Samsung thinks millennials want vertical TVs


Samsung has figured out a hot new product the company thinks millennials will crave. It’s a 43-inch vertical TV, a concept Samsung apparently decided to introduce as a result of our fixation with the vertical layout of mobile screens, the thinking being that this particular piece of hardware would be great for casting your phone content over to — in addition to, you know, using it as a TV.

If the above didn’t make you throw up in your mouth a little and you’re still reading, the other highlights of this new TV — called the Sero, which means “vertical” in Korean — include the presence of 4.1 channel 60W speakers, plus Samsung’s digital assistant Bixby, which theoretically will let the TV also serve as anything from a music player to a super-expensive photo display. Samsung is positioning the TV as more than just an off-the-wall concept design, having introduced it today at a pop-up store in Seoul, and the company plans to actually release it in Korea toward the end of May.

“Samsung Electronics analyzed the characteristics of the Millennial generation, which is familiar with mobile content and presented a new concept TV,” the company announced today in Korea, according to an English translation of the announcement. The Sero, the company continued, “is based on the vertical screen, unlike the conventional TV.” The screen, however, can also be reoriented toward a more traditional horizontal format.