The Series 8 LCD line of televisions from Samsung is part of their fall 2008 refresh and expands the overall line-up on the high end with a 1080p native resolution and 120Hz. The Series 8 line are essentially the Series 7 tvs in a much thinner cabinet. This means the Series 8 contain all the premium features such as ethernet connectivity for accessing digital media on your home network, and WiseLink Pro USB port for playing the same digital media from a USB storage device. Some panel improvements have been made over the 7 series, most notably is the higher dynamic contrast ratio and Wide Color Enhancer 2. The step up on the 8 Series is the 9 series which features an LED backlighting system.
- 1080p native resolution
- 50,000:1 contrast ratio
- Auto Motion Plus 120Hz
- 4ms response time
- Ultra Clear Panel
- Wide Color Enhancer 2
- DNIe Pro
- WiseLink Pro USB port for accessing digital media
- Ethernet port for RSS, news, weather and stocks and digital media
- Two 10 watt speakers
- 1GB internal flash memory
- Inputs: HDMI x 4, Component x 2, Composite x 1, S-Video x 1, VGA x 1, Ethernet x 1, USB x 1
DLNA Support - Stream video, image, and music content over your home network. The TV has support for a wide variety of CODECs including DivX and XVid, and can support hi-def resolutions.
USB Port - The USB port lets you connect storage devices such as portable hard drives, or thumb drives and access the content within. Details aren't currently available but most like the TV can read content stores on devices that act as a USB Mass Storage (UMS) device.
1GB of Internal Memory - It's unknown whether or not you will be able to overwrite the content stored on this internal memory. Samsung reports that it will come preloaded with "premium" content such as HD art, recipes and children's stories.
"Touch of Color" - in a break away from the traditional black or really black choices that most televisions offer Samsung is introducing a little bit of color to these sets. During the manufacturing process the bevel has some color applied to it, with auburn being the initial option and more colors expected over time.
Ethernet port - the included ethernet port will allow you to access RSS feeds and other real time content to display sports information, news, stocks and weather. It's currently unknown whether other forms of content such as full Internet access will be available in the future.
4 HDMI ports - the lower level series feature 3 HDMI ports, with the high-end models adding an extra HDMI port for more expandability. All HDMI ports are version 1.3.
Anti-glare screen - first introduced in the Samsung's 71F series of television released in 2007, Samsung claims they have improved the glossy anti-glare screen to reduce glare and reduce reflections.
The 860 series has a blue tinted bezel and has two USB ports instead of one, and an 18-month warranty vs. 12 months for the 850 series.