Remember all of those fancy Samsung SUHD TVs we saw at CES? Samsung’s finally getting ready to sell them, and boy are they going to cost you. They’ve got five lines of SUHD TVs in various sizes, with prices starting at $1,500 and going all the way up to — brace yourself — $20,000.
The SUHD TVs coming to market are the highest-end KS9800 SUHD TV, the nearly bezel-less KS9500 Curved SUHD TV that was one of the darlings of CES this year, the KS9000 SUHD Flat TV, the KS8500 Curved SUHD TV, and the KS8000 SUHD Flat TV. The KS9500 and KS9000 are identical inside, with the only difference being the curved screen — same goes for the KS8500 and KS8000. That means we have three tiers of televisions here — the main difference between them is a gradual increase in the sophistication of the LED backlighting tech and local dimming. In other words, as you move up in price, the televisions become better and better at dimming or brightening more precise parts of the picture to best take advantage of HDR (high dynamic range) video.
Those televisions will all be coming with the redesigned, simplified Smart Hub interface that Samsung also detailed at CES, which includes SmartThings IoT control with the use of an included dongle. That new interface will allow for content from devices connected to the TV (like cable boxes and video game consoles) to be easily accessible from the home screen or using the remote, and will include suggestions from those third party devices.
Samsung has also been pushing the HDR features of their new televisions — the expanded range of color and brightness made possible by the Quantum Dot/nano-crystal display technology they’ve been using, which allows for both deeper blacks and brighter whites and colors. While there is some level of upscaling possible, there’s still the problem of relatively little 4k content being available, to say nothing of HDR 4k content. What’s there can be found in Ultra HD Blu-ray movies, which can be played on Samsung’s K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player.
All of Samsung’s new SUHD televisions will be made available between now and June. The KS9800 series will include a 78″ television shipping in May for $10,000 and 65″ and 88″ televisions shipping in June for $4,500 and $20,000, respectively. The KS9500 series is on sale now in 55″ and 65″ models for $2,500 and $3,700, with a 78″ model coming in May for $8,000. The KS9000 is on sale now in 55″ and 65″ models for $2,300 and $3,500, with a 75″ model coming in early June for $6,500. The KS8500 series is available now in 55″ and 65″ models for $2,000 and $3,000, with a smaller 49″ model coming in May for $1,700. The KS8000 series is available now in 55″ and 65″ models for $1,800 and $2,800, followed by 49″ and 60″ models in May for $1,500 and $2,300.