Samsung Freestyle: A Small Portable Projector That Can Put Netflix Just About Anywhere


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Samsung televisions just got a lot more portable. AT CES 2022 On Tuesday, the company added The Freestyle, an ultraportable chip television projector, to its range.

The Freestyle weighs less than 2 pounds, comes with a 180-degree stand, and can project content onto walls, screens, or anywhere else from 30 to 100 inches with brightness up to 550 lumens. It features 1080p resolution, along with auto focus and leveling capabilities to automatically align its image to any surface. It can play music and includes 360 degree sound. Plus, it comes with access to Samsung’s smart TV platform, so yes, you’ll be able to stream Netflix and project it anywhere you want. It will cost $ 899 in the US and is currently available for pre-order on the Samsung website.


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Samsung also offers various accessories to enhance the device. There are lens caps that can create mood lighting, a waterproof case for outdoor use, and a portable USB-C battery for powerless projection. There’s even a base that will allow you to screw the spotlight into a bulb socket.

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Portable projectors, while cute and compact, has historically had a few drawbacks. They tend to be relatively weak compared to standard TVs or even traditional home theater projectors. They also often have lower image quality levels, meaning they may not even reach 1080p, let alone 4K resolution. And while they’re portable, many still need to be plugged in. Some come with batteries or the option to use a battery, but these tend to only last a few hours.

Although the Samsung Freestyle offers Full HD resolution, it appears to lack an internal battery. You will need to get a portable USB-C battery if you want to use this projector away from an outlet. Samsung has not yet clarified the pricing and availability of its many accessories, which include a battery-filled base specifically designed for the device.

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The Freestyle is part of Samsung’s Lifestyle brand, home to some of the TV maker’s most ambitious and expensive products, including Frame art television and TV from the terrace, which is specially designed for outdoor environments.

Our current choices for best portable projectors also have smart capabilities, but they lack autofocus features and the plethora of accessories available with Samsung’s latest offering. These projectors currently hover around $ 600. Considering its placement in the Lifestyle line, the $ 899 price tag seems to match Samsung’s other high-end products.

Samsung made numerous TV announcements alongside the Freestyle ahead of CES 2022, including its latest version of The Frame. In addition, the company has updated its Neo QLED and MicroLED models, added a play center with access to cloud services and launched a remote control that collects radio waves reload.


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