High-Tech TV: Samsung Announces First OLED & Ultra HD TVs

Samsung helped usher in a new era of television on the eve of CES 2013 with the announcement of two next-generation TVs: the super-sleek 85-inch S9 Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV, boasting four times the resolution of today’s 1080p sets, and the 55-inch F9500 OLED TV with a Multi-View feature that enables two people to watch different programs simultaneously from the same screen. Pricing and availability was not announced for either model.

The S9 (shown) boasts a striking design with a screen that appears to float within a frame. Highlights include “extremely high contrast ratio,” a proprietary upscaling engine that converts high-def images to UHD quality, and a 1.35 GHz quad-core processor that’s more than three times faster than last year’s processor for improved content/app multitasking. The set has enhanced voice and gesture control and uses a new version of Samsung’s Smart Hub interface with five content discovery panels that appear onscreen as thumbnail images.

At the heart of the F9500 OLED TV are self-emitting red, green and blue sub-pixels that eliminate the need for backlighting, which is said to ensure absolute blacks and pure whites with no motion blur. The Multi-View feature is enabled by special 3D glasses with built-in speakers that deliver a personalized audio experience. The set also uses a quad-core processor and the updated Smart Hub interface.

notabadname's picture

Stunning TV, hideous frame. Hope they have other options. That would not fit on my custom, solid wood, entertainment center. It totally detracts from the TV. Serious over-engineering IMO. I think most people would either want to mount the TV on a wall or put onto their own cabinetry. This would require removal of everything many of us have under our TV. And openly expose all my power supply, outlets and cables. What were you thinking Samsung? But I love the TV!

Jarod's picture

Agreed that frame looks horrid.