Today, Samsung is announcing its new expanded lineup of 2020 QLED 4K and 8K TV models. The 8K Series, in particular, has been expanded while larger screen sizes for both 4K and 8K models have been added. Additionally, Samsung’s new TV models are packed with improved features, including a more developed AI designed to provide the most pristine picture, and higher-quality sound.
The full lineup of devices consists of 7 new models: four QLED 4K models and three QLED 8K models. The QLED 4K TV models range from 43” all the way up to 85” while the QLED 8K models start at 65” and go up to 85” as well. All models come equipped with some of Samsung’s latest innovations including Multi-view. Multi-view allows for viewing of two videos simultaneously. This feature is made for multi-taskers who may, for example, wish to play a game alongside watching a walkthrough. It will eliminate the need for switching between media sources, such as a smartphone, by having different media projected on the screen.
Samsung will also be shipping all-new QLED models with the company’s own video service, TV Plus. TV Plus provides over 100 channels that span across a number of categories such as food, travel, sports, and others. The service is free with no additional accessory needed. Some of the channels included are ET Live, Tastemade, and fubo Sports Network.
Samsung’s new TV lineup has also been designed to sync to the Samsung Health app. With this, users will be able to view and track their daily activities on-screen. Samsung will also provide free access and exclusive content from top fitness partners such as Fitplan, Jillian Michaels, barre3, Calm, and more.
All upcoming models will be Bixby enabled, but the company has also added support for both Alexa and Google Assistant, should you prefer them. The new Samsung QLED models are capable of acting as a hub for your smart home as well. The SmartThings Dashboard connects all your smart devices into a central location. Using your TV, you’ll be able to operate, manage and even set up customized automation or operation schedules for your devices.
When it comes to audio, the 4K Q60 model will come equipped with Samsung’s Adaptive Sound technology which automatically adjusts sound settings by analyzing the content being played on screen. However, the 4K Q70, as well as the higher models, will receive the newer Adaptive Sound+ tech which provides directional and dimensional sound for a more immersive experience.
A couple of more features have also been added for models Q70 and higher. First is the Real Game Enhancer+ feature. With this feature, the TVs are able to offer multiple variable refresh rates which are important for smooth and accurate gameplay.
In further developing their lineup, Samsung has equipped its TVs with a newly redesigned Quantum Processor. This adds the Adaptive Picture display that automatically adjusts based on the present ambient light. It utilizes sensors built into the TV which analyzes the brightness of both the room and the visuals present on the screen to achieve the correct balance and brightness setting.
The flagship model for this series is the 8K Q950 and it’s the company’s first TV to combine a high-quality 8K display with surround sound and an exceptionally thin form factor. It’s equipped with Samsung’s Infinity Screen which offers a screen-to-body ratio of 99%, currently the highest in the market. When viewed from 10-15 feet away, the bezels practically disappear, offering an illusion of a bezel-less display. This model is also a mere 15mm thick and boasts of a flat back so that it can be mounted flush against a wall.
With the aforementioned AI Quantum Processor, Samsung’s 8K TVs are able to automatically upscale non-8k content while preserving details, clarity, and color. Promising “true-to-life 8K resolution”, this processor also adds a new neural network that is able to restore fine details that would normally have been lost with upscaling. This same processor also optimizes the overall listening experience of the user by adjusting sound levels in the room to battle distracting, outside noises, such as a vacuum cleaner or blender.
Lastly, all 8K models will come with local power distribution to fine-tune dimming zones. With this technology, images produced are 20% brighter. When combined with Quantum HDR, Samsung’s new TVs are able to produce brighter highlights and darker blacks for all HDR-capable content.
The full lineup of Samsung’s’ 2020 QLED TVs include the Q60T, Q70T, Q80T, and Q90T for 4K variants and the Q800T. Q900TS, and Q950TS for the 8K variants. No pricing has been released yet.