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3 of the best Black Friday deals we’ve seen on 4K TVs are already live at Walmart

Black Friday 2018 is right around the corner, but retailers know the competition is going to be particularly stiff this year. That’s why some of the biggest stores are already running killer Black Friday deals right now, and you know Walmart can be counted among them. The retailer launched its early Black Friday sale last week and there are plenty of great deals to be found — you can shop the full sale right here on Walmart’s website.

If you’re planning on buying a new 4K TV this year though, you definitely don’t have to wait for Black Friday to arrive next week. Why? Because three of the best Black Friday deals we’ve ever seen on 4K TVs are live right now! One of Sharp’s best mid-range 50-inch 4K TVs can be had right now for just $249, or you can bump up to the 55-inch model for just $399. Looking for a massive 65-inch 4K TV? How does $349 sound for a well-reviewed model that retails for $900!?

Check out all the details below.

Sharp 50″ Class 4K Ultra HD (2160p) HDR Smart LED TV

Key Features:

  • Screen Size (Diag.): 50″
  • Backlight Type: LED
  • Resolution: 2160p
  • Effective Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Smart Functionality: yes
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Viewable Angle (H/V): 178 degrees/178 degrees
  • OSD Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Speakers/Power Output: 10W x 2
  • HDR: Yes

Connectivity:

  • HDMI Inputs: 3
  • Component: 1
  • Composite: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Tuner: Digital ATSC
  • USB Ports: 3
  • Built-in WiFi: yes
  • Analog Audio Out: 1
  • Digital Audio Out: 1

What’s In The Box:

  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Power Cord

Wall-mountable:

  • VESA Standard

Support and Warranty:

  • 1yr Manufacturers Warranty

Sharp 50″ Class 4K Ultra HD (2160p) HDR Smart LED TV: $249.00 (reg. $399.99)

Sharp 55″ Class 4K Ultra HD (2160P) HDR Smart LED TV

Key Features:

  • Screen Size (Diag.): 55″ (54.6″)
  • Backlight Type: LED
  • Resolution: 2160p
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Smart Functionality: Yes
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Viewable Angle (H/V): 178 degrees/178 degrees
  • OSD Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Speakers/Power Output: 10W x 2
  • HDR: Yes

Connectivity:

  • HDMI Inputs: 3
  • Component: 1
  • Composite: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Tuner: Digital ATSC
  • USB Ports: 3
  • Built-in WiFi: yes
  • Analog Audio Out: 1
  • Digital Audio Out: 1

What’s In The Box:

  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Power Cord

Wall-mountable:

  • VESA Standard

Support and Warranty:

  • 1yr Manufacturers Warranty

Sharp 55″ Class 4K Ultra HD (2160P) HDR Smart LED TV: $299.00 (reg. $499.99)

RCA 65″ Class 4K Ultra HD (2160P) LED TV

Key Features:

  • Screen Size (Diag.): 65″
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution: 2160p
  • Effective Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Smart Functionality: no
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Viewable Angle (H/V): 176 degrees/176 degrees
  • OSD Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Sleep timer function
  • Programmable channel memory

Connectivity:

  • HDMI: 3
  • YPbPr Component: 1
  • Tuner: Digital ATSC
  • AV Audio/Video: 1
  • VGA Port: 1
  • PC Audio: 1
  • Headphone: 1
  • Audio Out: 1
  • RF (Coaxial): 1

What’s In The Box:

  • Remote control

Wall-mountable:

  • Mount Pattern: VESA standard

Support and Warranty:

  • Limited warranty

RCA 65″ Class 4K Ultra HD (2160P) LED TV: $349.00 (reg. $899.99)

Samsung will soon test TVs that can be controlled with your brain

Samsung TVs are already some of the most popular options for high-end home theater systems, and the company is now using its television-making prowess to help people with disabilities live more normal lives. A new project by a Samsung team in Switzerland could yield the first smart TV that can be controlled with thoughts.

As CNET reports, Samsung has partnered with Swiss scientists to bring the system to life. Called ‘Project Pontis,’ the ultimate goal is to build a brain/software interface that will allow individuals with movement disabilities to control television features like channel switching and volume control with their brains rather than their bodies.

Brain-controlled gadgets aren’t entirely new — you can even buy simple brain-controlled “Mindflex” games made by Mattel if you want to play around with the technology in your own home — but the Project Pontis system is obviously much more robust.

At present, the system combines brain monitoring sensors and eye-tracking hardware to identify what selections the individual intends to make. Going forward, the partnership hopes to make the system smart enough to accept commands via brain commands alone, meaning that you’d only need to think about changing the volume for the action to be performed.

Now, before you go thinking this is the ultimate accessory for a lazy channel surfer or Netflix binge-watcher, it’s important to note that this is all aimed specifically at aiding those with severe disabilities. Samsung hasn’t even hinted at the idea that this would be a commercially available product. That being said, if the technology reaches a point where it’s essentially plug-and-play, it’s hard to imagine Samsung or another company at least testing the waters with everyday consumers.

In any case, the project is still in a relatively early stage, with Samsung forecasting new prototype testing sometime in early 2019. If a thought-controlled TV ever does arrive, it likely won’t be for quite a while.

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If you’ve got the cash for it, early reviews make Samsung’s QLED 8K TV sound like a good deal

If you’ve got $15k to spend on a gorgeous TV that you absolutely don’t need, then by all means, let this be the one. That’s the takeaway you might be left with after checking out the early reviews of Samsung’s 85-inch, QLED 8K TV — the Q900R that was unveiled at IFA 2018 and which reviewers and tech outlets are praising for everything from its design to the AI-based 8K upscaling technology.

Again, this is arguably a super-luxe product that absolutely no one needs right now, at least not until we can actually access 8K content. Nevertheless, Samsung itself has rounded up a heap of reviews today to disseminate to buyers whose pockets are big enough to absorb a purchase like this. All of those reviews, again, in praise of a TV with Real 8K Resolution features embedded with Samsung’s proprietary 8K AI Upscaling technology. As we’ve noted before, that upscaling is one of the key things the company is betting will help push potential buyers to actually pull the trigger. It refers to the chip that uses AI to analyze an image in real time and then dip into an image database to present a “much more accurate and precise digital guess at how to plug in missing picture information.”

Among some of the early takes on the 8K TV:

Samsung points to UK-based tech news and reviews site Trusted Reviews, which awarded the Q900R 5 out of 5 stars. For context behind that rating, the site explained that this is the first “proper” 8K TV that’s also the “brightest TV ever released.” Put those two factors together? It gives you “a set that can take you to picture quality places you’ve never been before.”

Pocket-Lint, another UK-based gadget news site, also praised the TV’s processor, described it as an “HDR Supernova” and raves about the fact that it’s “capable of processing huge volumes of data that helps to further improve the TV’s performance.”

Switching to US media sites, HD Guru likewise gave the Q900R a perfect 5 out of 5 score. Its review notes that “Even with Standard Dynamic Range Full HD content, colors were exceptionally bright and vibrant, where they were intended to be. The Samsung QLED 8K TV delivered the brightest pictures (we’ve) ever tested along with deep and rich black levels that registered nearly perfect black and clearly visible deep shadow detail.”

From Forbes: “Even with so little native 8K to go on, though, it was instantly and staggeringly clear that all those extra pixels have a stunning and mesmerizing impact on picture quality.” A Digital Trends reviewer said the TV let him feeling pretty “damned impressed.”

“If you can afford it, and you can fit it in your home, then there is no question that this — the Samsung Q900 — is the AVS Forum Top Choice for 2018,” notes AVSForum. “It’s an amazing display by any measure, and of course it’s also first when it comes to 8K TVs you can actually buy.”

The 50-inch 4K TV with built-in Fire TV everyone loves is somehow back down to $349.99

When Toshiba and Amazon unveiled the Toshiba 50LF621U19 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV – Fire TV Edition, people went crazy. In fact, more than 1,000 people ordered one the very first time we wrote about it. This awesome TV offers beautiful picture quality, 4K resolution, HDR support, and built-in Fire TV software for just $400. If you thought that was a great price though, check this out: it’s back on sale for just $349.99! Definitely grab one at this price while you still can.

Here are the bullet points from the Amazon page:

  • Toshiba 4K UHD Smart TV – Fire TV Edition delivers true-to-life 4K Ultra HD picture quality with over 8 million pixels for stunning clarity, deep contrast, and vivid colors.
  • With the Fire TV experience built-in, enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, including Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and more.
  • Fire TV Edition seamlessly integrates live over-the-air TV and streaming channels on a unified home screen (HD antenna required).
  • Easily control your TV with the included Voice Remote with Alexa—plus, launch apps, search for TV shows, play music, switch inputs, control smart home devices, and more, using just your voice.
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 44.6” x 26.4” x 3.7”, TV with stand: 44.6” x 27.8” x 10.7”. Multiple device input/output options: 3 HDMI including 1 with ARC, USB, composite input, digital output (optical), antenna/cable output, audio output, Ethernet.