Samsung's Ultra HDTV set, with its iconic style revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), will be priced in Korea at the equivalent of AU$36,000.
Samsung's TV on stage at CES 2013.
(Credit: Nic Healey/CNET Australia)
They say "give an inch, take a mile". In Samsung's case, it's "give an inch, add US$12,000". The Ultra HD S9 with "gallery design", which wowed the crowds at CES — even winning a Best of CES award from our US CNET colleagues — has received pricing for its native Korea.
While LG had priced its Ultra HDTV quite reasonably in Australia, Sony matched its US pricing of $25,000. This means that the extra inch on the Samsung seems to be worth US$12,000.
We jest, of course — we haven't seen any pricing for US or Australia, so we're merely extrapolating, and it's often a bit oranges and apples. Remember that LG is selling its 84-incher locally for less than its asking price in Korea. Also, there's a lot more going on in the Samsung offering than just the extra inch — quad-core processing, iconic design, etc.
But if there's one thing we know, the pricing on Ultra HD is still seen as the biggest barrier to its acceptance as a viable "next" technology (the second being content), and while this is certainly a premium product, it feels like pricing on UHD is going up, not down.