Samsung has revealed second-half product introduction and promotion plans for its 3D and connected-TV product categories that include release in Q3 of what it said will be the world’s largest 3D LED TV for the home – the 65-inch UN65C8000 ($5,999.99) – and it also formally unwrapped the world’s first 3D-capable Blu-ray portable player (BD-C8000; $499.99).
The 65-inch set will feature a 240 Hz screen refresh rate and Samsung’s new Precision Dimming feature. It is being joined at retail by three new 3D-capable plasma TVs: 58- and 50-inch models in the C680 series and a 50-inch set in the C490 series that carries an estimated selling price of $1,099.99. Three other 3D-capable Blu-ray players were released along with the portable, which carries a 10.3-inch screen, is Wi-Fi-capable, and has a battery life of three hours.
The company is also making its Web applications kit available to outside developers, expecting that it can double the number of apps accessible on its Web-connected, or “smart,” TVs to 200 by year’s end, said Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America.