Shown off at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, Samsung’s Sero TV is soon coming to Australia. Samsung Sero TV is the latest TV cum mobile as it automatically flips from a standard widescreen TV into vertical, aka portrait mode, just like your phone. Except that the screen measures 43 inches diagonal instead of 6.1 inches.
Portrait mode is actually the default setting for this TV, but Sero’s integrated motorized mount moves the screen back and forth to taste, using either a button on the remote or Samsung’s SmartThings app. If you own a Samsung Galaxy phone you can sync it to the TV so the screen flips automatically when you rotate your phone.
As with many other TVs , you can mirror your phone’s screen on the TV itself, but in vertical mode it will look a lot better and bigger, in particular with vertical videos from YouTube , Facebook or your own camera roll and you can mirror other phones too, including iPhones . The TV features all of Samsung’s smart TV extras, including Apple’s AirPlay 2 system for screen mirroring, video streaming and the rest.
The screen and motorized stand are inseparable: no wall-mounting for the Sero. The stand is on wheels and canted back slightly, mounted relatively low and the speaker system takes advantage of the stand to sound bigger than that of a standard flat-panel TV.
As said above in addition to being used like any other Samsung TV, the Sero can also connect with mobile devices via Samsung’s Smart View app. When it detects content that’d be better seen in a vertical format, the screen will rotate to suit. It has a 43-inch display, 4K resolution, quantum dots and plenty else besides. There’s even a built-in 4.1-channel 60-watt speaker system.
At the time of writing the availability and price of the new Sero TV was yet to be announced.