Chinese OEM Seiki (“SAY-key”) officially priced its 50-inch 4K Ultra HD TV (SE50UY04) at a game changing $1,500. With the next cheapest Ultra HDTV starting at roughly $15,000, Seiki is the first brand to make Ultra High Definition technology affordable to consumers — and you can buy it right now at Amazon.
The low price prompted significant doubt and suspicion surrounding the unfamiliar brand name — perhaps cheap price = cheap quality? How can a cutting-edge technology be produced and sold so cheap?
One reason that the display is cheaper than its competitors, is the lack of fancy extras included with mainstream brands — like voice recognition. What the SE50UY04 does offer is 3840 x 2160 resolution, three HDMI 1.4B ports (capable of transferring 4K data at 30Hz), 120Hz refresh rate, and a simple remote control. Also included with Seiki’s 49 lb Ultra HDTV is a one-year, no-questions-asked warranty. The company plans to offer a 65-inch model this Summer.
Clearly they’re stepping on some toes over at Sony, Sharp, LG, Samsung, and others. Call me crazy, but I don’t think Westinghouse will sell too many of their $300,000 Ultra HDTV’s while Seiki is around.
We look forward to conducting a full review on this Ultra HDTV just as soon as we can get our hands on one.