On the high-end, Samsung is announcing the S27A950, a new 27-inch Series 9 LED-backlit LCD display featuring a 2560 x 1440p resolution, Plane Line Switching (PLS) technology (contrast with In-Plane Switching and Twisted Nematic LCDs), edge-to-edge anti-glare class, an adjustable aluminum stand with USB, DisplayPort, dual-link DVI and HDMI ports.
Plane Line Switching is a new display technology developed by Samsung, which bears similarities to IPS panels and touts improved viewing angles and image quality, increased brightness and lower production costs. The first PLS displays to be released were the Samsung S24A850 and Samsung S27A850 in September 2011. Nevertheless, Samsung expects to release more PLS-based displays over the course of 2012.
The display also features a 7-watt speaker and a new upcoming industry standard port called Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL,) which allows for a mobile smartphone or tablet to be connected while displaying 1080p video content and simultaneously charging the device.
The Samsung S27A970 27-inch display will be featured at CES 2012 next week and will retail for $1,199.