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Samsung’s 8K Premiere projector turns your wall into a cinema screen

Samsung’s 8K Premiere projector turns your wall into a cinema screen

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Samsung at CES announced an ultra-short-throw projector with 8K resolution called The Premiere. It’s an updated version of the 2020 4K Premiere, a single box designed to sit on a low table just below and just a few inches from your wall or screen. Using special lenses and video processing, it can create an image up to 150 inches diagonally.

It has built-in speakers and Dolby Atmos to fill the room with sound as well as light. As you’d expect, it also has the features of a Samsung smart TV, with Netflix, Disney Plus and so on.

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While the idea of ​​an 8K projector that can produce a huge image on any wall sounds intriguing, UST projectors are not the magic they first appear. Here’s what we know so far.

8K?

Ultra-throw projectors like this 2020 4K The Premiere claim to be able to project an image on any wall, but all projectors can.

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Yes 8k. That’s four times the resolution of a 4K projector. There is currently no widely available 8K content, a problem that also plagues 8K TVs. Without 8K content, you can’t take full advantage of the extra pixels, although the projector will upscale whatever you send to 8K, so it may look a bit sharper than a 4K projector projecting a similarly sized image. Keep in mind that there are more important aspects of picture quality than resolution.

The Premiere isn’t the first 8K projector, but there are only a few on the market. JVC there are several models starting at $11,000 and going up. They use a 4K imaging chip and pixel switcher to create an 8K screen resolution. This is similar to how most 4K projectors create 4K by using a 1080p or lower resolution chip and doubling or doubling the image pixels for approximately 4K resolution. While Samsung hasn’t revealed the projector’s specs, it’s almost certainly how it’s creating 8K as well.

On the professional side, Digital projection there are a few 8K models, but they are for real movie theaters and other large venues.

What is an Ultra Short Throw Projector?

A living room with several people looking at a simulated image of an astronaut on the wall created by a UST projector.

It is important to remember that any ambient light will affect the image from the projector, including UST projectors.

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Traditional projectors need about 10 feet of distance to project a 100-inch image. Higher-end models can stand further away, while short-range models can stand closer. UST projectors sit just a few inches from the wall and are still capable of producing huge images thanks to smart lenses and video processing.

The two main drawbacks of all UST projectors are cost and image quality. Due to their complex design, UST projectors tend to cost much more than traditional projectors.

The other disadvantage, also a result of their way of working, is the reduction of contrast ratio. UST projectors generally have poorer contrast ratios than traditional projectors, making their images flatter with less “impact”. Usually, manufacturers try to compensate for this by significantly increasing the brightness, but this does not improve the quality of the image, it only makes it brighter.

Assumed characteristics

A very brightly lit room with a simulated image from a UST projector.

As bright as it is, a UST projector won’t be able to compete with ambient light without a dedicated screen. And even then it would look a lot better with the curtains drawn.

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Samsung hasn’t announced many details about the new The Premiere, but we can guess a few things. The previous model was illuminated by lasers, and the new model probably will be too. This is because lasers offer better performance in terms of luminous flux (brightness) and color. They also usually last the life of the projector, unlike the replaceable lamps on most lower-end projectors.

4K The Premiere had built-in speakers, allowing it to function as its own soundbar. This is another likely feature, as most UST projectors aim to be a one-stop shop when it comes to in-room entertainment. The new model will have Dolby Atmos, which the old one did not have.

It’s also safe to assume it will be light. 4K The Premiere had two versions, a “120-inch” version and a “130-inch” version. Neither actually came with a screen and could actually create a range of image sizes from 90 to 120 inches with the former and 100 to 130 inches with the latter. The difference was light output, with 2200 and 2800 claimed respectively. These are pretty good numbers, although other UST projectors in a similar price range are much brighter. The $4,000 Epson LS500, for example, puts out a claimed 4,000 lumens. Samsung claims the new model will be able to take “150-inch” images, so we’re expecting an increase in lumens.

Price and availability

Samsung has yet to announce pricing or availability. Typically, products that are announced at CES come out in the spring or summer. In terms of price, it almost certainly won’t be cheap. The previous The Premiere was $3,500 for the “120-inch” version and $6,500 for the “130-inch” version. Since the only other consumer 8K PJs start at $11,000, and they’re for traditional (aka non-UST) designs, it seems safe to assume that the 8K The Premiere will cost at least as much as the previous model, and possibly much more.

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