Samsung unveiled their 2011 line-up in Stockholm on Wednesday and FlatpanelsHD was there to take a look at the new flat panel TVs with extremely slim bezels, 3D, Smart TV and much more. In this article we give you the full overview of all the relevant models such as the new D8000, D7000 and D6500/D6900 LED and plasma TVs.
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Please notice that this is the European line-up. The US line-up is available here (LED) and here (plasma). Most of the information applies to the US line-up however and the design is identical. Some features and model names may vary in your country.
Samsung’s 2011 TVs in outline
Samsung’s has introduced new LED and plasma ranges in the low-end, mid-end and high-end segment. The only TV that is not been refreshed is the 9 series but besides that Samsung has new TVs lined up for pretty much each price segment.
The LED models have extremely slim bezels in 2011 and a slim cabinet to complement the overall look. The bezel is actually just 0.5 cm (0.2 inches) thick which is quite impressive. It looks great and Samsung is eager to show them out in the wild. The 2011 models will be named “D” (C in 2010, B in 2009) and the most expensive model is called D8000.
The new plasma TVs also come with slimmer bezels and slim cabinets. A combination of a Real Black Filter and a so-called LCE technology (Local Contrast Enhancer) should improve black levels. Samsung has also made a strange change to screen sizes and in 2011 you should expect 51-inch, 59-inch and 64-inch plasma TVs instead of 50-inch, 58-inch and 63-inch plasma TVs. Samsung says that this has been possible due to the slimmer bezels.
A major focus area in 2011 for Samsung is Smart TV (internet connected TVs). Samsung introduced their App platform in 2010 and in 2011 they will expand heavily. From here you can access video-on-demand services, catch-up TV, music services, games and much more.
You can control everything with the remote, your Samsung phone, Android or iPhone/iPad. Another cool feature is the link system that allows you to watch video from the TV streamed directly to another device such as a tablet. The most expensive models even come with an integrated web browser. We will tell you more about Samsung’s Smart TV features in a later article.
Samsung’s 2011 Touch Remote
Other cool multimedia features include USB recording (in Europe), a built-in web browser, and DLNA that enables users to stream content from most newer devices directly to the TV. Samsung’s has also developed a new Touch Remote (seen above) but Samsung has decided to sell it separately to reduce the prices on the most expensive models.
Naturally, 3D is still a key selling point in 2011 and 3D has been integrated even in the cheaper D6500 (D6900 in some countries) range. Samsung says that 3D picture quality has been improved and the new 3D glasses are lighter than ever.
Samsung plans to release cheaper 3DTVs in LCD/LED and plasma and all top range models will feature 3D. Samsung still uses the active 3D technology but the glasses now use Bluetooth instead of infrared for a more stable connection.
Samsung’s 2011 LEDs
Below is an overview of the new LED model ranges from Samsung. The most expensive models are listed first and then the cheaper. Prices can be found in the overview table at the bottom.
Samsung D8000 LED
Samsung D8000 is the new flagship model and it comes with Edge LED, 3D, Samsung Apps and a built-in web browser.
And obviously the new extremely elegant slim design with slim bezels.
Edge LED with Micro Dimming Plus
Active 3D glasses with Bluetooth
Samsung Apps and web browser
Touch Remote is bought separately
0.5 cm (0.2 inches) bezel
Samsung D8000 will be available in 40, 46, 55 and 65 inches called 40D8000, 46D8000, 55D8000 and 65D8000.
Other LED ranges will also be available. We will update these into this article soon.
Samsung’s 2011 plasma TVs
Below is an overview of the new plasma model ranges from Samsung. The most expensive models are listed first and then the cheaper. Prices can be found in the overview table at the bottom.
Samsung D8000 plasma
Samsung D8000 is the flagship plasma model with Samsung’s most advanced plasma technology. The combination of a Real Black Filter and LCE (Local Contrast Enhancer) should improve black levels and Samsung also promises superb 3D picture quality.
Samsung D8000 plasma
It naturally also has all of the Smart TV features and also comes with the Touch Remote.
Samsung D8000 plasma
Full HD Plasma
Real Black Filter
LCE (Local Contrast Enhancer)
Active 3D glasses with Bluetooth
Samsung Apps and Internet browser
Touch Remote is bought separately
3.5 cm in depth and slim frame
Samsung D8000 plasma will be available in 51, 59 and 64 inches called 51D8000, 59D8000 and 64D8000.
More plasma ranges will be available and will be updated into this article soon.
Below you find an overview table with the most important features for each LED model range (coming soon).
See the table below for prices in Euro (updated as soon as we get them).
Below you find answers to most of the user questions to Samsung. Some were impossible to answer at this point and other questions require testing.
just the usual.. ask about clouding, crosstalk, input lag, black level etc.. thank you :] /Balazs We will get back to that in reviews. Samsung has made several improvements. See the later answer for more information on some of these improvements.
About the plasma line (only thing interesting): * Ask them about the (missing) D7000 line? * If D7000, will there be a 59" size this year(love that C7000/D7000 bezel and 58" was missing last year)? * Are there actually any substantial improvements compared to last year (C7000) ... hard facts please? * Can the 2011 mediaplayer playback real 24p ("Cinema Smooth") - last year this option was missing as soon as you entered the mediaplayer and forced that dreaded soap opera effect. * Prices? I've got a general feeling, all they've done this year is trim the bezel and added that inch. And last year models are priced attractively ... so any information that can help me buy 2010 or wait for 2011 is most welcome. /Fred D7000 will be available but not at all retailer. Yes to 59-inches. The 2011 plasma line-up has been improved and these are some of the most significant changes: WCE Pro in 2011 instead of WCE in 2010. Samsung has a completely new in-house chip designed for their 2011 TVs. All previous TVs have been using SOC chips from other manufacturers. LCE (Local Contrast Enhancer) is new. Motion Rate is improved. OSD resolution improved. Black level improved a lot (according to Samsung).
And plasma buzzing ... * Do they acknowledge that it was a problem in 2010? * Have they done anything about it, this year? /Fred Samsung are aware that some products have had buzz problems and they have made an effort to reduce the buzzing. We will naturally examine this in our reviews.
Could you ask them if the 50hz mll rise problem has been fixed for the plasma's? And has the plasma buzzing been fixed? /sypack Samsung has no comment at this time.
Absolutely critical questions 1. What is the principle of Micro Dimming Plus in D series and is it really equivalent to full array local dimming, how many zones it has then? 2. When the 65" D8000 model is available in the EU and Nordic countries? 3. Is the world biggest 75" TV shown at the CES going to become production model in 2011 sold somewhere in the world? If so will it be available in the EU and Nordic countries and when? What might be its price range, less than 10k euro or more? /wirk 1. Edge LED + a software controller that analyzes the picture in 4000 different zones and adjusts accordingly. It’s not a local dimmign hardware function but instead a software picture circuit analyzing with the pixel areas. 2. 65-inch later in 2011. No specific date at this point. 3. No, no plans at the moment.
(1) What kind of"Internet channels" they have for the new TVs? Localized per country and do they already have a list of services (mainly ondemand video services or local TV brodcaster's net streams) (2) DLNA codec support? (3) Input lag for gamers? (4) If there is dynamic backlight then is it possible to disable it in this year models? /Flathead 1. This is a huge focus area for Samsung and they will provide local services. Please ask your local sales contact to learn more. The global services include Apps such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and many more. 2. List coming. 3. Motion rate improved for both LED and plasma but we will have to examine input lag for specific models in our reviews. 4. No answer provided.
(5) Which TVs have DVB-T2 tuner included in Nordic models? /Flathead The ones ending with 7 in the model name in some Nordic countries. In Sweden some high-end models will be available with DVB-T2
I would like to know if the 60" D7/8000 will be available in the UK, and if these models will have an analogue audio out connection, like the C8000. /M.R. 55-inches will be available and 65-inch coming. The 60-inch seems to be a US model at this point. Yes most mid-end to high-end models will feature analogue audio out, Samsung says.
Please inquire when the release date will be for the 60 and 65" D8000 models for the US (you can ask about the UK too if you want). Also would be interested to know if these will be readily available (the 65 was in very limited supply in the US last year) /AJ Samsung has no specific dates for the largest models but the will not be readily available from the start.
Please ask about the differences between the d6300 and d7000 in 3D quality. In addition, how has the 3D picture improved over last years models, and does the 240Hz in the d7000 pose a benefit over the 6300 in regards to 3D. Thanks! /Jeremy No huge differences. The actual Hz numbers are not that important but the Motion Rate is. The model is called D6500 in Europe and D6400 in the US.
For Plasmas - Have you fixed the non-defeatable sharpener on your sets? I've been made aware of this by a US Calibrator D-Nice. Have you fixed the cinema black level bug and what plasma range has the 0.004 mll? What does the LCE (Local Contrast Enhancer) do? Now I have seen papers on LCE, due to searching on the internet and found this link: http://gc2009.graphicon.ru/files/gc2009/proceedings/conference /se7/62/62_Paper.pdf (it's called 'Local Contrast Enhancement' and 'for improving screen images exposed to intensive external light' So i'm interested to know what LCE really is? Thanks. /DV Samsung believes that the sharpener is now a setting option in the options menu but the engineer wasn’t 100 % sure. Yes, to cinema black level. The actual numbers for black level depth are not provided officially at this point. LCE is pretty much a similar technology to Micro Dimming. It’s a software analyzer that analyzes the picture in around 4000 zones.
hi, no question but please take a lot of high resolution pics from D6400, D7000 and D8000 /hied We have some pictures in this article. More will be added later on in a separate article.
Hi, could u ask them if they improved horrible IR on their plasmas? /Tomasz Yes, improvements have been made and Samsung has made changes to the phosphor layer.
Are there any news about the passive glasses from RealD and the RDZ LCD HDTVs? /mg85 No plans. Active is focus at the moment. RDZ is still a prototype.
Assuming the 75" set from the CES becomes offerable this year, what are its specs and technology, are they the same as D8000 series? /wirk No plans yet.
ad USB recording: 1. Will Samsung equip the tv's with 2 tv tuners, so with a PVR functionality we could watch something and record something else? 2. Will the 2011 models be able to record analog sources eg: analog TV broadcasts or analog inputs via SCART /Helmut You can record everything in digital format; SD, HD and 3D. No analogue recording is enabled.
Please inquire about the bezels and why Samsung is incorporating them at this point? Should their micro-dimming control that has reduced panel thickness not extend to the frame thickness itself? Why put a 1cm bezel around the frame when a mere 1 or 2mm solid frame will do? Second question to ask is why has Samsung strayed from local dimming technology, while LG in 2011 has their flagship lw9500 and 2nd top lcd lw7700 both with local dimming for better PQ? /pongball Micro dimming is actually not local dimming but instead a software analyzer,
Samsung believes that Edge LED has a number of advantages such as lower power consumption and slimmer screens. They have no plans to introduce backlit LED models at this point but besides. That was all Samsung could say at this point.
Why they left Direct LED with Local Dimming to push inferior Edge LED backlight technology? /Željko Kerum See previous answer.
What is the difference between the D7000 and D8000? Is is only that the D8000 has the touch screen remote and web browser, or will there be a difference in picture quality? /Tallen234 Mostly design. D7000 also has a web browser but none of them will come bundled with the new Touch Remote. Samsung has decided that it will be sold separately.
1# also would like to know how micro dimming works on the LCD 2# what improvements have they made for 2D picture quality on the plasmas? 3# what is"local contrast enhancer"? /Birgir 1. See previous answer. 2. A number of improvements. See previous answer. 3. LCE has the same function as Micro Dimming. For more information see the previous answers.
1) Will they be implementing their"Carbon Nanotube" Technology in any of the 2011 sets & how does it compare to LG's"Nano-Tech" development? 2) Samsung announced at CES 2011 that they have partnered with Real-D & have jointly developed a"RDZ" Passive 3D System which they claim is better than LG's"Film Pattern Retarder" System as it offers Full HD to each eye with Passive Glasses. Please can they expand on this system & tell us which 2011 models will offer the Real-D Passive RDZ 3D System? 3) How does the RDZ Passive System compare to the Active 3D system? 4) Will The RDZ Passive 3D System be offered on both LCD & Plasma TV's? 5) Apart from Screen Filters, what specific & meaningful progress has Samsung made with regards to improved Black Levels on their Plasma TV's? 6) Why do the 2011 Plasma TV Models not have the 0.2" minimal bezel width like some of the LCD TV's? 7) Which technology does Samsung feel offer the very best picture quality based on the tech they have employed in each - their top end LCD's or their top end Plasma's? /Baz 1) No official statement regarding this. 2+3+4) No plans yet 5) See previous answers :) 6) The 2011 plasma models have slimmer bezels than the 2010 models. Samsung has exhibited a prototype with slimmer bezel but there are no plans to release it at this point. 7) Different advantages. Samsung believes that this is mostly an individual choice.
Do the new plasma models still exhibit"line bleed" - when a horizontal or vertical image results in ghosted line extending to a neighboring image due to power not being evenly distributed along the row or column. This is common when a scene consists of a lot of lines for example one containing window blinds, stairs, or the like. /Schmidty Not any noticeable improvements here.
Will the 2011 Plasma's have Directional Buzzing Issues like the 2010 models had. /Alan H See previous answers
You can ask if they eliminated the floating blacks, all the problems with 50 Hz are resolved and the black level bug with the frecuency. /fonso Samsung says that the black level bug has been corrected and says that black levels have been improved. Samsung has no comment regarding the 50 Hz bug at this point.
Has Samsung fixed the annoying Motion Plus frame skipping problem in their 2011 models? For me and for many others this is the major flaw in the whole Samsung picture processing engine /Ron Samsung has implemented a completely new chipset with better picture algorithms so hopefully it’s gone.
1. Can you illustrate the differences in specs (if any) between the EU and US models particularly the D7000 and D8000 plasmas? 2. Can you confirm that the D7000 will be available in the Euro market? 3. Can you give any suggestions as to the MSRP of the bluetooth glasses and can you say whether the TVs will come with any glasses and/or the wireless charging base? If not then will you be offering a 3D viewing bundle with charging base, glasses etc and if yes can you give the MSRP of it? /Phil 1. USB Recording will not be available on the US models. Besides that there’s only local differences such as Smart TV services and tuners. 2. Yes, it will. 3. Around the same price as the current 3D glasses. The new ones use Bluetooth instead.
Please ask Samsung if they have addressed the 'blinking' issue which is a very common fault on the 2010 range - i.e., screen intermittently goes completely black for 1 - 2 seconds. Also, as mentioned by others, black level rise with 50Hz and when using Cinema Smooth - has this been addressed and resolved? /Steve Samsung says that their new chipset should have resolved issues such as the blinking issue. Regarding the other questions see some of the previous answers.
Motion resolution in new plasma is 1080p? /miso Samsung didn’t give a straight-forward answer. We will have to examine that in our reviews.
What will be the best LED HDTV model without 3D/Internet to play videogames? In 32 inches /maxmal23 That requires further testing.
Could you ask if the plasma D550 has the same processing (Full Crystal HD engine) as the 6500/7000/8000 series? /sypack Samsung was not sure at this point.
1. Many people have returned c7000, c6800 plasmas due to the loss of synch with the glasses. Will Samsung acknowledge this fault and offer a trade in for the d8000 and d6500 models so they wont lose more customers in 2011? 2. Plasma buzz according to internet forums is worse on Samsungs than other makes. What have Samsung done to improve on the widespread issues in the 2010 models to resolve this? 3. Samsung made the 3d effect significantly worse in firmware 3000x with many people being forced to downgrade firmware to restore their tvs back to a usable condition. Will Samsung avoid these mistakes with 2011 set firmware? 4. What have Samsung done to fix the blinking issue for 2011 sets, and can they fix it for 2010 set owners? /Karl Rainer 1. The Samsung technicians can’t answer that question. 2. See previous answers :) 4. The 2011 models use a new chipset and the problem should be gone according to Samsung. Samsung is still working on a solution for the 2010 models but has no specific information available at this point.
Heyzzz, My biting question, is: DO ALL the 2011, especialle the D6400/D6500 have DVB-S2 tuners? And whats the difference between the D6400 and D6500? /SalimRMAF Most mid-end to high-end models come with DVB-S2. D6400 is for US and D6500 is for EU.
please ask them which models will have local dimming (or a sort of this). And please ask them how 3D should work with 100Hz (like on the D6400) /samsun The D8000 series has Micro Dimming Plus. It’s not an actual local dimming function but instead a software analyzer. For more information see one of the previous answers. 3D is mostly dependent on Motion Rate. The motion rate is significantly higher than 100 Hz.
Really challenging question to Samsung: Is Samsung going to release device similar to Microsoft Kinect? After connecting it to the USB port it would be possible then to control computer without remote. /wirk No plans. But you can control the 2011 models with smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy phones, Android and iOS.