Samsung UE48H6500 review

One of the most affordable 48-inchers around

Samsung UE48H6500 review

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In previous reviews of Samsung's smart TVs we've barely mentioned its SmartView 2.0 'second screen' app, so here's a few thoughts on how it interacts with the UE48H6500. Freely available for both iOS and Android devices – that's both phones and tablets, thankfully – SmartView 2.0 operates primarily as a second screen, essentially replicating what is playing on the TV. For example, watch BBC1 and that's what will show on the app, though it is a good few seconds delayed. As well as going full screen, you can choose channels from a list.

Samsung UE48H6500 review

Sadly this doesn't work with anything plugged into the HDMI inputs, so it's not possible to watch a Blu-ray disc via SmartView 2.0.

I'm also not quite sure who needs this functionality. More interesting is the option to stream videos and music from the smartphone/tablet to the UE48H6500. It mines your phone or tablet for media and presents them nicely; there's a colourful grid of JPG photos and MP4/MOV videos it finds, and a list of MP3 files organised by artist/album or A-Z. It's all really well laid-out and good-looking,

Samsung UE48H6500 review

SmartView 2.0 also has a virtual remote control page, which looks best on the tablet version. Nicely spread-out and with a metallic look that's reminiscent of the TV's palm-sized smart remote (it's actually a lot easier to use).

Samsung UE48H6500 review

Another issue is repeated use; each time you fire-up the app it goes through the mis-named 'auto discovery' mode and you have to wait, then choose your TV from a list.


Low frequency sound seems a bit hollow from the UE48H6500's built-in 10W stereo speakers, but the overall audio performance is actually rather impressive. Primed to deliver dialogue from live TV, there's plenty of treble detail and not a hint of hiss. It also goes to loud volumes without distortion. Is this a by-product of the UE48H6500's chubby chassis? Perhaps so. Still, those after a proper movie-grade sound system can, at least route audio from live TV to a home cinema via the UE48H6500's rear-mounted digital optical audio output.


Since the UE48H6500 is selling for £1,049 on Samsung UK's website and half that amount on the high street and online, it has got to be considered an absolute steal, though there are cheaper 48-inchers out there. Two pairs of 3D glasses in the box seems reasonably good value, too.

Jamie Carter

Jamie is a freelance tech, travel and space journalist based in the UK. He’s been writing regularly for Techradar since it was launched in 2008 and also writes regularly for Forbes, The Telegraph, the South China Morning Post, Sky & Telescope and the Sky At Night magazine as well as other Future titles T3, Digital Camera World, All About Space and He also edits two of his own websites, and that reflect his obsession with travel gear and solar eclipse travel. He is the author of A Stargazing Program For Beginners (Springer, 2015),