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Samsung Intros New LED HDTV Series

Samsung Electronics America recently debuted the flagship model of its new 8500 Series of LED HDTVs. Samsung officials say the new HDTVs combine the thinness of Samsung's previous LED models with the company's latest networking and interactive features.

Samsung Electronics America recently debuted the flagship model of its new 8500 Series of LED HDTVs. Samsung officials say the new HDTVs combine the thinness of Samsung's previous LED models with the company's latest networking and interactive features.

According to Samsung, because it uses white LEDs as a backlight source, the 8500 Series is capable of a 7,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Its Wide Color Enhancer Pro is meant to maintain color vibrancy, while Samsung's Ultra Clear Panel works to improve image clarity and brightness. The 8500 Series is also compliant with the latest Energy Star 3.0 ratings and includes an energy-saving mode that the company says adjusts the backlight and picture quality with sacrificing overall viewing experience. When in Natural mode, the picture settings are meant to model the brightness of an LCD display but the cinema-like richness of a plasma display, according to company officials.

The 8500 Series features Samsung's Medi@2.0 suite, which the company says allows users to access content from various sources. The Internet@TV Content Service was developed in association with Yahoo to provide onscreen access to the site's Web-based content, such as its Flickr, Video, News, Weather, and Finance sites, as well as from USA Today Sports, Twitter, and YouTube, among others. The widgets-based interface and scrollbar are activated with the push of a button and run along the bottom of the screen.

Measuring 1.6 inches deep and featuring Samsung's Touch of Color (ToC) bezel, the 8500 Series comes in 46- and 55-inch models, with a built-in tuner and several multimedia connections. The Samsung 8500 Series flagship LED HDTV is schedule to be available next month for $3,600 (46-inch model) or $4,500 (55-inch model).



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