Samsung’s eye-popping new 8K TVs just got a UK price and release date

The 65-inch and 75-inch versions of Samsung’s headline-grabbing 8K TV, the Samsung Q900R, are now up for pre-order in the UK – but you might want to take a seat (and a few deep breaths) before looking at the prices.

The Samsung Q900R, which was first unveiled at IFA 2018, will start shipping to buyers on October 16, 2018.

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The 65-inch model will set you back £4999, while the 75-inch version costs an eye-watering £6999. Those with deep pockets can pre-order them here.

The goliath 85-inch model is also listed on Samsung’s UK website, but at present it doesn’t have a price. In the US, however, it’s available for $14,999.99 (~£11,600).

We spent some time with the Q900R range in Berlin at the end of August, and we can confirm the it is indeed stunning.

It has a native 8K resolution − that’s 7680 x 4320 pixels – which is about 16 times the Full HD standard, and a peak brightness of 4000 nits. High dynamic range formats supported include HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), and it also features a HDMI 2.1 port that supports 8K image input at 30fps. That’s an impressive list of compatibility, with Dolby Vision the only noticeable absentee.

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The big question mark hanging over it concerns the lack of 8K content.

It’s a pretty big problem, and Samsung has invested heavily in processing because of it. The Q900R has a new chip, the Quantum Processor 8K, and it’s main role is handling ‘AI Upscaling’ of lower-resolution footage to fit the screen’s 8K resolution.

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In demonstrations, we found that the Q900R had no problems upscaling 4K footage, but even 4K content is quite scarce right now.

However, it also did a good job of upscaling 1080p and 720p footage too, though naturally the results didn’t look quite as impressive.

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