Apple may be yet to confirm its plans to produce a connected HDTV sometime this year or next, but the industry is already bracing for Apple's inevitable entry into this market. But thanks to the announcements coming out of the Consumer Electronics Shows in Las Vegas this week, Samsung has already begun setting the bar pretty high in the smart TV department.
Last night, Samsung showed off a 55-inch OLED TV with a most innovative display. The F9500 is the world’s first television to offer Samsung’s Multi-View feature, a unique feature that "allows the TV to become a truly personal experience." How so? For starters, the TV lets two viewers enjoy two different programs simultaneously in full HD. This feature is enabled by Samsung’s special 3D glasses, which come with personal built-in speakers.
But it's the smart components of the televisions that have most CES spectators buzzing today.
Each flagship Samsung Smart TV comes with a Smart Evolution slot at the back of the TV that allows consumers to easily update the hardware and software on their TVs so that they can stay up-to-date with the latest innovations.
Flagship 2013 Smart TVs will also be equipped with slots for future Smart Evolution kits.
“As the plethora of apps and content grow, consumers are faced with the overwhelming challenge of discovering quality content that appeals to their interests. They are looking for ways to experience converged content, and they want to do it easily,” said Kim Hyun-Suk, Executive Vice President and Head of Visual Display business at Samsung Electronics. “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. Consumers can now enjoy the ultimate lean back experience, which is richer and easier than ever before.”
If you're looking for a release date or pricing information, Samsung is yet to release both.