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Prices Revealed for Samsung QLED 4K TVs, Starting at $2500: Here’s Our Analysis.

by on February 9, 2017
 

Stephan Jukic – February 9, 2017

Now we can finally know just how much of our bank account is going to disappear if we want one of Samsung’s new and arguably spectacular QLED HDR TVs. The company is taking pre-orders for the new QLEDs that are getting released first (we’re expecting more releases of additional sizes later in the year, as happened with the 2016 SUHD TVs). And the prices, while not exactly cheap, are also far from offensively unreasonable.

Specifically, Samsung has unveiled pricing and a pre-order option for its Q7 and Q8 QLED models, with the Q9 that so far seems to be the flagship still unavailable and without a price tag.

The Q7F, which is the lowest-priced of the premium Samsung TVs for this year, starts off at $2,499 for the 55 inch model without a curved display (which you wouldn’t want anyhow). This is then followed by a pre-order price of $3,499.99 for the 55 inch curved Q8C model QLED TV. Moving onto the 65 inch versions of both TVs, we have the Q7F available for $3,499.99 and the 65 inch Q8C for $4,499.99. There’s also a 75 inch Q7F Flat screen TV selling for $5,999.99.

The flat-screen Q7F offers the much better value between the two

The flat-screen Q7F offers the much better value between the two

What we’re seeing here based on the identical specs of both QLED TVs is that they will likely also offer virtually identical display performance, just as the 2016 SUHD TVs all did between the KS8000 flat model and the KS9500 curved model. Despite different prices (especially for the curved SUHDs) they performed almost exactly the same in all important measurements of display quality. Thus, for the QLED models already on pre-order above, going for the pricier curved option and paying the extra cost that comes with it is a waste of money unless you simply like curved TV design and want to pay a major premium for nothing but that extra “benefit”.

We’re expecting the Q9 to perform more or less as well as the Q7 and Q8 and what we also know so far is that all three models offer edge-lit backlighting and lack 3D, a technology which Samsung has decided to abandon since last year.

It’s also worth noting that in comparison to the 2016 SUHD KS-Series models, this year’ QLEDs definitely perform much better on overall picture quality. The sheer brightness they’re capable of while conserving stunningly vibrant colors puts them a solid cut above their SUHD predecessors and from what we’ve so far seen, they also deliver incredible viewing angles despite being VA panel TVs.

The 2017 QLED TVs do offer stunning picture quality

The 2017 QLED TVs do offer stunning picture quality

In other words. Are they worth buying? Absolutely. But the flat screen models will almost certainly offer much better value.

Story by 4k.com

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  • mediocre
    February 10, 2017 at 5:43 am

    $4,499.99 for 65-inch edge-lit LCD? Even almost-perfect OLED 65E6 is cheaper.
    That’s not “far from offensively unreasonable”, that’s insane!

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  • Derek
    February 10, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Any thoughts on how the Q7 will compare to Sony’s 940E? Sony will have FALD, but Samsung will probably have a brightness edge and perhaps other advantages? Ignoring cost, which 75″ model do you believe will be the better product?

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  • James Butler
    February 14, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Hello do u think that samsung QLed tv will come out with a 60″?

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  • Chris
    May 7, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Which is better lg super uhd or qf7

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      May 15, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Chris, are you refering to last year’s Super UHD TVs or this year’s models? If you’re referring to the UH9500 or UH8500 from 2016, then the Q7F is definitely the better TV due to its superior color performance and much better brightness, contrast and black levels. However, while we haven’t yet reviewed the 2017 LG Super UHD TVs, we suspect that the Q7F outperforms them from what we know so far.

      However if you want 3D in your 4K TV, the Q7F doesn’t support it. It also doesn’t support Dolby Vision HDR (the Super UHD TVs do) but it will be getting further HDR10 enhancements soon from what we’ve heard.

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