Samsung on Tuesday announced the pricing and release dates for its 2012 lineup of LED and Plasma TVs. The company will begin shipping new HDTVs this month in the U.S., beginning with the LED 6-series and higher, and the Plasma 6-series and higher. Samsung’s fifth-generation of Smart TV’s feature improved picture quality, dual-core CPUs for faster app launching, integrated cameras and microphones, new “Smart Touch Remotes and Smart Wireless Keyboards,” a new WebKit-based browser, voice controls, gesture controls and facial recognition. “Our goal with this year’s models was to truly redefine what a TV can be while providing unprecedented choice to the consumer,” Samsung America’s Senior VP of Home Entertainment, Joe Stinziano said. “We have delivered the incredible picture quality and beautiful design that consumers have come to expect from Samsung, as well as seamless connectivity, several new ways to control the TV and exclusive services.” Read on for Samsung’s press release with launch dates and pricing.
Google hasn’t been known as a hardware vendor in the past. That may soon change thanks to the company’s pending acquisition of Motorola, and recent reports suggest Google is already working on a self-branded home entertainment system and HUD glasses. Through a recent FCC filing, it has now been discovered that Google is also planning a “next generation personal communication device.” Details surrounding the mystery device are few and far between, although the filing does confirm both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are on board. The company has requested to test 102 units near Google office locations throughout the United States. The Mountain View-based company is listed as the manufacturer of the devices and it is described as being “in the prototyping phase and will be modified prior to final compliance testing.” More →