Over the weekend, it was rumored that Samsung would be showcasing their 2018 QLED TV lineup at their First Look event in New York City. I was lucky enough to attend the event and got a firsthand look at the new lineup. The company also unveiled a handful of new premium sound solutions to go along with those beautiful new QLED TVs.
You can watch the First Look Event again in the video below.
“Our 2018 lineup of televisions are truly our most innovative and sophisticated yet, designed for today’s consumer who is mindful of the aesthetics of their space,” said Jong-hee Han, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We are excited for consumers to experience our new TV lineup and features that offer more freedom to decide where and how the TV can be best enjoyed within the home.”
Key highlights of the new Samsung QLED TV lineup include:
Direct Full Array
Specific to the Q9F and Q8F QLED TVs, these sets will feature Direct Full Array (DFA) contrast technology. An impressive framework of precisely controlled LEDs delivers pristine contrast across all images displayed onscreen.
To complement the seamless look of the new TV lineup, Ambient Mode has been introduced to offer added value even when consumers are not watching TV. With a multitude of information available on the screen, including traffic, weather and news, Ambient Mode extends the television’s use to that of an information hub within the home. Users can also take a picture of their wall decor using the SmartThings app and apply it to their QLED TV, which matches with the interior décor to produce an elegant, seemingly transparent screen – no longer a plain, black screen when they are not watching TV. Ambient mode provides useful information throughout the day – even when consumers aren’t activelywatching movies and TV.
One Invisible Connection
With several features designed to make the daily lives of consumers easier, the 2018 Samsung QLED TV lineup delivers value beyond that which TVs were once capable of providing. With its new One Invisible Connection feature, there will now be only one singular cord between the TV, external devices and your power connection, transmitting both data and power with a seamless look. This marks the first singular cable in the TV industry that can transmit AV high capacity data at the speed of light while also transmitting power. The cable is designed using Teflon, which is resistant to high heat and known for its durability. It is also equipped with an insulation system that breaks the electrical current if the cable is cut off, ensuring consumer peace of mind.
The new One Invisible Connection is one slim cable that combines both consumer’s power and AV data to the TV. Available up to 15 meters, it frees consumers from having to place their TV near data or power outlets.
Smart TV, Featuring Bixby
Along with new picture quality and design enhancements, the 2018 lineup of Samsung Smart TVs has become even smarter. Wi-Fi connection and app setup time during the initial setup of the television has been drastically reduced with Effortless Login, making for a seamless setup experience. To further ensure ease of use, 2018 QLED TVs will feature Bixby, a Samsung intelligence platform that first launched on its mobile devices. The TV will understand spoken natural language1 and quickly search for content. Users will be able to sync their Galaxy smartphone to their TV for easier setup and access to functions including program guides, remote control and video sharing between screens.
The QLED line’s smart capabilities offer revolutionary ways to set up the TV and find content. Effortless Login uses the new SmartThings app to drastically reduce the time it takes to set up a new TV. The new Universal Guide enables consumers to navigate across supporting streaming services and live TV through one intuitive menu. And with Samsung’s intelligence platform, Bixby, consumers can use voice commands to bring up their favorite shows and control compatible devices
Direct Full Array
The Q8F and Q9F QLED TVs deliver stunning images with pristine contrast through Direct Full Array (DFA) technology. Direct Full Array uses a panel with zones of smartly controlled backlighting that adjust automatically to deliver deep blacks and pure whites.
Samsung also put together an easy to read infographic that showcases some of the new features on their new 2018 QLED TV lineup.
The new Samsung audio lineup includes:
Samsung offers four new audio products that offer clear and immersive sound tailored to the different ways that individual consumers set up and use their home theater systems.
- HW-N950: With front-firing, up-firing and new side-firing speakers, the HW-K950 Dolby Atmos soundbar creates an extraordinary cinematic experience that delivers 7.1.4 surround sound.
- HW-N650: Designed for gamers, the HW-N650 soundbar features Acoustic Beam Technology that puts consumers at the center of the action.
- HW-NW700: The HW-NW700 soundbar features a wall-mounted design that perfectly complements QLED TVs so that they both blend beautifully into any home environment.
- VL550: The VL550 includes a unique metal dial that consumers can attach to any metallic surface and use to control music with the sound of their voice.