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Overview

Introduction

Wait for it...

The big unveiling

Yep, a big TV

Thin bezel

Golden touch

Thin LED

Side view

Back view

Hidden camera

Camera up

SoundShare

Angry Birds app

Wave to the birdie

Picture quality claims

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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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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At least three people are overjoyed at the prospect of a new Samsung television.
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In case it's unclear, this television and event were produced by Samsung.
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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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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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A new metallic hue that Samsung calls Rose Gold graces the rounded frame and matching low-profile stand.
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Despite its huge size, the ES9000 still maintains a thin profile.
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Thin.
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Samsung likes gloss so much it also applied a mirrorlike finish to the ES9000's back.
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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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When extended, the little camera on the top remains unobtrusive compared with the huge screen.
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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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Samsung also used the ES9000 to tout a new Angry Bird app for its Smart TVs.
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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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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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