Samsung’s main messages this year were interactive TVs, wireless streaming and of course the obligatory green gadgets.
New TVs were a cert and we got the ultra-thin and ultra-colourful Luxia LED range the 6000, 7000 and 8000. With a mega contrast ratio and just over an inch thick, the TVs have a peerless picture and sync seamlessly with Samsung cameras and phones.
Their new DLNA LED TVs will include their Media 2.0 software and what they’re calling Internet@TV, allowing you to surf the net and browse all your media wirelessly through your telly. They’ve also teamed up with Yahoo! to integrate their Connected TV software so you can download cool TV widgets to watch web video, IM and update your RSS feeds.
Samsung have struck deals with Netflix and Pandora as well so US users will be able to download movies or stream music through their TV. Another reason not to get off the sofa.
Don your 3D glasses for their 22inch 3D monitor 2233RZ aimed at gamers for a taste for the realistic.
But you’re still stuck on LCD, they’ve revamped their 750 with a
240Hz (edit: 200Hz in the UK) refresh rate. If big picture’s your thing, their PDP 850 plasma is also only an inch thick.
A few new SSD camcorders were paraded with the HMX-H106 boasting 64Gb of internal memory. And a new digital compact HZ10W offers a wide 24mm lens and a 10x optical zoom.
Their ongoing Wireless HD and Mobile WiMax projects promises more high def content at home and broadband speed downloads on your phone in 2009.
The customisable widget-based UI we’ve seen on the Tocco will be rolled our to their MP3 players like the new P3. Super thin and touchscreen with haptic feedback, its homescreen can be changed to your all powerful will.
A few new and slim Blu-ray players with Wi-Fi built in were next – the BD-P4600 only 1.5 inches thick.
Then there were the usual pledges to use recyclable components and less energy in their TVs and washing machines with eco-friendly awards being flashed at us left, right and centre – 1858 of them to be precise.