Samsung’s new 4K smart monitor features a magnetic wireless webcam

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Enlarge / Samsung sells the monitor in (clockwise from top left): Sunset Pink, Warm White, Spring Green, and Daylight Blue.

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Samsung’s M8 monitor, announced Monday, aims to replace your USB webcam and smart TV. The 32-inch 4K smart monitor features a wireless webcam that you can remove and attach with magnets. The TV also has built-in apps, including Netflix and Hulu, that work without a PC connection.

The M8’s 1080p webcam attaches to a holster inside the camera via a four-pin connector, a Samsung representative told Ars Technica. The holster plugs into a port on the monitor, powering the camera and connecting it to the PC. Therefore, the camera does not seem to work with a different monitor. Once attached, you can tilt or remove the camera when not in use.

This differs from a magnetic wireless webcam prototype Dell showed us in December. Dell’s concept camera is separate from the monitor, so you can place it in the ideal spot for the perfect angle, e.g. B. in the middle of the monitor. Samsung’s magnetic webcam tries to help you find the perfect angle through face tracking and auto-zoom.

Some video chat apps like Google Duo are built into the monitor.
Enlarge / Some video chat apps like Google Duo are built into the monitor.

The South Korean-headquartered company announced its first “smart monitor,” the M7, in 2020. The displays earn the title by offering streaming services like Amazon Prime and Apple TV over an internet connection, without the need for a PC or TV.

Like Samsung smart TVs and some Galaxy phones, the smart monitors come with the Samsung TV Plus app, which delivers some live TV channels like Cheddar News, CBS News, and Stories by NBC over the internet. Both of Samsung’s smart monitors try to make your TV jealous with their own remote control.

Unlike the M7 remote, the M8 doesn’t include controls for voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Samsung’s Bixby. In an unusual move, the microphone is built into the monitor. For Bixby users, the Always On Voice feature “displays conversation information on the screen when Bixby is on, even if the monitor screen is off”. Samsung’s announcement said.

The monitor has micro-HDMI and USB-C ports, a pair of 5W speakers and a tweeter.
Enlarge / The monitor has micro-HDMI and USB-C ports, a pair of 5W speakers and a tweeter.

Improvements over the M7 claim to be a 75 percent slimmer build, reducing the monitor’s thickness to 11.4mm. The smart monitors also have a new look, taking a side from Apple’s similarly thin (11.5mm) 24-inch (11.5mm) iMac all-in-ones and offering a range of colors. If you’re okay with a moderately flashy white monitor, Samsung will charge you $700, but there’s a $30 surcharge for all other colors.

You'll save $30 if you can settle for white.
Enlarge / You’ll save $30 if you can settle for white.

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Samsung has also updated its SmartThings Hub, which you can use to check other devices connected to your Wi-Fi – although you’ll need a special dongle, which is coming out in April, to use the app with Zigbee devices. The company also added Workspace, which lets you “remotely access another PC, use Microsoft 365 programs,” and connect to Samsung Galaxy, Note, or Tab devices through the Samsung DeX platform.

Panel-wise, the new Samsung USB-C (65W charging) M8 monitor claims an impressive 3,000:1 contrast ratio thanks to its vertically-oriented panel, as well as up to 400 nits of brightness and 99 percent sRGB coverage.

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