Samsung’s Optical Smart Hub Breathes New Life Into DVDs

Running out of space on your smartphone or tablet? Samsung’s upcoming Smart Media Hub Optical Smart Hub wants to solve that problem for mobile users. Between HD movies, photos and apps, our smartphones and tablets are filling up quicker than ever. The Optical Smart Hub helps extend the storage on your device by acting as a personal cloud. Plug an external hard drive into the Optical Smart Hub SE-208BW and it works over a wireless network to stream files to your smartphone, tablet, PC or even HDTV.

So if you’re out on the road and want to access an HD movie that you left at home on your hard drive. You can use an app to access the Optical Smart Hub and it will stream the video to you in HD quality. The same goes for other media files. You can even use the device to stream two videos stored on it at a time, video can play back on a smartphone while another streams and plays back simultaneously on a tablet. The device is able to stream files both over Wi-Fi and 3G/4G.

On top of that, the Optical Smart Hub also works as a wireless optical drive. That means you can pop in a DVD and stream the movie wirelessly to your TV or smartphone. That is a pretty neat trick, and a pretty unusual one nowadays, considering that optical drives are slowly following the path of the dinosaurs.

There is no complicated set up required and the whole system for the Optical Smart Hub is app-based, so that you use an app to access the device’s files. An Android app for the Optical Smart Hub is already available, with an app for iPhone set to launch soon. Samsung also has plans for a Kindle app and Smart TV app.

The Optical Smart Hub SE-208BW optical disk drive will retail for an affordable $129.99 when it goes on sale in early 2012. We’ll have a full review of the Smart Media Hub up soon.

Update 11/12/2011: Samsung has renamed the device. It is now being dubbed the Optical Smart Hub SE-208BW.

Update 1/20/2012: Check out our full review here

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