Samsung announces an affordable all-purpose Smart Monitor

Samsung 's new Smart Monitor looks like a jack of all trades. It offers a wide variety of connectivity options both wired and wireless and is affordable.

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With the work from home culture gaining acceptance worldwide, Samsung has launched a super versatile Smart Monitor that does it all. The affordable display has an “unprecedented suite of features for work, learning and entertainment” all bundled in a single display thus giving users great flexibility and comfort working at home.

Smart Monitor: Key Features

Coming to the key features, Samsung presents the Smart Monitor as an “innovative do-it-all screen.” Its USP is its ultra-flexibility in terms of the sheer amount of connectivity options. It can work as a Wireless DeX machine and mimic a full PC. Note that only the Galaxy S8 series and models above support these features. 

Furthermore, Samsung phones can also use Tap View to instantly connect and see photos or watch movies on the big screen. App Casting or Apple AirPlay 2 is available as well meaning even Apple devices aren’t left out of the equation. You can also quickly mirror your Samsung phone’s (running Android Oreo 8.1 or higher) display by tapping it to the top-right edge of the monitor.

It also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 and Samsung says you can set the display up to work as a stand-alone remote PC and use Office 365 from the cloud thus eliminating the need for a CPU altogether.  

It has a ton of ports as well. The M5 has two USB-A 2.0 ports and two HDMI 2.0 ports. In addition, the M7 has a USB-C. This means a laptop can also be connected. The Type-C is capable of 65W fast charging as an added bonus. All these options make the Samsung Smart Monitor a truly super flexible display to have. 

But that’s not all. The Samsung Monitor can double up as an entertainment screen too, thanks to its built-in Tizen OS app store. Popular apps such as Netflix, YouTube, and HBO, can be installed without any requirements to connect to external hardware PC/ laptop/mobile. Samsung also bundles in a Bixby-powered remote control that allows the Monitor to take commands via just the voice. The Samsung Monitor has two built-in 5W speakers as well so you don’t need to buy a pair just to begin using it.

Samsung Smart Monitor: Specifications, Prices, Availability

In terms of specifications and features, the M5 display is a flat 16:9 panel that supports FHD (1920x1080p) resolution and HDR10. The M7 isn’t much different as it only has higher resolution, which is UHD (3,840 x 2,160p). Both the displays come with the Adaptive Picture feature that adjusts brightness automatically for day and night to avoid straining the eyes. 

In terms of design, the Smart Monitor looks like a typical Samsung panel with slim bezels all around and measures 716.1 x 424.5 x 41.8 mm without the stand. Its weight is 5.6Kg. 

The Samsung Smart Monitor will be available in two versions – the M5 (FHD) lineup, consisting of a 27-inch size for $230 (Rs 17,200) and a 32-inch size for $280 (Rs 20,900), the M7 (UHD) that costs $400 (Rs 29,800). Samsung is releasing the models initially for the US, Canada, and China. However, the Korean electronics giant plans to expand launching markets by the end of November. Samsung hasn’t launched these displays yet in India, but we expect them to arrive soon in the coming weeks, as hinted by the company. 

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