Top 10 4K Televisions of the Year (2018 Models)

Hey Dudes! Today we will be looking at the top 10 4K televisions for 2018.

Okay I know we just did the top 10 4K TVs for 2017. But, we only just started this site in December. Looking back at that article it makes me realise that it looks very primitive so I hope that this years article is better and more in depth. It is March 2018 and the major manufacturers have released their brand new lineups for the year to Canada, so let's get started.

10. LG UK6500/6570

Note: this image is not the UK6500, but LG's 2017 UJ6500

CLICK HERE FOR OUR REVIEW OF THE UK6500

The most commonly sold big LG TV of 2018 is going to be the LG UK6500/70. It’s available in the most screen sizes of any 4K TV this year from a gigantic 86-inch to a decent sized 43-inch. Additionally, it comes with middle-of-the-road, but-still-decent technology. Namely, that technology will include webOS 4.0 with Google Assistant, 4K Active HDR, a 4K IPS panel and a quad-core processor. The UK6500 is not great for movies but is still a solid choice if you don't have money to burn on a premium UHD TV.

Pros:

  • Google assistant enabled
  • Quad-core processor gives webOS 4.0 some nice speeds
  • Great pricing

Cons:

  • Lacks premium features
  • 8-bit (not true HDR)
  • Black levels are not great

No prices yet (Estimates)

43 inch @ 599.99 MSRP

50 inch @ 799.99 MSRP

55 inch @ 999.99 MSRP

65 inch @ 1699.99 MSRP

70 inch @ 2199.99 MSRP

75 inch @ 2799.99 MSRP

86 inch @ 3999.99 MSRP

9. Samsung NU7100

Check out our review of the Samsung NU7100

The first entry in the 2018 Samsung lineup is the NU7100. You will find PurColor which gives millions of shades of colour. Additionally, it is an edge-lit panel that comes with HDR 10+ while being powered by a quad-core processor. It features a 60 Hz panel with Samsung's proprietary motion rate 120. And, it also comes with an app called "SmartThings" that can help you control your smart home products through your TV. Awesomely, the TV also has Steam link so you can enjoy your favourite games. Bixby, Samsung's voice assistant will not be included in the NU7100.

 

Pros:

  • Higher end smart features
  • Good for gaming
  • HDR is pretty good for an entry-level model

Cons:

  • Pricey for an entry-level 4K TV
  • 60 Hz
  • Edge-lit with some blooming effects

 

Prices at time of the article

50 inch @ 999.99 MSRP

55 inch @ 1199.99 MSRP

65 inch @ 1999.99 MSRP

75 inch @ 2999.99 MSRP

8. Samsung NU8500/NU8000

 

 

A sequel to last year’s MU8000, the Samsung NU8000 Smart 4K TV is almost identical to the NU8500 but features a flat screen instead of a curved one. The NU8000 uses an edge-lit VA panel and a quad-core processor. Expect both HDR10 and HDR10+ support in addition to Bixby, Tizen OS and Samsung’s Smart Things platform. This is Samsung’s best TV that doesn’t have the QLED moniker. That being said, some would argue that the NU9000 or NU9500 is better, but to be honest, don't fall into that trap. The 8000 and 9000 are practically twins. Additionally, if you want to go for the curved model, get ready to pay another $200 dollars for one. In my humble opinion, Samsung has been better at marketing than making the best products for consumers.

 

Pros:

  • 10 Bit panel
  • 120 Hz
  • HDR looks bright and beautiful

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • No support for Dolby Vision
  • Bixby is not yet as intuitive as Alexa or Google assistant

 

Prices at time of the article

49 inch @ 999.99 MSRP

55 inch @ 1599.99 MSRP

65 inch @ 2199.99 MSRP

75 inch @ 4299.99 MSRP

82 inch @ 4999.99 MSRP

7. Sony X850F

 

The X850F is a step down from the X900F. It features a less precise edge-lit backlight (so don't expect the same clarity of HDR) and doesn't have the same X1 Extreme processor. The 850F also won't be receiving Dolby Vision support via a software update. It does, however, have a 120Hz panel which will help with its reproduction of fast motion. The best thing about this TV is that it has Kodi available to download, so no need for a Telus pik TV box if you're from Western Canada.

 

Pros:

  • X-Reality Pro processing in combination with X1 processor is marvellous
  • Great for Sports
  • Android is much faster

Cons:

  • Edge-Lit
  • No Dolby Vision
  • Good, not great for movies

 

Prices at time of the article

55 inch @ 1599.99 MSRP

65 inch @ 2599.99 MSRP

75 inch @ 4299.99 MSRP

85 inch @ 7799.99 MSRP

 

6. LG SK8000

 

The SK8000 is the poor man’s SK9500. It’s still offering the Alpha 7 processor and Dolby Atmos, but the panel drops full array local dimming for simple local dimming. Fewer zones means even less lighting control and more inconsistencies in brightness.

 

Pros:

  • A7 processor
  • Solid all-around 4K TV
  • Atmos Support

Cons:

  • IPS panel loses black levels
  • No full array dimming
  • Not the brightest

 

Prices at time of the article

55 inch @ 1999.99

65 inch @ 2999.99

 

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5. Samsung Q8F QLED

CLICK HERE FOR OUR REVIEW OF THE 2018 SAMSUN Q8FN

Moving down the line a bit is Samsung’s Q8F QLED TV. Like the Q9F, you’ll see a switch from last year’s edge-lit design to a Direct Full Array panel, Ambient Mode and the addition of Bixby. It’s likely that the Q8F will have a slightly lower peak brightness than the Q9F, but that’s something we won’t know for sure until we get one to test for ourselves.

 

Pros:

  • Back-lit Full Array! Finally!
  • Brightness is really top notch
  • Beautiful, bold colours

Cons:

  • Expensive AF
  • Once again Bixby is not there just yet

 

Prices at time of the article

55 inch @ 2999.99 MSRP

65 inch @ 3999.99 MSRP

75 inch @ 5999.99 MSRP

 

4. Sony Bravia X900F

 

The X900F  features a couple of enhancements over its equivalent from last year, the X900E. For one thing, it's now packing the X1 Extreme Processor, which you previously had to jump up to the X930E to get your hands on, and which should allow for better upscaling of SDR to HDR content. Local dimming has also been improved from XDR x5 to XDR x6, resulting in around 20% more brightness over last year's model.

 

Pros:

  • X1 extreme chip has nice processing power
  • Brightness
  • Backlit full array

Cons:

  • Not as pricey as the Q8F but still pricey
  • Kind of fat, but still beautiful

 

Prices at time of the article

49 inch @ 1799.99 MSRP

55 inch @ 2299.99 MSRP

65 inch @ 3299.99 MSRP

75 inch @ 5199.99 MSRP

 

3. LG SK9500

 

The top Super UHD TV of 2018 will be the SK9500. This series of flagship Super UHD screens will use Nano Cell display technology with full array local dimming - which should offer significant improvements to the uniformity of black levels - and will be powered by the Alpha 7 processor. The TV will support Dolby Atmos - but it won’t ship with a Dolby Atmos soundbar like the W8 or E8 OLED.

 

Pros:

  • Billions of colours (10 Bit)
  • Price is pretty good for top LED
  • Full array local dimming

Cons:

  • A7 processor rather than OLEDs A9
  • Does not excel in Movies or Sports

 

Prices at time of the article

65 inch @ 2999.99

75 inch @ 4999.99

 

2. Sony Bravia A8F

 

The A8F (known as the AF8 in the UK) is Sony's OLED TV for 2018. Unfortunately, not much has changed since last year's A1E. (The biggest change is the stand.) The new model can be stood up without slanting, unlike the 2017 A1E. Similarly to the A1E, the A8F also boasts the X1 Extreme processor. Interestingly, Sony also showcased a new X1 Ultimate processor – a new successor chip that’s two times as powerful as the Xtreme and can support 8K and higher frame rates. It can also support higher levels of brightness and Sony showcased a demo of the processor at 10,000 nits of peak brightness.

 

Pros:

  • Upgraded stand
  • Black levels are the best out there
  • Android OS

Cons:

  • The most expensive TV we have reviewed
  • Fat for an OLED
  • Does not do well in bright rooms

 

Prices at time of the article

55 inch @ 3999.99

65 inch @ 5499.99

 

1. LG C8

 

The best television of CES 2018 has absolutely earned that title. In 2017, LG's C7 was close to being the best OLED TV of 2017. In 2018 it has become the best TV, period. With a nearly perfectly balanced performance and price ratio. The C8 will have an MSRP lower than last years C7 which is good news for consumers. and will have all the features that the C7 has. Though the difference is that the C8 will be featuring the new next-gen AI processor.

 

Pros:

  • Good price for OLED
  • WebOS 4.0 is still fast, especially in combination with its A9 processor.
  • Black levels, motion processing and colours look magnificent

Cons:

  • Not bright
  • Has trouble with bright rooms like all OLEDs

 

Prices at time of the article

55 inch @ 3499.99 MSRP

65 inch @ 4499.99 MSRP

77 inch @ 10999.99 MSRP

Final Thoughts:

This year is actually a great year to buy. I know that is what they always say, but this year it's true and ill give you 5 reasons why.

  1. There have been no major upgrades this year or last year other than HDR becoming standard on most models.
  2. Samsung did the right (smart) thing by putting a full array backlit panel on the Q8F & Q9F while still keeping prices similar.
  3. The "big three" manufacturers are duking it out for control meaning pricing will come down
  4. MSRP on most 4K TVs will be lower than last year.
  5. Implementing artificial intelligence in video processing is huge

If you are looking for a cheap big-screen Television for your mancave we recommend going with the LG UK6500. You get choice in sizes and do not have to pay a large premium for features. Additionally, for mid-range televisions, we recommend going with Sony's 900F over the Samsung Q8F QLED based on price. And finally, we recommend for the best TV of 2018 to go with LGs C8 OLED. If you are looking to save some dough however, you should look at LGs Nanocell SK9500. Perhaps surprising to some, LG really has outdone themselves this year and has lept ahead of Samsung as top dog and ahead of Sony for top 4K television.

Consequently, try to buy quality over quantity (as in quantity of inches). If you're looking to buy a 75 inch 4k TV for under three grand, instead look at a 65 inch that runs about the same. You don't get to buy a new Television all the time so get one that is top of the class and enjoy for years to come.

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