TVs with resolutions higher than 1,920 x 1,080 pixels are starting to find their way to the market, byt so far the prices are terrifying. American Seiki counters with a new 39″ LED-TV that supports 4K, but only costs 700 dollar.
It is not uncommon with prices between 5,000 and 100,000 dollars – or even more – for TVs with resolutions higher than 1.920 x 1,080; 3840 x 2160 or even 4K. There have mainly been models from giants Samsung, Sony and LG.
After announcing the 50″ SE50UY04 with 4K support for 1,500 dollar, Seiki takes another step and offers a budget version at 39″ called SE39UY04 sporting the same resolution – for 700 dollar.
For that you get a 39″ LED panel with 3,840 x 2,160 at 30 Hz that can also do 1080p at 120 hertz. The model comes with HDMI 1.4 for 4K or 1080p video and USB for viewing images at the higher resolution. Other than that the model doesn’t have many features, which is understandable for that resolution, size and price.
The model can be internationally pre-ordered over the Internet starting June 27th. There will also be a 65″ model with a similar price scaling during the fall.
We will follow Seiki and see if they can deliver something out of the ordinary, and if they can kickstart the market for 4K televisions.