Here's Samsung's 'Ultra HD' TV for ... $20K
It's a 'statement piece,' says company
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 8, 2013 3:44 PM CST
Samsung Electronics executive vice president Joe Stinziano introduces Samsung's Ultra HD TV during a news conference on press day at the Consumer Electronics Show, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

(Newser) – Samsung has revealed a TV to make your HDTV look old-hat. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the tech giant is displaying its 85-inch Ultra HD TV, which analysts expect will run you a mere $20,000 when it ships later this year. Ultra HD—likely the future of television, notes USA Today—offers four times the pixel count of a 1080p HDTV. According to a Samsung exec, its new model is a "statement piece," featuring a quad-core processor and a Smart Hub interface.

The Smart Hub is made up of panels that show what's on right now, your own photos, apps like Netflix, and social media feeds. It works with a touch panel remote and voice commands, and if you've got other Samsung devices, they can work together, perhaps allowing you to control your air conditioner via the TV. "My initial impression of Samsung's new Smart Hub is positive, though, as always, you can't really judge these things until you use it outside the boundaries of a trade show," writes Edward C. Baig.

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Jan 8, 2013 10:19 PM CST
Just what a plasma TV cost about 15 years ago or so. I remember when our local football team had a high placed finish and the guys got "plasma TV's." They were, I think 52", no biggy now, and we were all flabbergasted at the 15K per price tag. Keep your eye on it. In five years, you'll start to be able to afford'em.
Jan 8, 2013 7:31 PM CST
If I had more money than I knew what to do with, right after I got that T-Rex fossil, I'd get this projection sphere for keeping up with my world-spanning evil empire:
Jan 8, 2013 6:30 PM CST
for 20 k it better cook my breakfast.