Today marks the grand opening of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum’s Space Shuttle Pavilion aboard the USS Intrepid, which is currently docked at Pier 86 in West Manhattan, New York. As if it wasn’t cool enough to be able to get an up close and personal look at the museum’s newly acquired Space Shuttle Enterprise, Samsung has decided to blast off with its own coinciding event dubbed “Samsung SpaceFest.”
To ring it in, Samsung took the wraps off a cosmically large 75-inch LED backlit TV, the largest consumer display ever offered by the TV maker in the U.S. (The same TV made an appearance in South Korea earlier this month.)
The new ES9000 model sports a bevy of advanced features and some serious screen real estate. The screen is surrounded by a seamless, micro-thin 0.31-inch bezel and is gilded in a rose-gold finish unlike any of Samsung’s previous offerings. Hidden in that nearly non-existent bezel is camera that pops up when needed for gesture control, facial recognition of Skype video calls. When the camera isn’t needed, it drops down, totally out of sight.
Aside from some striking good looks, this TV also incorporates some advanced electronic wizardry under the hood. Samsung claims this is the best-looking LED TV it has ever made with the highest contrast ratio it’s ever managed thanks to features like its Micro Dimming and Precision Black Local Dimming. It also happens to be fast, thanks to a dual-core processor which helps it manage Web browsing and multiple Internet apps simultaneously.
Speaking of apps, that brings in the other news Samsung had to share today: the ridiculously popular Angry Birds game will be coming to all Samsung TVs in the 7500 and 8000 series later this month, and it will be entirely gesture controlled. Hands-free Angry Birds? Yes please!
The ES9000 is said to be priced at $10,000, which means it will put a similar dent in your wallet as Samsung’s highly anticipated 55-inch OLED. Ouch. We’ll be sharing our observations on how great the TV looks and how fun Angry Birds was to play later on after we’ve had a chance to post our photo gallery and videos from the event. For now, we leave you with the following question: If you had 10 grand burning a hole in your pocket, would you rather throw it at a paper-thin 55-inch OLED or a marginally bulkier 75-inch standard LED? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!