Samsung's 8K TVs are finally coming to Australia, and with a fancy pre-order bonus.
I am not on board with 8K. The TVs will be expensive, there’s zero content for them, and they’ll heavily rely on internal processors for upscaling that already struggle to upscale HD content properly to 4K. It seems smarter to work on HDR tech, which makes a more substantial improvement at this time than higher resolution. 8K feels less like new tech to be excited about, and more like flashy language someone in marketing is hoping will help a company sell a few more TVs. But during a closed-door briefing at CES last week, Sony attempted to make a case for why 8K should be the future of televisions, and it made some sense.
Anyone who pre-orders any 8K TV in the range will also score a shiny new Galaxy S10+.
Sadly, we won't be getting the mammoth 98-inch 8K anytime soon, but there will be three other models to choose from.
- 65-inch Q900 - $9,999
- 75-inch Q900 - $12,999
- 82-inch Q900 - $17,499
An 85-inch 8K was also shown off at IFA, but it doesn't seem to be coming to the Australian market.
Seeing as we're yet to see any 8K content in the wild - upscaling is the narrative that is being woven around 8K televisions in 2019.
Samsung's range contains upscaling that is powered by AI and utilised the 8K Quantum Processor to enhance the content to appear as 8K quality. This will apparently work across multiple sources, including streaming services, HDMI and USB.
With 4,000 nits of peak brightness, the range produces 4x more pixels than a 4K UHD TV and 16 times more pixels than a full HD TV.
HDR10+ and Ultra Bright III are also used to optimise the contrast and colour on the TVs, as well as minimise glare.
The new 8K range also comes with the classic features that have become synonymous with Samsung TVs over the past few years; SmartThings, Ambient Mode, One Remote and One Clear Cable.
Being first generation 8Ks, it's not surprising that they are that pricey. Throwing in a flagship handset is a smart play in terms of sweetening the expensive deal.
For anyone who is considering the offer, you'll be getting the entry-level S10+, which has 128GB of storage and an RRP of $1,499.
Pre-orders open today and will run until the release date of the new 8K range, which is April 1.