Samsung prices its 2014 TV lineup, Ultra HD models dip as low as $2,500

samsung prices dates extensive premium tv lineup goes uhd curved ud

Samsung detailed its plans for its 2014 TV lineup earlier this year at CES 2014, but the company has kept pricing and availability details tightly under wraps until now. At a home-entertainment exhibition held today at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Samsung set its biggest, brightest and curviest televisions on display among the likes of some of the world’s greatest art. The list of models, availability dates and pricing is extensive this year, so we’ve broken it all down below.

Curved Ultra HD (UHD) Televisions

All of Samsung’s UHD televisions this year support the latest standards, including  HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, MHL 3.0, and  HEVC (H.265) video-file decoding. In addition, Samsung says all of the sets in its UHD line will be powered by the company’s “One Connect” box, which houses the television’s inputs, outputs and “brains,” if you will, inside a set-top box rather than in the TV itself. This allows the displays to be a little thinner, but more notably, this approach turns the display into a dumb panel, allowing the TV to be upgraded in the future by swapping out the One Connect box. Samsung refers to this as a UHD evolution kit.

Headlining Samsung’s aggressive push into curved UHD displays is its absolutely monstrous 105-inch TV. The display stands out from the rest not only due to its size, but also because of its cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio and resulting 11 million pixels. Its important to note that with such a wide screen shape, the normal 16:9 HD content we watch on a daily basis will be displayed with black bars on the right and left sides, though the enhanced width will look fantastic for movies shot in wider formats. Samsung hasn’t yet disclosed the pricing on this monster just yet, but we’re expecting the number will be as massive as the TV and will update this article as soon as we know more. 

U9000 Curved UHD TV

Samsung Curved UHD(U9000) FrontWhile the 105-inch model may be the big daddy of the bunch, the U9000 series is, for all practical purposes, the real flagship line for Samsung this year. Expect 55-, 65- and 75-inch models – all curved – this year, priced at $4,000, $5,000, and $8,000 respectively. As the top-tier series, the U9000 series will pack Samsung’s best processing, including a new proprietary “Auto Depth Enhancer,” which adjusts contrast in specific ares in an effort to impart a deeper, 3-D-like feel without out the complication of glasses or any of the drawbacks of conventional 3-D processing. The series also features Samsung’s best brightness enhancements. All of the TVs will be wall-mountable using conventional VESA standard hardware. 

U8700 Curved UHD TV

Just a small step down from the top of the line, this series will offer just two sizes. Expect a 55-inch and 65-inch model, but you’ll need to wait on pricing as Samsung is still figuring that out, apparently. We’ll update this section as soon as Samsung makes up its mind. We do know that this series will offer local dimming, and this series’ bezels and profiles are ultra thin – 7 mm for the bezel and 1.2 inches thick. Looking at the line, you’d never know it wasn’t Samsung’s top-tier series.

U8550 Flat UHD TV

Samsung Flat UHD(U8550) frontIf you want a flat UHD TV, you’ll eventually have five sizes to choose from. Samsung is releasing a 55-inch flat model for $3,000 and a 65 incher for $4,000 later this month, then plans to follow up with $2,500 50-inch, $3,500 60-inch and $6,000 75-inch options in May. These models will offer a slightly less elaborate local-dimming technology for better contrast and black levels, but its still local dimming, and that’s a good thing. We’re excited to see edge lighting, which can cause brightness uniformity problems, used less and less. 

Samsung’s 1080p TV line

The biggest evidence that Samsung has bought fully into Ultra HD TV tech is its significantly slimmed down premium 1080p TV lineup. This year, there are two premium series of 1080p LED television, and one of them is curved. Here are the details:

H8000 Curved 1080p LED

Surprise! Samsung’s best 1080p TV is also a curved TV. The series will launch “this spring” with a 55- and 65-inch model available for $2,500 and $3,400, respectively, placing them dangerously close to their flat UHD counterparts in terms of price. In may, Samsung will follow up with a 48-inch model, priced at $2,000.

H7150 Flat 1080p LED

This will be Samsung’s best flat LED TV series for the year. The company plans a Springtime roll-out of four models, including a 55-inch model for $1,900, a 60-incher for $2,200, 65-inch option for $2,700 and 75-inch TV for $4,000. This series will boast all of Samsung’s best processing and backlighting technology, as well as a quad-core processor for snappy navigation and Smart TV access. Samsung also says users will be able to stream content on the TV directly to their mobile devices. We’ll get more information on that feature later today and report back.

That’s it for Samsung’s top-tier TV lineup. What do you think of the options and pricing for 2014? Leave your comments below, and visit back soon for a close look and video coverage of today’s event.


Walmart Presidents’ Day sale: Instant Pot, Google Home, and 4K TV deals

Presidents' Day weekend is one of the best times of the year to find deep discounts on 4K TVs, laptops, Instant Pots, clothes, mattresses, and furniture. And Walmart is offering deals on all of those things and more.
Home Theater

If you've got questions about Ultra HD Blu-ray, we've got answers

Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and players are a killer way to beef up your home theater. Here's everything you need to know about one of the most significant advances to hit home entertainment in years.

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs. S10 Plus vs. S10e vs. S10 5G: Which should you buy?

With four stunning Galaxy S10 phones to choose from, Samsung is bombarding us with choice, but which one should you buy? We compare the S10, S10 Plus, S10e, and S10 5G in various categories to find out exactly how they differ.

Take a gander at the best deals on 4K TVs for February 2019

There's no doubt that a good 4K smart TV is the best way to take your home entertainment setup to the next level to enjoy all your favorite shows, movies, and games in glorious Ultra HD. We've got the best 4K TV deals right here.
Home Theater

What’s new on Amazon Prime Video (March 2019)

Amazon Prime Video adds new titles each month that are available for free to all Prime members. Check out our list to find all the content hitting Amazon Prime Video in February and March, from new original series to classic films.
Home Theater

What’s new on Netflix and what’s leaving in March 2019

Our complete list of what's new on Netflix for March 2019 and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on your bingeing, and also ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the streaming ether.
Product Review

These are the affordable noise-canceling headphones you’ve dreamed about

The TaoTronics TT-BH060 are a value-packed pair of wireless noise-canceling headphones that offer solid sound, exceptional battery life at a great price, making them one of the most compelling pairs out there.
Home Theater

Make the most out of your new Apple TV with these must-have apps

If you're looking to turn your fourth-generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K into an all-in-one entertainment powerhouse, we can help you get started with this list of the best Apple TV apps you can download.
Home Theater

Reasons not to mount a TV over your fireplace (and other helpful tips)

Mounting a TV above your fireplace may be popular and it might even seem appealing, but we have some concerns. We've got a list of reasons why placing your digital picture machine over a fire should be avoided, if at all possible.
Product Review

Sleek and expensive, the Apple TV 4K will still delight the Apple faithful

Is Apple’s latest streaming set-top box a revolution, or too little too late? Find out in our Apple TV 4K review, and learn how this device wins in some big categories, but falters in others.
Home Theater

Charter’s Spectrum TV Essentials offers 60 live TV channels for $15 a month

Charter Communication's Spectrum TV Essentials is a package of 60 live TV channels for $15 per month designed to keep cord-cutters happy. But with no sports or major broadcasters, is it enough?
Home Theater

What is Netflix Roulette, and how exactly does it work?

For years, educated viewers have been using Netflix Roulette to broaden their horizons. The web app can help you find movies and shows you'd never think to watch! What exactly is it, though, and how do you use it? We explain it all.
Movies & TV

ESPN Plus is a great sports companion. Here's everything you need to know

ESPN's streaming service, ESPN Plus, arrived in 2018. Despite appearances, ESPN Plus isn't a replacement for your ESPN cable channels, and it differs from other streaming apps in a few key ways. We answer all your questions in this guide.
Home Theater

Viacom deal brings more entertainment options to sports-first streamer FuboTV

If you’re looking for a live TV streaming service, with a big emphasis on sports, FuboTV could be exactly what you’re looking for. We’ve got everything you need to know about it right here.