Samsung takes on Surface Hub with Tizen-powered Samsung Flip

Samsung has announced a competitor to the Surface Hub and also surprisingly the Google Jamboard with their new Samsung Flip WM55H smart whiteboard.

Powered by Tizen, the enterprise-focused meeting room device is designed to promote more collaborative digital engagement and expands opportunities to generate ideas while maintaining the familiar feel of traditional writing.

The Flip allows easy sharing, annotation, movement and even searching, as well as the ability for multiple users to create content at once. Additionally, the Flip’s portable, wheel-based stand means one Flip can travel to any meeting room, meaning added flexibility to businesses with limited conference space and budgets.

“The often-flawed logistics of the modern meeting make it easy for participants to feel disengaged and for vital ideas and discoveries to become lost,” said Seog-gi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Today’s workers require more powerful and flexible technologies, and we truly believe that our new Samsung Flip display offers endless possibilities for driving impactful collaboration. We are excited to debut the Samsung Flip at CES 2018, and we look forward to building upon this technology to help businesses work better, smarter and faster.”

Up to four different participants can introduce content or annotate directly on screen at the same time using either their fingers or a dual-sided pen.

The Samsung Flip display also offers extensive device compatibility through both wireless connectivity and USB, PC and mobile ports. An integrated screen-sharing functionality makes Flip content available on connected PCs, smartphones and tablets without interruption or reduced visual quality. Likewise, users also can import personally-stored content onto the Flip display’s screen and introduce fresh ideas to the discussion.

Participants can erase notes through a quick palm swipe. Flip users also can access up to 20 pages of writing space, with embedded search functionalities available to instantly direct participants to specific content. This continuous, rolling stream avoids the lost time and interruptions that often result as participants have to search through multiple sheets of paper or lines of notes to locate a specific detail.

Each Flip display is customizable and can configure to portrait or landscape orientations to suit unique meeting needs. When coupled with its height-adjustable stand, the Flip also maximizes available writing space at users’ preferred positions. The flip can also be removed from its stand and placed in a compatible wall mount.

All content is saved to a password-protected central database store, eliminating the need for cumbersome recaps or handwritten transcription, with content shareable via download, USB, or email and printing.

The Flip will be launched in USA and Europe later this month and also in retail stores and traditional professional B2B display channels. Samsung has not announced pricing.

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