Samsung launches 2016 flagship TV with FALD

30 Jun 2016 | Rasmus Larsen |

Samsung promised to bring out a new full-array local dimming (FALD) TV in 2016, and here it is. KS9800 (in the US) and KS9500 (in Europe) is Samsung’s most advanced TV to date.

The successor to JS9500

Samsung confused everyone by naming its top-of-the-line TV KS9500 in Europe. To be clear KS9500 in the US is a very different TV with edge LED. Instead, Samsung has chosen to name the US version of the 2016 FALD TV KS9800.

The TV is the successor to last year’s JS9500 and just like last year’s TV, KS9800/KS9500 is the only TV in the line-up to feature full-array local dimming (FALD). The Korean company is not saying how many local dimming zones it employs but it should nevertheless significantly improve the HDR picture experience over the cheaper edge LED models from Samsung. The TV supports the open HDR10 format but not Dolby Vision. It has also been “UHD Premium” certified.

Samsung KS9500 Europe


Samsung says that the TV can reproduce 96% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and that it can reach over 1000 nits peak brightness. It obviously has 4K resolution, too. As you can see from the pictures the TV is curved so despite scaling back on the curved form factor this year Samsung still refuses to offer a flat flagship TV.

The TV comes equipped with a revamped Tizen platform, apps, and a twin tuner (in Europe). It supports HEVC and VP9 Profile 2 decoding, making it capable of streaming 4K HDR from streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube. You can obviously also connect a UHD Blu-ray player via HDMI 2.0a.

Samsung KS9500 Europe


KS9800 is available now in the US in 65- and 78-inch sizes. KS9500 is available now in Europe – same sizes. An 88-inch model will be added later.

Prices:
  • USA: 65” Samsung KS9800
  • USA: 78” Samsung KS9800

  • Europe: 65” Samsung KS9500
  • Europe: 78” Samsung KS9500



  • Share on:


    Latest news

    Netflix Recommended 2019

    Only TVs that are 'always fresh' will receive Netflix's Recommended logo

    20 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
    TCL 6 series

    TCL surges past Samsung in North American TV shipments

    19 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
    Hisense OLED

    Hisense is bringing its OLED TV to the UK & parts of Europe

    18 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
    tvOS 13

    Apple TV is getting a picture-in-picture mode with tvOS 13

    18 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
    Samsung TV

    Samsung: Important to scan your Samsung TV for malware & viruses

    17 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
    UEFA.tv

    UEFA debuts free streaming service UEFA.tv

    14 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
    Sony A9G OLED

    Sony A9G OLED wins 'King of TV' at 2019 TV Shootout

    13 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
    The Wall Luxury

    Samsung will launch 'The Wall Luxury' microLED displays in July

    13 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |