LAS VEGAS—Samsung unveiled several new high-end HDTVs at CES 2013, including two screens that use some of the most advanced flat panel technology currently available. That includes an 85-inch 4K HDTV and a 55-inch OLED HDTV, both of which are among the first and largest of their kind.
The UN85S9000 is an 85-inch ultra high-definition (UHD) HDTV, and according to Samsung the world's largest. It has 4K resolution (approximately 4,000 pixels wide), with four times the pixels as a 1080p HDTV. It uses a 1.35-GHz A15 quad-core processor to handle various functions like upconverting video to 4K resolution, accepting voice commands with its built-in microphone and Samsung's Voice Interaction, and navigating content through Samsung's redesigned Smart Hub. It also features a 3.2-channel, 120-watt speaker system built into its frame, which is significantly more powerful than the 10- and 20-watt systems normally seen on HDTVs. Samsung has not announced pricing or availability for the UN85S9000, but will be showing it off on the show floor at CES.
The 55-inch KN55F9500 is Samsung's new OLED HDTV, and one of the first in that size. The screen uses organic LED technology, like LG's previously announced 55EM9700 OLED HDTV, which both companies separately claim offer superior color accuracy and contrast ratios to conventional LED HDTVs. Samsung's version is a 3D HDTV and the first to offer Samsung's Multi-View feature, which lets two different viewers watch two different content sources on the HDTV using active shutter glasses with stereo earphones. It also includes Voice Interaction, Smart Hub, and other conntected features seen on the UN85S9000. It does not yet have official pricing or availability.
If you're more interested in HDTVs that will be available within the next few months, the Samsung UN60F8000 and UN60F7500 LED HDTVs and PN64F8500 plasma HDTV will ship during the first half of this year. All three HDTVs use the same 1.35-GHz quad-core A15 processor found in the 4K and OLED HDTVs, and offer the same connected features like Samsung's Smart Hub and Voice Interaction. Pricing has not yet been announced, but the HDTVs are expected to retail for approximately the same as comprarable models from last year, like the UN55ES8000F.
There still isn't a source of 4K media through retail channels yet, but Samsung is preparing for it with the BD-F7500, a Blu-ray player that can play back ultra high-definition video. The BD-F7500 stands as Samsung's new high-end Blu-ray player, with features like 7.1-channel analog audio out for integration into home theater systems. Samsung has not announced pricing for the BD-F7500, but it's expected to ship in the first half of 2013.