Samsung Announces 2014 Ultra HDTV Pricing and Availability
Samsung has officially announced availability and pricing for their 2014 Ultra HDTV lineup at a press conference held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The company will offer something for everyone, including both curved and flat versions of their Ultra HDTV’s and Full HDTV’s in a variety of screen sizes. The TV’s will start shipping in the United States and Europe at the end of this month through various retailers, with Amazon currently taking pre-orders for an April 6th ship date.
The company is a strong believer in the curved form factor, stating that it is more immersive, and reduces visual shifts in contrast and color at the outer edges of the screen. Further supporting their faith in Ultra HD, they have partnered with several Ultra HD content providers like 20th Century Fox, to bring 4K to your living room. Netflix will begin streaming Ultra HD in April, followed by Amazon, M-Go, Comcast and DirecTV later in the year (for the US). Furthermore, Samsung will offer a $299 UHD Video Pack hard drive, containing a number of pre-loaded 4K Ultra HD movies like Night at the Museum, The Counselor, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and World War Z. Even we at Ultra HDTV Magazine offer a variety of glorious Ultra HD content which is available for licensing.
The various new product series can become confusing, so we’ll break it down to make things easier:
Samsung Ultra HDTV’s
Samsung will offer four new Ultra HDTV Series in 2014, three of which will begin shipping at the end of this month. To refresh your memory, an Ultra HD television features a 3840×2160 resolution, which contains four times the number of pixels of mainstream Full HDTV’s.
The Ultra HDTV’s offered by Samsung will include support for HEVC, HDMI 2.0, MHL 3.0 and HDCP 2.2 — along with “Evolution Kit” support, which effectively future-proofs your TV by allowing a new hardware module to be installed once new technologies become available, protecting your investment from quickly becoming obsolete.
Samsung HU8550 Flat Ultra HDTV Series
The Samsung HU8550 Series features a flat screen, and will be available in 50-, 55-, 60-, 65-, and 75-inch models priced at $2,499.99, $2,999.99, $3,499.99, $3,999.99, and $5,999.99, respectively. The 55- and 65-inch models will be available at the end of March, with other sizes becoming available in May. Amazon is currently taking pre-orders for the HU8550 Series 55- and 65-inch models for an April 6th ship date.
The newly announced Samsung HU8700 Series is essentially the curved screen version of the HU8550 Series. The features are identical to the HU8550 Series, with the exception of the curved screen. You can also think of it as a limited version of the HU9000 Series. The HU8700 Series will be available in 55- and 65-inch models in late Spring, with prices to be announced at a later date.
Samsung HU9000 Curved Ultra HDTV Series
The Samsung HU9000 Series features a curved screen, and will come in 55-, 65-, and 78-inch models priced at $3,999.99, $4,999.99, and $7,999.99, respectively. The 55- and 65-inch models will be available at the end of March, and the 78-inch model is expected later this year. Notable enhancements over the HU8700 Series include a better processor (Quad-core plus), built-in camera, and superior clear motion rate. Amazon is currently taking pre-orders for the HU9000 Series 55- and 65-inch models for an April 6th ship date.
Last, but certainly not least, is the gigantic 105-inch curved Ultra HDTV that we saw at CES. According to Samsung, it will be available in the second half of 2014. No pricing or model number is available just yet.
Samsung Full HDTV’s
In addition to their Ultra HDTV lineup, Samsung will also be shipping two new Full HDTV Series this year, with many of the same features already mentioned.
Samsung H8000 Curved Full HDTV Series
The Samsung H8000 Series features a curved screen with Full HD resolution (1920×1080), and will be available this Spring in 55-, and 65-inch models for $2,499.99 and $3,399.99, respectively. A 48-inch model will be available in May for $1,999.99.
For the budget minded, Samsung introduces the H7150 Series flat screen Full HDTV, which will be available this Spring in 55-, 60-, 65-, and 75-inch models priced at $1,899.99, $2,199.99, $2,699.99 and $3,999.99, respectively. The series will cater to those who don’t wish to adopt Ultra HD just yet.
We applaud Samsung’s Ultra HDTV offerings, and welcome their Ultra High Definition innovations to the market. We look forward to seeing these TV’s reach the mainstream for viewers to see the magnificent clarity of Ultra HD for themselves.
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