We first saw Samsung’s attempt at a 55-inch OLED TV at CES 2012, and the company has brought it back to this year’s show. The final shipping model will include the same Smart Hub software, a 1.35GHz quad-core A15 processor, and voice control as Samsung’s 85-inch 4K TV. Unfortunately, however, we still don’t have a release date or pricing information, even though LG will start shipping its own set next month. Samsung initially promised its OLED set for the second half of 2012, so the continued lack of detail is disappointing. We do know that it’s Samsung’s first TV to feature Multi-View where two wearers of 3D glasses can watch separate videos at once, and we expect the set itself to be as stunning as it was last year — it’d just be nice to know when we can buy one, and for how much.
Samsung has also announced details of its new 7000 and 8000 series LED TVs as well as the 8500 series plasma sets, all of which will be released in the first half of this year. The 7000 series is available in 46-, 55-, and 60-inch configurations and includes a Smart Evolution Kit connector for future upgrades. The 8000 series is much the same, but adds 65- and 75-inch sizes and features advanced algorithms to improve picture quality by adjusting the localized backlight dimming. Samsung is touting the black levels of its plasma sets as the main selling point for the 8500 series, meanwhile, and all three lines feature the same Smart Hub software and quad-core processor as the 4K and OLED sets. Pricing information, on the other hand, is still to come.