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Samsung UN75ES9000 (pictures)

Samsung's latest 75-inch TV will debut at a buck less than $10,000.

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Overview

Samsung has announced its largest LED TV to date, the 75-inch UN75ES9000, which goes on sale in August 2012 for $9,999.

Read the Editors' Take on the Samsung UNES9000.

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Introduction

Samsung SVP Joe Stinziano introduces the TV at an event at New York's Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum to kick off Samsung SpaceFest.
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Wait for it...

At least three people are overjoyed at the prospect of a new Samsung television.
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The big unveiling

In case it's unclear, this television and event were produced by Samsung.
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Yep, a big TV

The model gives a sense of how large the TV is in person. The width of the screen is 5.5 feet.
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Thin bezel

LIke the company's other high-end LED TVs, the UN75ES9000 has a very thin frame around the screen. On such a large TV the effect is even more striking in person -- the set seems like it's all picture.
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Golden touch

A new metallic hue that Samsung calls Rose Gold graces the rounded frame and matching low-profile stand.
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Thin LED

Despite its huge size, the ES9000 still maintains a thin profile.
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Side view

Thin.
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Back view

Samsung likes gloss so much it also applied a mirrorlike finish to the ES9000's back.
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Hidden camera

Like Samsung's other high-end TVs, the UN75ES9000 offers the Smart Interaction voice and gesture control system. Unlike those others, however, the requisite built-in camera for gesture recognition (and apps like Skype) can be pressed down to hide behind the TV when not in use. The action is manual, by the way: there's no button or remote command to hide or reveal the camera.
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Camera up

When extended, the little camera on the top remains unobtrusive compared with the huge screen.
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SoundShare

The ES9000 includes SoundShare, which is designed to automatically and wirelessly connect the TV's audio to Samsung's Wireless Audio Docks via a Bluetooth connection.
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Angry Birds app

Samsung also used the ES9000 to tout a new Angry Bird app for its Smart TVs.
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Wave to the birdie

In a new twist on gesture recognition, the app allows you to play the game using gestures only, much like Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect. The app is free and now available from the company's Smart TV app store.
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Picture quality claims

The TV will use a combination of the company's Micro Dimming Ultimate (which is on the ES8000) and Precision Black Local Dimming technology (which isn't) to deliver what it claims will be the "highest contrast ratio on a Samsung Smart TV to date" for what that's worth. Given that the E8000 plasma has a fairly impressive dynamic range, this is quite a bold claim, especially for an LCD television. The ES9000 is the only 2012 Samsung TV to employ local dimming, although it does so from an edge-lit configuration (like Sony's HX850) as opposed to full-array (like the Sharp Elite).

Read the Editors' Take on the Samsung UNES9000.

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