Seoul (Korea) - Screens for home theaters can't be large enough and if your 50" or 65" has become too mainstream then Samsung will soon be offering an upgrade opportunity: 70" TVs with full HD resolution will become available next year.
Samsung claims that it first to have developed the world's first 70" LCD panel for use in the consumer TV market. The display, which will be publicly shown at the International Meeting on Information Displays (IMID) 2006 in Daegu, Korea on 23 August, takes high-end TVs from 65" to 70" and offers a resolution of 1920x1080 progressive (1080p) at a picture refresh rate of 120 Hz.
Samsung said that the TV will be able to show "rapidly moving video images" with "crystal clarity." There are few details when 70" 1080p TVs will be available, but Samsung said that it will begin production of 70" LCD panels in H1 of next years, which indicates that first 70" TVs may become available in H2.
Executive Vice President Kim Sang-Soo of Samsung Electronics said, "Our new 70" LCD is not only significantly larger, but also sets a new benchmark of excellence in terms of video image reproduction, viewing angle and image quality. We've designed it to dramatically enhance the large screen LCD TV user's viewing experience."
Pricing has not been announced, but it is safe to say that those high-end TVs will carry a price tag that will be well beyond mainstream affordability. Current 1080p TVs with screen sizes of 60" and more may be an indicator on what to expect. According to Pricegrabber.com, 63" LCD and plasma TVs are currently starting around $5000 with 720p and 768p resolutions. One of the few available 65" 1080p LCD TVs is Sharp's Aquos LC-65D90U, which carries a suggested retail price of $20,000 and can be purchased for about $15,500 through some etailers, according to Pricegrabber.com. Compared to the 65" Sharp TV, Samsung promises that its 70" TVs will offer a higher contrast ratio (2000:1 instead of 800:1), more brightness (600 nit instead of 450 nit) and a faster response time (8 ms instead of 12 ms). The display will also offer a 180-degree viewing angle from top, bottom, left and right, Samsung said.
If you can't wait for the 70" TV its size may not be enough, then there is always Panasonic's that will be offered in very limited numbers this holiday season. The TV TH-103PZ600U will cost $69,995 and 95 cents, but come with a three-year in-home limited warranty, which - according to its manufacturer - is "unprecedented" in the industry.