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Finally, the Samsung UBD-K8500 is now available to buy in the UK and can be yours 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."

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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.

It now looks likely to be the second 4K Blu-ray player to pass through our test rooms, the Panasonic DMP-UB900 having wowed us last month.

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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