During CES 2014 Samsung said that they were planning to launch a new high-end plasma TV this summer, but it seems that Samsung has changed its mind, according to HDGuru. The F8500 will carry over in 2014.
Samsung F8500 will carry over
Panasonic has already exited the plasma TV market, and it seems that Samsung is making the necessary preparations to follow in their footsteps. They will introduce a new H5000 mid-range plasma TV, but no new 7 or 8 series plasma TV will be introduced, despite rumors of a H7000 model.
The H5000 is a Full HD model with Samsung’s Cinema Smooth feature, but none of Samsung’s Smart TV features and no 3D mode either. It will be available in the US and Europe only as a 64-inch model.
Samsung’s F8500 is the last high-end plasma TV from Samsung
Instead of releasing a new high-end plasma TV, Samsung’s 2013 flagship F8500 plasma TV will continue unchanged in 2014. It comes with Samsung’s most advanced plasma technology and Smart TV features, including TV apps. It also support’s Samsung’s Evolution Kit so it is possible to upgrade the Smart TV platform when the new Evolution Kit arrive in a few months’ time. We have already reviewed the F8500 here. HDGuru has confirmed that this is the case for the US market, and HDTVTests sources say that it applies to Europe, too.
With no new high-end plasma TV from Samsung, we are nearing the end. Panasonic is out, and LG and Samsung will only release mid-range plasma TVs in 2014.