A large number of people may have declared 8K TVs a bit of an overkill when it comes to their requirements at this point, but that hasn’t stopped Samsung from getting its first lineup ready for pre-orders already.
The company is putting its 85-inch 8K TV for pre-order, and it costs exactly what you’d expect: $15,000. The 8K TV launched by the South Korean giant is being offered as part of Samsung’s QLED TV lineup.
For sure, there are other 82″, 75″ and 65″ 8K TV options, some of whom will likely take the price to below $10,000. However, if you have what it takes to invest in an 8K TV lineup right now, the new 85″ Q900R is the only option available to you.
While the biggest concern for 8K TV buyers today will undoubtedly be the lack of supported content, Samsung says that its TVs can let you get around that issue through its “8K AI Upscaling” technology. This tech can upscale regular video content into 8K, using Samsung’s new Quantum Processor 8K. However, with no 8K-capable channels to watch yet, it will be some time before it is ready for prime time.
Also, the TV supports Ambient Mode, which allows your TV to blend into the wall behind it by displaying a pattern when not in use. It can also act as a hub for your smart home.
Finally, the TVs are replete with all the modern features you’d expect from similar products. There’s Direct Full Array, which better dissipates brightness by targeting each individual pixel as the need arises.
Further, the TV uses just a single HDMI 2.1 cable for both data and power, which shows how far the standard has come in terms of sophistication.
4K TV prices have seemingly become affordable recently, which makes the technology much more accessible to the average Joe. It may be a while before 8K gets to that point, though.