At CES 2016, Samsung chose only to exhibit KS9500 for the US market. The company has now unveiled the entire US line-up of “SUHD” TVs, including the new flagship KS9800 with full-array local dimming. KS9800 starts at $4499.
KS9800 is the new flagship TV
The new flagship KS9800 was nowhere to be found at CES 2016 and although Samsung hinted that it was coming it is only now that the company has officially acknowledged its existence. In essence, KS9800 is a high-end TV with full-array local dimming required for the best HDR experience on LCD TVs.
Like all other 2016 “SUHD” TVs, KS9800 will feature a 10-bit panel with wide color gamut, made possible by quantum dot technology. And like the rest of the SUHDs, it will offer 4K resolution and HDR support as well as “UHD Premium” certification. Full-array local dimming is what sets it apart from the other models that use edge LED. Prices start at $4499 for a 65” model.
KS9500 is a beautifully designed curved TV with a “360-degree design”, says Samsung. KS9000 is a flat equivalent. KS8500 is a curved TV with a different base design. KS8000 is the flat equivalent. All of these TVs are “UHD Premium” certified but are based on edge LED backlighting.
Samsung has also revamped its user interface. The Tizen operating system can now access content from within apps and present it in the bottom menu bar, “allowing users to “surf content” as though they were channel surfing”, says Samsung.
- “What is new this year is our redefined Smart TV experience. We listened to our customers and made enjoying content the easiest it’s ever been.” said Dave Das, SVP of Samsung America.
The first models in the 2016 line-up will start shipping this month. More models will follow in May and June.