These Are The Only Cables Coming Out Of Samsung's New TV

The idea is so simple it's kind of amazing no TV maker thought of it before. A TV mounted on the wall should, theoretically, look gorgeous, but the tangle of cords jutting out of the back of the TV, pushing it away from the wall and then dangling down to wherever the cable box, PS4 and Wii U reside, is ugly. So Samsung did something that strikes you, innately, as both backward and forward thing — it moved all the ports of the TV.

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The Q9 television is Samsung's 2017 flagship TV. It's thinner than a card pack, more than three times brighter than your smartphone (around 2000 nits vs the average 500-600 of a high-end phone) and it fits at least six ports worth of inputs into a cord the width of a fishing line.

That's the power cord and Connect cord side by side.

The minuscule cord is translucent, making it less visible against a bare wall, in case you don't decide to just tape it down and paint over it. It will connect to a unit like Samsung's current One Connect Box, which includes USB 3.0, coax and multiple HDMI ports.

While the tiny cord is outstanding, and left a gaggle of tech reporters astounded when revealed, Samsung would prefer you focus on the front of the TV. It's using a new formulation of quantum dot technology to better mimic the colours and contrast of an OLED TV, without the price or potential for devastating burn in.

Samsung has been mum on what precisely changed between the quantum dots in its old SUHD TVs and the new Q line. Instead preferring to talk about smaller pixels and higher colour volume (Samsung is claiming the Q9 will render 20 per cent more colours than the 2016 SUHD sets did). In practice I couldn't say much, at least in the super controlled settings of yesterday's press event. The TV does appear to pull off blacks nicely, and the colours, as with previously quantum dot displays, continue to pop impressively. There's little of the "halo" effect that can occur when a very bright light source is set next to a very black part of the screen. But there's also none of that wow factor that we've seen in years past. This picture improvement appears marginal at best.

Samsung hasn't announced Australian availability, but expect the Q9, and the less expensive Q8 and Q7, which have uglier finishes, larger port replacement cords and curved options, to appear in US stores in autumn. As for price, Samsung hasn't dropped any numbers yet, but previous flagship TV sets from Samsung started at $US3000 ($4151).


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Comments

    About bloody time. Trying to plug things into the TV when it's mounted on a wall is a royal pain in the arse.

    My ~15 year old Sharp has a separate box for inputs, and then a proprietary connection to the TV itself. So sorry Samsung that Sharp thought of this before you.

      Didn't Pioneer also have this as well in the early 2000's?

      So has Samsung. Reading comprehension kids, this story is about the small cables and nothing else, not the box itself.

      Our LG (not sure how old, maybe 5-7 years?) does similar, though it links to the input box wirelessly. Which was great for a while (unless playing games - good god the latency!) but at some point started screwing up and suffering from huge interference, so now it's just plugged in by HDMI. But still, one cable to elsewhere is nice.

    Pioneer Plasmas had a box with all the connector separated by one cable.
    For those without an old Sharp or Pioneer; you can use an HDMI switcher that supports ARC. Same result (one cable).

    I'm guessing you'll still need a nice big fat black power cord.

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