Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Samsung showcases premium QLED TVs

Samsung showcases premium QLED TVs

The company teased a first look event to unveil the 2018 QLED TVs, taking place at the Stock Exchange in NY. Scott Cohen is the National Product Training Manager for Samsung and joins Cheddar to explain these new innovations.

Besides improvements in display quality, Samsung's voice assistant Bixby and SmartThings will play key roles in the new 2018 QLED TV line-up.

The second longest demo of the presentation was for "Ambient Mode", which is a fancy term describing using an image capture of the TV's surroundings as screen wallpaper, to make the TV disappear into said surroundings. Last year, it unveiled the Frame TV, which is created to look like a framed piece of art on the wall, featuring abstract designs and black and white images, when not in use. Of more importance, Samsung announced that the QLED's One Connect feature, which uses a single cable to route all the signals from a breakout box containing all the ports now carries the power. Yup.

Locally, this is the time when we begin to see the new hardware, and usually it's announced somewhere else, and that's not so different to what's happening this week, as Samsung shows off its new TVs, not at CES, but rather a launch in NY.

QLED TVs actually use less electricity because they don't require a backlight system.

"QLED TV: Models in the 2018 QLED TV lineup include - Q9F (65", 75", 88"), Q8F (55", 65", 75", 82"), Q7C (55", 65"), Q7F (55", 65", 75") and Q6F (49", 55", 65", 75", 82").

The 2018 range will be available in Australia in April, with pricing to be announced closer to the release date.

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The company also highlighted its modular design - which Samsung first touted this year at CES 2018 with The Wall and available finally later this year -which means TVs can be shaped in nearly any dimension needed, with each component, or screen, powered through micro LED technology. But each of the four new QLED series supports HDR10+.

Also, because they five off color, there's no more need for filters - at least that's the promise. Owners can place a set anywhere they want, even if there's no power socket nearby.

Samsung has its hands in much of the technology we use in our home from refrigerators to vacuum cleaners - and of course TVs.

"The Samsung 2018 range includes several models above 75 inches and above to provide choice for those looking for their next TV".

Go big or go home is a pretty classic Aussie phrase and it applies across nearly all of Samsung's range with most of their models available in a massive 75 inches which according to Samsung Australia Head of Product AV Hass Mahdi is in response to customer demand.

First unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year, the Wall is a radical TV that's 12 feet wide. Amid the usual overwrought language (including phrases such as "magical" and "passion point"), polite applause, and forced enthusiasm, there appeared some fairly interesting news about new products and improvements to the company's already great TV technology.

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