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CES 2010: Samsung Puts 3D Accross Entire HDTV Range

Gordon Kelly


CES 2010: Samsung LCD, LED & Plasma Lines Go 3D

I must lay down this disclaimer: I don't like 3D, at least not in its present form. For me what we are seeing at the cinema isn't 3D at all, but flat surfaces shown to us at different depths. That said, if 3D floats your boat be prepared to get very excited indeed because Samsung is going after it and in a major way...

Taking a greatly different course to most manufacturers Samsung shocked everyone by announcing it will be making 3D-ready panels in all three of its panel product lines: LCD, LED and Plasma. It will carry this focus into its Blu-ray players and home theater systems and in the UK the whole shebang will be compatible with Sky's impending 3D TV service.

The models that will carry this? Samsung's flagship 9000, 8000 and 7000 ranges of LED HDTV, its 750 series of LCDs and the PDP 7000 line of plasmas. Unfortunately Samsung didn't delve too deeply into any of these lines instead offering one-off nuggets like the plasma line is just 1.4 inches thick and the 750 offers new levels of power efficiency.

The real headlines though will go to the 9000 series with their distinctive metallic bezels. They will be Samsung's showcase models for 2010 and have three hugely unique features. First is a proximity sensor which detects when the user is close and automatically opens the TV's controls (cool, but parents with young children may fret).

Second is remote control which uses a touchscreen display. This allows it to not only show context sensitive menus for easier navigation, but it can even display a channel from the TV directly on the remote (perhaps that's how you keep the young children away from the proximity sensor?). Third is, starting with the Omnia II, Samsung is building functionality into its phones which will allow them to control the 9000 series with the same touchscreen interface as the remote (perhaps that's what you do when the children run off with the actual remote to watch TV having kept them away from the proximity sensor?).

Lastly the Samsung BD-C6900 will be the company's first Blu-ray player to support 3D, but we weren't told diddly squat other than that.

So a lot of fleshing out still needs to be done, but one thing is clear: if you like 3D (Bah! Humbug) Samsung is going to be your bestest of buddies.


January 7, 2010, 2:46 pm

Gordon, if seeing flat surfaces at different depths is not 3D, could you kindly explain what is?!

I saw UP in 3D and was very disappointed. But then I just saw Avatar, and was very impressed by the 3D-ness of it. The glasses are still annoying though.


January 7, 2010, 4:24 pm

Agree Bluepork, I found Avatar amazing in 3D but yes the glasses were uncomfortable, maybe they should do premium versions that people can take with them every time as apposed to the freebie ones.


January 7, 2010, 6:29 pm

I must admit Samsung have to be one of my favourite brands, and no doubt if they continue there quality and performance from their previous hardware, whether its hard drives, monitors or TV's i have a feeling these will be very reasonably priced for what they are.


January 7, 2010, 6:52 pm

Personally, I agree with Gordon. To me 3D film images just look like flat 'cardboard cut-outs' arranged at different depths...not really what I would consider 'true 3D'.


January 7, 2010, 7:51 pm

I agree to a large extent with Gordon. Although I really enjoyed Avatar 3D at IMAX, its not "true" 3D. I remember seeing a feature on IMAX that was about the technology of 3D and they showed some clips of pure 3D and it was mindblowing knock your socks off stuff.

I've seen some 3D movies on my 63 inch screen, but it just doesnt compare to Cinema. Cinema has made a comeback with Avatar 3D imho.

b o d

January 7, 2010, 8:25 pm

I think it depends on how 3D is shot and processed. There is a lot of 3D that does look like 2D surfaces at different depths. When done properly the depth gives separation of objects that look natural as if looking at scene through a window.

Apparently NVidia have lots of 3D demos including bluray 3D trailers, youtube 3D and. Any chance TR can take a look and report?


January 7, 2010, 9:10 pm

Do you need to wear those ridiculous glasses for this? If so then why is there so much of a craze going on around 3D TVs right now...? Despite how impressed I was with Avatar in 3D the glasses are a big no-no for me.

Adam Foreman

January 9, 2010, 3:08 pm

IMAX 3D is in a different league of it's own. If I could get the same immersive 3D experience as at an IMAX theatre I'd pay pretty much anything to get it. When you go to these theatres and watch films such as Under The Sea 3D, the fish are right in front of you, and when you move through kelp and seaweed, you actually feel like your there. Current 3D was brilliant 50 years ago. Today the same technology is just tired and still flat in my opinion. I wont be buying a 3D TV.

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