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Samsung to launch 55 and 65 inch 4K LEDs in June

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May 20, 2013

Samsung has announced that 55- and 65-inch UHD TVs are to join its 85-inch 4K LED model (s...

Samsung has announced that 55- and 65-inch UHD TVs are to join its 85-inch 4K LED model (shown) in June

Samsung first unveiled its 4K UHD television line in the form of a massive 85-inch model at CES this year, but the company did promise that it would expand to both larger and smaller models. Now, the company has officially announced that it will be bringing 55- and 65-inch models to market in June.

Samsung did not reveal much about the smaller versions of its 4K TVs, but they will feature its Smart TV upgrade platform, which allows users to connect a "Samsung Evolution Kit" and refresh the device each year. Users should then be able to enjoy the latest features without having to purchase a new TV.

The company also says that the TV itself will be able to handle upscaling, so standard and high definition content should appear sharp.

Like many of Samsung's newer TVs, the 4K models will include what it calls "Micro Dimming Ultimate" technology. This technology analyzes the screen and optimizes the LED backlight and video signal in real time, which can lead to a 20 percent increase in brightness. To put it simply, it creates darker blacks and whiter whites.

The key piece of information missing was the cost of the smaller screens. The 85-inch model has a retail price of US$39,999. Of course, the smaller models will be cheaper, but will they fall below that coveted $10,000 price point that Sony managed to hit? That remains to be seen. Also unconfirmed is whether the new TVs will feature the "Timeless Gallery" frame of the 85-inch model.

Source: Samsung Korea via Engadget

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I like the swivel board design. Think this is more straightforward to manage and removes the need for a dedicated TV stand. The Xbox and/or PC to drive the monitor can sit comfortably underneath.

The only unknown is if it will support wireless everything. Or alternatively if the cabling will be run through one of the support legs so you don't have to plug into the back of the TV which would look very messy.

Nit picking, but in this price range aesthetics need to be king.

Also what is going to be the standard for 4k. I favor Thunderbird connector as it has the range and bandwidth. Hope it will not be some proprietary lump. Don't want another HDMI-Display port war.

Nairda
20th May, 2013 @ 05:56 pm PDT

My experience of Samsung "update" features, for both TVs and Phones, is that the promises never arrive, or if they do, arrive only 1 time, and then never again.

Why would any company waste time developing free improvements *after* they've made the sale? Samsung aren't stupid. If customers want "upgrades", customers must buy next model...

christopher
20th May, 2013 @ 06:26 pm PDT

@Nairda, HDMI 1.4 already handles 4K and is supported in many products including AV receivers. HDMI 2.0 will be the standard to handle 4K with high frame rates (HFR) e.g: 48,50, and 60 fps. Hopefully these TVs will have HDMI 2.0. Not because I intend on buying one when it comes out, but to help standardize a "future-proof" interface. Though it can only be as future-proof as any technology, as everything becomes obsolete at some point.

Chevypower
20th May, 2013 @ 08:51 pm PDT

Hi Chevypower,

HDMI 2.0 sounds like a good option. I only mentioned the Thunderbird because I know technologies and products merge. Fully expecting the TV to be the main home data center of the future, and as such needs to push more then just A/V.

Don't worry about technology becoming obsolete too quickly. HDMI was here 8 years ago and continues to be used with subsequent revisions

The humble PC blue D connector can still hold its own. Back in the day of 22" CAD fishbowl monitors, 2200 x 1600 resolution at 85 Hz was achievable over a 3m cable without interference if you had the cash. That is going on 10 years ago now, and LCD monitors with those resolutions are still not widely accepted.

I'll give 4k TVs 5 years before they are as commonplace as the 1080. Plenty of time for HDMI to spread to every living room.

Nairda
22nd May, 2013 @ 09:05 pm PDT

but where is the media content that supports this resolution?

Dekarate
23rd May, 2013 @ 05:53 am PDT
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