If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, surely he would add “sequels” to his old truism about death and taxes. Unsurprisingly, the most talked-about TV of the year — Seiki’s ultra-cheap 4K TV — is being followed up by a new 39-inch model set to debut at CE Week this week in New York, as well as a 65-inch model in the fall of this year.
The new 39-inch model (SE39UY04) features a resolution of 3,840-by-2,160, an input refresh rate of 120Hz for 1080p video and 30Hz for 4K signal. Perhaps most noteworthy, though, is the price: the new set will be available for order at the end of June for $699 MSRP.
The Seiki SE39UY04 will be available “through select online and brick-and-mortar authorized retailers,” with Sears getting first dibs, starting on Thursday, June 27.
From the press release:
“The first SEIKI 50-inch 4K model was the most talked about Ultra HDTV this year with its stunning picture quality and incredible price point,” said Frank Kendzora, executive vice president for SEIKI Brand. “With the introduction of the SEIKI 39-inch 4K model, SEIKI has made 4K Ultra HDTVs even more affordable and ideal for PC users wanting to experience next-generation 4K computing. SEIKI will continue to expand its 4K Ultra HDTV line in 2013 to help accelerate the adoption of 4K digital entertainment and make it accessible to every consumer in the U.S. market.”
Actually, I think the whole PC angle is probably the most interesting aspect of this release. Given that Seiki’s 50-inch model arguably performed best when fed a native 3,840-by-2,160 signal from a PC — and 50 inches might be a weensy bit too large a monitor for many PC users — I think the SE39UY04 might have some serious legs as a big, budget gaming screen, if only for the fact that you can brag to your buddies about having a 4K-capable rig.