Samsung is ever expanding and experimenting in various ways possible. The company acquired the home automation startup SmartThings in 2014 and very recently released three new products to its smart homes’ range.
In a recent press release, Samsung revealed the launch of three new products – SmartThings Cam, SmartThings Smart Bulb and SmartThings Wi-Fi Smart Plug along with the redesigning of SmartThings app and a new line of S10 mobile phones.
The SmartThings Cam is Samsung’s first approach to making smart home cameras. It has some impressive features and the camera is full HD 1080p and comes with HDR and a 145-degree wide-angle lens. It works on Wi-Fi and has a two way audio system, that means you can speak to the person on the other side of the camera. The cam supports Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Bixby and allows you to connect up to four cams for free. The cost of the cam is $90 and it has 24 hour rolling cloud video storage. It allows you to purchase additional storage for $7.99 per month or $80 per month and can support up to eight cameras.
SmartThings Smart Bulb
The Smart Bulb is energy efficient but is not meant to be compared with superior products from other brands. It is Z wave and Zigbee enabled and hence requires SmartThings Hub to connect. Like the cam, it also supports Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Bixby which can be used to control the bulb using voice instructions. It is dimmable and can be done so by using and of the above or the SmartThings App. The bulb costs $9.99 and because of its affordable pricing, it can be labelled as basic.
SmartThings Wi-Fi Smart Plug
The Smart plug is Wi-Fi enabled and hence does not need the SmartThings Hub to get connected. It also supports Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Bixby. It does not have a USB port like other models from other brands but does feature a switch for manually turning it on or off. It can be purchased for $18 which is a sweet bargain as it is pretty affordable than other models out there.
Two of the three newly launched products can work without the support of SmartThings Hub which means that Samsung is moving towards a hubless home setup. We can now maybe expect more and more upcoming products to work without the hub and hence expect a simpler setup ahead.