Samsung reveals 2013 Smart TV lineup at CES


Samsung plans to take the next step in Smart TVs by introducing a whole new lineup of Smart TVs for 2013 that will range from a “small” 46 inches to a room-filling 110 inches at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. In addition, a lot of the features from the 2012 lineup will be back and improved, such as Gesture Control, where you can now use two handed gestures and pinch to zoom.

The TV lineup includes the F7500 LED TV, which comes in 46″, 55″ and 60″ models, and is the entry level offering of the new Smart TVs that Samsung is releasing in 2013. Picture quality improvements include Motion Judder Cancellation Pro for smoother pictures, De-Jagging Pro for better scaling of low-quality sources, and Precision Black for better black levels through LED backlight control.

The F8000, which includes a built-in camera and mic, will come in 46”, 55”, 60”, 65” and 75” models, and will be the first LED TV to have a quad-core 1.36 GHz A15 CPU that will make switching between TV, apps, and online services more seamless than ever, so you don’t miss your favorite TV show while you’re exploring the other functions of the F8000.

The F8500 plasma TV will also include native support for High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC), which can support 8K Ultra High Definition (UHD) at 8192×4230 resolution, double that of the current 4K models, and will come in 51”, 60” and 64” models.

There’s also the OLED F9500 model, which will eliminate backlighting, thus producing absolute blacks and pure whites, and will also be the first Samsung model to offer Multi-View, so if you and someone else can’t agree on what to watch, you can watch both—in full 3D (with the special glasses) HD even, with independent sound and controls.

For those who think their screen is still too small, Samsung is also releasing the S9 UHD TV—which has a 110″ model, and it can also upscale your regular HD or full HD content to UHD 8K, in addition to all the new features that Samsung will include in their 2013 lineup.

The TVs will also come with Samsung’s SmartHub, which will be the first thing you see when you start up your TV. Its S-Recommendation technology, which is integrated into SmartHub, is a new voice recognition software that will come with all Samsung Smart TVs in 2013. Don’t like flipping from channel to channel to find something good? It will suggest something based on your viewing habits. It will also analyze your viewing patterns—if you like to watch the news on a Saturday afternoon, for example, it will suggest that for you. Looking for a movie or show that fits a specific genre or title, or has your favorite actor or actress in it? It will suggest content based on that as well.

Samsung’s Smart TVs also managed to snatch some CES awards in the process—the Samsung UHD S9 received a CES Best of Innovation award, while the F9500 OLED TV, F8000 Smart LED TV and F7500 Smart LED TV were named as 2013 CES Design and Engineering honorees.

“As the plethora of apps and content grow, consumers are faced with the overwhelming challenge of discovering quality content that appeal to their interests. They are looking for ways to experience converged content, and they want to do it easily. We have simplified the process with TVs that offer more intuitive features. We have simplified the process with TVs that offer more intuitive features, endless connectivity and content options, and larger screen sizes with true-to-life picture quality so that consumers can discover a world of possibilities in home entertainment,” said Kim Hyun-Suk, Executive Vice President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics.