South Korean electronics giant Samsung is betting heavily on 3D entertainment, showing off new 3D gear at a press event in New York City today. Highlights of the event include a 65-inch 3D-capable LED-backlight HDTV that Samsung is calling the largest available on the home market, as well as a 3D-capable portable Blu-ray player: the built-in 10.1-inch screen only does 2D, but if you hook it up to a 3D-capable display, users can enjoy 3D content on the go.
“We led the way in 3D TVs and are excited to do the same for 3D Blu-ray players and home theater systems,” said Samsung America’s senior VP for home entertainment John Revie, in a statement. “With the industry’s broadest line-up of 3D capable home entertainment products, there is a product to suit every home and wallet.”
Samsung’s new BD-C8000 claims to be the world’s first portable Blu-ray player with 3D capability. The unit looks a bit like a notebook computer, sporting a 10.1-inch flip-up display, along with integrated Wi-Fi for tapping into local broadband. While the internal display only supports 2D content, the player does include HDMI 1.4a output: connect it up to a 3D-capable TV and pop on 3D glasses, you can use the unit to play back 3D content. Samsung says it should get about three hours of battery life, which is enough to watch most movies and a few extra features. The BD-C800 is already available for a suggested price of $499.99; Samsung also rolled out three more 3D-capable players at price points from $229.99 to $399.99; the higher-prices models include Wi-Fi, Samsung’s AllShare technology to sync with DLNA devices, along with interactive Samsung Apps that enhance the players’ functionality and tap into online content.
Samsung is also hoping some movie fans will consider their home screens the big screen, with its new 65-inch UN65C8000 full HD 3D LED-backlit television. The UN65C8000 offers a 240 Hz refresh rate, and can be set up to use WiFi and (via Samsung Apps) Skype for huge on-screen video calling in users living rooms. The UN65C8000 should be available next month for a suggested retail price of $5,599.99, although, as with MSRP’s for most high-end home theater gear, retailers are likely to offer it at significantly lower prices.
Samsung also introduced new 50- and 58-inch 3D-capable plasma displays at suggested prices ranging from $1099.99 to $2,299.99, with the Plasma 680 series able to tap into DLNA-complaint devices around the home.