You would have thought that something like this might get a little more PR attention, but Samsung has apparently thought otherwise. Instead, it has chosen to unveil its latest 3D capable Blu-ray players in the quietest way possible: by simply posting their existence on its home page.
Read on to find out more.
Now that 3D is starting to gain some form of mainstream acceptance, manufacturers are quick to jump on the bandwagon and offer consumers a variety of choices when it comes to choosing hardware that is capable of displaying 3D images or playing 3D-enabled content. And at least a few major brand names have already committed themselves to providing such devices: LG has recently announced a networked, 3D capable Blu-ray player, while Sony is already moving to push out a firmware update for the PS3 sometime in September that, when completed, will see many of its consoles being turned into competent 3D Blu-ray players as well.
And now, Samsung is next in line with its own set of 3D-capable Blu-ray players: the Korean manufacturer has posted technical specifications of three such players, namely the BD-C6900, BD-C6800 and BD-C7900. Even though all three Blu-ray players have different price points, they also happen to share the same core functionality: besides supporting playback of 3D media content, the players have the ability to automatically resize movies recorded in the modern 2.31:1 aspect ratio to 16:9, receive video streams wirelessly from PCs or mobile phones, as well as upscale DVDs recorded in standard-definition anamorphic 16:9 format (480p) to the full HD resolution of 1080p with little detail loss.
While we are not so sure how 2.31:1-to-16:9 conversion or the 480p-to-1080p upscaling will take place without the significant detail loss as touted by Samsung, it does not change the fact that the players themselves are quite competitively priced for their capabilities: the BD-C6800 is the cheapest at US$229, while the more expensive BD-C6900 and C7900 are priced at US$349 and US$399 respectively and come with a much more visually-appealing design than the no-frills C6800.
Of course, the US prices should not be taken as a reliable indicator of how much the units will cost when they finally reach us over here (if at all), but they may probably be useful for reference purposes.
For more information about the players, head down to Samsung’s US product page here.