updated 05:40 pm EST, Wed January 7, 2009
Samsung at CES unveiled several products including new LED TVs, Blu-ray players, an SSD camcorder, MP3 player and a point-and-shoot camera that also records HD video. The LED TVs include the 8000, 7000 and 6000 series, each featuring high contrast ratios, refresh rates between 120Hz and 240Hz, and power consumption claimed to be 40 percent less than comparable LCD models. The flagship model is slightly over an inch thick and can be mounted just .6 inches away from the wall.
The new TVs also feature Internet@TV connectivity, wired or wireless, that allows access to content from Yahoo News, Flickr, YouTube and eBay. The company plans on keeping the platform open and distributing development kits to drive the creation of new web-based widgets that can be run directly from the televisions.
The HMX-106 camcorder offers recording capabilities similar to competing products, but diverges from the mainstream offerings with its integrated 64GB SSD storage. The device supports H.264 encoding and full-HD, with 10x optical zoom, a Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan HD lens, and optical stabilization. An HMX-H105 and HMX-H104 are available with lower-capacity SSD storage, and an HMX-100 requires an SD card.
A new point-and-shoot camera, the HZ10W, also features a Schneider lens and offers 10.2 megapixel resolution and 10x optical zoom. Users can also capture video in 720p HD at 30 frames-per-second.
The BD-P4600 is Samsung's new flagship Blu-ray player, offering wireless connectivity and content-on-demand in a housing that measures 1.5-inches thick. The stylish player can be mounted to the wall and includes a stand that holds the device at a 25-degree angle.
The P3 MP3 player features a 3-inch WQVGA LCD touchscreen with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The screen is claimed to offer variable feedback sensations for different input gestures.