Samsung today, Monday, launched a new smart screen called Smart Monitor that highlights enhanced usability and connectivity, amid the pandemic-driven stay-at-home trend.
The company claims that the Smart Monitor was the first to combine premium media services, mobile connectivity and remote computer capabilities.
Samsung said: The smart screen meets the needs of consumers to work remotely, learn and entertain at home, with better mobile phone and PC connectivity.
Thanks to the built-in wireless technology and the Tizen-based operating system, Samsung’s new Smart Screens function as a smart TV.
The Smart Monitor M7 supports 4K resolution and comes with a 32-inch price of $ 400, while the Smart Monitor M5 features FHD 32-inch at $ 230 and 27 inches at a price of $ 280.
Smart Monitor is available initially in the US, Canada and China only, but Samsung said: It plans to launch the product in other countries from the end of this month.
The monitor can run Microsoft Office 365 applications without a computer connection, thanks to the built-in wireless network, allowing people to easily view and edit documents in the cloud directly from the screen.
The screen also supports streaming content using the Smart Hub, which is a comprehensive entertainment center similar to Samsung’s built-in Smart TV platform.
The Screen App Store allows users to access Netflix and YouTube even when it is not connected to a computer or mobile device.
Samsung said: It is also possible to control the screen by voice through the platform (Bixby).
The lines between screens and televisions are blurring these days, but computer screens are still distinguished by the need to connect to a computer.
Samsung’s new Smart Monitor M7 and Smart Monitor M5 do this basic duty, but they add an extra strength to the formula.
Smart screens can connect to a compatible Samsung Galaxy phone to try DeX or Tap View to cast the phone’s screen, or even Apple AirPlay 2 for iOS and macOS devices.
According to market research firm TrendForce, Samsung is expected to see a 30 percent year-on-year increase in monitor shipments, to rank fourth in the global monitor market this year.
TrendForce estimates global screen shipments will grow 5.4 percent year-on-year to nearly 135 million units this year, on the back of the stay-at-home economy brought on by the pandemic.