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First of Samsung’s 3D TVs goes on sale in the US
Amazon.com has begun listing a 55-inch 3D TV from Samsung. The TV is available to pre-order in the US for 3,300 USD. Precise dates for the arrival of 3D TVs in Europe are still unknown.
February 26, 2010 — While Europe speculates about the due date for 3D TVs, Amazon.com is now allowing US customers to pre-order a 55-inch model for 3,299 USD (2,200 GBP). The UN55C7000 has four HDMI inputs, two USB sockets, and an edge-lit LED-LCD panel. It’ll also offer Skype support, as will TVs from LG and Panasonic, although users will have to buy the specially designed webcam and microphone separately. This feature will make use of the TV’s Ethernet connection, which also allows the user to access a variety of internet services — including YouTube and Flickr, for example — from Samsung’s online content partners. The TV is likely to be the US version of the 55-inch 7000-series model featured in a report by the UK website Which? this week. The UK version is expected to arrive in April, along with Samsung’s 3D glasses, which have been reported by some sites to cost 150 USD (about 100 GBP) a pair. 3D Blu-ray players are expected to go on sale at roughly the same time: Panasonic, for example, expects its first 3D Blu-ray player, the DMP-BDT300, to go on sale at some point this spring. Meanwhile, an apparent leak by LG has suggested that the company’s 3D Blu-ray players will go on sale in mid-May.