Samsung confirms release date & price for UK’s first 8K TV
Samsung has announced that its flagship 8K HDR QLED TV line, the Q900R (Q900FN in the US), will be available for pre-order in the UK from tomorrow (3 October, 2018) onwards, ahead of its official release.
After making a much-talked about debuts in Europe (IFA 2018) and across the pond (CEDIA 2018) this summer, Samsung is gearing up to bring up its first 8K TV to market.
Although Samsung’s 65-in option (and sister 75-in model) will be available in European and Asian markets, it is expected that only the 85-in model of the 8K QLED will be available in the US market.
The Korean manufacturer is keen to stress that it believes that the Q900R/Q900FN “is the most advanced TV on the market and is set to change the way we view content in our homes forever” (naturally).
HiddenWires checked out both a 75- and 85-in QLED model in San Diego at CEDIA last month, and although some viewers complained that they looked too bright (4,000 nits) and about a lack of native content, the most impressive feature has to be Samsung’s inhouse AI engine. This engine is on hand to not just upscale low quality content to offer a better viewing experience, but also constantly take in new data to improve as wider range of content as possible for TV owners.
In addition to 7680x4320 pixel resolution and claims it can hit “100% colour volume” of the DCI-P3 colour space, ‘Ambient’ mode (allowing the TV to match its surroundings) and voice control are also the spec sheet.
Samsung’s Q900R 8K QLED will be shipping from Wednesday, 17 October 2018 onwards in the UK, priced at £4,999.99 (that’s around $6,500 for those outside the UK). Elsewhere in Europe, the TV is widely expected to priced at €5,000 (and €7,000 and €15,000 for larger models).
Samsung QLED 8K TV range will be on show at next week's AWE October expo event in the UK.