In 2012, Samsung promised to keep upgrading its high-end Smart TVs each year with a so-called Evolution Kit. The first Evolution Kit has been announced at CES 2013 as a small, black box with quad-core processor that connects to the back of the TV. FlatpanelsHD saw it in action.<br /><br /><h3>Samsung's Evolution Kit</h3>It is a good idea. Instead of leaving Smart TV customers behind each year, Samsung lets customers upgrade with a so-called Evolution Kit. But Samsung has to keep this promise over the long term - so far they are on the right track.<br /><br /><p align=center><a id="thumb" href="pictures/samsungevolutionkit2013-1l.jpg" class="highslide" rel="highslide"><img class="imgresponsive" src="pictures/samsungevolutionkit2013-1.jpg" alt="Samsung Evolution Kit 2013" title="Click to enlarge" /></a><br><i>Samsungâ€™s Evolution Kit upgrades 2012 Smart TVs to 2013 Smart TVs</i></p><br />FlatpanelsHD had the Evolution Kit demonstrated at CES, and it is very straightforward. The Evolution Kit is a small black box that can be mounted on the back of the TV with a cable running to the dedicated Evolution Kit connector. It works on the ES7000, ES8000 & ES9000 LEDs, and the E8005 & E7000 plasmas. The first time you power up your TV after connecting the Evolution Kit, the TV will load the new platform which takes approximately 15-20 seconds.<br /><br /><h3>Quad-core processor & new remote</h3>Evolution Kit has a quad-core processor inside, similar to what is found in the new 2013 Smart TVs. This will improve navigation speed with a factor 3, Samsung says. The Evolution Kit will also offer the improved voice and gesture controls via a new remote control with built-in microphone.<br /><br /><p align=center><a id="thumb" href="pictures/samsungevolutionkit2013-2l.jpg" class="highslide" rel="highslide"><img class="imgresponsive" src="pictures/samsungevolutionkit2013-2.jpg" alt="Samsung Evolution Kit 2013" title="Click to enlarge" /></a><br><i>The Evolution Kit comes with a new Remote with a built-in microphone</i></p><br />The Evolution Kits will come each year, up until 2016. Samsung cannot guarantee that all features can be upgraded as some are built into the actual TVs.<br /><br />The Evolution Kit is expected to be available around spring to summer 2013. Pricing details have not been announced yet.<br /><br />You can learn more about <a href=http://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1357597325><b>Samsung's 2013 Smart TV platform here</b></a>.