Sam­sung first in new 2019 ul­tra-pre­mium TV class

SmartHouse - - TELEVISION - Writ­ten by David Richards & John Archer

Sam­sung is se­ri­ously push­ing 8K TVs in Aus­tralia with JB HiFi and The Good Guys now of­fer­ing sig­nif­i­cant dis­counts from the orig­i­nal rec­om­mended re­tail prices for these top end mod­els. As the only brand sell­ing 8K the Korean Com­pany is the only brand that can of­fer Ul­tra-Pre­mium, Pre­mium and Af­ford­able Pre­mium TVs in Aus­tralia fol­low­ing the re­lease of the 2019 TV range.

With this year’s Sam­sung is sell­ing TVs in all shapes and forms rang­ing in sizes from 43 inches to 98 inches, span­ning both 4K and 8K res­o­lu­tions. Out­side of the 8K mod­els the real standouts are the 4K Q90, Q80, Q70 and Q60 mod­els the Q900 be­ing the hero 4K prod­uct in 2019.

At a Syd­ney Cricket Ground event, Sam­sung demon­strated that there re­ally is a TV for ev­ery oc­ca­sion or room in the house.

These pro­ces­sors de­liver vastly im­proved back­light man­age­ment, con­trast and colour man­age­ment.

The Q90 se­ries will be avail­able in 65, 75 and 82-inch sizes, and it’s these sets that are now in big de­mand at Aus­tralian re­tail­ers as brands such as Hisense and TCL strug­gle to catch up with the new TV bench­mark that Korean brands are de­liv­er­ing to mar­ket. One of the main rea­sons for this qual­ity dif­fer­ence is the pro­ces­sors used in the top end Sam­sung TVs.

These pro­ces­sors de­liver vastly im­proved back­light man­age­ment, con­trast and colour man­age­ment ver­sus 2018’s Q9 equiv­a­lents. Sam­sung has also im­proved the LED view­ing an­gle of their top end TVs with­out com­pro­mis­ing on con­trast.

The Q80 mod­els (avail­able in 55, 65, 75 and 82 inch sizes) will boast the same new wide view­ing an­gle tech­nol­ogy as the Q90s.

And while the view­ing an­gle fea­ture isn’t avail­able on the Q70 mod­els, all Q90, Q80 and Q70 mod­els will fea­ture di­rect back­light­ing with lo­cal dim­ming.

Last year’s Q7 equiv­a­lent mod­els, by com­par­i­son, only used edge LED light­ing.

The num­ber of dim­ming zones in the Q80 and Q70 mod­els will be sub­stan­tially lower than the 480 ex­pected to be in the Q90s.

Sam­sung said that the Q8 would have 96 dim­ming zones ver­sus the 40 or so of 2018’s Q8s.

How­ever, the Sam­sung web­site is now claim­ing 240 dim­ming zones com­pared with the mere 40 or so of last year’s Q8s, while the Q70s will have 120 dim­ming zones. Q70s will be avail­able in 50” 55, 65, and 75”.

The last “nor­mal” TV in Sam­sung’s 2019 QLED range is the Q60. These are avail­able in sev­eral screen sizes, rang­ing from just 55 inches. For peo­ple con­sid­er­ing cheaper priced Hisense or TCL TVs Sam­sung is now of­fer­ing a se­ri­ous al­ter­na­tive.

The lower cost is a di­rect re­sult of a shift to edge rather than di­rect light­ing, as you would ex­pect of an en­try level QLED propo­si­tion.

All 2019 QLED mod­els will ad­di­tion­ally ben­e­fit from an im­proved Am­bi­ent mode, of­fer­ing more art­work and light­ing 'life­style' im­ages.

De­spite be­ing pre­sum­ably much cheaper than the other QLED mod­els, though, even the Q60s will join the more ex­pen­sive sets in boast­ing the fol­low­ing se­ries of key new fea­tures.

First, all the new QLEDs will ben­e­fit from Sam­sung’s new Quan­tum Pro­ces­sor 4K - es­sen­tially a mod­i­fied ver­sion of the ex­cel­lent (es­pe­cially when it comes to up­scal­ing) pic­ture pro­cess­ing en­gine de­signed for Sam­sung’s 8K TVs. This in­cludes edge restora­tion, de­tail cre­ation, noise reduction and con­tour­ing im­prove­ments among its up­scal­ing tal­ents.

Also, as cov­ered in this pre­vi­ous story, all Sam­sung Smart TVs for 2019 will get built-in Ap­ple iTunes Movies/TV Shows and Air­Play 2 sup­port with older mod­els need­ing a firmware up­date. Other con­tent will be eas­ier to find, too, thanks to an im­proved Uni­ver­sal Guide and smart in­ter­face, as well as sup­port for Ama­zon Alexa and Google As­sis­tant voice con­trol along­side Sam­sung’s own and sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved Bixby sys­tem.

Gamers who buy a new Sam­sung QLED will ben­e­fit from such fea­tures as AMD Radeon Freesync com­pat­i­bil­ity, an Auto Game Mode that can au­to­mat­i­cally switch the TV into low la­tency mode when a game is de­tected, plus new AIbased sound and video tweaks that claim to de­liver the best pic­ture and sound qual­ity at any given mo­ment based on anal­y­sis of the source.

All 2019 QLED mod­els will ad­di­tion­ally ben­e­fit from an im­proved Am­bi­ent mode, of­fer­ing more art­work and light­ing ‘life­style’ im­ages for you to put up on the screen when you’re not ac­tu­ally watch­ing it.

There re­mains one key fea­ture that none of Sam­sung’s 2019 TVs will have, though: Dolby Vi­sion sup­port.

They will at least have HDR10+ sup­port, how­ever - and that has started to be­come more in­ter­est­ing now that IMAX and 20th Cen­tury Fox have started re­leas­ing pretty much all of their new 4K Blu­ray re­leases in the format.

Fi­nally, Sam­sung has also re­vealed ba­sic model num­bers and screen sizes for its cheaper non-QLED, edge-lit LED TVs.

The RU7100 se­ries will be avail­able in sizes rang­ing from 43-inch to 75-inch.

Pric­ing at the time of pub­li­ca­tion are as fol­lows:

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