In order to attract the customers towards its smart range products, Samsung is now expanding the range of its SmartThings line of connected smart home gadgets. Today Samsung has announced the all-new SmartThings Cam for $89.99, SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug for $17.99 and SmartThings Smart Bulb for $9.99. The new products work within the SmartThings ecosystem and are available starting from today.
Samsung is introducing the new smart home gadgets to fill some gaps in the SmartThings lineup. These products are entry-level devices and are best suited for smart home beginners. Samsung recently revealed that users could use the Cam and Smart Plug without using a SmartThings hub; on the other hand, the Smart Bulb uses Zigbee 3.0 and uses a hub for connectivity. Samsung has designed all three devices in a way that it works with “Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung’s own Bixby voice assistants.”
Talking about the SmartThings Cam, Samsung has priced it much cheaper than the Nest Cam or Amazon’s Cloud Cam. Besides being cheap, the cam offers “full HD video with HDR, IR for night vision, two-way audio, person detection, and a 145-degree field of view”. The smart cam comes with a 24-hour cloud storage backup, and users need not pay any additional charges for the same. But if users want a 30-day backup for up to eight cameras, then they have to pay $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year. The smart Cam from Samsung can be either placed on a shelf or mounted to a wall.
On the other hand, the Wifi Smart plug is a small smart plug, and two of them can be fit on the same wall outlet. The Wifi Smart plug is pretty much similar to Amazon’s Smart Plug, but Samsung is offering the Wifi Smart plug at cheaper prices, and it also is compatible with Google Assistant and with Alexa.
The last product in the series is the Smart Bulb, which is a simple 9-watt smart LED light bulb, and the bulb has 806 lumens of rated output. The bulb is available in warm white color (2700K) and can be dimmed.