Following Samsung’s exciting debut of LED backlit screens covering laptop, monitor and television panels it has wasted no time in pushing out the first consumer products.
Christened the ‘Bordeaux’ range – because the bottom resembles a Bordeaux wine glass, not because it gets you drunk – it comprises 32in, 40in and 46in models and, vitally, LED backlights.
Unlike the prototype screens which claim a staggering 100,000:1 contrast ratio based on this technology, the first Bordeauxs offer a more real world 10,000:1 rating. Saying that such a figure is way beyond what most companies have been able to provide up until now – even allowing for the way Samsung sneakily pushes up these figures. Furthermore Samsung claims the LED backlights will make the range reproduce colours with more vibrancy than any LCDs that have gone before it.
Other than this breakthrough precise details on the trio are sparse. Sammy has revealed they will come equipped with HDMI ports (numbers unknown) and – impressively – a USB connector for hooking up storage devices but native resolutions, response times and availability remain a mystery.
All of which means it is odd that we do have partial pricing – for South Korea, at least – where the 32in and 40in models will retail for £870 and £1,300 respectively. Speaking personally, I can’t wait to hear more since this could be the breakthrough LCD needs to finally replace plasma and make it onto my living room wall…
…and if you talk to Samsung R&D engineers that’s all they talk about: "When will we have LCDs good enough to go on Gordon’s wall…?"