Originally released in January 2022, the Samsung Freestyle projector was a finalist for CNN Underscored’s Best of CES 2022 awards and subsequently became a huge success, due to its diminutive size, striking design, and easy portability.
And while you can get the still nifty Freestyle 2022 for $800, which is $100 less than its original price, Samsung announced a new version at CES 2023. Though there’s still no date for when the updated projector will be available, here’s everything you need. we know so far about the 2023 Freestyle.
At first glance, nothing is changing for the Freestyle. The 2023 projector looks similar to its predecessor. That means you’ll still get a boat-shaped projector that weighs less than 2 pounds and can rotate up to 180 degrees. Point it and play almost anywhere, from a wall to a ceiling to an outdoor screen, with an image that will display up to 100 inches in full 1080p (unlike the well-reviewed but pricey XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K projector, the new Freestyle still doesn’t will offer 4K).
But what will make the difference is your ability to access the new Gaming Hub in the embedded Tizen OS software. Gaming Hub, which was announced late last year, is also available on all Samsung Smart TVs and lets you play video games from partners like Xbox, Nvidia GeForce Now, Amazon Luna and Utomik, all without downloads, storage limits or consoles.
So yes, this will count as an additional gaming device to take with you wherever you go. And it can help end your child’s unpleasant arguments over who spends more time on the game console. The 2023 version of the game center will also include what Samsung calls MiniMap sharing, which allows players to quickly open and view a minimap of their game while playing.
Another cool feature that Samsung was pushing when we saw the new Freestyle at CES is something they call “Smart EDGE Blending.” The gist is that two projectors will automatically sync to provide a whopping 21:9 setup, without aligning them or any manual adjustments.
While it’s easy on the eyes and seemingly simple to create the large-scale projection, you’ll need two of the Freestyle 2023 projectors to do it.
Yes, the Freestyle caused a stir when it was announced last year, and even earned an enviable position as one of Oprah’s favorite things. And the projector fits easily into Samsung’s lifestyle entertainment portfolio, alongside other products with an almost cult following, such as the cutting-edge Frame TV. But aside from its portability and small footprint, it’s all the little extras that make it truly standout.
For example, the Freestyle can double as a lamp and comes with a lens cap that doubles as a filter for funky light show effects like Lava Lamp and Starry Night. It can also act solely as a wireless speaker, so you can play your tunes without projecting them. All the perfect party favors.
And then there are the accessories. Samsung offers a Battery Dock ($190) to help keep it charged for outdoor seating and a crazy screw-on plug adapter ($80) that lets you attach the Freestyle to things like a pendant light so you can project on a table. . And while the Freestyle itself only comes in white, you can make it more colorful with a Samsung skin ($28), which was available in Forest Green, Blossom Pink, or Coyote Beige for Projector 2022, though Samsung confirmed we should expect more shades. . available in 2023. You can even find some outsourced accessories like this foam-lined waterproof case ($49) to carry the Freestyle more securely.
There’s currently no price or release date for the 2023 Freestyle, but we expect it to arrive early in the year and cost about the same as its predecessor. We’ll be putting it through a full review once we get our hands on one, so stay tuned.