Samsung has finally announced their top of the range LCD HDTV for 2009. The Samsung 9000 series consists of the 46-inch Samsung UN46B9000 and the 55-inch UN55B9000.
The B9000 series was not announced alongside their other new HDTVs (Samsung HDTV Lineup) announced earlier this year. Samsung has saved the best for last. Unlike the other new “LED” LCD HDTVs from Samsung this year (B7000, B8000) the B9000′s use a different LED technology. Rather than being side lit by LED lights (Edge LED), the 9000 series uses true LED backlighting, with localized dimming.
This local dimming is key to both the Samsung UN55B9000, and UN46B9000, giving them incredible control ratios and image quality. The HDTV can adjust the brightness of the LED backlight in specific areas on the image, to produce brighter colors and deep blacks at the same time. This is not possible on edge lit or standard backlight systems.
The Samsung 9000 series is a follow up to the highly rated and popular Samsung A950 models, so people are expecting a lot from these HDTVs. Both sets also features a wireless connection to an external media box. No word on which wireless format they will be using, maybe WHDI.
As you would expect for a top of the range HDTV, it’s loaded with extra features, such as, Medi@2.0 with Youtube support and Yahoo widgets, a USB 2 media input, DLNA for media streaming and DVB-T and DVB-C tuners.
There is no word on price just yet, but we are hearing reports of a summer / autumn release.
Samsung 9000 Series
- Samsung UN46B9000 | 46-inch
- Samsung UN55B9000 | 55-inch
- Samsung UN46B9100 | 46-inch, rumored
- Samsung UN55B9100 | 55-inch, rumored