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A newly unveiled refrigerator from Samsung looks like a huge smartphone and acts like one in many ways. See if these features are worth the price to you.

It’s a fairly common occurrence for me to do my grocery shopping without a list. Either I’ve neglected to make a list or I’ve forgotten the list at home, so now I’m standing in the dairy aisle of the store, trying to remember if I’m running low on milk and eggs.

This is just one of many day-to-day problems Samsung’s newest smart refrigerator aims to address. The Family Hub Refrigerator allows you to check out the contents of your fridge remotely.

The smart fridge, which was unveiled this week at the annual Consumer Electronics Showcase in Las Vegas, is equipped with three cameras that snap pictures of your food items each time the door closes. The pictures can be accessed with the Samsung Smart Home app, according to a company press release.

“With the new and innovative Family Hub Refrigerator, we are transforming the communal kitchen experience for consumers in ways that will redefine how they view and use their refrigerator,” John Herrington, senior vice president and general manager of home appliances for Samsung Electronics America, said in a statement.

The four-door smart fridge has a gigantic 21.5-inch 1080p Gorilla Glass touchscreen (it looks like a big smartphone) that allows you to sync and share your household members’ calendars, pin photos and videos and leave notes, all of which can be accessed through a smartphone app.

The king-size touchscreen also has Internet browsing capabilities, music streaming apps and a MasterCard grocery app that allows you to do some virtual grocery shopping and make your purchases right from your refrigerator – no sticky-note lists required.

Although some critics have joked about the design and utility of the new smart fridge, its high-tech features are still impressive.

So, how much will this futuristic refrigerator set you back? According to CNET, Samsung’s Family Hub fridge will go on sale this spring in the U.S. with a price tag of about $5,000.

Yikes.

But I’d have to agree with CNET’s James Martin, who writes about the fridge: “Even if you can’t afford it (and most of us can’t), I wouldn’t blame you one bit for wanting it.”

Even if a new high-tech fridge is not in your immediate future, there are ways to improve the use of the one you have. Check out “16 Simple Steps to Tame an Unruly Refrigerator.”

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