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Cheapest Samsung 3D TV costs AED 10,000

New TVs to go on sale in the United Arab Emirates early next month

Samsung warns that watching TV while wearing 3D Active Glasses for a long time may cause headaches.
Samsung warns that watching TV while wearing 3D Active Glasses for a long time may cause headaches.
Samsung's line of 3D televisions include the  8000, 7000 and 6000 LED series.
Samsung's line of 3D televisions include the 8000, 7000 and 6000 LED series.

Samsung's new 3D TVs will be available in stores across the United Arab Emirates before mid-May with prices ranging from AED 10,000 to AED 25,000.

One of the defining features of Samsung's new LED-backlit 3D televisions include the ability to convert traditional 2D content to 3D in real time. Aside from just watching TV programmes and movies, Samsung's Internet@TV feature sees preferred content brought directly to your 3D TV, allowing users to stay connected to social networking applications, multimedia, news and entertainment through dedicated widgets.

The TVs include Samsung's 3D HyperReal Engine, which delivers the right 3D image quality, and a Clear Motion Rate (CMR) benchmark for measuring resolution in a moving scene.  For example, the new 3D C8000 LED TV features 800 CMR, which is equivalent to 800 frames per second.

The Samsung MEA website calls the LED line-up a ‘new dimension in TV', promoting the concept using several teaser videos and a countdown timer indicating that all will be revealed on May 2nd. Local spokespeople for the company have declined to confirm whether May 2nd is meant to signify the date when the products will be available across the Middle East, but add that the 3D TVs will ‘definitely' be in stores in the UAE before mid-May with prices starting from AED 10,000.

But it's not all good news - Samsung has also put out a detailed notice warning against unfavourable side effects of watching 3D TVs for prolonged periods.

"Viewing in 3D mode may also cause motion sickness, perceptual after effects, disorientation, eye strain, and decreased postural stability. It is recommended that users take frequent breaks to lessen the likelihood of these effects," the notice reads.

"Watching TV while wearing 3D Active Glasses for an extended period of time may cause headaches or fatigue," it adds.

Samsung hopes to sell two million 3D televisions in 2010, which senior VP of Samsung's visual display sales and marketing team Kim Yang-kyu thought was ‘conservative target'.