Given Samsung’s ambitious plan of selling 10 million 3D TV’s, India launch should not be a surprise. Samsung has launched its live of three dimensional LED TV’s D8000 and D7000. Samsung D8000 is a LED 3D TV with an option to access Internet, app store and 3D content. Its remote is a smartphone by itself which needs some time to get used to.
Samsung D8000 is a slick looking television which can be passed off for a giant photo frame. The bezel on the television is almost negligible. The picture quality from the videos itself is incredible. You can only imagine the quality in real. It looks as if this is how every TV should be. D8000 comes in four screen sizes – 4o inch, 46-inch, 55-inch and humungous 60-inch. D8000 provides captivating 1080p picture quality in 2D and 3D. There is an option to toggle 2D/3D.
D8000 is Wi-Fi and also provides a way to connect your cat 5 cable for Internet connection. D8000 is equipped with a browser which will allow you to access the Internet and Samsung’s “Smart Hub”
Smart Hub and India content
What’s really smart about D8000 without them apps? Samsung has introduced an app store for televisions called Smart Hub. The concept works just like your smartphone app store. There will be apps which can be installed on your TV and the content can be accessed. Unlike smartphones, the TV apps have different requirements. The content will be mainly video and audio focused with some remote focus on 3D content.
Samsung Smart Hub has these content partners across the world : Accedo Broadband, AccuWeather.com, The Associated Press, Blockbuster, Fashion TV, Netflix, Picasa, Pandora, Rovi, Travel Channel, Twitter, USA TODAY, and Vudu.
In India it has NDTV Convergence, Moneycontrol, Hungama and Times Music.
If you already have three remotes – one for old DVD player, one for the new DVD player, one for the DTH then you have make room for one more. This remote will not be like your previous remotes. Samsung D8000 comes with a touch screen remote which looks like any other smart phone. Apps can be installed on this remote and it can be used to control the TV and browse Internet on the TV.
Some of the smartphones can be used to access TV by downloading an app. The iPhone app works only for US customers. Now that the TV is launched in India, it would be better for Samsung to let Apple know about the change.
Samsung D8000 comes with Twinview technology which will allow you to watch the content wirelessly on another Samsung screen – a smartphone or a Galaxy Tab. Just in case if you want to something else.
3D viewing isn’t that easy. While LG and Spice has released phones which let you look at 3D content without the glasses, Samsung D8000 need you to wear glasses. Don’t worry. They aren’t the ugly looking bulky glasses you worn while watching Chota Chetan. These are slick looking MI:3 types.
We haven’t discussed the price so far, have we? India price isn’t out yet but we can make some intelligent guesses. 55-inch model is selling at a price of Rs 220,000 elsewhere in the world. India price would be in that range. 40-inch model might cost less but don’t expect it come cheap. It will definitely cost over a lakh rupees. If you have cash to burn then Samsung D8000 is the right way to do it.