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Samsung at CES: LCD TVs

Beginning at the bottom rung of the range is the new Series 4 LCDs (pictured below), sporting the now familiar Samsung piano black finish. Supporting up to 720p with a 15,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, it'll available be available in 19, 22, 26, 32, 37 and 40 inch sizes, though there's a good chance not all these variations will reach our shores. TVs in this range will feature three HDMI ports, with one mounted on the side for quick and easy access for digital devices such as the HD camcorder on the previous page.

If 720p sounds a little old hat to you then the Series 5 (below) may be a better fit. Using the same technology as the Series 4, the Series 5 adds Full HD 1080p support in 32, 37, 40, 46 and 52 inch sizes. It also adds touch sensitive manual controls and a USB 2.0 port.

If the Series 4 and 5 sets can be categorised as more of the same then the Series 6 LCDs (below) add a little more to the mix, with this range introducing Samsung's new Touch of Colour design. This takes the form of a rather attractive red translucent accenting around the edges of the predominantly piano black finish, which is made possible thanks to a new manufacturing process that negates the need for any screws or glue in the case manufacture.

Available in 40, 46 and 52 inch flavours that will output Full HD 1080p pictures, these sets will feature a 20,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio and a 120MHz refresh rate for judder free motion. They also have four HDMI ports, with one accessible from the side panel - a regular feature among many of the new TVs.

Adding a few more tricks is the Series 7 (below), which adds internal 1GB Flash Memory, DivX and MPEG 4 playback via the USB port and RSS via the Ethernet port. Available in the same sizes as the Series 6, this edition seems to be first step in making Samsung's TVs more connected, with all sorts of devices such as MP3 players and Camcorders capable of connecting to the TV via the USB port.

Rounding off Samsung's LCD range is the Series 9, which it considers to be best LCD it has ever produced. Its major selling point is the use of LED backlighting that allows for a 1,000,000:1 (that's a million if you lost count of the zeros) Contrast Ratio, though presumably this is a dynamic figure since Samsung isn't so keen on quoting 'native' contrast ratios anymore.


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