In case you didn't know, Samsung is the world's largest maker of TVs. And CES is the world's largest technology trade show. As you'd expect, the company released a lot of TVs at CES. Here's a few, as well as a look at the 2013 Smart TV suite and Evolution Kit.
LAS VEGAS--The UN85S9 is the company's 4K/UHD high-end showpiece, blessed with full-array local dimming and a unique design.
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And it's an 85-inch TV.
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The company is also launching a bunch of vanishingly thin LED sets, like the high-end F8000, seen here in profile.
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Here's the F8000 from the front. The semicircular stand is particularly daring, and the bezel razor-thin, creating that all-picture look.
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The F8000 and a few of the other sets have a built-in camera for voice and gesture control, and this year it can be popped back down when not in use.
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The company's sole high-end plasma is the F8500 series, which gets its own very distinctive design, along with a bunch of picture quality improvements.
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Samsung's Smart TV suite (video) is completely new, and based on a series of five screens -- a bit like the home screens of a smartphone.
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The first screen includes a recommendation engine that tries to divine what you want to watch based on your viewing habits. It can pick from the current TV programming of your cable or satellite provider.
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The second offers cross-platform search among supported video-on-demand partners, which currently include Netflix, Blockbuster, Cinema Now, Samsung's Media Hub, and Vudu. No Amazon or Hulu Plus yet.
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The third panel gathers all your local media, whether from DLNA sources, connected smartphones or tablets, or plugged-in USB media. The fourth (not shown) is a social interface for, yes, tweeting from your TV.
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The last panel offers access to the companies myriad TV apps, 2,800 at last count,
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A handy key tells you which of the five screens you're currently on.
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Samsung also showed off the final design of its 2013 Smart Evolution kit, essentially a brain transplant for its 2012 TVs.
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Just plug the module (price TBD) into the back of a compatible 2012 Samsung TV and it will upgrade to the new Smart TV interface, complete with a faster processor and more memory. The company also throws in the latest, improved version of its touch remote control.