Samsung will introduce two 32inch HD Ready CRT TVs in June. The new Z4 screens have received high definition certification from EICTA, the European Industry Association for Information Systems, Communication Technologies and Consumer Electronics, and will be sold as affordable HD (720p and 1080i) alternatives to both plasma and LCD. “We know these are stop-gap products to a certain extent,” says Rob Shaw, Samsung’s product manager for CRT, “but they are currently a really affordable way to enjoy high definition TV – and these screens are great for sports.”
The two models are short-neck Slimfit CRTs, and take up less space than conventional tubed TVs. They are styled to resembled flatscreens when viewed from the front.
The WS32Z4419D (pictured above) has an HDMI input and integrated Freeview tuner and is expected to sell for around £550. The £500 WS32Z409TQ is basically the same set, with an analogue tuner instead of Freeview. Other features include 100Hz picture processing, multi PIP scan and digital noise reduction.
Samsung is also launching two new plasmas as part of its Q7HD range (pictured), available in 42 and 50 inches. These HD Ready displays have integrated digital tuners, 13-bit video processing and a Smooth Motion Driver, which “generates ten additional frames per second, for a smooth continuous picture.”
The company is also expanding its selection of R7 LCD televisions (pictured below). New this season is a Game Mode, as well as SRS TruSurround XT. The models, which are all HD Ready and have Freeview tuners, come in 26, 32, 37 and 40 inch screen sizes, with prices beginning at £800.