Samsung is the number one TV maker in the world, but when it comes to high-priced televisions that pack the most prestige, and profit, LG is coming on strong.
To battle LG’s OLED televisions, which deliver thewe’ve ever tested at increasingly affordable prices, Samsung brings its A game in the form of Q.
The company’s new QLED TVs introduced at CES 2017 include the Q7, Q8 and Q9 series. Pricing, availability and sizes were not confirmed.
All Q’s boast a new quantum dot technology said to improve light output (up to 2,000 nits in highlights, double that of OLED) and color performance.
Samsung talks up “100 percent color volume,” claiming more accurate color reproduction at different light levels compared to OLED. How much of a difference those extras make in real world program material still remains to be seen.
Unlike last year, Samsung’s best line of TV, the Q9, has a flat instead of a curved screen. The Q8 series is curved, while the Q7 offers both flat and curved models. Samsung didn’t elaborate on image quality differences between the three.
All of the Q sets use Samsung’s One Connect box to house inputs, which, new for 2017, connects to the TV via a 5 meter fiber-optic umbilical that’s nearly invisible. A 15-meter option will also be available. The One Connect box can also blast out IR commands to control cable boxes and other devices, to more easily stow your components inside a cabinet.
Smarter sports and music
The Smart TV system is largely similar to 2016, complete with the unique ability to automatically identify gear you plug in. The company has improved its phone app to mimic the look of the big screen layout, and you can even search and cast apps like Netflix to the TV from your phone, much like with Chrome cast.
New for 2017 is a Sports function that lets you enter your favorite teams and receive notifications when their games air live (unfortunately, it doesn’t automatically program your DVR too). Meanwhile, the Music feature uses Shazam to automatically identify music from any source, and it can even find the song and play it back if you have Spotify or a similar app installed.
Samsung QLED TVs Features
- New quantum dot technology
- Edge-lit local dimming
- 1,500 to 2,000 nits peak brightness
- Wider color volume
- No Gap wall mount (optional on Q8 and Q7)
- Sports and Music smart TV functions