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Sam­sung SUHD TV

Re­ports of LED TV’S death may have been some­what ex­ag­ger­ated in this pub­li­ca­tion. While we still stand by the state­ment that OLED is su­pe­rior as a tech­nol­ogy, LED still has a few aces up its sleeve to up the pow­ered pixel ante. With the res­o­lu­tion mar­ket­ing arms race be­hind us (stop wor­ry­ing about “true 4K” al­ready) and large TVS be­com­ing the new nor­mal, the fo­cus is now firmly on get­ting the deep­est blacks and more colour vari­a­tion and bright­ness.

Quan­tum dot tech­nol­ogy is Sam­sung’s lat­est ace in the hole. The mar­ket­ing ma­te­rial de­scribes never-be­fore-seen ex­ploits in pixel wiz­ardry that dra­mat­i­cally in­crease the num­ber of pos­si­ble colours the dis­play can recre­ate. On top of that is an­other bright­ness trick called HDR (where many im­ages are over­layed to bring out de­tail in shadow ar­eas), but this time it’s billed as HDR 1 000.

In prac­tice this all adds up to a bright and vivid dis­play that sees a marked im­prove­ment in colour map­ping soft­ware and pixel zon­ing hard­ware, which en­sures even rich tones which ex­tend to the tra­di­tion­ally washed-out prob­lem­atic edges of the curved screen. You’ll be more im­pressed by the Tizen-pow­ered smart func­tion­al­ity, though. Es­pe­cially when you re­alise the top end model ships stan­dard with the best univer­sal re­mote on the mar­ket and the HDMI ports will au­to­mat­i­cally recog­nise the de­vices you plug in.

From R45 000, sam­sung.com

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