Samsung has announced further details of its new BD-P1000 Blu-ray disc (BD) player at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany.

The new device will let consumers take full advantage of high-definition displays, playing content at native 720p or 1080i video resolutions.

In addition, the BD-P1000 will offer full 1080p output via HDMI.

In a statement, the company said that it would start selling the player in the US in early Spring with a retail price of approximately $1,000. For European Customers, BD-P1000 will be available in the Autumn of this year with a retail price around £700.

“Samsung's Blu-ray player will be the first available to consumers, and we will continue to innovate with our introduction of a Blu-ray recorder later this year”, said President Geesung Choi of Samsung's Digital Media Business.

The BD player includes a high-definition multimedia interface output, an industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface on a single cable, allowing users to easily connect the Blu-ray player to their existing home televisions. It will also decode standard multi-channel audio.

The news comes days after Toshiba announced its first HD DVD player would be built into one of its laptops - the Qosimo G30 and be available next month.