Samsung today unveiled the latest addition to its extensive TV lineup, the Samsung Super OLED TV. At 55in, it becomes the joint largest commercially available OLED TV, alongside LGs recently announced model.
The advantages of OLED technology are well established; with no need for backlighting, contrast is essentially infinite (black parts of the picture are emit no light) while colours are incredibly vivid. Add in response time that's 1,000x faster than LCD, infinite viewing angles and an ability to build the panels thinner than any other TV tech, and you have a TV technology that has many an AV enthusiast super excited.
A very brief glimpse of the TV was given at Samsung's press conference here at CES and it immediately impressed, but we'll need to pop by Samsung's booth tomorrow to properly get a feel for its performance. We did manage to grab a short video of it, though, which you'll find below just as soon as we can get it uploaded.
As well as packing in OLED tech, this new set also features all of Samsung's latest smart TV tech. Thanks to an included camera integrated into the top bezel, the TV can be controlled with voice commands, human gestures like those used on Kinect, and face recognition is there too. It also packs in a dual core processor allowing multiple apps to be run simultaneously - want to stream two network TV channels at once? Well now you can.
AllShare Play is also included. This allows connection to Samsung's cloud storage service, which is also available on its phones, tablets, cameras and computers.
What we don't have any word on yet is when it will arrive and how much it will cost. If you haven't been considering a Sim2 projector for your home cinema, you can probably count yourself out of the running though.
Also announced were the latest additions to Samsung's LED backlit LCD and plasma TV ranges, the ES8000 and E8000 series respectively. These pack in all the funky new connectivity and control features of the Super OLED TV but use relatively conventional (though still impressive) LCD and plasma tech. The ES8000 will feature a 0.2in bezel and 0.5in thickness while the plasmas will be a mere 1.5in thick.
Both sets also feature a unique technology called Smart Evolution. This allows the TV to be upgradeable. A slot on the side of the TV can accommodate upgrade modules that may add anything from new tuners to new connection standards or new smart TV features. The slots will feature on this new line of TVs but the modules won't be arriving until at least 2013. Again, exact pricing and availability isn't yet known.
Looking forward to the dawn of OLED TV or are you all too aware that it will probably still be another couple of years before they're widely affordable? Let us know in the comments.