Want Samsung’s 85-inch Ultra HD TV? Check your pockets for $38k in change

Jan 14, 2013
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Samsung has thrown its 85-inch S9000 Ultra HD television up for pre-order in Korea, though you'll need deep pockets as well as a big living room in order to snap up the expensive next-gen-tech set. The first sets will be priced at a whopping 40 million Korean won - or around $37,867 - though Samsung will only be offering 77 units initially, to commemorate its seventh consecutive year as the number one TV sales performer worldwide.

Your money gets you a 3840 x 2160 LED backlit panel in a distinctive "easel" frame, which has 120W of speaker power integrated into the surrounding bar. Samsung will also have 95- and 110-inch versions for sale later in the year, though is yet to announce any pricing for the larger models.

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Still, before you whip out your wallet, it's worth remembering that there isn't much to actually watch on your new Ultra HD behemoth. Even Samsung concedes that it'll be 3-5 years before the technology gets anywhere near the mainstream, with upscaled 1080p content having to suffice until then.

Samsung S9000 Ultra HD eyes-on:

Despite the shortages of things to watch, we can see the S9000 becoming a popular item buy among those claiming cachet by their outlandish purchases, and as a halo product in Samsung's TV range it certainly is eye-catching. For the rest of us, we'll probable have to wait until Ultra HD sets become a little more conservative before jumping on the resolution bandwagon.


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