Earlier Samsung unveiled the world’s first Curved UHD TV in India and it starts from 1,04,900 to 4,49,500. The new Samsung Curved UHD TV delivers an enhanced viewing experience and provide more immersive life like entertainment experience with wide-viewing angles. The Samsung UN65HU9000 Curved UHD TV has 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolution and boasts improvements in signal processing, Smart TV functionality, user interface and remote control. The range of televisions will support HEVC, HDMI 2.0, MHL 3.0 and HDCP 2.2; they are the only TVs on the market that are future-ready, thanks to Samsung UHD Evolution Kit. Other features include Samsung Multi Link (Dual) which allows you to transform your TV into two screens, enhanced Samsung Hub, option to quickly switch to favorite channels, smoother navigation thanks to quad-core processor & lesser power on time.
The new Samsung Smart Hub means less searching and more watching. Easily access your live TV, VOD apps and social media in one easy-to-browse places with Smart Hub. With Samsung’s Multi-Link (Dual) feature, consumers can transform their TV into two screens that can access live TV and streaming video / the web, making multi-tasking a breeze.
If you’re planning to purchase your next TV, you’ll definitely choose technically better UHD TV when compared with 1080p Full HD TV. In addition to this, now you have to choose between flat and curved panels now. In this post, at GadgetGuide4U I’m sharing the review of the new Samsung 65-inch curved ultra high-definition smart LED TV HU9000. Literally speaking, it has changed the shape of TV viewing.
Design and Styling
The 65-inch curved screen is subtle and it offers more immersive experience. It stands out as a bold styling statement and the screen bezel is thin when compared with other UHD 4K TVs of different brands.
The curved back has standard VESA type spacing for standard wall mounting and the bend makes the edges to stick out further than flat panels. The measure is about 2.5-inches.
The back of the TV is sparse because the inputs have been relocated to separate UHD One-Connect Box. One-Connect box houses the “brains” of the display, including Smart TV functionality, GUI, signal processing and all inputs. A single 9-ft. interconnect cable is used to connect the One-Connect box and curved TV display. On the One-Connect Box there are four HDMI ports, a USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 port, Ethernet port and an audio port. And connects to the TV with a single HDMI cable. This One-Connect box is the TV’s Evolution Kit as it allows TVs in its range to be upgraded with the latest processor, software and remote control & usually located on the TV’s rear panel.
Due to limited viewing angle of LCD panels, there is no difference either you watch TV from any angle – angle from viewing the right-side of the panel from the left or the left side of the screen while sitting on the right.
The Samsung UN65HU9000 Curved UHD TV isn’t about looks & styling statement, it’s also about performance. Under the hood, it is powered by quad-core processor to power the panel & ensure a smooth picture and fast operation. The TV has Ultra High Definition resolution which is four times the resolution of full high definition so clarity was obvious as soon as we turned the TV on. White and color uniformity is excellent, it looks real and natural without any oversaturation or washed out hues. There were no faint vertical lines often referred to as “jail bars” that we’ve seen on other 4K displays.
The Samsung UN65HU9000 has include a new LCD panel, better signal processing and more zones in its edge-lite LED local dimming when compared with last year TV. The Black levels were also better than average & there was plenty of detail which was clear in dark scenes. This is all about the Samsung PurColor technology that works behind the scenes.
Samsung India arranged the store review and I’m stunned to see the sharpness and clarity of the picture. As of now, there is not much UHD content around right now, the TV can take your existing content and scale it up to UHD (also known as 4K) quality.
Apart from offering pretty good picture, it also offers more depth with the Auto Depth Enhancer. This is an algorithm which examines every frame in real-time and creates a foreground to the image. The curved shape of the screen also plays a big part in making the whole experience even more immersive. Another thing the curved shape of the Samsung TV improves is the viewing angle so even if you’re sitting right off to the side you’ll have a clear view of the screen.
Apart from excellent picture the Samsung HU9000 curved UHD TV also offers plenty of smart features and connectivity. It can also be accessed and controlled through the Smart Hub which is like the Mission Control of the TV. It offers quick and intuitive access to what’s on TV right now on every free-to-air channel and what’s coming up. For current shows it even shows a progress bar to indicate how much show you’ve already missed. It can also help in providing information about what you’re watching.
Smart Hub is also where you can get access to content, social media and catch-up TV apps as well as enjoy the music, pictures and movies from your compatible mobile devices on the screen. Users can also access number of games that can be played on the Samsung TV without the need for a console or an extra controller. The Smart Hub can be controlled with your voice or motion gestures. Gesture control was a lot more responsive and as fast an option as just picking up the remote.
Multi-Link is a standout new feature and allows the viewers to split the screen in up to four parts to view multiple channels, a connected source or an app or social media feed. And even when split in quarters, each section is still in full high-definition.
Speaking of control, there is a small football shaped secondary controller to offer an easy way to navigate the TV and the Smart Hub. You can either use the direction buttons or pilot the on-screen pointer to choose what you want to select the same way you’d do with your mouse on your computer.
The Smart LED (Samsung term for local dimming) to standard position, for viewing letterbox movies. Activating Samsung’s Cinema Black feature shuts off the LED adjacent to the black bars, making it completely dark. There is backlight scanning mode called LED Clear Motion.
One of the only reason to worry was about the sound quality from the built-in speakers. The speakers are of a decent quality and offered clear and crisp when watching TV but they lacked when watching video.
According to Samsung, the new PurColor circuit analyzes 127 color points for more accurate reproduction. The video enthusiasts has a top grade edge-lit LED LCD that can check off all the right boxes: UHD 4K resolution, local dimming, cinema black (for shutting down the LEDs adjacent to letterbox black bars), HEVC/H.265 decoding, HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, advanced Smart TV features, all new advanced remote, voice and face recognition with personalization, advanced guide and much more.
The new remote when compared with last year’s pad remote has huge improvement. Now, the new remote comes with small form factor & with more hard buttons, a Wii like tilt-sensor for the cursor and a touch pad to scroll up/down when using the HU9000’s as well as left, right, top, bottom and “enter” buttons. In addition to this, a conventional full size RC unit is also included.
The 3D feature works well on the HU9000 and Samsung includes 4 pairs of active glasses.
The Samsung UN65HU9000 Curved UHD TV has 3,840 x 2,160 resolution LCD panel with edge-lit LED and can be set for local dimming in left & right side strips.
The Samsung UN65HU9000 includes a built-in camera for hand gesture control, facial recognition and Skype video calls. In addition to this, there’s also voice control, enabling personalization for up to 20 person’s preferences.
The audio on the Samsung UN65HU9000 has a large number of controls too, which helped to clarify the dialog and the speakers typically of thin TVs are not strong performers. Samsung offers wireless connection to many of its soundbars, providing easy connection & much better audio and dynamic range.
As mentioned above, all the connections are made to the One-Connect box and then a single 9-ft. cable connects the box to the display. Inputs include 4 HDMI 2.0 jacks, 3USB connectors, Wi-Fi, 1RF (antenna) input, 1 Component video input and 2 composite AV shared (one shared with the component input).
Like other flat 4K panels with thin bezels, the sound quality is not good and there is one saving, Clear Voice audio setting which makes the dialog much clearer, permitting the overall volume. In my opinion you need a sound system or round bar.
The future of TV viewing has arrived and Samsung UN65HU9000 is an excellent balance of style, functionality & pure quality. At its current asking price of 4,49,900 (nearly $4,500), the Samsung UN65HU9000 brings a lot to the table like huge screen, commendable dynamic performance and stellar color accuracy.
It is a better performer than last year’s 4K crop. Samsung UN65HU9000 is more flexible when compared with Panasonic’s AX800U and it is a head-turner in every sense. Having a big curved UHD TV is definitely a luxury and offers immersive viewing experience. The Samsung UN65HU9000 is a premium product that comes with a premium price of INR 3,29,900 for 55-inch and 4,49,900 for 65-inch. Although the prices are high but when you look at what you get for money, then it is worth of single penny. As mentioned above, it has UHD resolution, a stunning curved design, smart features, connectivity, content and a future-proof One-Connect box.
Full Disclosure: Samsung wanted me to review the HU9000 so they arrange a store review in New Delhi, India.
Discounted Pricing of Samsung UN65HU9000 Curved UHD TV
Samsung Curved UHD TV (55-inch)
Samsung Curved UHD TV (65-inch)
Quick Features of Samsung UN65HU9000 Curved UHD TV
Curved Panel – Samsung’s curved screen is supported with proprietary technology that’s designed to create an accurate picture with exceptional color, without picture distortion. It improves the field of view and creates a panoramic effect to help the picture appear larger.
UHD Upscaling – UHD Upscaling Technology features a proprietary process including signal analysis, noise reduction, UHD upscaling and detail enhancement to seamlessly upconvert SD, HD or full HD content to UHD-level picture quality.
Auto Depth Enhancer – Auto Depth Enhancer is a picture technology that analyzes regions of each image and automatically adjusts the contrast for a greater sense of depth. As a result, images appear detailed and natural.
UHD Dimming – UHD Micro Dimming precisely scans zones across the entire image and adjusts brightness to deliver deep darks and bright whites. It virtually eliminates the “halo” effect and image distortion, so you can enjoy clear picture quality.
PurColor – This feature allows the TV to express most shades of color for optimal picture performance. Some TVs focus on the adjustment points of primary colors Red, Green and Blue. PurColor focuses on primary and secondary colors Magenta, Cyan and Yellow.
Precision Black Local Dimming – Experience sharp contrast with Precision Black Local Dimming. It dims LEDs behind the darkest area of the picture for greater contrast and darker blacks, while the brighter elements remain as bright as they should be.
Ultra Clear Panel – The Samsung Ultra Clear Panel is designed to absorb ambient light, and reduce reflections. It displays deep blacks and enhanced contrast for clear image clarity with reduced glare, so you can enjoy more picture detail.
Wide Color Enhancer Plus – With Wide Color Enhancer Plus, you can view a wide spectrum of colors on your screen, just as the director intended. You can enjoy enriched colors while watching your favorite movies and shows and even older, non-HD content.
Clear Motion Rate 1440 – View every detail of action packed movies and sports with Clear Motion Rate (CMR) 1440. The Samsung CMR uses the TV’s native 120 Hz refresh rate, image processor speed and backlight technology to measure fast action.
Smart TV – This Samsung Smart TV allows you to intuitively explore movies, shows, apps and social media. You can browse a library of TV entertainment quickly with a quad-core processor and helpful tools like S Recommendation.
Smart Hub – The interface of the Smart TV Smart Hub organizes your entertainment and content into five panels. You can navigate through live TV, movies, streaming content, social networks, and apps from a single location.
S-Recommendation – S-Recommendation uses your preferences to provide personalized movie and show recommendations. You can ask your TV things like “what action movies are on” or open the hub to browse suggestions. The more you use it, the more personalized it can become.
Smart Interaction – Intuitively control your TV using hand motions. Use them to browse the Smart Hub, play games and more with the built in pop-up camera. Voice Command lets you talk to the TV to search what’s on or to perform basic commands such as “last channel,” “record” or “turn off.”
UHD 4K Standard Future-Ready – This Samsung Smart TV is designed to help you stay current as UHD 4K standards continue to advance. Not only does the One Connect Box update your TV with software and features, it also makes the TV compatible for all possible 4K formats.
Smart Remote Control – The Smart Touch Remote gives you enhanced control of your Smart TV. Select TV functions by talking into the built in microphone. You can also use the touchpad to navigate quickly or use the remote like a mouse and simply point and click.
Quad Screen – Transform your TV into four screens that can access live TV, video clips and the web all at once. Watch a sporting event on one screen and search the web for current standings on another.
Quad Core Plus – This powerful processor is engineered to speed up your Smart Hub experience. It gives you a fluid browsing experience and enables you to switch between apps, stream content and multi-task faster. Additionally, your TV will turn on up to 4 times faster with Instant On technology.
Screen Mirroring – The screen mirroring feature allows you to mirror your phone or other compatible mobile device’s screen onto the TV’s screen wirelessly. This feature allows you to use your TV’s larger display instead of your device’s screen for showing content and media playback.
Smart View 2.0 – Turn your phone, computer or tablet into a second TV with Smart View 2.0. Whatever is playing on your TV, Netflix, VOD or live TV is streamed to your compatible mobile device as well. This lets you watch your favorite movies, shows and sports all around the house.
Instant On – This Samsung Smart TV turns on up to 4 times faster with Instant On, so you can quickly begin browsing apps or watching your favorite movies, sports or shows.
ConnectShare Movie – Watch videos, play music or view photos from a USB connection with ConnectShare Movie. No PC required, just plug your USB device directly into your Samsung TV’s USB port and entertain family and friends.
Anynet+ – With Anynet+ you can control up to twelve compatible devices with one remote and streamline your device management.
Full Web Browser – Enjoy everything from online shopping, social media browsing, entertainment news and the latest YouTube hits.
Eco Sensor – With Eco Sensor, your TV can intelligently adapt its picture according to the intensity of the light in the room. This technology measures the amount of existing light and automatically adjusts the brightness of the image on the TV.
One Connect Box – The One Connect Box allows you to update your TV with the newest software and features. It also helps you prepare for future UHD 4K standards. The One Connect Box provides clean integration of all your external devices as well so there’s less clutter.
DTS Premium Sound | 5.1 with DNSe+ – Delivers immersive 5.1 surround sound from any DTS-encoded content and converts any two-channel audio content into a 5.1 DTS surround sound track for discrete surround sound playback. Samsung’s DNSe+ processing provides selectable custom settings for experiencing surround sound with enhanced bass response, dialog clarity and consistent volume levels from any content source, including Blu-ray movies, TV programming, streaming and games.
- Dolby: MS11 Multistream Decoder
- Sound Output (RMS): 10W x 2 / Woofer 10W x 2
- Speaker Type: Front Firing + Waveguide
- Other Features
- Integrated One Connect Box port
- Quadmatic Picture Engine
- Auto Depth Enhancer (Geometric CE)
- Purcolor (Color Accuracy)
- Built-in Pop-up Camera
- Electronic Program Guide (Channel Guide)
- Wi-Fi Direct
- RVU (DirectTV Ready)
- BD Wise
- Motion Control
- Eco Sensor
- Closed Captioning
- Game Mode
- Silver Curved T-Shape stand
- Mini and VESA wall mount compatible
Specifications of Samsung HU9000 Curved Smart 3D Ultra HD LED TV
|Features||Samsung HU9000 Curved Smart 3D Ultra HD LED TV|
|Display||Screen Size (cm): 165.1 cm
Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160
Ultra Clear Panel: Yes
|Video||Picture Engine: Quadmatic
Clear Motion Rate: 1,200
Dynamic Contrast Ratio: Mega Contrast
Wide Color Enhancer (Plus): Yes
Film Mode: Yes
DTS Studio Sound/DNSe+: DNSE +
DTS Premium Sound/DTS Premium Sound 5.1: DTS Premium Sound 5.1
Auto Volume Leveler: Yes
Sound Output (RMS): 60W (Front TW (10 watts + 10 watts) + Front Mid (10 watts + 10 watts) + Woofer (10 watts + 10 watts))
Speaker Type: Front Firing + New Waveguide
HD Audio: Yes
|Smart TV||Multimedia: Yes
News On: yes
Multi-Screen (Dual/Quad Screen): Dual
Skype on Samsung TV: Yes
|Smart Interaction||Voice Control: Yes
Face Recognition: Yes
Motion Control: Yes
|Smart Convergence||Contents Streaming: Yes
Screen Mirroring: Yes
Samsung SMART View: Yes
|Tuner/Broadcasting||DTV Tuner: Ready
Analog Tuner: Yes
|Connectivity||HDMI: 4 (HDMI 2.0 / HDCP2.2)
Component In (Y/Pb/pr): 1
Composite In (AV): 2 (1Common Use for Component Y)
Audio Out (Mini Jack): Yes
Digital Audio Out (Optical): 1
RF In (Terrestrial/Cable Input): 1/1 (Common Use for Terrestrial)/0
IR Out: Yes
WiFi Direct: Yes
Dongle Ready (3G/LTE): Yes
|Design||Design: Curved T-Shape
Slim Type: Edge Slim
Front Color: Black
Light Effect (Deco): Yes
Stand Type: Curved T-Shape
|Additional Feature||Digital Clean View: Yes
Auto Channel Search: Yes
Clock & On/Off Timer: Yes
Sleep Timer: Yes
ConnectShare (USB 2.0): Movie
Spots Mode: Yes
Embeded POP: Yes
Game Mode: Yes
OSD Language: Local Languages
USB HD Support: Yes
Smart Evolution Support: Yes
TV SoundConnect: Yes
Teletext (TTXT): Yes
Analog Clean View: Yes
Triple Protector: yes
GUI: Golden Bridge
|Eco Feature||Eco Mark: 180
Eco Label: 0.5
Eco Sensor: Yes
|Power||Power Supply: AC220 – 240V 50/60Hz
Power Consumption (Max): 279 watts
Power Consumption (Stand-by): 0.5 watts
Power Consumption (Energy Saving Mode): 180 watts
|Dimension||Package Size (WxHxD): 1,575 x 951 x 230mm
Set with Stand (WxHxD): 1,450.7 x 891.6 x 326.8mm
Set without Stand (WxHxD): 1,450 x 848.2 x 110.5mm
|Weight||Package Weight: 41.3Kg
Set Weight with Stand: 31.0Kg
set Weight without Stand: 26.8Kg
|Accessory||3D Active Glasses (Included): SSG-5100GB x 4
Remote Controller Model: TM1490A
Batteries (for Remote Control): Yes
Samsung Smart Touch Control (Included): Yes
Mini Wall Mount Supported: Yes
Vesa Wall Mount Supported: Yes
IR Extender Cable (Included): Yes
User Manual: Yes
Power Cable: Yes
Slim Gender Cable: Yes