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Samsung South East Asia & Oceania Forum 2012

Samsung South East Asia & Oceania Forum 2012



Smart LED & Plasma TVs

Outsmarting The Competition

Let's start with these slim beauties, shall we? Samsung's ultra-skinny and distinguished OLED screens featured during CES 2012 were nowhere to be seen, but what we did see are four spanking new LED-backlit and three plasma models from the Korean chaebol. The LED and 3D-capable models will range from 46 to 60 inches, while their plasma counterparts will span from 51 to 64 inches. The flagship ES8000 will offer Samsung's Micro Dimming features which the ES7500 series lacks. Do not confuse Micro Dimming with local dimming (typically associated with direct array LEDs) though. Samsung's Micro Dimming is essentially LED edge lighting coupled with a software controller that adjusts the backlights in different areas of the panel to improve black tones, color intensities, and contrast levels. That said, all HDTV units will hit our sunny shores by end March, save for the 60-inch ES8000 that's slated to arrive in sometime in the second quarter of the year. Samsung's Smart Hub has been entrenched in the market for two years now, so we shan't dive into the same details again. Instead, let us zoom in on the notable enhancements we've spied on the upgraded Smart TV platform. But first, here are some photos we've captured from Samsung's demo booths.

 

Samsung 2012 Smart LED and Plasma TVs: What's New? 
 


 

  • AllShare Play - Sharing media content such as photos with mobile devices (or the cloud) is now possible. Multi-tasking functions such as downloading apps (via Samsung Apps) while you're surfing the web is another stated function.
  • Tabbed Browsing - Web browser has been upgraded to support tabbed browsing. In other words, you can open multiple pages on the TV's web browser instead of having to refresh the browser for different web sites.
  • Smart Interaction - Users can now interact with their TVs in more ways than one. And that includes Motion Control, Voice Control, and Face Recognition features. Using the built-in camera, users are able to power the TV on or off, activate apps, or search for web content with a simple wave of the hand. Voice control is made possible via the two embedded unidirectional microphones. In retrospect, we wonder if this Samsung's bid to outrun Apple before the supposedly voice-controlled Apple TV display emerges. 
  • Evolution Kit - Comes in the form of a SD card-esque device which you can slot into the TV to upgrade its software and hardware properties. Samsung regards this as a means to future-proof your beloved TV set.
  • More Apps - Samsung also updated their apps portfolio to a total of 1,400 global apps and 313 localized apps for Singapore. 

 

Samsung's 2012 Smart LED & Plasma Line-up
Model Features Price Availability
  • 3D + Smart TV
  • Micro Dimming
  • Full HD / CMR 800Hz
  • Super Narrow Bezel(5mm)
  • Silver / U-shaped stand
  • Light Effect (Deco)
  • Personal Video Recorder Ready
  • DTV Tuner Built in
  • Smart Hub
  • 4 x HDMI, 3 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port
TBA Q2 2012

  • 3D + Smart TV
  • Micro Dimming
  • Full HD / CMR 800Hz
  • Super Narrow Bezel(5mm)
  • Silver / Quad stand
  • Light Effect (Deco)
  • Personal Video Recorder Ready
  • DTV Tuner Built in
  • Smart Hub
  • 4 x HDMI, 3 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port
$6,499 End March 2012

  • 3D + Smart TV
  • Full HD / CMR 800Hz
  • Super Narrow Bezel(5mm)
  • Black / Quad Stand
  • Personal Video Recorder Ready
  • DTV Tuner Built in
  • Smart Hub
  • 4 x HDMI, 3 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port
$5,999 End March 2012

  • 3D + Smart TV
  • Full HD / CMR 800Hz
  • Super Narrow Bezel(5mm)
  • Black / Quad Stand
  • Personal Video Recorder Ready
  • DTV Tuner Built in
  • Smart Hub
  • 4 x HDMI, 3 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port
$4,499 End March 2012
  • 3D + Smart TV
  • Clear Image Panel
  • 3D Hyper Real Engine
  • Cinema Smooth
  • Wide Color Enhancer Plus
  • Web Browser
  • Skype on Samsung TV
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 4 x HDMI, 1 x Ethernet, 2 x USB
$6,499 End March 2012
  • 3D + Smart TV
  • Clear Image Panel
  • 3D Hyper Real Engine
  • Cinema Smooth
  • Wide Color Enhancer Plus
  • Web Browser
  • Skype on Samsung TV
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 4 x HDMI, 1 x Ethernet, 2 x USB
$5,499 End March 2012
  • 3D + Smart TV
  • Clear Image Panel
  • 3D Hyper Real Engine
  • Cinema Smooth
  • Wide Color Enhancer Plus
  • Web Browser
  • Skype on Samsung TV
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 4 x HDMI, 1 x Ethernet, 2 x USB
$3,999 End March 2012