Samsung Australia has officially announced local pricing for its 2019 TV line-up, featuring the country’s first commercially available 8K TVs (65″ – 82″) and its next-generation 4K models.
The news follows a confidential briefing with selected Aussie retailers at Samsung’s Southeast Asia and Oceania Forum in Singapore earlier this week.
Samsung’s 2019 TV range will land in local retailers nationwide from April 1, with pricing below.
As previously reported, Samsung’s QLED 8K TVs will start from A$9,999 (65″) to $17,499 (82″).
The new 2019 QLED line-up debuts more screen sizes, coupled with picture quality enhancements and intuitive smart TV upgrades.
“Samsung Electronics has been the world’s number one TV manufacturer for 13 consecutive years,” asserts Samsung Australia Head of Consumer Electronics, Jeremy Senior.
“Our 2019 home entertainment range has been designed for Australians who want the best combination of picture and sound quality, smart TV capabilities and design.”
“We’re excited to be the first to bring 8K technology into Australian homes through our QLED 8K range delivering detail, depth and immersion like never before.”
The 2019 range also capitalises on growing local demand for big screen TVs, coupled with a premium viewing experience.
“Big screen TVs have become the norm in many Australian homes and with bigger screens comes the need for clearer, more detailed pictures,” remarks Senior.
“We need to continue to deliver a premium picture quality to match the size of these televisions.”
Powered by Quantum Dot technology, Samsung’s QLED range pledges high colour integrity and brightness even in well lit rooms.
The 2019 range supports HDR10+ and Ultra Bright technology to maintain contrast and colour, with brightness automatically optimised according to room lighting conditions.
Similar auto-adjusting brightness technology has also been adopted by LG Electronics, further intensifying competition between the two Korean companies.
Samsung’s 8K TVs harness artificial intelligence and machine learning to significantly upscale content, regardless of source – solving a lack of 8K content currently available.
For the Q80 QLED TV and above, Samsung has also incorporated Anti-Glare technology.
These models also feature Wide Viewing Angle tech, debuting a new panel to reduce colour and blooming shifts for consumers seated at “extreme angles” along the TV sides.
Direct Fully Array Elite is also now available in more QLED TVs than ever before, incorporated within the 2019 Q75 model and above.
Powered by Samsung’s Quantum processor, the technology harnesses precise “picture-mastering algorithms” to provide rich black, and vivid colours.
Samsung asserts its 2019 TV range is also its most intelligent yet, pledging unprecedented smart home integration specifically for Australians.
As previously flagged, new 2019 RU8000 and above TVs will also work with Bixby, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple Airplay 2 (coming second half of 2019).
Users can now call upon Bixby to control popular applications such as YouTube and Netflix via voice commands.
As announced at CES 2019, Samsung will offer Apple TV support on 2019 models, with 2018 smart TVs receiving a firmware update in the second half of 2019.
The upgrade enables owners to access the new Apple TV app, plus navigate their existing iTunes library and browse the iTunes stores.
“We believe in offering Australians choice by providing a range of solutions so they can pick the one best suited to their lifestyle,” adds Mr Senior.
“Whether that’s choosing between 8K and 4K, selecting their favourite voice assistant, or exploring what content to settle into after a long day.”
Samsung’s One Remote Control has also received an upgrade, now featuring a dedicated Netflix and Amazon Prime button, plus access to the TV’s web browser.
Also joining the new TVs, Samsung has expanded its range of Dolby Atmos and DTX:X capable soundbars with the Q Series – the Q70 features Acoustic Beam technology to deliver true Dolby Atmos & DTS:X sound from a single soundbar.
Samsung’s 2019 Q Series Soundbars are also compatible with Amazon Alexa, and is controllable via the SmartThings app for voice control.
The soundbars have also been enhanced via Samsung’s new Adaptive Sound, 4K HDR10+ pass through, and the ability to pair with wireless rear speakers on every soundbar in the range.
All models in the 2019 Q Series Soundbar also feature a dedicated Game Mode, complimenting Game Mode in 2019 TVs to reduce lag.