On Tuesday at CES, Samsung unveiled a new lineup of SUHD TVs — that is, Ultra HD 4K resolution TVs with high dynamic range (HDR), enabled by improved Quantum dot technology.
The sets range in size and price from a 49-inch model priced at $1,500 to an 88-inch model that will list for $20,000.
With the ability to display 4K resolution (four times the resolution of HD), they are designed to additionally support HDR — meaning a wider range between the whitest whites and blackest blacks at a minimum of 1,000 nit (a measurement of brightness). The displays will have the newly unveiled UHD Alliance “Ultra HD Premium” logo for meeting the alliance’s quality parameters.
Samsung’s SUHD TV line also includes a KS9500 model with a “bezel-less” curved design. The entire lineup offers features such as console-less gaming and a new Internet of Things-supported hub technology, allowing the TV to act as the controller for the “smart home.”
The 26 SUHD TVs are among a total of 110 new displays that Samsung will unveil this week at CES. Roughly 64 percent of these models have UHD capabilities.
Samsung also presented its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the UBD-K8500, which offers 4K Ultra HD resolution and is HDR-compatible. It’s available for pre-order now and for purchase in March.
On the content side of the equation, Samsung emphasized that Fox and Warner Bros. are already planning to release movies in 4K with HDR for its Ultra HD Blu-Ray player and TVs. For Fox, this includes bringing more than 100 titles to market this year, including The Martian, The Peanuts Movie and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
“I think CES will be the kickoff for content,” Fox Home Entertainment president Mike Dunn told The Hollywood Reporter. “Early indications suggest 4K TV with HDR will be as successful as HD sets. I think by Q4, it will not only be on high-end TVs, but mainstream TVs. I think HDR will be a core feature by year’s end.”