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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

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. 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 provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.