It looks like Samsung plasmas are going to be one of the hot tickets this holiday season, as two leaked Black Friday ads are already listing these sets at sub-$1,000 prices. I posted a couple of weeks ago about Sears offering a 50-inch Samsung plasma for $899.
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Now that the rumors that Samsung would purchase HP's computer business have subsided, the company is getting to work expanding its footprint in the U.S.
By now, we all know that LED-backlit LCDs are at least the short-term future for HDTVs, until (and if) OLED sets become commercially viable. Yes, they're priced too high for most consumers, but so were LCDs with 120Hz refresh rates a couple of years ago.
For electronics fans, the Holy Grail of Black Friday ads is the one from Best Buy, which can list more deals on laptops and home theater stuff than general retailers like Wal-mart and Target can squeeze into their circulars. Unfortunately, those deals are never as good as you hopeis this year an exception?
Everyone who's seen Sony's 11-inch XEL-1 TV based on OLED technology has fallen in love with it, but that's apparently not enough for the company to keep working to develop bigger sets. In fact, a Sony spokesman bluntly admitted that "We really made the XEL-1 just to prove that we could make it.
Though it's given up the rear-projection market, Samsung is still hanging in there with plasma, as evidenced by its new lineup of sets announced this afternoon. They share a number of features with the new LCDs the company also introduced todayincluding those I didn't cover in my previous post.
Newegg has kicked off its Black Friday festivities a little early, and the site is straining with the traffic surge. If you can actually get onto the site, you'll find a bunch of deals on HDTVs from brands like LG, Sharp and Samsung.
Leave it to the HD Guru to dig up some good info a little early. While Samsung may make its official announcement on the pricing of all its new TVs in a few days, he found it out a couple of days ago, and since then, some of the new models have been featured in this weekend's Best Buy circular ad and prices are listed for some sets on the Samsung Web site.
Some people question the value of 120Hz refresh rates for LCD HDTVs, and even more wonder if 240Hz is worth the extra expense. But it's a spec with buzz, so it shouldn't be entirely surprising that Samsung is supposedly working on 480Hz sets that it may reveal at the IFA electronics expo in Germany next month.
After Best Buy's Black Friday ad leaked online the other day, bargain hunters were waiting for someone at Circuit City to slip up and its ad to reach the Internet, which has finally happened. And as with other ads already unearthed, the deals aren't so hot considering the economy and—in this case—the bankruptcy filing earlier in the week.