With Samsung offering 2160p resolution at the two most popular sizes of premium televisions, the only question is how much the new UHDTVs will cost. Sony has already set a precedent with under-$10,000 MSRPs for 55-inch and 65-inch units, so one can only hope that Samsung will follow suit.
One reason Samsung may feel comfortable charging a premium over Sony's near-4K offering is the upgradeability factor. The $299 Smart Evolution Kit allows for annual updates to Samsung's premium panels, insuring against rapid obsolescence. With 2160p UHDTVs, one of the main issues with first-generation sets is the inherently limited nature of the HDMI 1.4 spec. A new HDMI standard will support 2160p at frame rates above 30p, as well as other potential improvements in video quality. With the Smart Evolution Kit, Samsung UHDTVs may be the only ones that can keep up with these developments.
So far, the only information regarding the new Samsung UHDTVs is coming from a Korean-language press release that the media have been reading courtesy of Google translate. Hopefully, more information will come to light soon, including more product features and MSRPs. Stay tuned, the UHDTV revolution is here. Is Samsung's approach to obsolescence-proofing enough to convince early-adopting videophiles to take the UHDTV plunge?
Edited by imagic - 5/20/13 at 11:35am