Samsung opened its IFA 2016 press conference in Berlin with a simple yet bold pledge: to redefine the consumer experience. Over the next 45 minutes, in presentations that delved into the company’s European roots, and with the announcements of new products and partnerships expanding its home entertainment, visual display and home appliance offerings, Samsung demonstrated just how much it has already delivered on its vow.
Those attending the showcase at the heart of Messe Berlins’ CityCube arena were welcomed by David Lowes, Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Electronics Europe, who began by noting the company’s ongoing investment in the continent that 14,000 of its employees call home, as well as its drive to deliver innovations tailored to European consumers. After the introduction, Michael Zoeller, VP and European Head of Visual Display at Samsung Electronics Europe, kicked off a morning of exciting reveals with new additions to Samsung’s Quantum dot display range, briefly tracing Samsung’s pioneering research with the technology, which allows its SUHD TVs to offer the most true-to-life viewing experience available today and enable Samsung TVs todisplay up to one billion colors. He also revealed the world’s largest Quantum dot TV—the 88-inch KS9800—and the first curved Quantum dot PC monitors.
Later, Won-Jin Lee, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics, took to the stage to announce further steps to enrich the viewing experience in the intuitive Samsung Smart Remote and enhancements to Smart Hub, allowing users to more seamlessly find and launch premium content on their Smart TVs. As Mr. Lee told the crowd, “Great television is not just about outstanding picture quality; it’s also about amazing content,” which is why Samsung is strengthening its relationships with partners such as Netflix and Amazon to deliver high-quality HDR (high dynamic range) content for European users to view on the outstanding SUHD TVs.
Other highlights of the event included the unveiling of new additions to Samsung’s AddWash line of washing machines, as well as the announcement that Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerators are finally coming to Europe and will feature a Club des Chefs app—a reveal made by three of the Club’s Michelin-starred members themselves: Michel Roux, Michel Troisgros and Elena Arzak.
Samsung wrapped up the showcase by highlighting another vow: its commitment to use technology to enrich European communities. Evelyn Nicola, Sustainability & Citizenship Manager of Samsung Electronics Europe, discussed the company’s Smart Classroom and Digital Academy programs, which teach European students valuable digital skills that will boost their employability. Samsung’s goal with the programs, Ms. Nicola said, was to reach 400,000 students by 2019—a figure, she was pleased to announce, that will be eclipsed later this year.
At the end of the event, attendees were invited to experience Samsung’s enriching innovations firsthand. In case you missed it, check out the highlights below.