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Major name brand 65-inch 4K TVs (also known as Ultra HDTV) with four times the resolution of HDTV were introduced just a few months ago at $7000. Prices have dropped quickly and now the name brand (Sony, LG, Samsung) 65-inch versions are selling in the $5000 to $6000 range. Chinese upstart Seiki Digital announced today it will begin shipping its 65-inch 4K model into the United States for $2999 msrp. We predict the “street price” will be around $2500. How do they do it? The details appear after the break.

While the name brand 65-inch 4K TVs (3840 x 2160 resolution) are top-of-the-line models with Internet video streaming, web browsers, and many also include voice control, gesture control, Skype cameras, 3D and virtually every TV feature know to man, the Seiki SE65UY04 is bare-bones with no Internet connectivity, very basic picture controls and no more. The main specification is edge-lit LED LCD panels with 120 Hz refresh rate, 3 HDMI (1.4) inputs, a USB input, one component video input, one composite video input, one 15-pin sub-D RGB input and a USB input for mp3 and JPEG photos. The SE65UY04 is built in China by parent company Tongfang Global.

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Unlike Samsung and Sony there is no Seiki announced upgrade path to the next generation HDMI 2.0 standard, limiting the SEUY04 to an input signal to a maximum frame rate to 30 frames per second (fps), while the Sonys and Samsungs will be able to accept future signals up to 60 fps through their respective upgrades.

The Seiki 65-inch UHDTV will be shipping in early December and will be available from Amazon direct. The SE65UY04 joins Seiki’s UHDTV 39-Inch ($699) and 50-Inch which  ($965.99) 4K models which are both available now. Read our review on the 50-inch version here.

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