Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Samsung Launches New Smart TVs In U.S.
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Samsung's line of 2013 TVs will begin shipping this month in the
U.S., beginning with the LED 8000-series and the Plasma
The 2013 line up of TVs represent Samsung's sixth generation of
Smart TV. While features vary by model, highlights of select
- A redesigned Samsung Smart Hub that offers five dynamic menu
panels to help users manage and navigate different types of content
(On TV, Music, Movies & TV Shows, Photos & Clips, Smart TV Apps)
- With S-Recommendation, users can find the content they want --
whether on TV or via VOD services -- thanks to personalized
recommendations based on their viewing habits over time.
- Samsung claims that its UHD TV and LED TVs offer brighter, more
vibrant color, and its flagship Plasma TV delivers deeper blacks
and brighter whites than previously seen on plasma models.
- Smart Evolution Kit gives owners of flagship 2012 Samsung TVs the
opportunity to update their models with some of the latest features
from 2013 without having to buy a new set. The kit fits into the
evolution slot on the back of 2012 Samsung 7500 and 8000 Series LED
TVs, as well as Samsung Series 7000 and 8000 Plasma TVs, and
updates them with some of the latest features and functions
included in the newest Samsung models. 2013 F7500 LED and above and
F8500 Plasma TVs also include a Smart Evolution slot. The 2013
Smart Evolution kit includes a quad-core processor, GPU and memory
for faster processing and multi-tasking, the updated Smart Hub and
the latest picture display software. The Smart Evolution Kit is
packaged with the 2013 Smart Touch Remote, and will be available in
May for $299.99.
- A quad-core CPU enables quick app launching, web browsing and
- Smart View lets users move content from the TV to connected
devices and back in real-time.
- Advanced Smart Interaction allows you to use everyday language
and casual gestures to control the TV. Smart Interaction has also
been upgraded with the ability to recognize natural language use
(such as full phrases) as well as more casual hand movement (like
swiping to change screens).
Samsung's S9 UHD TV features Samsung's Precision Black Pro
technology and Samsung's up-scaling engine, which up-converts HD or
Full-HD to UHD-level picture quality by restoring detail
information. The S9 also features 3-way 2.2 channels of 120 watt
sound. This 85-inch UHD TV also offers a timeless design -- the TV
appears to float within its thin frame. The UN85S9 will be
available will be available for pre-order on Samsung.com at the end
of March for $39,999.
The F8000 series, Samsung's 2013 flagship LED Smart TV, boasts a
new design that complements any room in the home. It promises to
offer vibrant and rich colors with the highest contrasts and the
brightest picture quality of any Samsung LED TV to date. Samsung's
proprietary Micro Dimming Ultimate technology provides greater
contracts, deeper black levels and maximum brightness -- along with
the full suite of Samsung Smart features. The F8000 will be
available this year in size classes ranging from 46" to 75" at
varying price points.
Samsung's F8500 Plasma TV, 2013 flagship plasma model is promising
deeper blacks and brighter picture quality than previously seen on
plasma TVs. The F8500 delivers the same brightness and eight times
the black levels as standard LED TVs, thanks to Samsung's
proprietary Deep Black Algorithm and Real Black Pro II. The F8500
is also one of the first televisions with native support for
HEVC-encoded content. With Samsung's One Body Form design, the
F8500 is created from a single piece of metal while highlighted
with a dark titan metal color for a futuristic design. The F8000
will be available this year in several size classes ranging from
51" to 64" at varying price points.
Samsung also unveiled its vacuum tube amplifiers in 2012 with its
wireless audio docks. The vacuum tube offers audiophiles the best
of both worlds -- the warm richness of a tube amplifier with the
power and precision of digital technology.
New in 2013, Samsung's vacuum tube technology will be integrated
into the HW-F750 soundbar. A wireless sub-woofer means users have
greater flexibility in setting up the system. The HW-F750 also
connects wirelessly to select 2012 and 2013 Samsung Smart TVs via
Bluetooth, which means the soundbar may be connected without any
audio cables. The Soundbar will be available in March for $799.
The vacuum tube amplifier can also be found in Samsung's home
theater systems, beginning with the HT-F6500W. The Blu-ray
component of the HT-F6500W also offers Samsung's latest Smart Hub
and AllShare features, along with full web browsing capabilities.
The HT-F6500W ($599) will be available in March.
The DA-F60 portable wireless Bluetooth speaker integrates
Near-Field Communications (NFC) connectivity for easy pairing with
other NFC devices, such as a smartphone or tablet, by simply
tapping the two devices together. It also connects wirelessly to
select Samsung 2012 and 2013 Smart TVs and other Bluetooth-enabled
devices. It offers a 12-hour playback on a full battery charge and
will be available from April for $299.
Samsung today also entered a new category in home audio with its
first-ever 2.2 channel Giga Sound Systems. The MX-FS8000 and the
MX-FS9000 both feature 15" dual sub-woofers that deliver 2300W and
2560W in sound respectively. The sound systems offer wireless
streaming via Bluetooth technology. They offer special DJ Effects
and DJ Lighting features, as well as its ability to support mic
input. Samsung's flagship MX-FS9000 will be available in May for
$1,499 and the MX-FS8000 will be available in June for $999.