Samsung Electronics America heralded its 2012 fifth-generation Smart TV LED and plasma lineups today at a New York-held line showing as offering consumers the first truly “future-proof” TVs.
In addition to a slew of built-in features that, depending upon model, include voice and gesture control capability, improved picture quality, and a dual-core processor for quicker app-launching and toggling capability between tasks, select models in the new series will also carry a slot on the back that will accept a Samsung “Evolution Kit,” slated for release in 2013. The kit will simplify memory and software platform upgrades. “All those upgrades are now not going to be limited to the purchase of a new TV,” said Joe Stinziano, senior vice president, home entertainment, in describing its benefits.
Tim Baxter, Samsung Electronics America president, said the new features were in keeping with several overarching company goals, including offering broader app selection, new content via new partnerships, and new ”signature services” aimed at families, children and the health-conscious that are exclusive to for Samsung TVs. Another feature is improved interconnectivity: tying all devices to each other for both multi-screen experiences and accessibility to the cloud, he said.