LAS VEGAS--New for 2012, Samsung says it will include two pairs of active 3D glasses with its 2012 3D-compatible HDTVs, and the least-expensive such LED will be the UNES6500 series.
Available in six screen sizes, the UNES6500's major step-up over the 2012 UNES6100 models will be 3D compatibility. Otherwise both will feature the company's Smart Hub interactive TV suite as well as a thin 0.5-inch-wide bezel around the screen.
A company rep we spoke to mentioned that some of the 2012 "6" series LEDs might also offer edge-lit local dimming in a configuration with fewer "zones," and thus a less-precise effect, than the "micro-dimming plus" feature found on the UNES7100 series and up. He couldn't confirm that this was the case, however, and if so, which "6" series have the feature.
Samsung's Smart Hub connected TV suite is largely the same as in 2011, although the company says it has made customizing the home screen easier and the overall look less cluttered.
Pricing and availability were not announced, although we expect these and other Samsung LEDs to arrive as early as February 2012.
Samsung UNES6500 series features:
- Active 3D-compatible
- Includes two pair of 3D glasses
- Edge-lit LED backlight
- 120Hz refresh rate
- 0.5-inch-wide bezel
- Smart Hub connected TV suite
Samsung UNES6500 series models (price and availability TBD):
- Samsung UN40ES6500: 40-inch
- Samsung UN46ES6500: 46-inch
- Samsung UN50ES6500: 50-inch
- Samsung UN55ES6500: 55-inch
- Samsung UN60ES6500: 60-inch
- Samsung UN65ES6500: 65-inch
In addition to the UNES6500 series, there will also be a UNES6580 series destined for "specialty retailers" that will include the optional Skype speakerphone (currently $170) in the box. We have no details on the UNES6800 series (pictured above) yet.