Prices Revealed for Samsung QLED 4K TVs, Starting at $2500: Here’s Our Analysis.
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.
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.
In other words. Are they worth buying? Absolutely. But the flat screen models will almost certainly offer much better value.
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