Experience Samsung's new shops in Best Buy

The Korean electronics giant is opening "Samsung Experience Shops" in all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile venues within the coming weeks. CNET got a sneak peak at one Dallas area store.

CNET Reviews staff
1 of 11 Shara Tibken/CNET

Samsung to open 'Experience Shops' in U.S. Best Buy stores

Samsung is opening "Samsung Experience Shops" in all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile venues in the coming weeks. One of the first is located in Lewisville, Texas, a Dallas suburb not far from Samsung Telecommunications America's headquarters. The mini shop is set off from other parts of Best Buy with a blue carpet, as well as displays and shelving with accessories, among other products.
2 of 11 Shara Tibken/CNET

Deep in the heart of Texas

Samsung opened a few stores within Best Buy venues in mid-March to test out its layout and strategy. This shop in a Dallas suburb is one of the biggest at 460 square feet. All Samsung Experience Shops will be located close to the front of Best Buy stores and typically will be situated near the mobile section.
3 of 11 Shara Tibken/CNET

How can I help you?

Samsung's shops within Best Buy stores will be staffed with Samsung employees as well as specially trained Best Buy workers. These staffers will be able to answer questions about the products, demo features, and make certain software-related repairs or updates, among other abilities. Customers also will be able to purchase their products within the Samsung Experience Shop instead of going to another area, such as the mobile section, to buy the items. Best Buy Mobile stores won't have Samsung consultants, but its employees will have special training about Samsung products.
4 of 11 Shara Tibken/CNET

All mobile, all the time

It only takes Samsung one night to set up its shops within Best Buy stores. Each features tables with various Samsung mobile devices such as tablets. Five hundred large-format Best Buy stores and all 410 Best Buy Mobile specialty stores will feature the Samsung Experience Shops by early May. The remainder of the chain -- 550 large-format Best Buy stores -- will feature the shops by early June.
5 of 11 Shara Tibken/CNET

Staying connected

Along with tablets and smartphones, the Samsung Experience Shops will include other connected devices like PCs and cameras. The Lewisville shop looked vaguely Apple-like, but there's no way anyone could forget they were in a Best Buy store.
6 of 11 Shara Tibken/CNET

Accessories anyone?

The Samsung Experience Shop includes shelving with many different accessories, a smart TV, and PCs. Most Samsung TVs are in another part of the store. To make room for the space, Best Buy removed less-popular products such as DVDs and CDs. A Best Buy spokeswoman said Samsung's shops won't displace any other mobile displays.
7 of 11 Shara Tibken/CNET

How smart is your TV?

Each Samsung Experience Shop will include a Samsung Smart TV to show users how smartphones and tablets can interact with Samsung televisions. For example, the WatchON app on the Galaxy S4 allows users to see what's playing on live TV or on streaming services like Netflix and then control the TV from the phone.
8 of 11 Shara Tibken/CNET

Duly noted

A Samsung consultant shows features of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet to a couple of customers. Garrett Higgins visited the store to buy something else but decided to look at Samsung's products after spotting the new shop. "I didn't even know the [Note 10.1] had Photoshop until he told me," Higgins told CNET. He added that he owns a Galaxy S3 and would be more interested in buying a Samsung tablet than an iPad, if the price was right.
9 of 11 Shara Tibken/CNET

A whole new Galaxy

All Samsung mobile devices in its Best Buy shops come preloaded with specialized demo information. That means users don't even need a Samsung expert or Best Buy employee to explain features to them, the company says.
10 of 11 Shara Tibken/CNET

Phones, phones, and more phones

Best Buy's mobile section, like this one in the Dallas area store that has a Samsung shop, places competing products next to each other. Samsung opened its mini stores to gather its mobile products in one area and better educate customers on features and how the items can interact.
11 of 11 Shara Tibken/CNET

Movin' on up

Samsung's section in the Best Buy mobile area used to consist of an end cap with a couple of phones -- much like what other Android providers continue to have. Others, such as Apple, also have mini shops. Apple's shops are located within 740 Best Buy stores, and unlike the Samsung Experience Shop, users have to go to another section of the store to make their purchases.

More Galleries

Yamaha motorcycle and instrument designers trade jobs (pictures)

Yamaha motorcycle and instrument designers trade jobs (pictures)

16 Photos
CNET's 'Day of the Dead Devices' altar (pictures)

CNET's 'Day of the Dead Devices' altar (pictures)

9 Photos
2007 Los Angeles Auto Show: concept cars

2007 Los Angeles Auto Show: concept cars

14 Photos
Best sound bars under $300

Best sound bars under $300

18 Photos
2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke reports for diesel duty
2018 Ford F-150 diesel

2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke reports for diesel duty

22 Photos
Cosplay at Comic-Con 2016: From Stormtroopers to Sansa Stark

Cosplay at Comic-Con 2016: From Stormtroopers to Sansa Stark

34 Photos
Music-friendly cell phone accessories

Music-friendly cell phone accessories

11 Photos