A few weeks back, we reported that Panasonic appears to be poised to pull back on its production of plasma TVs. Take a deep breath. Plasma isn't dead yet. It's still the ruling technology when it comes to overall picture quality of consumer televisions. And 2013 may turn out to be a banner year for the technology.
Samsung is one of three major TV manufacturers still making plasma TVs (Panasonic and LG are the other two). The Korean company is sticking with the tech for 2013, with plans to release a total of 11 plasma TVs in sizes ranging from 43 to 64 inches.
Similar to the LED models, there are several noteworthy additions to this year's crop. First, is Samsung's newly redesigned Smart Hub web platform. The highlight of the upgrade is definitely the addition of five "dynamic menu panels," which are designed to help viewers manage, navigate or even search through all of the content that's currently available through one of these web-enabled TVs. Available on select 2013 TVs, those panels include an "On TV" section to navigate through for live programming, "Movies & TV Shows," "Music, Photos & Clips," "Social" for social media content, and "Smart TV Apps."
The F8500 Series is Samsung's flagship plasma for 2013, promising eight times the black levels of a standard LED.