Samsung America has priced its four-door, Energy Star-rated LCD refrigerator to carry a suggested $3,499 retail when it begins hitting sales floors late next month.
The RF4289 is a four-door fridge with an 8-inch touch screen, but it's not just for boring stuff like climate control. Using a built-in Wi-Fi connection, the RF4289 can pull up Twitter, Google Calendar, Picasa photos, AP News, Weatherbug and recipes from Epicurious and a virtual notepad serves in place of sticky notes. There's no web browser, which may be a good idea as one visit to the wrong website could crash your whole fridge.
Its RF4289 fridge, which debuted at International CES in January, offers 28 cubic feet of storage, including a customizable, counter-height “flex-zone” drawer with a moveable divider.
Other features include LED lighting and Samsung’s signature twin coolingplus system that separately circulates the air within the freezer and refrigerator compartments to eliminate odor transfer and keep perishable produce fresher longer as well as a drinks dispenser with a water filter.
But the main point of differentiation is the 8-inch, Wi-Fi-enabled LCD touchscreen embedded above the ice and water dispenser.
The RF4289 represents the major appliance piece of Samsung’s new Nth-Screen strategy, which stresses “seamless connectivity” and content sharing across “limitless screens” both in and outside the home. The only fly in that ointment that we can see is that, thus far no devices other than other Samsung ones support this.
Samsung major appliance marketing director Kurt Jovais said that the refrigerator’s rollout will be heralded by a new TV campaign, following the late April launch of a new laundry product. The manufacturer will also add its proprietary PowerFoam feature, which combines water, air and detergent to create a deep-cleaning foam, to all Samsung washers priced more than $1,000.