Samsung's 4K Blu-ray player now on sale for £430

Ultra HD Blu-ray is slowly but surely becoming a reality and the launch of Samsung's 4K disc-spinner has increased our UHD options in the UK.

The 4K Blu-ray player went on sale in the US in February, but has take a while for the UK version to hit our shores. As expected, the UBD-K8500 comes with a price tag of £430 - that's £170 less than the Panasonic DMP-UB900 4K player.

Commenting on the official launch, Robert King, vice president of consumer electronics for Samsung UK and Ireland said, "with the launch of our first UHD Blu-ray player, users can enjoy a wide range of movies and shows in outstanding quality, sharp resolution and brilliant colour, without wifi bandwidth restrictions."

Samsung gave us our first look at a 4K Blu-ray player when it unveiled the K8500 in September last year, even if that later proved to be little more than a shell.

The Panasonic player costs £600 and is widely available for pre-order now. It is also due to ship by the end of April.

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Joe Cox
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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).