This year at CES, many manufacturers announced Ultra HD flat panels that range from $12,000 up to +$130,000. Many who have read about this were surprised with the five digit prices especially considering that no 4k content has been made available to the public except for Sony. During CES, Westinghouse announced UHD flat panels for under $3995. This remained one of the least expensive UHD flat panels on the market announced at the show.
Starting March of this year, Chinese manufacturer Seiki will begin shipping their 50inch (SE50YU04) Ultra HD TV for $2000.
The 50inch flat panel sports a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, three HDMI inputs, one VGA Input, one component input, composite input as well as an analog/digital tuner. I noticed a USB input, but this seems to only serve as a service port. There has been no talk of 3D and of upscalling HD TO 4K either.
So how were they able to achieve such low prices? Seiki claims that by removing features that are unimportant to consumers such as SmartTV, they were able to bring down production costs. Another price factor was high production volume, which was also a huge factor to a lower cost.
We now have an Ultra HD TV at an affordable price for many but without features such as SmartTV and 3D. However, there is no doubt that Seiki has achieved a UHD display that is more in reach of today’s consumers. But one question remains, where is all the content?
Does the lack of features turn you off or make it an interesting prospect?
Seiki SE50YU04 Specification Sheet