updated 01:05 pm EDT, Wed August 22, 2007
Samsung F81 LCD Sets
Samsung today launched its highest-contrast LCD TVs to date through its new F81 series sets. While based on the same wineglass-shaped Bordeaux design as most of the firm's 2007 sets, the new 40- and 46-inch LCDs boost the dynamic contrast ratio to as high as 25,000:1 and can display truly dark scenes without significantly dulling the brighter portions or generating noise. Both of the TVs bring with them native 1080p24 playback to reduce judder in movies and a System Link option that connects to the Internet for online information.
All the improvements of Samsung's most recent TVs continue their presence in the new sets: the 120Hz panel reduces visual glitches in action scenes, while support for ACAP data lets the TVs engage in basic two-way interaction over digital TV without requiring a separate Internet link. Samsung declined to provide pricing or availability for the F81BD line but is expected to release the sets first in Korea and produce American equivalents, which are most likely to be ready by early next year.