Samsung, a brand long absent from the home theater projector scene, has announced its re-entry with The Premiere, a 4K UST laser projector intended to compete for your living-room space with bigscreen TVs and similar projectors from LG, Epson, Optoma, VAVA, and others.
Samsung says two dedicated projector models with different specs will be available for images up to 130-inches or 120-inches as the LSP9T and LSP7T respectively. The Premiere joins other products in Samsung's design-centric Lifestyle TV series and is expected to ship sometime before the end of this year. Pricing has not been announced, nor much feature detail, but we know that, like LG's HU85LA, the LSP9T at least is based on a three-laser design, which would place it among the most premium UST models available.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the flagship LSP9T (rated at 2,800 lumens) is specifically cited as the first projector fully compatible with HDR10+ high dynamic range content. Samsung was instrumental in developing HDR10+, a more advanced form of HDR10 that offers dynamic metadata (similar to Dolby Vision) to assure a better result than is usually found with the static metadata found on regular HDR10 titles.
It's also the first projector to support the UHD Alliance's Filmmaker Mode, which recognizes metadata in compatible content to automatically or manually engage an image preset mode that optimizes color, frame rate, and other parameters according to the creator's intent so it can be viewed without the alterations typically imparted by the default picture modes on consumer displays. Several TV makers have announced support.
Beyond this, the LSP9T and LSP7T will feature Samsung's well-developed smart TV operating system and streaming platform, which should be a notable advantage given the tepid platforms offered by most UST projector makers to date, with LG's entry being the exception. Both manufacturers have obviously honed their technology across years of smart TV development for their panel television lines and built solid relationships with the key streaming providers.
The Premiere will feature a front-facing sound system, which is said to have "powerful built-in woofers and Acoustic Beam surround sound."
We'll share more information on The Premiere UST as it becomes available.