Samsung’s latest and greatest ultra-HD television will cost you big bucks — but it’s also got a healthy selection of affordable options among its latest round of UHD TV sets. The JS9000 SUHD TV (the “S” denotes its premium UHD range), effectively the Korean electronics giants’ crown jewel for 2015, starts at R45 000.
It sports a curved screen with nanocrystal technology (something that appears in all of its SUHD sets), a full array local dimming backlight (which helps with contrast and black levels) and the company’s “PurColor” technology, which delivers more vivid colors. You’ll be able to snag the JS9000 in 45-inch (R45 000) and 65-inch (R70 000 sizes while more elite, JS9500 comes in 78-inch (R150 000) and 88-inch (R250 000) sizes. And if you’re looking for the cheapest option, last years JU6700 curved UHD starts at just R19 000) for the 40-inch entry.
While Samsung’s 4K pricing is pretty much on-par with last year’s high-end sets, which went for around R60 000 for 65-inch entries, it’s nice to see a variety of options at the lower end of the spectrum. There’s also more of a reason to snag a 4K set this year, with a wider availability of UHD content coming from Netflix, Amazon, and others (given you know how or have a way to bypass this). Samsung’s also a founding member of the UHD Alliance, which is focused on building up the 4K ecosystem. On the software side, all of the company’s 2015 Smart TVs are running its Tizen OS, which powers a snappier user interface alongside its octa-core processors.