Samsung announces flagship local-dimming LED-backlit LCDs

Samsung announced today its flagship line of LED-backlit LCDs, the UNB8500 series, which uses local-dimming technology and starts at $3,600 for the 46-inch model.

We've reviewed a few edge-lit LED-backlit LCDs from Samsung this year, but what home theater fans have really been waiting for is an update to last year's Samsung LN46A950 , which uses local-dimming LED technology. The wait is over: Samsung announced on Thursday its flagship line of LED-backlit LCDs, the UNB8500 series, which uses local-dimming like last year's 950 series. Considering that we wrote last year's 950 series was "the peak of flat-panel LCD TV performance and picture quality," these will be highly anticipated TVs--but you'll pay a pretty penny for their state of the art, with prices starting at $3,600 for the 46-inch model. Let's check out the specs.

Key features of the Samsung UNB8500 series:

  • 1920x1080 (1080p) native resolution
  • 7,000,000:1 contrast ratio
  • Local-dimming LED backlighting
  • Auto Motion Plus 240Hz frame interpolation with separate blur and judder adjustments (as seen on the UN46B7000 )
  • Ultra Clear Panel, designed to reduce reflections
  • Four HDMI inputs
  • Two USB inputs
  • One Ethernet connection
  • One PC input
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  • 46-inch UN46B8500: $3,600 | 55-inch UN55B8500: $4,500
  • Available in September

 

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