Samsung 55-inch OLED TV coming later this year, yours for $9,000

By on May 11, 2012, 7:30 AM

Samsung is planning to release their ES9500 OLED TV in the second half of 2012. The 55-inch television will retail for nearly $9,000 and is set to rival LG’s EM9600 OLED unit, a product that won CNET’s Best of CES 2012 award earlier this year.

The OLED set will include Smart Dual View technology which will allow two different users to view two different 2D programs at the same time by wearing special 3D glasses. Sound will of course have to be fed through separate sets of headphones as to not distract the other viewer and vice versa. This feature is essentially the same thing that we saw earlier this year with Philips’ 2012 television line-up.

Other key features include Smart Interaction, Smart Content and Smart Evolution. Smart Interaction provides gesture control, voice control and even face recognition. Smart Content is a generic term used to describe the wealth of content and apps available to the set while Samsung’s Smart Evolution Kit allows the user to upgrade the television’s dual-core processor to a quad-core or faster CPU each year as new hardware is introduced. Samsung says that this will keep your TV up-to-date with the latest hardware, firmware, software and interface.

The company plans to release the ES9500 in South Korea later this year before making the set available to customers in other regions. Expect the price of OLED TVs to drop significantly over the next few years as the technology and sets go mainstream, something that Samsung predicts won’t happen for another two to three years.

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Guest said:

How many time before humans can buy that thing?

Guest said:

"How many time before humans can buy that thing?"

- you will have to wait for years before their prices come at atleast $1000, just like what happened to LCD tv's

Guest said:

Pricing is not that bad considering how expensive LCD tv's were when they first rolled out.

Very excited to see that we're finally seeing the successor to the "ancient" backlit lcd.

jeffz6 said:

Still no hologram...

mosu said:

what about durability?..Blue pixels wearing sooner than other colors... is that issue fixed?

Guest said:

Samsung TVs 40" HD picture is all messed up after 2 yrs. The colors are alll looking inverted, it comes an goes and currently stuck inverted, as if the black is missing. DONT BUY SAMSUNG TV!!!!

Guest said:

I've had a 55 inch Samsung 3-D plasma unit for a year and a half and am thrilled with the picture quality. Just watched "The King's Speech" on cable and it felt like an identical experience to when I saw it in a movie theater. And the 3-D is phenomenal, especially when the original is very high quality ("Avatar"). Samsung produces some great products (maybe that's why Sony is losing billions) and as soon as their OLED tech becomes affordable, I'll upgrade to that.

In the meantime, I'd jump at the chance to buy an OLED tablet.

scorpionvenom said:

What a bargain lol looks super but $9000 wow well I know ill be waiting a long time to buy 1 until they come down last tv I bought was a Sony 40" cost me ?2000 still on the wall and working perfect and I see no need to upgrade and I bought it 4 years ago

Guest said:

@ guest with 40 inch samsung

Lol, I have a 40 inch samsung too. Mine started having issues turning on. Did a search of the net to find out that Samsung used a couple faulty capacitors ( to save on costs or something) on the circuit board. Swapped those bastards out with some new ones, and my TV is new again!

Guest said:

Anyone remember when plasmas first came out . . . and now they are really cheap. then came lcd's . . . now those are dirt-cheap . . . same happened with led's.

oled's offer many advantages . . . hopefully the price will also plummet within 2 - 3 years. purportedly, amsung (and others) are waiting on factories to be outfitted / retrofitted.

take note . . . samsung also will soon be releasing some oled cell-phones . . . that can actually "bend" . . . purportedly, kyocera also has a model coming out.

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