Samsung Smart TV – 2013 range with Evolution Kit support

Spending a thousand pounds or more on a new TV is quite a big investment, so it’s vital to find the right set to suit your needs today and the years ahead. Samsung’s clever innovation could help ensure you’re never left behind.

Samsung-UE55F8000

Samsung 55-inch F8000

In 2012, Samsung’s high end TVs launched with a unique upgrade feature – a never before seen feature for a TV. It meant that you could now upgrade the hardware and software, without having to buy a whole new TV.

The revolutionary ‘Evolution Kit‘ upgrade is now a feature of the high-end 2013 models too, meaning that buying one of these TVs today will give you peace of mind that you can still benefit from a range of new features built into the 2014 models announced next year.

It’s quite amazing that nobody else has followed Samsung’s lead on this, considering the average lifespan of a TV is seven years – not 12 months!

To give an idea of what an upgrade might offer, the Evolution Kit for the 2012 models switches from dual-core to quad-core processing (hugely improving the speed of the user interface and the quality of apps and games), as well as upgrading the Smart Hub to add a range of new features, like personal recommendations on what to watch based on viewing habits.

Still present on the F7000 and F8000 models is the camera and motion control, as well as voice control to change channels and adjust the volume.

The key differences between the 7 series and 8 series models are the base (One Design on F7000 and Arc Design on F8000), more powerful audio on the 8 series (40W with woofer) and faster Clear Motion Rate (1000Hz on 8 series, 800Hz on 7 series). With fairly minor differences elsewhere, the price difference is fairly moderate.

Samsung also has a range of non-upgradeable Series 6 models, including smaller screens and plasma models that can be found on the website below.

Samsung TV Website

 

2013 RANGE: 8 SERIES

Samsung-UE55F8000

F8000 Models

UE55F8000 £2500  (price checked April 2013)
Screen Size/Ratio 55-inches (1920×1080)/16:9
Physical size/Weight (Panel) 122.4×70.7×3.5cm/16.8Kg
Screen Type LCD (LED backlight)
3D Yes (Active)
Digital TV Reception Freeview HD / Freesat
Inputs 4 x HDMI/3 x USB/Component
Ethernet/Wi-Fi Yes/Yes
Smart TV Functionality Samsung Hub: Apps and Games
Web Browser Yes
USB port(s) to play/record media Yes/Yes
Wi-Fi Direct Yes
DLNA Yes
Remote Control via App Yes
Upgradable Hardware Yes
Services Supported BBC iPlayer, LoveFilm, Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand 5
Other Built-in camera with face recognition, motion control and voice control, Quad-core processor, AllShare Play, Wide Colour Enhancer Plus, 1000Hz Clear Motion Rate, Micro Dimming Ultimate, Smart Evolution Kit upgrade ready
Note: List of services supported is not a definitive list. There may be more services supported.

UE46F8000 £1900  (price checked April 2013)
Screen Size/Ratio 46-inches (1920×1080)/16:9
Physical size/Weight (Panel) 103.3x60x3.5cm/12.8Kg
Screen Type LCD (LED backlight)
3D Yes (Active)
Digital TV Reception Freeview HD / Freesat
Inputs 4 x HDMI/3 x USB/Component
Ethernet/Wi-Fi Yes/Yes
Smart TV Functionality Samsung Hub: Apps and Games
Web Browser Yes
USB port(s) to play/record media Yes/Yes
Wi-Fi Direct Yes
DLNA Yes
Remote Control via App Yes
Upgradable Hardware Yes
Services Supported BBC iPlayer, LoveFilm, Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand 5
Other Built-in camera with face recognition, motion control and voice control, Quad-core processor, AllShare Play, Wide Colour Enhancer Plus, 1000Hz Clear Motion Rate, Micro Dimming Ultimate, Smart Evolution Kit upgrade ready
Note: List of services supported is not a definitive list. There may be more services supported.

UE40F8000 £1450  (price checked April 2013)
Screen Size/Ratio 40-inches (1920×1080)/16:9
Physical size/Weight (Panel) 90×52.5×3.5cm/10.3Kg
Screen Type LCD (LED backlight)
3D Yes (Active)
Digital TV Reception Freeview HD / Freesat
Inputs 4 x HDMI/3 x USB/Component
Ethernet/Wi-Fi Yes/Yes
Smart TV Functionality Samsung Hub: Apps and Games
Web Browser Yes
USB port(s) to play/record media Yes/Yes
Wi-Fi Direct Yes
DLNA Yes
Remote Control via App Yes
Upgradable Hardware Yes
Services Supported BBC iPlayer, LoveFilm, Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand 5
Other Built-in camera with face recognition, motion control and voice control, Quad-core processor, AllShare Play, Wide Colour Enhancer Plus, 1000Hz Clear Motion Rate, Micro Dimming Ultimate, Smart Evolution Kit upgrade ready
Note: List of services supported is not a definitive list. There may be more services supported.

2013 RANGE: 7 SERIES

Samsung-UE55F7000

F7000 Models

UE55F7000 £2200  (price checked April 2013)
Screen Size/Ratio 55-inches (1920×1080)/16:9
Physical size/Weight (Panel) 122.3x73x34.4cm/15.2Kg
Screen Type LCD (LED backlight)
3D Yes (Active)
Digital TV Reception Freeview HD / Freesat
Inputs 4 x HDMI/3 x USB/Component
Ethernet/Wi-Fi Yes/Yes
Smart TV Functionality Samsung Hub: Apps and Games
Web Browser Yes
USB port(s) to play/record media Yes/Yes
Wi-Fi Direct Yes
DLNA Yes
Remote Control via App Yes
Upgradable Hardware Yes
Services Supported BBC iPlayer, LoveFilm, Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand 5
Other Built-in camera with face recognition, motion control and voice control, Quad-core processor, AllShare Play, Wide Colour Enhancer Plus, 800Hz Clear Motion Rate, Micro Dimming Ultimate, Smart Evolution Kit upgrade ready
Note: List of services supported is not a definitive list. There may be more services supported.

UE46F7000 £1900  (price checked April 2013)
Screen Size/Ratio 46-inches (1920×1080)/16:9
Physical size/Weight (Panel) 103.7×62.2×3.4cm/11.4Kg
Screen Type LCD (LED backlight)
3D Yes (Active)
Digital TV Reception Freeview HD / Freesat
Inputs 4 x HDMI/3 x USB/Component
Ethernet/Wi-Fi Yes/Yes
Smart TV Functionality Samsung Hub: Apps and Games
Web Browser Yes
USB port(s) to play/record media Yes/Yes
Wi-Fi Direct Yes
DLNA Yes
Remote Control via App Yes
Upgradable Hardware Yes
Services Supported BBC iPlayer, LoveFilm, Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand 5
Other Built-in camera with face recognition, motion control and voice control, Quad-core processor, AllShare Play, Wide Colour Enhancer Plus, 800Hz Clear Motion Rate, Micro Dimming Ultimate, Smart Evolution Kit upgrade ready
Note: List of services supported is not a definitive list. There may be more services supported.

UE40F7000 £1450  (price checked April 2013)
Screen Size/Ratio 40-inches (1920×1080)/16:9
Physical size/Weight (Panel) 90x55x3.4cm/9.15Kg
Screen Type LCD (LED backlight)
3D Yes (Active)
Digital TV Reception Freeview HD / Freesat
Inputs 4 x HDMI/3 x USB/Component
Ethernet/Wi-Fi Yes/Yes
Smart TV Functionality Samsung Hub: Apps and Games
Web Browser Yes
USB port(s) to play/record media Yes/Yes
Wi-Fi Direct Yes
DLNA Yes
Remote Control via App Yes
Upgradable Hardware Yes
Services Supported BBC iPlayer, LoveFilm, Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Skype
Other Built-in camera with face recognition, motion control and voice control, Quad-core processor, AllShare Play, Wide Colour Enhancer Plus, 800Hz Clear Motion Rate, Micro Dimming Ultimate, Smart Evolution Kit upgrade ready
Note: List of services supported is not a definitive list. There may be more services supported.

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