaming monitor that should be much smaller than the 49-inch Neo G9, while retaining the pronounced 1000R curve, mini-LED technology, 240Hz refresh rate and 2000-nit peak brightness. It even jumps to 4K resolution – this is the first 4K monitor to support 240Hz and a 1ms pixel response time, Samsung claimed. Support for both NVIDIA’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync Premium Pro should minimize tearing artifacts.

There is no mention of a price or shipping date for the Odyssey Neo G8. Given the reduction in size, it won’t be surprising if the display costs less than the $2500 G9, even with the resolution bump.

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