Samsung introduces Evolution Kit to upgrade smart TVs

3 Jan 2013

Samsung Evolution kit

There's nothing more annoying than having recently bought a new TV, then discovering that it's already obsolete as the replacement models are revealed.

We expect to see a rash of new models at CES 2013 next week, but if you bought a Samsung 7000, 8000 or 9000 smart TV in 2012, worry not. The Korean giant has just unveiled its Evolution Kit, designed to upgrade its 2012 sets to the spec of the forthcoming 2013 models.

By simply plugging the Evolution Kit into the back of the TV, owners can enjoy the benefits of the newest Samsung TVs.

These include hardware enhancements such as CPU, memory and GPU upgrades so users can get faster internet browing speeds, and multitasking capability for using apps while watching TV at the same time.

There are also improvements to Samsung's smart interaction features such as voice and motion control. The Smart Hub is also upgraded to the 2013 spec.

Robert King, vice-president of consumer electronics, Samsung UK and Ireland, says: "The Evolution Kit is a truly innovative concept that allows consumers to enjoy the latest features and services every year without having to purchase a brand-new TV."

We will be reporting live from the Samsung stand at CES 2013 in Las Vegas next week with details of all the company's new models. In the meantime, check out our dedicated CES 2013 blog for a sneak preview of what's in store at the biggest tech show on earth.

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Hi bazzy your answer is no only 7000 and 8000 

On the back of the tv should be a sticker saying evolution upgrade kit if not its will not work Wink

Will this Evolution Kit work with the Samsung PS-51E6500 2012 Plasma?

Not AFAIK Bazzy, no.

 think other brands should take note here - particularly Panasonic, within a year or less obsolescene is guaranteed, with support for older models software evaporating, no matter what problems and bugs they have!!!

VIERA Cast bit the dust, so my TV has no Smart functions or usable internet access,even the software update server can't be connected to! (Model Viera Z1);the Z1 firmware/tuner box has problematic picture processing with anomalous brightness flux occurring within darker scenes. Panasonic offer no remedy.

The upgrade idea would ensure customer's kit has a long life. It has long been the norm with computers to upgrade them. Replacing/updating the core processing and software can only be a good thing. Laughing out loud

It says in the article, 7000, 8000 and 9000 series tv's, so I would guess not, do you have a slot in the back of your tv designed for the evolution kit?


Will this Evolution Kit work with the Samsung PS-51E6500 2012 Plasma?