LED, ULED, SUHD - now QLED. Samsung's quantum dot LED-backlit LCD panel TVs are promising a huge improvement in picture quality, and now we know how much they'll set us back.
So what's special about them?
Samsung says the Q9, Q8, and Q7 not only display cinema quality DCI-P3 colour space accurately, but are certified capable of reproducing 100 per cent colour volume - a world first. This takes brightness, as well as colour saturation into account.
"For example," Samsung says, "a leaf can be perceived as different colours from yellowish green to turquoise, depending on brightness of the light. Samsung's QLED displays can capture even subtle differences in colour pertaining to brightness – colour detail that cannot be easily depicted in 2D colour space models".
The Q9 panel generates peak luminance as high as 2,000 nits – the brightest panel Samsung has ever brought to market, and three times competitior LG's OLED screen. The Q8 and Q7 offer a peak of 1,500 nits.
There's a "Clear Connection Cable" and a "No-gap wall-mount" available too, so it can look super fancy attached to your wall. There's a couple of sleek stands to choose from, as well.
There's a focus on ease of use, as well. The "One Remote" works with set-top boxes, game consoles, and UHD Blu-ray players, the "Smart Hub" has auto-detection to automatically identify and label inputs, and the "Smart View" app lets you control content from your smartphone.
Pricing and Availability
We'll be able to pick one up from major retailers in Australia on 17 April.
The Samsung Q9 series will be available in 65-inch, 75-inch, and 88-inch models. The Samsung Q8 and Q7 series will be available in 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch models:
- QLED Q7 55-inch TV - $4,499
- QLED Q7 65-inch TV - $6,499
- QLED Q7 75-inch TV - $10,999
- QLED Q8 55-inch TV - $5,499
- QLED Q8 65-inch TV - $7,499
- QLED Q8 75-inch TV - $12,499
- QLED Q9 65-inch TV - $9,499
- QLED Q9 75-inch TV - $14,999
- QLED Q9 88-inch TV - $39,999
If you're a big-name TV maker, 'LCD' is a dirty word. OLED is a different technology, but in recent generations LCD panels have been rebranded with modern monikers, from LED to ULED to Samsung's own SUHD. Now, Samsung has a new line of TVs it's calling QLED, with a quantum dot LED-backlit LCD panel that promises huge improvements to picture quality.