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Samsung 85in UHD TV to set you back $40k

Samsung's 85in ultra-high definition (UHD) TV is arriving soon, but it's not exactly affordable.

The new set boasts UHD - or 4K - technology, which features a "breakthrough both in picture quality and design," according to Samsung. But all that enhanced technology will set you back $39,999 (£26,500). No one said being an early adopter was cheap, but if you want one, Samsung will start taking pre-orders on its website later this month.

The set, formally known as the UN85S9, will feature "deep, real blacks and pure vivacious whites, [as well as] the sharpest resolutions ever seen on large format displays," Samsung said. It will also convert HD or full HD to UHD picture quality via a 1.35 GHz A15 quad-core processor.

Samsung first showed off the 85in UHD set at this year's CES. It is 4,000 pixels wide, with four times the pixels as a 1080p HDTV. The S9 can accept voice commands with its built-in microphone and Samsung's Voice Interaction, and navigate content through Samsung's redesigned Smart Hub. It also features a 3.2-channel, 120-watt speaker system built into its frame, which is significantly more powerful than the 10- and 20-watt systems normally seen on HDTVs.

That new Smart Hub - coming to select 2013 TVs, Blu-ray players and home theater systems - includes five panels for Smart TV program guides, video-on-demand, apps, social, and personal content. Not sure what to watch next? The program guide can provide personalised suggestions for shows that are airing shortly based on what you've watched in the past.

Samsung also provided details about its Smart Evolution Kits, which Samsung first tipped at CES 2012. Samsung's smart TVs have a processor on board, but they also have an empty slot in the back, where these Smart Evolution Kits plug in and provide feature updates so you don't have to buy a new TV as often.

The Smart Evolution Kit will come with the 2013 Smart Touch Remote, and will be available in May for $299.99 (£200).