Samsung announced the launch of its new range of TVs for 2018 in Romania, pushing ahead the "QLED" models for which smart features, design and image quality are the most important. Of course, there are even more QLED models, even if they are all considered "premium", from Q9F, to Q8, Q7 and up to the "QLED" family of QLED
The top model is the Q9F, equipped with a VA Quantum Dot panel and the most exciting smart features on Samsung TVs as well as the most advanced image reproduction system. It delivers UHD resolution (3.840 x 2.160 pixels) and benefits from "Ultra Black Elite" treatment on the screen, which significantly reduces the reflections of other light sources. It is also the only model in the Samsung range that benefits from a full "Direct Full Array Elite" retro-lighting system. With a brightness of 2,000 cd / m2 and a high-performance Q Engine image processor, it has support for HDR10 + technology, which can change the lighting parameters on each scene.
The Q9F features a very thin design on all four sides, features a smart Bluetooth remote and can be mounted on the wall a few millimeters away using the official No Gap Wall-Mount support. In order not to clutter the wall with cables, Samsung has developed One Invisible Connection technology from fiber optics that transmits both the signal of all sources and electricity through a transparent, almost invisible cable. To blend even better into the landscape, Samsung also offers Ambient Mode, a technology that can mimic the wall on which the TV is mounted when it is in a stand-by type. This functionality has low power consumption and is integrated into the SmartThings hub.
The "smart" capabilities of the TV are based on the proprietary Tizen operating system that benefits from support for the most popular streaming services on the market (YouTube, Netflix, HBO GO, Amazon Prime Video, etc.). It also connects to SmartThings from Samsung, which can be controlled directly from the TV interface. However, the software can automatically detect connected devices, such as game consoles, and can automatically switch that source to "game mode" to deactivate more advanced processing features that will provide a lower response time.
This functionality works with PS4 and Xbox One. In addition to the Game Motion Plus capability that will try to offer improved framerate by frame interpolation, those who do not want any processing can opt for the Game Mode Standard with a response time of only 15 milliseconds or a variable refresh rate VRR, which synchronizes the display refresh rate framerate for a response time of only 6.8 milliseconds. VRR functionality is currently only compatible with AMD PCs and Xbox One consoles
The QLED range also includes the Q8C / Q8F (similar, only one curved and the other not), the Q7F (last year model) and Q6F, a "base" model in the QLED range. The differences between these models are both design and capabilities. Only Q9 and Q8 have the Ultra Black Elite antireflection treatment, while only Q9 has extremely bright display. The Q8 and Q7 models come with a brightness of 1,500 cd / m2, while Q6 offers "only" 1,000 cd / m2. Also, only Q9 has "Full Array" illumination, the rest being based on "edge" lighting on the areas. At software level, all have the same capabilities, including "Ambient Mode."
The TVs will be available in the near future in specialized stores, but prices will be rather stiff. For those with smaller budgets, Samsung also launched the Premum UHD (NU80 and NU85), Step Up UHD (NU74 and NU75) and UHD Entry (NU71 and NU73), all of which can display 4K resolution and have integrated Tizen software, of the upper range also have full HDR compatibility; while lower models are only partially compatible. There will also be a single Full HD model in the 2018, N5000 range with 32 "diagonal and no other advanced features