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Samsung's 4K Blu-ray player goes on sale in UK, for £430

Samsung's player can handle Ultra HD Blu-rays, which spit out a whopping 4K resolution. But it's not cheap.

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Samsung's Ultra HD Blu-ray player has arrived in the UK and it's on sale as of now for £430.

The UBD-K8500 (to give it its full title) can handle 4K Blu-ray discs but will also happily wrangle Blu-rays, DVDs or CDs. VHS tapes are a no-no, however.

Our US colleagues have already given the player the once-over, and their review concluded that it's the "best picture quality yet," but is only worth your time if you have a high-end TV capable of handling high-dynamic range (HDR). To quote my colleagues Ty Pendlebury and David Katzmaier, "When viewed on standard, non-HDR 4K TVs, the discs we tested don't offer any substantial picture quality improvements over standard 1080p Blu-ray discs." You may also struggle to find many Ultra-HD Blu-ray movies to actually watch -- at least for now.

In the UK, the player will be on sale at shops including Currys, John Lewis and Richer Sounds, or on Samsung's website.

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