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Samsung shows off new TVs ahead of CES 2019's opening day

By Daniel Uria
New technology showcased at consumer electronics show
An exhibitor with Pillo, the intelligent healthcare assistant for the home gives a demonstration on Friday. In addition to being a video messaging device, the healthcare companion robot stores, dispenses, and reorders vitamins and medication. Photo by James Atoa/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The world's largest tech brands showed off new products ranging from televisions and computers to toothbrushes and bread makers on Monday, ahead of the first official day of CES 2019.

The annual consumer technology conference kicked off in Las Vegas with two media days on Sunday and Monday, before opening up its show floor -- that spans at least three venues -- from Tuesday through Friday, with each day bringing new keynote conferences and events.

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Samsung announced that it will include an Apple iTunes app in its Smart TVs beginning in the Spring, which will allow people to purchase and watch movies on their televisions or access content already connected to their Apple accounts.

The South Korean company's television will also feature Apple's AirPlay 2 service, which allows users to stream videos, music and photos from iPhones to televisions, speakers and other devices.

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Samsung also showed off a 75-inch television, boasting 4K resolution and MicroLED technology, which the company said provides a brighter and longer-lasting screen than OLED tech currently used in some leading televisions, as well as the OLED TV R, a 65-inch 4K display that can roll up into a box.

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Other television offerings from Samsung include a 219-inch television known as "The Wall" and a 98-inch Samsung Q900 QLED TV with 8K resolution, making it one of the largest 8K televisions to be announced.

In new computer tech, HP expanded its SureView screen technology -- which allows users to activate a 3M display at the touch of a button to make the screen more difficult to view from the side -- to monitors and desktops for the first time.

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KitchenAid stepped into the Smart Home market with a Smart Display that responds to voice commands through Google Assistant.

Other products available to view before the official launch of the show included the Y-Brush, a high-tech toothbrush shaped like a mouthguard and fitted with a vibrating motor.

Wilkinson Baking Company company also showed off the BreadBot, a fully-automated bread making vending machine.

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The show floor will officially open at 10 a.m. PT on Tuesday, with keynote presentations by IBM and Verizon later in the day.

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