Samsung 2011 plasma TVs
Samsung’s new D8000 & D6500 plasma TVs with 3D

06 Jan 2011 | Rasmus Larsen |

Samsung has unveiled their 2011 plasma TVs with slim designs and thinner bezels than ever. Expect new D8000, D7000 and D6500 plasma ranges with 3D, deeper blacks and 1 inch larger panels.

Samsung’s 2011 Plasma TVs

We talked about Samsung's 2011 LED models here and in this article we will tell you more about Samsung's 2011 plasma TVs.

Samsung D8000 plasma
Samsung D8000 plasma


Samsung’s new flagship model is the D8000. It has a slim design measuring just 1.5 inches (3.5 cm) in depth and Samsung has also slimmed down the bezel around the plasma panel. D8000 has a brushed aluminum look (probably made from plastic) and the four-legged stand that Samsung introduced in 2010. The stand also has a swivel function.

The Real Black Filter and a so-called LCE technology (Local Contrast Enhancer) should improve black levels to compete with Panasonic’s plasma TVs according to a Samsung employee. The Real Black filter also reduces reflections in bright room.

Samsung D6500 plasma
Samsung D6500 plasma


A somewhat strange move by Samsung is the choice of new screen sizes. The 50-inch segment is gone and replaced by a 51-inch screen size. The 63-inch screen size has been replaced by a 64-inch segment. Samsung adds that even though the plasma panels are larger the actual TVs are not, simply because of the thinner bezel.

All the Smart TV features have been integrated. You can access internet services such as YouTube and Facebook or add new services later on with the Samsung Apps Store. The plasma TVs also have built-in Wi-Fi, DLNA and USB.

Samsung’s 2011 Touch Remote
Samsung’s 2011 Touch Remote


Samsung’s new Touch remote (see above) is bundled with the D8000 range.

Naturally, 3D is still a key selling point in 2011 and 3D has been integrated even in the cheaper D6500 range. Samsung says that 3D picture quality has been improved and the new 3D glasses are lighter than ever.

Samsung D7000 plasma
Samsung D7000 plasma


See specifications below. A Samsung D7000 plasma series has also been mentioned but at the time of publication Samsung has yet to release specifications.

D8000 specifications
  • Full HD Plasma
  • 3D
  • Real Black Filter
  • LCE (Local Contrast Enhancer)
  • Cinema Smooth
  • Active 3D glasses with Bluetooth
  • Samsung Apps and Internet browser
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Touchscreen Remote Control
  • 3.5 cm in depth and slim frame

    Samsung D8000 plasma will be available in 51, 59 and 64 inches called PN51D8000, PN59D8000 and PN64D8000.

    D6500 specifications
  • Full HD Plasma
  • 3D
  • Cinema Smooth
  • Samsung Apps and Internet browser
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 3.5 cm in depth and slim frame

    Samsung D6500 plasma will be available in 51 and 59 inches called PN51D6500 and PN59D6500.

    Availability

    Samsung’s 2011 plasma TV will be available in shops from Spring 2011. These are the US models and the EU models will vary only slightly. We will return with more information soon.



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