Pre-orders begin June 1st for Samsung's cheapest 4K models.
4K UHD TV prices continue to tumble. Earlier this year Samsung introduced its first Ultra HD set, the 85 inch S9, which came with a $40,000+ price point. Now Samsung follows up with a pair of F9000 models in both 65 and 55 inch models.
The models will be available first in Korea, and the pricing is considerable more accessible than the S9. The 65F9000 is being priced at close to $8,000 while the 55F9000 is priced at roughly to $5,700.
Both sets include Samsung upscaling technology, a must at this stage of the new format. More intriguingly though is the inclusion of a voucher for free 2014 upgrade kit. That upgrade possibility leaves the door open for these sets to be better than HDMI 1.4 capable and eventually being part of what must be the newer standard necessary to get higher frame rate 4K content. That outside hope may be just enough to get some potential early adopters onboard.
The new models are also a bit more traditional in design when compared with the 85 inch S9 and its easel-like frame. With both Sony and Samsung positioning sub $10K UHD TV sets, the new format seems well on its way towards accessibility. Ultimately, combining affordable sets with just about any kind of semi practical UHD content delivery method seems to be the foregone conclusion expected by many.
Author: Brian Hoss