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Samsung’s recent launch of the SmartThings Station at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has garnered attention and sparked surprise in the tech industry.
This comes after the company announced that it would not be producing any new SmartThings hardware, such as hubs.
However, the recent release of the SmartThings Station, which is now available for shipping in the US and Korea, has proven that Samsung’s change of heart was a wise decision.
The SmartThings Station is a multi-functional device that serves as a smart home hub and wireless charger in one.
About the SmartThings Station
The SmartThings Station retails for $59 and is a combination of a wireless charger and a programmable smart home controller.
The top of the device features a button that can be programmed to control smart home devices.
In addition, the Station is a Matter controller, a Thread router, and a SmartThings Find scanner.
The downsides to the SmartThings Station
However, there is one caveat to the SmartThings Station: it only makes sense if you own a Samsung phone.
If you do not have a Samsung phone, there are other smart home hubs available at a cheaper price that offer the same functionality.
For example, the Samsung SmartThings Hub Dongle, which is half the price of the Station, is just as useful and will soon support Thread via a software update.
Another issue with the SmartThings Station is the limited compatibility with devices. While it supports wireless charging for Samsung phones such as the Galaxy S22 and S23 at 15W, it cannot charge other devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch, and non-Samsung devices such as iPhones only charge at 7.5W.
There has been no announcement of the launch of the SmartThings Station in the UK, which is unfortunate as the SmartThings platform is known for its compatibility with a wide range of smart home devices.
Its membership in the Home Connectivity Alliance, alongside other smart appliance manufacturers, will only enhance its compatibility.
Although the Matter platform makes it easier for different products to connect, a platform is still necessary for a smart home to function, and Samsung’s platform is considered one of the best in the market.
Summary and Takeaways
Samsung’s SmartThings Station, a smart home hub and wireless charger, was recently launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and is now available for shipping in the US and Korea.
The device is multi-functional and has a programmable button for smart home control. The SmartThings Station is best suited for those who own a Samsung phone, as it only supports Samsung phones for wireless charging and has limited compatibility with other devices.
The Samsung SmartThings Hub Dongle is a more affordable alternative for those who don’t own a Samsung phone. There has been no announcement for the launch of the SmartThings Station in the UK.
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