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Samsung Highlights New 3D Hardware, Content Deals

8/11/2010 11:00:00 AM Eastern

UPDATED! New York
- Samsung Electronics America unveiled a 65-inch FullHD 3D LED TV, the UN65C8000,
which highlights a major expansion of the company's 3D commitment, during a
press conference here this morning.

 John Revie, senior VP of home entertainment with Samsung, discussing the DreamWorks 3D content deal on "How To Train Your Dragon."
 Tim Baxter, president, Samsung Electronics America, with the new 65-inch 3D LED TV

Also highlighted
at the Samsung Experience event were three 3D plasma TVs; what it claims is the
first portable 3D Blu-ray player
; 3D Blu-ray home decks, 3D home-theater
systems; content deals with DreamWorks and IMAX; and a Samsung App developer
contest.

The UN65C8000 is
the same size as the 8000 series  65-inch
LED TV unveiled earlier this year, except it features a built-in 3D processor,
real 240Hz refresh-rate technology, dynamic 8,000,000:1 contrast ratio and
proprietary Precision Dimming technology.

The LED 3D TV is Wi-Fi-ready
and supports Skype via Samsung Apps. Estimated sales price is $5,999 and it is
shipping now.

Samsung has
expanded its plasma HDTV lineup with the introduction of three new 3D-enabled
plasma TVs.

The plasma 680
series features FullHD 1080p resolution and 600Hz Subfield Motion to deliver
crisp, lifelike images and clear motion, "while the Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio
creates deep blacks and brilliant colors," the company said.

Available in 50- or 58-inch screen sizes, the
680 series also allows users to share media files stored on PCs or other
DLNA-compliant devices on the big-screen via AllShare. The Touch of Color
design adds a subtle black-to-dark blue accent to the set's bezel and exceeds Energy
Star 4.0 standards.

The 3D-capable
plasma 490 series is wrapped in a piano-black cabinet with a dark-blue Touch of
Color design. Features include Clear Image Panel technology and 600Hz Subfield
Motion technologies.

The 58-inch
PN58C680 has an estimated selling price of $2,299; the 50-inch PN50C680 is
priced at $1,599, and the other 50-inch unit is priced at $1,099. All are
available now.