Samsung has launched its 2013 line-up of LED and plasma TVs with massive fanfare, pushing new features that make its TVs easier to use, and more responsive to the content being watched on them.
Samsung 2013 Smart TVs: Range
The Samsung S9 Ultra HD TV.
The hero of Samsung's launch was its S9 Ultra HD TV - an 85-inch, LED-backlit, '4K'-resolution TV with a stand styled like a painter's easel. Arriving in only a few of Samsung's partner retail stores in June, the S9 will cost $40,000 in Australia.
The Samsung S9 joins the $16,000 LG 84LM9600 and $25,000 Sony X900 BRAVIA TVs, both of which have similar 84-inch panels. The Korean TV market leader says its unique features more than justify the S9's higher price tag, and has said that at least a dozen buyers have already put down deposits to pre-order the TV locally.
More accessible than the $40,000 S9 is the rest of Samsung's 2013 Smart TV line-up. As in previous years, the range is separated into several Series, differentiated by included features and screen technologies. There are 31 LED and four plasma TVs in the company's 2013 range.
The Series 8 (F800) Smart LED TV.
Top billing goes to the Series 8 (F8000) LED TVs, available in 75-, 65-, 60- and 55-inch sizes ($9,999, $5,999, $4,999, and $4,199 respectively). Below that, a Series 7 (F7100) has 60- and 55-inch variants ($3,999 and $3,299).
The Series 6 range is the mass-market line, with four variants within the Smart TV series (F6800, F6700, F6400, and F6300). The F6800 range comes in three sizes - 55-, 50- and 40-inches. The F6700 range will also have the same three 55-, 50- and 40-inch panels. F6400 has the largest stratification, ranging from a 75-inch screen to a 32-inch one, with 65-, 60-, 55- and 50-inch in between. F6300 has 55-, 50-, 40- and 32-inch screens - confused yet?
The Series 6 (F6400) Smart LED TV.
Prices have not been released for the entire Series 6 range, but the F6400 range will vary from $6,999 for the 75-inch to $2,349 for the 55-inch. The company's cheapest Smart LED TVs are the Series 5 (F5500) - there are three 50-, 40- and 32-inch models.
The company also has two non-Smart LED TV series - the Series 5 (F5000), and Series 4 (F4000). The F5000 range has 50-, 40-, 32- and 22-inch sizes, and the F4000 has 32-, 28- and 19-inch models. 2013 is the year that Samsung has finally done away with the superseded cold-cathode backlights used in older LCD TVs, and has upgraded to LED lighting across the range.
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