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Samsung 2012 TVs Get Pricing and Release Dates (Hands-On)

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    Samsung 2012 TVs get pricing and release dates (hands-on) | TV and Home Theater - CNET Reviews (click for full article)

    "Just two months ago at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Samsung--along with all of its competitors--talked up its new line of of 2012 TVs. As is always the case at CES, the new product info was long on hype and short on details. That changed today, when Samsung began filling it a lot of the blanks.

    No, the company didn't say a word about its "Super OLED" TV, and we don't expect to hear anything more on that until at least midsummer.
    Samsung did release official pricing on its other TVs, however, updating the leaked pricing information we had earlier and confirming that, yes, high-end Samsung TVs will be pretty dang expensive (see the chart below).


    The company does offer many, many different step-down models, however, in a seemingly endless proliferation of model numbers and screen sizes, so chances are there's a combination that will appeal to you. At least, that's what Samsung hopes"
     
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    Hands-on: gesture, voice, and the many inputs of Samsung's smart TV (click for full article)

    "Samsung's new smart LED TV, the ES8000, will begin shipping today, the company announced at a press conference. We got some hands-on time with the TV and a new touch remote, and while we're sold on some of the layout and control schemes as the new way forward, the ES8000 seems to be lacking a bit in polish.


    The ES8000 was initially announced at CES in January, though Samsung did not offer demos of the "smart" portions of the TV at the time. With a dual-core processor and a few hundred gigabytes of storage, the TV is as close to a computer as any smartphone or tablet, though how it's used leaves some interaction problems to solve-that is, touch can't come into play.



    The ES8000's home screen (called "Smart Hub" by the TV) is a jumble of icons, though it shows the TV will integrate some important applications, like Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, and Facebook. While on the home screen, the TV displayed a small live stream of a cable channel in the top left corner; if selected, the stream would be pulled into full-screen mode.



    Voice control and gestures play a large role in controlling the new TV. In addition to a camera and built-in microphone, the touch remote that comes with the TV also has a built-in mic that users can speak into when the environment is too loud (as may often be the case when a TV is playing in the background, though the TV has a second built-in mic for noise canceling).



    Unlike the Kinect, though, the camera can only be adjusted up and down via a mechanical wheel on the back of the TV, and not side to side; if your living room setup doesn't point the TV right at where you sit, you might be out of luck."
     

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