Samsung's fridge of the future surfaces at CES

Images of a four-door Samsung fridge with an enormous touchscreen are beginning to leak ahead of CES 2016 in Las Vegas.

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Our first image of the Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator.


Photos from Samsung's Korean Flickr account -- and from the banner advertisements at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where CES 2016 is set to kick off this week -- make it clear that the Korean conglomerate is set to unveil a new smart fridge with an enormous touchscreen that takes up an entire door.

As reported by The Verge, banner ads in Las Vegas showcase the "Family Hub Refrigerator," a four-door model that looks an awful lot like Samsung's $6,000 Chef Collection fridge that debuted last year. The one big difference? Nearly all of the right refrigerator door is covered by a giant touchscreen, complete with Android-style buttons and apps for things like streaming music and managing calendars.

This isn't altogether surprising. Shiny, new refrigerators have been a staple of Samsung's CES announcements for years now, and after taking stabs at the connected fridge in 2012 and again in 2014, it was really only a matter of time before the Korean conglomerate gave it another go.

Still, that king-sized touchscreen is definitely raising some eyebrows. We expect full details on all that it's capable of (and how much it'll cost) on Tuesday afternoon, when Samsung makes things official at its CES press event.