Originally Posted by omeletpants
To be honest, I had a hard time understanding your run-on sentence. But if I have the gist correct, I say 8500 was the high end offering in the states, because it was.
There has been a staggered product introduction for the last 3 years: mid-low tier in the spring and high end in the fall. That will continue. The reason it will continue is that it makes no sense to introduce the 8500 last September then replace it 6 months later from a revenue and profit standpoint.
Okay, i will make my sentences shorter :-).
First of all, I don't say that the B8500 will be discontinued. But you have to consider one thing: this is Samsung. Samsung is one of the companies with the shortest product lifecycles i have ever seen. 6 month lifecycle? Good enough. And you are right, the 8500 was the most "High End" set which Samsung released and announced. But it was not the planned High End.
The B8500 was a product which they had to bring end of last year because they needed anything. If this really would have been there scheduled High End product for the next 12 month than it would have been brought to Europe as well.
But this didn't happen. As i said, here we still have the A series as "high end" which was announced 2008. And which is nearly not available. As a sum up you can say, there is NO model with LD available in Europe. Do you really think they will still keep an non availible "A" series as High end in Europe as even the Low and Mid Range Products will be the "C" series already? Never - this wouldn't make sense at all.
As I said, they had to do something on the US market - and as the original planned B9000 was canceled because of development issues, the 8500 model was a product to keep the face and to have at least something available.
However, expect a C9xxx model at CES. If there will be none, than Samsung will be really in trouble and they will lose the complete LD market in Europe to other companies.