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Until production TVs are available, I don't think we will get a definitive answer to this question. Based on all of the info that was released at CES, I did not see any claims for improved PQ. Samsung did state that they changed the edge micro dimming to a new edge system that they are calling 'ultimate'. The 2012 changes to micro dimming seemed to be the addition of more more edge LED's to give the TV finer control over smaller micro dimming areas. This sounds to me like it would be a step forward.
I own both 60" and 55" Samsung UNxxD8000 TVs. I have spent a lot of time calibrating both sets with my Calman V4 software and Eye-One sensor. Both TVs have excellent ability to be calibrated very precisely. I would not expect any improvements in terms of color, grey scale tracking or any of the typical calibration PQ elements ... with one exception. The one weak area on the 2011 sets was screen uniformity, typically with dimmer material. That will be the area that I look at first to evaluate any PQ improvements on the 2012's over the 2011's. It is possible (likely) that the micro dimming changes in 2012 could make improvements in the screen uniformity area. I would doubt that you will see much of a difference with most material because the screen uniformity differences are not visible in typical material.
I purchased my 60" in Sept. But, picked up my 55" just after Christmas on a great sale. I didn't want to pay more for the TV or wait well into 2012 for the prices to drift down on the new models.