Samsung's new SmartThings camera and smart plug don't need the hub

Samsung SmartThings

Samsung SmartThings

The SmartThings Cam costs $90 and doesn't need a SmartThings Hub.

The new SmartThings Cam is a Full HD (1080p) 145-degree, wide-angle camera with night vision and HDR imaging.

Samsung says the SmartThings Cam can differentiate between people versus the movement of pets or passing vehicles. The monitoring zone can be customized to receive notifications when something moves in that specific area. Also, you don't need a SmartThings hub to use the camera. Probably not. But, when Samsung finally figures out its Galaxy Home smart speaker, these devices could be the first crucial components in an all-Samsung smart home. You can set up "Works With SmartThings" light bulbs to turn on whenever the camera detects motion, or automatically turn on the motion detector when you leave for work each day, and the possibilities are just beginning. You can connect up to four SmartThings Cams for free, bringing 24-hour rolling cloud video storage. Premium 30-day cloud storage is also available for $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year, with the option to connect up to 8 SmartThings Cams. In addition, it has two-way audio, so you can talk to a housemate or your pets through the app even when you're not home.

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They're a challenge because not only are Samsung's products cheaper than Amazon's, but also because they're also compatible with both major smart platforms, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, plus Samsung's expanding Bixby platform.

With SmartThings, getting started with home automation is simpler than you'd think.

The new SmartThings WiFi Smart Plug can turn almost every lamp, small appliance or electronic device in your home smart. Samsung isn't clear if one is required for the Smart Plug and Smart Bulb, but we'd err on the side of caution and buy one if you plan on investing in Samsung's burgeoning smart platform. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com/us/. For more information visit Samsung.com. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. Founded in 2012, SmartThings is headquartered in Mountain View, CA and operates independently as a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics.

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