Samsung will offer features previously available in its premium models across a broader range of its 2011 LED TV line. The company also announced the availability, pricing and additional product details for its new plasma TV portfolio.
2011 LED TV Lineup
Strating from this month, Samsung plans to release 21 new LED TV models in the U.S., ranging in screen size from 19 to 55 inches.
All models are packed with Smart TV and 3D capabilities. Samsung?s TVs will also incorporate an ultra-thin bezel.
Samsung Smart TV capabilities include Samsung Smart Hub, a new menu interface that enables search and discovery of video content with Your Video, Search and a full web browser, multimedia sharing across devices with AllShare and a easy network setup with Samsung?s One Foot Connection.
Key features of Smart Hub include:
* Search, which allows users to search for content on the TV and via Samsung Apps or other online services.
* Your Video, which delivers recommendations based on a user?s viewing history.
* Samsung Apps, the company's HDTV-based application store, now with more than 200 apps to download in the U.S.
* Web Browser is available on select models, including the D8000, D7000 and D6300, offering full web browsing directly from the TV.
Smart Hub is available on almost all of Samsung?s new 40-inch or larger LED TVs, including the LED D8000, D7000, D6400, D6300 and D6000 Series models.
Samsung's ONE Design ultra-thin bezel design concept reduces the size of the bezel on the LED D8000, D7000 and D6400 Series.
The D8000 and D7000 Series will also include a QWERTY keyboard remote in the box, making it easy to search and discover new content with the push of a button.
Samsung's the LED D8000 series feature a 240Hz refresh rate, 2 millisecond motion picture response time (MPRT) and improved LED backlight scanning. In addition to the Ultra Clear Panel, the TV is the first to offer Micro Dimming Plus technologyto provide deep blacks and pure whites.
The LED D7000 also incorporates improved backlight scanning technology and Auto Motion Plus, Samsung?s proprietary frame interpolation algorithm, to create 2D and 3D pictures and smooth frame transitions.
For the budget consumers, Samsung is offering the LED D6400 Series TV - a 120Hz set combined with Samsung?s double-rate frame transition technology to reduce the picture frame transition time by 50 percent to enhance the viewing quality of 3D content.
Regarding 3D, Samsung has made several technology improvements in its 2011 line. Its proprietary 3D Auto Contrast technology promises to offer high picture quality without eye fatigue by maximizing the contrast between objects in the foreground and in the background. Samsung also improved its 2D to 3D up-conversion feature, allowing users to adjust the depth of the 3D images.
The LED D8000, D7000 and D6400 Series feature Samsung?s proprietary 3D peak algorithm, which enhances peak brightness by 20 percent while reducing power consumption by 15 percent in 3D scenes. The technology automatically adjusts brightness levels in dark scenes.
At CES, Samsung introduced 3D sound and the company is building Samsung 3D Sound into all 2011 3D LED TVs. This new feature leverages the power of Samsung?s SMART algorithm, a technology that builds on conventional wide stereo sound.
Samsung will also introducte fournew pairs of 3D active glasses. The Samsung SSG-3700CR is weighing about one ounce. All four of the 3D active glasses models are also Bluetooth-enabled, offering a stable signal. This year, the D8000 Series will include two sets of 3D active glasses in the box. The new 2011 3D active glasses are compatible only with 2011 3D TVs.
Samsung also announced that its new 3D Starter Kit, which includes of two pairs of 3D active glasses, would also include Blu-ray 3D versions of DreamWorks Animation SKG's Megamind and the complete Shrek collection at no additional cost.
Samsung 2011 Plasma TV Line
Samsung also today announced the U.S. availability, pricing and additional product details for its new plasma TV portfolio. The 2011 line includes 15 new models across six product series.
The company debuted its Plasma+1 design through its entire line of new plasma TVs. The new narrow bezel design adds up to one inch of viewable screen size over last year?s products without increasing the outside dimensions of the set.
Samsung?s commitment to design is also underscored by the introduction of eight ultra-slim plasma TV models that are 1.5 inches in depth. The plasma D8000 and D7000 Series TVs feature Samsung?s signature brushed metal bezel design, while the D550 series sports the trademark Touch of Color design. New in 2011, Samsung?s Quad Stand will be introduced to the plasma D8000 series.
Samsung D8000, D7000 and D6500 Series will feature the new Smart Hub as well as built-in Wi-Fi.
The D8000 series will additionally include a remote that features a full physical QWERTY keyboard. New in 2011, the D8000 Series will also include built-in access to Skype, enabling owners to make video calls in high-definition from the comfort of their couch when paired with a compatible TV camera.
The AllShare technology begins at the D550 Series, making it easier to connect and share content across multiple DLNA-enabled devices. The Plasma D550 Series is Wi-Fi ready with the addition of a wireless LAN adapter for enjoying DLNA-based networking with compatible devices and home media network drives.
Samsung will include 3D in three-quarters of its plasma portfolio in 2011.
Samsung?s proprietary Real Black Panel is found at the D8000 and D7000 series. Real Black Panel reduces onscreen glare and allows the viewer to enjoy the deepest blacks and sharpest images. Samsung has also introduced Local Contrast Enhancer (LCE) and the Cinema Black feature to the D8000 Series to further enhance black level performance versus last year?s C8000 Series.
Samsung further integrated picture quality technologies across the full plasma TV portfolio, with each model enjoying 600Hz Subfield Full HD Motion performance and 0.001 ms response time to generate smooth playback of any content. Building on the widely lauded inclusion of Cinema Smooth technology in the 2010 plasma line, Samsung integrated its new Crystal Full HD engine with Cinema Smooth into the new D8000 series, making blacks and moving image details as crisp and defined as possible.