Panasonic and Yamaha have already had their Cedia Blu-ray plans leak out, and we suspect the same may have just happened to Samsung. A new Samsung Blu-ray player, the BD-P2550, has appeared on Best Buy's Web site, and is apparently ready to ship for $500. Although the Best Buy listing is pretty light on information, we were also able to track down the manual (PDF link) for the BD-P2550 online, which reveals that the BD-P2550 will sport 7.1 analog outputs, Dolby TrueHD onboard decoding, a USB port, and an Ethernet port. It's not yet apparent whether the player is Profile 2.0 compliant, but the inclusion of both the USB port and the Ethernet port seem to indicate it will at least be Profile 2.0-ready, like the BD-P1500, which means it can gain access to BD-Live features after a firmware update sometime in the future.
Beyond the manual and the listing on Best Buy, images posted by a member of AVS Forums seem to confirm that the BD-P2550 will feature HQV video processing. We're usually pretty skeptical about branded step-up features like HQV, but we've seen excellent performance time and time again from players with HQV processing, so we expect it to be a significant feature if it's true. The old Samsung BD-P1200 also featured an HQV processor and although it's had its share of troubles, we always found it had excellent image quality on both Blu-ray Discs and DVDs.
We've contacted Samsung to find out more about the BD-P2550 and will update this entry as we receive more information.