CES 2008: Samsung's Duo HD BD-UP5500 player blends Blu-ray and HD DVD

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The dust hasn’t settled yet from the seismic HD format war developments on Thursday and Friday, and it won’t for a few days, with dozens of companies announcing new products in one, other or both Blu-ray and HD DVD. For example, Samsung just unveiled its new duo HD player, the BD-UP5500.

It plays both Blu-ray and HD DVD discs, with an HDMI 1.3 connection and touchscreen controls. It can handle both format’s interactive features too: BD-Java and HD DVD interactivity. There’s an Ethernet port to make it easier to download new firmware to keep the player updated, too.

It’s rocking the slimline look, being just 2.3 inches thick, and has the obligatory (for Samsung) piano-black finish. Don’t expect to get your hands on it until the second half of this year – UK pricing hasn’t been announced.

Samsung website

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Stuart Dredge