Samsung's Smart Evolution HDTV upgrade kit coming in May for $299

By Shawn Knight ยท 10 replies
Mar 20, 2013
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  1. Today Samsung is making good on a promise from earlier this year at CES with regards to the planned Smart Evolution Kit. The kit, which includes a Samsung Smart Remote, will contain a faster quad-core processor, a new GPU and...

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  2. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    $300? I know I frequently ***** and complain about pricing but cmon I think I have a case here... I bought an entire HDTV, a NIB 40" 1080p 5MS Sceptre LCD for $280 shipped during Xmas time for a wedding gift (its actually not bad) for less then the price of this kit.
  3. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    $300 does seem a bit much for that type of upgrade.
  4. The 8000 series TV cost 2000+$, so 300$ to upgrade is not bad. Of course you don't need to upgrade every year but after 3-4 years instead of buying a brand new TV you pay 300$ and get a nice upgrade.
  5. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    I recently just grabbed the 60 inch ES8000 model for an almost half price sale for just a tad over $2200, mind you the full price was $4000. it was last year's model and best time to buy. needless to say, unless the Evo Kit will improve image quality, it's pretty much a waste of money. I don't use the Smart Hub at all, the TV for most, are just a monitor, or extension of other devices. I personally don't see a need for a faster quad core and a newer Smart Hub interface just so I can browse their apps faster. for that I have my HTPC which does all the content interaction and playback. The success of Samsung's Evo Kit all hinges on the day it releases, whether it'll improve image quality, or just useless hardware upgrade. unfortunately samsung has been keeping a tight lip on exactly what the Evo kit will improve, and to add fuel onto the fire, their sales team at trade shows are not fully informed or knowledgable on this matter, some say it does improve image quality, while other samsung reps over the web confirmed that it won't. only time will tell whether this will be a flop or hit.
  6. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    Oh and for the record, my last tv lasted me 6 years.
  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I have 2 smart TVs, both LEDs, one 2012 model, the other a 2011 model. The smart hub is cool and all, but the app eco system is garbage.
  8. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,673   +1,106

    Nothing to see here, move along folks.
  9. The Old Shoe

    The Old Shoe TS Rookie

    I disagree. How can $280 be less than half of $300?
    I own a 2012 led 7500 series Samsung Smart TV with a slolt for the evolution kit.

    This TV is absolutely amazing and the picture quality (mine is set to dynmaic) is the best I have ever seen and beats my Panasonic Plasma hands down. Both are 3d TVs.

    VUDU brodacasts in HEX, HD, and SD picture quality at a different cost for each one. I can find little difference in picture quality with the Samsung by chosing the cheaper SD.

    The apps are fantastic, the gimmicks are fantastic, and I am sure the evolution kit will be fantastic.

  10. France

    France TS Rookie

    Nice. Comparing a p.o.s off brand LCD w/ a high end plasma. Talk about what you know. BOOGERS AND DINGLE-BERRIES
  11. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    Thats what you call a high end TV? Looks like another ripoff for overpriced technologies that no one wants or cares about.

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