4:51pm PT by Carolyn Giardina
CES: Samsung President Promises to Find Reason Why Galaxy Note 7 Burst Into Flames
Samsung president and COO Tim Baxter started the company's CES press conference Wednesday by addressing the elephant in the room: the Galaxy Note 7. The Android smartphone posed a major public relations problem for the company last year when its battery caused fires and explosions, forcing Samsung to issue two recalls and ultimately cease production of the device.
"It's been a challenging year for Samsung," Baxter said, adding that the company would soon release a report about the model. "We are working to find out what happened and make sure it doesn't happen again."
With that out of the way, Samsung turned to the matter at hand: highlighting its new QLED TV line. It is aimed at again improving the picture quality with a new Quantum Dot technology that can display high dynamic range images at 1500-2000 nits (a measurement of light). Available next month with flat or curved displays up to 88 inches, it also has new smart capabilities — for instance, its Smart Hub interface has been extended to smartphones — as well as new design features, such as a "no gap wall mount" system and new TV stands.
Additionally, Samsung's home entertainment lineup will feature its second-generation Ultra HD Blu-ray player, which allows the user to stream the content to a mobile device.
As is typical, there was a wide range of new technologies demonstrated during the CES press conference. Several laptops shown included the Notebook Odyssey, aimed at gaming, with features such as a heat management system and curved keys.