Samsung unveils new line of Luxia LED TVs

Samsung gets a bit LED happy at CES 2009
Samsung gets a bit LED happy at CES 2009

Samsung has announced a new range of LCD TVs based on LED backlighting, meaning better colours, brighter images and a greater contrast range.

The three ranges unveiled at CES, the 6000, 7000 and 8000 series, present varying degrees of functionality, including 240Hz refresh rates and access to Yahoo's Widget Channel, and will be available from 40-55-inch screen sizes.

The 6000 series is the most basic of the bunch, providing a TV tuner despite only being 1-inch thick. It includes four HDMI slots, a 120Hz refresh rate and includes access to Samsung's InfoLink RSS service, which can instantly display updated news, sports, weather and stocks information with a touch of the remote.

Widgets again... Yahoo!

The 7000 series builds on the functionality of the 6000, but adds in interactivity with the Yahoo Widget Channel. It also looks a bit swish as well, with Samsung's 'Touch of Color' bezel. (Which basically means it has got a bit of red in the normal black finish.)

The 8000 series has all the same features as the other two lines, but with a much more polished, prism-like and chrome frame, as well as the refresh rate du jour 240Hz, which Samsung says is 4x faster than standard LCD TVs.

Don't forget this is the same Samsung that proclaimed to the world about how impressive its 200Hz TVs were at IFA in August.

All three lines are due to be released in the coming months, though currently there's no information on price. However, expect the 8000 series to be a little on the expensive side given the amount of features stuffed in there.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.