Highlights include world's first Blu-Ray player, world's largest LED-backlit LCD, first 4 GB flash-based music player with subscription support, Six Slim Phones, first U.S. Demonstration of WiBro Mobile WiMAX
Samsung Electronics once again takes center stage at CES 2006 this year as it unleashes a flurry of news covering multiple product areas including digital music, displays, handsets, theater, printers and satellite audio. All of this will be on display at Samsung's booth at Central Hall 3, Booth #11033.
World's First Blu-ray player
The new BD-P1000 Blu-ray disc (BD) player will let consumers take full advantage of high-definition displays, playing content at native 720p or 1080i video resolutions. The increased storage capacity of Blu-ray discs allows the Samsung BD player to offer an astounding 25 GB of content on a single-sided disc (50 GB per dual layer) -- nearly six times the capacity of traditional DVDs and enough space for two hours of high-definition movies or recorded content. The BD player also includes HDMI support, full backwards compatibility with every DVD format and built-in memory card reader. It is expected to ship in early Spring and retail for approximately $1,000.
World's largest LED-backlit LCD
The 82" LCD TV with LED backlight (model LN-S8297DE) enlarges the color reproduction area by more than 33 percent compared to conventional LCD TVs. This new model provides TV viewers with a clear view from virtually every viewing angle. At the same time, it is thinner and consumes less power than other conventional LCD TVs with LED backlight. Moreover, Samsung's exclusive LCD TV circuit technology eliminates the need for a cooling fan, which can pull dust into the TV and create noise. Pricing and availability are not yet determined.
New portable music players add camera, satellite radio, and other innovations
The Samsung Helix is a major breakthrough in consumer electronics, offering live XM reception for portable listening, and it stores MP3s, wma files, and XM content for playback anywhere, anytime. Plus, Helix has a revolutionary feature that lets the user "bookmark" songs heard on XM for online purchase from the XM + Napster service. The Samsung Helix (MSRP: $399.99) will be available in the first quarter of 2006.
The new YP-Z5 ultra-slim, lightweight flash-memory player includes 1.8" color TFT-LCD screen for viewing photographs and album art with ease. The unique touch pad interface makes navigation easy while a long lasting rechargeable battery allows up to 24 hours of continuous music enjoyment. The YP-Z5 is music subscription service enabled, so consumers can play DRM content transferred from a PC, and the player supports MP3, WMA, WMA DRM10, and JPEG formats. The YP-Z5 comes in both silver and black. It will be available in February 2006 at $199 MAP (2GB) and $249 MAP (4GB).
The compact YP-D1 Pocket DSC MP3 Player is a high-capacity flash device that has it all: superior digital audio playback, a built-in digital camera, MPEG4 playback, and photo and text viewing capabilities on a color screen. Available in 1GB and 2GB models, photos can be viewed with ease on the player's 1.8" 260K color TFT-LCD screen. The built-in speaker allows users to listen to music while playing back pictures. The YP-D1's voice recording capability lets users record audio to go along with their photos. The YP-D1 will be available in February 2006 for MAP $249 (1GB) or $299 (2GB).
YM-P1 Lets Users Listen to Music, Watch Movies and Record Directly From TV
Samsung's newest 20GB HDD portable multimedia player, the YM-P1, allows users to record their favorite programs direct from satellite or cable TV via an AV-in connection. The YM-P1 also offers player-to-TV playback, with VGA resolution, using the AV-out connection. Users can watch their favorite shows in 16:9 on a 4" TFT-LCD screen that displays 16 million vivid colors. The YM-P1 Portable Multimedia Player will be available in February 2006 at $399 MAP (20GB).
Samsung's 6-in-1 digital cameras do it all from the palm of your hand
Samsung introduces a new line of 6 in 1 digital still cameras that offer video and voice recording, music playback, data storage, and web cam capability in addition to producing high-quality digital stills. The ultra-compact models combines multiple functions with full 6 MegaPixel photo quality and the best MPEG4 recording quality (640 x 480, 30fps) available in a digital still camera. The SC-MS25 will be available in May 2006 at $499.99 MAP as well as the SC-MS20 at $399.99 MAP. The SC-MS10 will be available in February 2006 at $349.99 MAP. All three cameras come in red, black or silver.
Wide range of new LCD Televisions; DIRECTV receiver with LCD panel
Samsung elevates HDTV luxury and affordability to the next level with its new 52 and 52 series LCD TVs. These sets are available in 40", 32" and 26" screen sizes and offer improved image quality from its predecessors. The models will be available in March and April at MSRPs ranging from $1,699 to $3,299.
In addition, Samsung introduces its 92 Series LCD HDTVs, which utilize 7th Generation LCD panels. Available in 46", 40" and 32" screen sizes, the new models will be available in April 2006 at prices ranging from $2,299 to $4,499 MSRP.
The DIRECTV FlipTop is a revolutionary combination of DIRECTV receiver with built-in folding 10" LCD display that fits perfectly in the kitchen, office or bedroom.
New DLPs in both 720p and 1080p offer large screens and modern styling
Samsung's new 720p new DLP televisions at 61", 56" and 50" DLP televisions feature integrated true HD tuners, enhanced digital connectivity and a new design. The new models will be available in March at prices ranging from $2,299 to $3,099.
In addition, new 1080p DLPs at 61", 56" and 50" fit seamlessly into almost any living room with a slim profile and sleek "hidden" speaker design. Sophisticated glossy black finish, Cinema Smooth(TM) Gen 7 Exclusive Light Engine, and dual-HDMI inputs round out the package. These will be available in April at prices ranging from $2,899 to $3,599.
Finally, the first ever LED light sourced DLP rear projection HDTV, the HL-S5679W, replaces a UHP bulb with a high-powered LED light source. This offers significantly improved longevity, increased color gamut reproduction, quicker turn-on time, and greater environmental friendliness. The HL-S5679W will be available in April at $4,199.
Four plasma offerings for superb picture quality and impressive aesthetic design
Led by the flagship 80" HP-R8082, the world's largest commercially available plasma screen, Samsung's 2006 line up offers the ultimate in screen quality and technological innovation. All feature an impressive 13-bit signal processing power for an astounding 549 billion displayable colors. The 80" HP-R8082 will be available in February. The 63" HP-R6372 is currently available at $11,999 MAP. The 50" HP-R5073 and 42" HP-R4273 will both be available in July 2006 at $4,299 MSRP and $3,299 MSRP, respectively.
Expanded SlimFit CRT TV Line with additional size options and sleek new designs
Samsung takes its SlimFit success to the next level with two new 30" models and two new 27" models that offer greater connectivity, enhanced HDTV picture, and design options that complement any home decor. The 30" TX-S3082WH will be available in March 2006 for $999 MSRP. The 30" TX-S3080WH will be available in March 2006 for $999 MSRP. The TX-S2782H will be available in April 2006 for $699 MSRP. The TX-S2783 will be available in April 2006 for $499 MSRP.
New DVD players, portable DVD players, and DVD recorders for every taste
Three new up-converting DVD models are ideal for consumers who want to savor their DVD collections on new HD displays. The players can upgrade standard DVD resolution to near high-definition quality with 1080i, 720p, and for the first time, 1080p. The DVD-HD860 is available in March 2006 for $99 MAP. The DVD-HD960 is available in April 2006 for $179 MAP. The DVD-HD1080 is in May 2006 for $249 MAP.
Samsung is also introducing three new compact portable models. The new lineup includes the 7" DVD-L760 and DVD-L765. Both players offer improved battery life and 480P resolution, a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 160-degree viewing angle for stunning front-of-screen performance in a 7" TFT LCD. The DVD-L760 and DVD-L765 are available in April 2006 for $199 MAP and $229 MAP, respectfully.
Finally, Samsung introduces ten new DVD recorder models including 2nd generation Twin Tray DVD Recorder/High Speed duplicators, DVD/VCR combo recorders with upconversion capabilities, single-deck DVD recorders, and an HDD-DVD recorder.
Mini-DV camcorders, sports camcorders, and DVD camcorders
Samsung combines a superior picture with a host of new features in a next-generation line of Mini-DV camcorders that is 15% smaller in size than last year's models. Two new Mini-DV Compact models and two new Mini-DV Mega models offer Samsung's latest usability enhancements along with high optical zoom. The models will be available in January, February and March at prices ranging from $299.99 to $449.99.
Two next generation sports camcorders offer hands-free video recording. The new models offer enhanced movie quality and memory (up to 2GB), a 25% improvement in recording time, a 30% improvement in battery life, and an enhanced 10x Optical Zoom. The new models will be available in February 2006 at $499.99 and $599.99 MAP.
Four new DVD camcorder models offer compatibility with all key single layer DVD formats as well as dual layer +R disc -- an industry first. The four models will be available in February and March at prices ranging from of $449.99 to $599.99.
Samsung debuts new high-end DLP front projectors for the home theater market
Two new high-end DLP front projectors allows home theater aficionados to experience on-screen imagery and sound previously only possible in a movie theater. The SP-H710AE ($4,000 MSRP) and SP-H800BE ($12,000 MSRP) are currently shipping.
Wide range of LCD monitors for every application
The SyncMaster 214T ($859 Estimated Street Price) and SyncMaster 244T ($1,699 Estimated Street Price) offer a spacious 21.3-inch and 24-inch viewing area respectively, that deliver crisp clean text and bright, vivid colors.
Also, Samsung offers one of the fastest response times in the industry today -- just two-milliseconds -- with its 17-inch SyncMaster 740BF and 19-inch SyncMaster 940BF displays. Both will ship in mid-January at estimated street prices of $339 and $429.
The SyncMaster 940MW is a wide format 19-inch LCD computer monitor utilizing Samsung's proprietary MagicTuner(TM) technology and many other incredible features that make it the ideal multimedia display source functioning both as a monitor and LCD TV. The 940MW is currently shipping with an estimated street price of $699.
The stylish 19-inch SyncMaster 960BF offers an industry-leading four-millisecond response time and convenient carrying handle. The SyncMaster 960BF is currently shipping with an Estimated Street Price of $649.
World's first interactive OCAP TV
Samsung and Time Warner Cable announced that interactive digital cable services including Open Cable Application Platform (OCAP(TM)) are running on Samsung OCAP(TM)-compliant HDTVs in Time Warner Cable's Gastonia, North Carolina division. The services and applications include Time Warner Cable's OCAP Digital Navigator and its in-house developed Interactive Program Guide.
Samsung takes home theater in a box to a sleek and sexy new level
The 100 series Home Theater in a Box systems incorporate an integrated DVD player/receiver and powerful sub-woofer-based surround sound system to transform any living room into a fully-functioning digital multimedia entertainment center. The new models will be available in April at prices ranging from $399 to $499. In addition, two new AV Receiver HTiB systems, including the XM satellite ready HT-AS710 will be available in March and April for $249.99 and $449.99.
New Slim Phones Pack Powerhouse Features, new mobile technologies on display
Samsung's slim phones on display at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) integrate features and design elements not available on competitors' devices. The company is showcasing its A900, t809, D807 and the Z510, Z540, P300 -- developed for the North American and European markets respectively. These devices offer advanced features such as mobile television capabilities, high-speed Web connectivity, Bluetooth(R) wireless technology and megapixel cameras and camcorders. The phones are available in slider, card and clamshell designs.
In addition, Samsung is showcasing the most innovative mobile technologies at CES, including the world's first 3.6 Mbps HSDPA demonstration, the first U.S. showing of WiBro Mobile WiMAX on Samsung's M8000 and demonstrations of Media FLO(TM) technology. Samsung also will showcase its portfolio of Mobile TV technologies, including S-DMB, T-DMB, DVB-H and Media FLO.