Samsung Highlights New 3D Hardware, Content Deals

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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.



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.


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