Samsung TVs get bigger and smarter for 2013 led by striking Ultra HD 85S9

Samsung used this week’s European Forum in Monaco to put some flesh on the bones of the TV announcements it made at last month’s CES in Las Vegas.

As far as TVs are concerned, Samsung is convinced it knows what customers are crying out for: premium design, superior picture quality, smarter Smart features and larger screen sizes – so its 2013 range of TVs seeks to address these requirements as fully as possible.

2013’s Smart features are handled by an updated Smart Hub. It’s built around five main panels (‘On TV’, ‘Movies & TV Shows’, ‘Photos, Videos & Music’, ‘Social’ and ‘Apps’) which can be swiped, pinched and zoomed using Samsung’s enhanced Motion Control (gesturing with your hands).

Smarter still is ‘S-Recommendation’, which allows users to aggregate personalised content from across multiple networked platforms including broadcast TV, video-on-demand, apps, social content and locally stored content quickly, easily and, on certain TVs, via voice control.

The Samsung Evolution Kit was also confirmed, allowing owners of 2012 generation Samsung TVs to upgrade many of the features on the TV to the 2013 spec.

Thoughtful, upmarket design features across the F8500 range (pictured, top). Featuring a frame made from a single piece aluminium – it’s a style Samsung is calling ‘Magnum’, which is sure to please all Zoolander fans.

Even the camera (for motion control, Skype and so on) retracts into the frame when not in use. And its use of a quad-core processor promises fast toggling between online services, apps and TV services.

Quad-core also features on the F8000 and F7000 ranges, while ultra-slim bezels and 3D capability also feature on the new F6800, F6500 and F6200-series screens.

And with the remarkable UHD TV 85S9, Samsung hopes to cover off premium design, picture quality and larger screen sizes all in one go. This is the TV that Samsung teased in a video trailer as a technology breakthrough before CES.

An 85in screen in an easel-style frame (which incorporates a 120-watt array of speakers), it’s a 4K-resolution TV that’s as much a statement-of-intent product as it is a cutting-edge technological tour-de-force. As well as being a big TV, of course.

Samsung’s 2013 TV line-up will be available to buy in the UK "in the first half of 2013" with UK prices to be confirmed.

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Joe Cox
Content Director

Joe is the Content Director for What Hi-Fi? and Future’s Product Testing, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for almost 20 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).