(August 10, 2010) Tomorrow Samsung will hold a press conference to announce its new 50″ 3D ready HDTV plasma. It is available today for preorder for [amazonify]B003XDU6EQ::text::::$989 with free shipping from Amazon[/amazonify]. This HDTV represents a 3D price breakthrough that’s over $400 less than the current entry model 3D flat panel, the [amazonify]B0036WT3SE::text:::: 40″Samsung LN40C750 LCD[/amazonify].

The new Samsung [amazonify]B003XDU6EQ::text::::PN50C490[/amazonify] is a 50″ plasma with 720p resolution (1365 x 768p), ideal for a viewing distance of 9 to 10 feet, (a typical range for most living rooms) Here’s a link to our viewing distance chart.

HD Guru is testing Samsung’s top of the line [amazonify]B0036WT41U::text::::3D plasma TV[/amazonify] (for a review to be published soon). Preliminary results reveals its 3D performance exceeds Samsung’s 8000 series LED model. It produces fine 2D HDTV images as well. The specs for the Samsung PN50C490 are listed below.

Screen size: 50″ class (49.9″ diagonal) plasma panel / HD 1366 x 768p resolution

Aspect ratio: Widescreen 16:9

Progressive features: E³ Panel technology, including 600Hz sub-field motion

Best video inputs: 3 HDMI v1.4 in (3D capable)

Other inputs: 1 USB port / 2 component video + L/R audio / 1 composite-vid (shared) / 1 PC (RGB) + PC audio / 1 RF

Audio enhancements: SRS TruSurround HD

Built-in speakers: 10W x 2

Mounting options: Table stand included / VESA 400mm x 400mm wall-mount compatible

Remote control: Included

E³ Panel technology: 600Hz subfield motion / 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio / 0.001ms response time

USB support: ConnectShare Movie fast connection to digital cameras and thumbdrives

Outputs: 1 digital optical audio output

Tuners: ATSC / NTSC / QAM

ENERGY STAR qualified

BD Wise

Clear Image panel

Touch of Color Bezel with black-to-gray gradation

3D active-shutter glasses sold separately

Dimensions: 47.3″ W x 28.4″ H x 2.7″ D, without stand / 47.3″ W x 31.0″ H x 11.2″ D, with stand

Weight: 51.8 lbs, without stand / 56.2 lbs, with stand

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