Samsung UE48JS8500 (JS8500) Curved 4K SUHD TV

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by Steve Withers Mar 6, 2015 at 8:50 AM

  • What is the Samsung UE48JS8500?

    The UE48JS8500 is the smallest screen size in Samsung's curved JS8500 range, which also includes the 65-inch UE65JS8500 and the 55-inch UE55JS8500. The JS8500 sits below the JS9000 in Samsung's SUHD range, with the lower tiered model using Quad-Core processing rather than Octa-Core and missing the One Connect box, although otherwise the two are identical. The JS8500 is the entry level model in Samsung's SUHD TV range, which are designed to offer a degree of UHD future proofing. As such they use Nano Crystal technology, which is Samsung's proprietary version of quantum dot, to create a wider colour space that is 92% of the DCI standard. They also use edge lighting with more efficient LEDs and a newer brighter panel that allows it to support High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 10-bit video.

    This is a preview of the upcoming UE48JS8500 model and will be replaced with the full in-depth review as soon as we have measured and reviewed the final retail sample. In the meantime here is a run down of the features we can expect to see.

    JS8500 Picture Quality Features

    Samsung UE48JS8500 JS8500 Picture Quality Features
    The UE48JS8500 incorporates all the new picture features found on Samsung's 2015 SUHD range of TVs and uses a curved screen with an edge LED backlight. It supports Ultra HD 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) and includes Quad-Core picture processing. The JS8500 also features Peak Illuminator Pro, which is designed to boost the brightness of the image by taking energy not being used in dark parts of the image and using it to boost the brighter parts. It also includes Precision Black local dimming and Auto Depth Enhancer and we will test all these features fully when the JS8500 comes in for review.

    The SUHD line-up is designed to support HDR, 10-bit video and a wider colour space.

    The UE48JS8500 uses a new filter on its curved screen that is designed to reduce unwanted reflections and includes extensive calibration controls. There is the Smart LED local dimming feature with settings for Low, Standard and High, along with the Auto Motion Plus feature that can be used to reduce motion blur. Along with Nano Crystal technology, which is Samsung's proprietary version of quantum dot, the 10-bit panel also uses a new LED light source and improved transmittance. The Quad-Core processing adds content orientated picture quality enhancements and quantum colour expression to better map colours to the TV's colour space.

    Smart TV and Other Specs

    The UE48JS8500 sports a metallic build with a silver brushed metal finish. It has a chamfered bezel and a silver trim around the outer edge, along with a new curved stand. Unlike the JS9500 and JS9000 which use Samsung's One Connect box, the JS8500 uses the Mini connect system that includes four HDMI 2.0 inputs and three USB ports, along with legacy inputs and a LAN port. The JS8500 also has built-in WiFi and includes all of Samsung's latest Smart TV features.

    There is the new platform, powered by Tizen and the Smart Controller motion remote control. Samsung's Smart platform includes all the major catch-up services and streaming content providers, as well a connectivity and Smart Share features. Finally Samsung also include a Game Mode that significantly reduces the input lag for gamers and it supports active shutter 3D, with two pairs of glasses included.

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