Via CNET comes the news that Samsung’s 55-inch UN55F9000 and 65-inch UN65F9000 4K “Ultra HD” TVs will begin shipping in early August for $5,499 and $7,499 — a serious chunk of change less than the company’s $39,999 85-inch monster, the S9.
Like their 1080p little brothers, the UN55F9000 and UN65F9000 will sport both Precision Black Local Dimming with Micro Dimming Ultimate, which should ensure a rocking picture. Both models also Samsung’s 2013 Smart TV platform, gesture controls, voice controls, and a touchpad remote.
Both the UN55F9000 and UN65F9000 also feature 70-watt, 2-way 2.2-channel speaker systems, for a serious upgrade over the typical flat panel TV sound, although, let’s face it: if you’re springing for a TV like this, one certainly hopes you have a proper surround sound system to accompany it.
Unlike Sony, Samsung hasn’t tried to address one big issue with 4K: lack of actual 4K content. Of course the F9000 will convert standard high-def sources for display on its 4K screen, via a fancy-sounding process. “The F9000 UHD TV utilizes Samsung’s proprietary Quadmatic Picture Engine, a four-step process including signal analysis, noise minimization, UHD up-scaling and detail enhancement to seamlessly upconvert SD, HD or Full HD content to UHD-level picture quality.” Other 4K TV makers, like Sony and LG, tout similar processing.