CES 2013: Samsung Evolution Kit Upgrades Existing Smart TVs To This Year's Models

By Alexandra Burlacu email: a.burlacu@mobilenapps.com | Jan 04, 2013 11:39 PM EST

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Samsung has been teasing its new Evolution Kit for a while now and the company will show it off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013.

This Evolution Kit is designed to bring all of the features of Samsung's new Smart TV line-up to existing 2012 models. In other words, users will be able to plug the gadget into the back of a 2012 Samsung Smart TV model and effectively turn it into a 2013 model.

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Moreover, Samsung's new Evolution Kit comes with CPU and graphics upgrades, which means it should boost the performance of apps, web browsing, and other tasks.

"The Evolution Kit, which has been introduced for the first time at CES 2012, is an innovative concept that enables Samsung 2012 Smart TV to evolve into Samsung's new 2013 Smart TVs. By simply attaching the Evolution Kit device into the back of a Samsung Smart TV, consumers can enjoy the latest features that the 2013 Smart TVs have to offer," touted Samsung. "With hardware enhancements, such as CPU, memory and GPU up to the level of the latest Smart TV, users can enjoy faster speeds for browsing the Internet and multitask by using apps while watching TV."

If the functionality of this Evolution Kit sounds somewhat familiar, it's because it sounds very similar to the slew of Android TV sticks making their way from China over the past year. The kit is basically a small box that allows users to run apps on their TVs.

While Samsung's Smart TVs already offer users the ability to run apps, the Evolution Kit will make them run faster. In other words, instead of paying extra for a new Smart TV that would last a year or two before becoming outdated, consumers could just buy a TV stick and enjoy all the newest functionality.

Samsung will be showing off its new Evolution Kit at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013, which takes place from Jan. 8 to 11 in Las Vegas. The company has not revealed any pricing details or exact launch date for the Evolution Kit so far, but is expected to do so at CES.

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