Originally Posted by boondongle
I haven't seen any information on step down F7500/F6500 Models. But if they'll exist (which surely, they will, right?) I wonder what features will get dropped and whether they will relate to PQ or other 'less important' stuff like voice control.
not according to HDGURU. It seems that Samsung is cutting down their plasma models to just two:
For 2013 Samsung drops the 7000 series models seen in 2012 with the next model down being the F5500 which replaces its 1080p entry level E550 series. According to Samsung, the new F5500 will have picture improvements, but won’t have the same panel, drive and filter as the F8500.
So we at least know the 7000 series is axed, and it calls out the entry-level 550 as the next model down the line. It doesn't specifically mention replacements aren't going to be available for the E6500, E530 and 720p E450, but from information currently available we can infer that Samsung is following suit with Panasonic and LG and reducing their plasma line by quite a bit. It does make sense, when you think about it, since even Samsung had too many models available last year. Keep a top of the line model for the enthusiasts (not three top of the line models with essentially the same PQ like in 2011 and 2012), and a value-packed budget line for those who don't really care about ultimate PQ.
I really love the design of this F8500, and I'm usually not one for Samsung's industrial design. It reminds me of a slimmed down and updated take on their old RPTV designs, and love even better that it appears that it's all black/charcoal. The real test will be how it performs. Samsung had a very strong showing in 2011 with their D series plasmas, and they kind of stagnated, even got worse in some ways, in 2012. It would seem Samsung's plasma line is an afterthought compared to their new focus on OLED and LED, so who knows how much work they put in 2013's line.
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