Samsung’s 2014 TV Line: Big, Curved, Ultra High-Def
Let’s first get this out of the way: Samsung’s new TV lineup for 2014 doesn’t include any new OLEDs. (I know, right? But the 55-inch KN55S9C model the company released in 2013 will carry over into 2014.) And there’s no news about new plasmas, though they have confirmed plans to refresh the plasma line sometime this year. What does Samsung have in store? Lots of Ultra High-def and regular high def LCD TVs in screen sizes up to 110 inches, several of them curved, all of them Smart. Details after the break.
S9 Series Ultra HDTVs
Samsung’s flagship set in 2013 was its 85-inch S9 Series UHDTV. In 2014, that model will be joined by a 110-inch version (UN110S9), though the new set’s $150,000 price means that only 0.000001% of the population will be able to afford one (if even that). Like the model that preceded it, the new S9 Series set will have a full-array LED backlight with local dimming and float in a “Frame” stand when it comes out in Q1.
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U9000 Series UHDTV
Samsung’s high-end line of regular-scale UHDTVs for 2014 is the U9000 Series, which arrives in April in 55-, 65-, and 78-inch screen sizes. The U9000 TVs have curved screens (with a wall-mount option), Quad Core Plus processors and a quad-screen Multi-Link mode that lets them display four separate images at once. Keeping with the Quad theme, there’s also a Quadmatic Picture Engine for 4K upconversion of SD and HD programs. More important, they have Samsung’s Micro Dimming Ultimate feature, which provides hardware-based local dimming of the set’s edge-lit LED backlight, and come with the company’s external One Connect box to hook up sources. The One Connect’s HDMI 2.0 connections and HEVC decoding make it ready for all manner of Ultra HD video action (handling 4K signals with 60 Hz refresh rates, for example), but it can also be swapped out in the future with an updated, upgraded box.
U8550 Series UHDTV
If curved screens aren’t your thing, you may want to instead check out Samsung’s U8550 UHDTVs when they hit stores in April. This flat-screen line will be offered in 50-, 55-, 60-, 65-, 70- and 75-inch screen sizes and feature the One Connect box. Other features include Micro Dimming Pro, which provides software-based local dimming of the set’s edge-lit LED backlight, a quad core processor, Instant On (the set becomes fully operational in 1.8 seconds—lightning-fast for a Smart TV) and Multi-Link for split-screen viewing of regular programs and Web content.
H8000 Series HDTV
Now we get to Samsung’s regular LCD HDTV line, which will be headed up by the H8000 Series. Here are the stats: 48-, 55-, and 65-inch screen sizes; March availability. The H8000 Series has the same curved-screen design as the U9000 Series UHDTVs and can also be wall-mounted. Features include something called Auto Depth Enhancer (adjusts contrast on the fly for a sense of, you got it, enhanced depth on the curved screen), Micro Dimming Ultimate local dimming, a “real” 240 Hz refresh rate and a built-in Evolution Kit module. The H8000s also have a Quad Core Plus processor, Instant On and Multi-Link mode.
H7150 Series HDTV
Here’s what you need to know about Samsung’s H7150 Series HDTV lineup. The sets will be available in April in 46-, 55-, 60, 65- and 75-inch screen sizes. Features include Micro Dimming Pro, a “real” 240 Hz refresh rate, quad core processors, Instant On, and Multi-Link dual-screen display of video and Web content.
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