If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the latest and greatest in LED TV tech, Samsung will have you covered in just a few weeks. At CES 2013, Samsung revealed that their new line-up of 4K LED TVs will be available in massive sizes, going from 55 inches to 65 and even an 85 inch version.
The two comparatively smaller sets (the 55 inch and 65 inch) are set to hit store shelves this June but no word has been released on when the largest of the new televisions will start to appear on the market.
When Samsung made the announcement regarding the new 4K UHD sets, they stated that all of the units will be upgraded to support the Samsung Smart TV platform. With this upgrade users will be able to connect the proprietary Samsung Evolution Kit, complete with yearly upgrades, so you can take advantage of the Smart TV features and not have to worry about paying for an upgrade every single year.
If you’re not familiar with the purpose of a 4K LED TV set, let’s run down a little background information on what you’ll be able to expect with this new line of products.
As you know, most high-definition TV sets on the market today run on a resolution of 1080p (1920 by 1080 pixels). With 4K LED TV technology, though, you will be able to experience sharper definition than anything you’ve ever seen before—these televisions pack four times as much resolution as standard 1080p sets. They will either be available with resolutions of 3840 by 2160 pixels or 4096 by 2160 pixels.
Previously we had 720p high-def sets, and then it moved to 1080p. You could think of 4K LED televisions—“ultra HD” as some brand it—as 2160p.
While most broadcast streams and videos aren’t going to be available in versions higher than 1080p initially, Samsung has added new software to their 4K sets that will allow upscaling of standard 1080p content into new 4K format so images appear richer and sharper than ever. To ensure peak lighting (meaning blacks that are actually black and whites that are actually white), the LED TV you purchase will come with Micro Dimming technology. This will analyze the image appearing on the screen in real time and adjust brightness when necessary.
While the pricing for the smaller LED TV units has not been released yet, Samsung let everyone know the 85 inch version will cost more than a new car—to get 85 inches of 4K clarity, you’ll need to shell out $39,999.