CES 2010: Samsung reveals 0.3-inch thin flagship LED HDTV; as thick as a pencil with touchscreen remote

CES 2010: Samsung reveals 0.3-inch thin flagship LED HDTV; as thick as a pencil with touchscreen remote

Summary: CES 2010: Samsung on Wednesday revealed its flagship UNC9000 LED HDTV, just 0.3-inches thick, or about the width of a No. 2 pencil.

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Samsung on Wednesday revealed its flagship UNC9000 LED HDTV, just 0.3-inches thick, or about the width of a No. 2 pencil.

The company is pairing the television set with a multimedia-friendly, color touchscreen Wi-Fi RF remote with QWERTY keyboard that can actually display broadcast TV content live for you to watch. (Why would you use this? It's a bit like picture-in-picture, with the big picture on the TV and the little one on the remote itself.)

As for the TV, it's officially the thinnest production model yet announced. (LG has shown a TV as thin as a U.S. quarter, but it was a concept prototype). How does it manage such thinness? By cramming all the electronics inside the pedestal stand, which can also be converted to a wall-mount bracket.

The display panel itself uses edge-lit LED backlighting and local dimming, and is not just 3D compatible, but offers real-time 2D to 3D upconversion. It's got a 240GHz refresh rate and is, naturally, Internet-ready with widgets and apps.

Samsung didn't reveal screen sizes, pricing or exact availability beyond "this year."

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Samsung

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  • looks cool but

    you hold it the wrong way and it breaks. I'll be hyped about super flat screens when they can be rolled up and toted around.
    KBot
  • Somewhat misleading

    Admittedly I haven't read up on all of the details of this set, but the ONLY advantage in my mind for a super thin tv is for wall mounting. Who cares whether it is 1 inch or 3 inches thick if using a pedestal. The pedestal defeats the purpose....ok back to my point. Since you need to convert the pedestal for wall mounting, it will make the set thicker. Now it is still super thin mind you, but it isn't 0.3 inches anymore. When I see a 0.3 inch set, I think flush wall mounted. We aren't quite there yet with this set. I have 3 sets wall mounted in my home, on one of my sets I was able to mount the tv, into the wall so it is flush mounted (the space behind that wall is a storage room, so it is open. If it wasn't the set would overheat inside of a wall). That set looks so nice compared to the others. Not the picture quality but the fact that it is flush.
    But this is a great interim step until we can get OLED production ramped up, (not sure where we stand with getting the lifetime hours of blue up...need to go read up)
    Salonikios
  • Thin is cool, but....

    What really is the advantage of a TV that is 0.3 or 3 inches thick beyond the "isn't this cool" factor? Just another way to extract dollars from our pockets.

    I have 3 LCD televisions in my house ranging from 32 - 55 inches. All are 1080P. All have an excellent picture. All are wall mounted. I never see them from the side enough to see how thick or thin they actually are. No one has ever gone up to them & said, hey, that is a pretty thick TV, what's up with that?

    When someone makes something that has a brilliant picture, weighs a couple pounds & I can take from room to room or with me or on vacations, that is when I will upgrade. Until then, my TV dollars are staying in my pocket.
    tgschmidt
    • I heard the picture quality on LED TVs is supposed to be better

      When watching blue ray discs, which I do not have any nor do I intend to go in that direction, I am happy with DVDs up-scaled to 1080p. My cable signal is at 1080p as well (now almost on every channel) so I won't be getting any superior quality there. I don't think this will be a smash hit. These TVs tend go for almost double of other HDTVs (Plasmas or LCDs), I got two at my house and it?s enough for me.
      ilyab
  • RE: Samsung reveals 0.3-inch thin flagship LED HDTV; as thick as a pencil with touchscreen remote

    Good for a TV, but... Anything new for the PC?
    Michael Wong NLV
  • So what?

    As other posters have said, in so many words, so what? Really, what's the big advantage outside being 'ahead' of your neighbors with those horrible 2 and 3 inch thick sets. Again, so what? If this was a mobile display thickness is an issue but we're talking about multi kilo big screen TVs and besides looking cool does it have some groundbreaking quality the three inch thick sets lack? My new Dell Precision laptop has a Samsung LED display and yes it's the best laptop display I've ever seen and I've seen most of them but laptops and TVs are different as far as what makes one better than another. This is a useless development as I see it. Unless it costs a lot less and I doubt that.
    paladin2
  • RE: Samsung reveals 0.3-inch thin flagship LED HDTV; as thick as a pencil with touchscreen remote

    I agree with the so what? category.
    goatfarmer
  • Don't matter if....

    ... if all TV programmers keep raising their monthly premiums SKY HIGH.
    We're ready to "PULL THE PLUG" on TV. There's a whole world outside to enjoy, and it's 3D with real aromas.
    fm-usa
  • RE: Samsung reveals 0.3-inch thin flagship LED HDTV; as thick as a pencil with touchscreen remote

    Try Googling Samsung problems and read up on the serious problems their televisions are having and the crappy customer service they are providing. I won't be buying a Samsung any time soon.
    taustin21@...
  • RE: Samsung reveals 0.3-inch thin flagship LED HDTV; as thick as a pencil w

    I have my doubts about just how terribly viable 3d will be,
    ultimately.
    As do many of the Pro reviewers out there.
    I'm one of those people who get THE HEADACHE whenever
    I watch 3d for any length of time.
    And my Pany plasma,(the V, thankyouverymuch), get's me
    PLENTY deep into the action, NO headache.
    Plenty of probs with the glasses, too, especially if you
    already use prescription lenses....
    And what about the fact that there are different 3d
    standards for different movies? 3 pairs of glasses on a
    rack mounted beside the TV???
    Nope.
    pajcastle
  • RIGHT!

    That's all we need, thinner tv's.

    How about better sound and other more practical stuff..?
    guiri