Samsung Details 2016 SUHD TV Line-Up

Samsung KS9800 (left) and KS8000 (right) Series SUHD TVs
Samsung KS9800 (left) and KS8000 (right) Series SUHD TVs. Images provided by Samsung USA

Samsung's Approach To High-End TVs

In a recent post on TV/Video, an initial look at Samsung's SUHD TV strategy for 2016 was presented. However, Samsung has now come forth more detailed information on features and pricing for their entire 2016 SUHD line-up. SUHD is Samsung's designation for highest-end 4K Ultra HD TVs.

SUHD TV - Core Feature Highlights

To get started all of the TVs with the SUHD designation for 2016 meet voluntary Ultra HD Premium and Ultra HD Connected standards by offering the following core features:

Display Technology: All SUHD are LED/LCD TVs.

Display Resolution: All SUHD TV feature 4K native display resolution capability as well as 4K video upscaling for non-4K resolution content.

High Brightness: HDR compatibility, supported by 1,000 Nits brightness capability (Samsung dubs this HDR1000).

The "nits" tech term aside, what this really means for consumers is that Samsung is claiming that their 2016 SUHD TVs can display the brightest images available (approaching natural daylight brightness), which unleashes the full capability of HDR, with properly-encoded content. Having seen pre-production models on display at, I can definitely say that these sets can definitely produce very bright images, while still retaining a wide contrast ratio and decent blacks.

Also, for highest brightness from non-HDR encoded content, all of sets feature "Peak Illuminator" processing that takes advantage of the TVs brightness producing capabilities.

Enhanced Color: All of the sets incorporate Quantum Dots which are designed to improve color performance that rivals what you might see on a Plasma or OLED TV.

Slim Design: SUHD TVs incorporate a bezel-less, ultra slim, 360-degree design. What this means is that not only is the front of TV just about all screen, but the rear of the TV is devoid of all visible connections and other clutter.

Connectivity: 4 HDMI inputs (ver 2.0a) are included. This means that the TVs are compatible with all HDMI source devices, including Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc players.

The are also 3 USB ports provided for access to digital media stored on compatible USB devices, as well as plug-ins such as keyboard, mouse, gamepad, or Samsung's USB Extend Dongle that allows the TV be used a controller for additional devices around the house, such as compatible lamps, security cameras, and more...

Note: The HDMI and USB connections are available via the One Connect Mini Box that is provided with the TV. By using an external connection box, this allows for a thinner TV profile by removing excessive connection clutter between source devices and the TV - requiring only one cable to plug into the TV instead of up to seven.

However, analog video and audio, RF(cable/antenna), and Ethernet connections are still located on one side of the TV. In addition, all of the TVs provide Wifi connectivity.

Smart TV: All of the sets include the latest version of Samsung's Smart Hub Smart TV interface.

In addition to managing both TV, source device, and streaming content, the new Smart Hub provides easy recognition and setup for select cable boxes from Time Warner, Comcast (coming soon), and satellite services such as DIRECTV (coming in June), as well as game consoles. The TV will recognize the box and provider, as well as automatically set up the remote control to access and control the boxes features, without going through a lengthy setup process.

Also, the new Smart Hub provides streamlined content access tools that are customizable to user preferences.

Samsung 2016 SUHD TV Series Breakdown

Now that I have outlined some of the core features provided on Samsung's 2016 SUHD here are further highlights on the actual TVs that are, or will, be available during 2016.

KS9800 Series:

At the top of Samsung's SUHD TV line is the KS9800 series. In addition to all the core features listed in the introductory section, this series also features a Curved Screen design and Full-array backlighting with "Precision Black Pro" contrast processing and "Supreme Local Dimming".

What this means, in addition to the curved screen, is that the LED lighting system covers the entire backing layer of the screen and is divided into zones (Samsung does not state how many) that allow precise control of brightness and contrast within each zone, as well as providing an even black level across the entire screen when needed. The KS9800 also incorporates a native 120Hz screen refresh rate with enhanced motion processing referred to as "Supreme MR240".

This series come is 3 sizes: 65-inches ($4,499 - available June 2016), 78-inches ($9,999 - Available May 2016), and 88-inches ($19,999 - Available June 2016).

KS9500 Series:

Just below the KS9800 series is the KS9500 series retains the curved screen design, but trades out full-array backlighting for edge lighting which does not provide as even a black level across the entire screen surface. Also, as a result of edge lighting, "Precision Black Pro" gives way to "Precision Black", which is less precise in terms of brightness/contrast control in specific areas of the screen.

On the other hand, the KS9500 retains the same screen refresh rate and added motion processing as the KS9800 series.

KS9500 sets are available in the following screen sizes: 55-inches ($2,499), 65-inches ($3,699), and 78-inhes ($7,999 - June 2016).

KS9000 Series

Moving down the Samsung 2016 SUHD line we next come to KS9000 series. This series trades out the curved screen for a flat screen, otherwise provides most of the same features and capabilities as the KS9500 Series. This series is available in 55-inches ($2,299), 65-inches ($3,499), and 75-inches ($6,499 - June 2016).

KS8500 Series

The KS8500 is the next series down the line and comes with a curved screen, like the KS9800 and KS9500 series, but provides less precise motion processing and local dimming control.

There are three sets in this series that come in 55-inch ($1,999), 65-inch ($2,999), and 49-inch ($1,699 - May 2016) screen sizes.

KS8000 Series

At the bottom of Samsung's SUHD line (although not low-end by any means) is the KS8000 series. This series incorporates most of the same features of the KS8500 series but trades out a curved screen for a flat screen.

The KS8000 comes in 4 screen sizes: 55-inches ($1, 799), 65-inches ($2,799).

Starting in May, it will also be available in a 49-inch model for $1,499, and a 60-inch model for $2,299 (price comparisons coming soon).

Final Take For Now

The Samsung 2016 SUHD TV line is certainly impressive on paper - and from what I saw at 2016, impressive in real life. Despite some minor differences (check out the links to other series product pages above for a look at all feature differences), all of the above TVs offer everything you probably need for a great TV viewing experience, especially for a full-on home theater setup. 

Also, unlike Vizio, for those that receive TV programming over-the-air via antenna, all these sets still provide built-in tuners and antenna/cable connections.

On the other hand, Samsung does join Vizio in eliminating the 3D viewing option throughout all of its 2016 TV lines, including the above SUHD TVs - which is someone of a "bummer" as the enhanced brightness/contrast/local dimming capabilities of these sets would make 3D look great.