Later this spring Samsung will also offer 55- and 65-inch models in a lower-priced curved-screen HU87000 UHD series, but prices haven't yet been finalized. These sets are just 1.2 inches deep with ultrathin bezels, and they'll include LED backlights with software-based local dimming. Like the UH9000-series sets, the HU8700 models come with the One Connect box.
If curved screens aren't your thing, then Samsung’s HU8550-series UHD TVs may be your ticket. They're also less expensive. The first sets will arrive this month, with a 55-inch model priced at $3,000 and a 65-inch set for $4,000. A 50-inch TV ($2,500), 60-inch set ($3,500), and 75-inch model ($6,000) are slated to hit in May. Like the other Samsung UHD sets, HU8550-series models have Samsung's version of local dimming, as well as Samsung's smart TV platform with built-in Wi-Fi, quad-core processors, and access to a lot of online streaming services and apps.
As mentioned above, Samsung is offering a $300 UHD Video Pack,
In addition to the new UHD sets, Samsung is carrying over the S9 UHD series. That line, which features an eye-catching, easel-style "frame design" stand, includes an 85-inch model that sells for $40,000, plus a budget-crushing 110-inch version that sells for about $150,000. Both accept the One Connect box.
As usual, we're looking forward to getting some of the new Samsung UHD TVs into our labs for testing.
—James K. Willcox