Cheaper is Still Good: Samsung 3D HDTV for under $1,000?

July 22, 2010 by  

Looks like Samsung’s 3D Blu-ray players aren’t the only ones coming in less expensive versions, as it’s announced plans for a new 680 Series and 490 Series plasma HDTVs, and these could signal a change or shift in the 3D pricing strategy, long considered a lot more expensive than comparable 2D units.

Both were displayed in Korea yesterday, though the US website only features a page for only the 50-inch PN50C680 up until now, boasting its 1080p specs and DLNA access for users to drool over. You will give up a few features typical of higher end plasmas, which add picture-in-picture, a higher contrast ratio and slimmer design to the feature list.

The PN50C490′s setup isn’t as clear, but popular HDTV blog FlatpanelsHD reports it will be the very first 720p 3DTV of this generation. With current series 4 plasmas selling for around $700 or so, it could also be the first flat 3D set to crack the $1,000 barrier at a estimated MSRP of  $1,099, meaning many vendors will sell them under that, more than likely — if the 720p doesn’t bother you (may not at these price points).

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