Samsung Electronics has today unveiled its full 2019 QLED 8K and 4K TV line-up at its Southeast Asia and Oceania Forum in Singapore, with Aussie retail attendees set to be briefed in the coming days.
Pledging “unrivalled, world-class picture quality”, the next generation TVs will land in Southeast Asian retailers from April.
The Korean giant also used its annual forum to showcase its new 98-inch QLED 8K TV – its largest yet – complementing a 65-inch, 75-inch, 82-inch and 85-inch model in the 2019 range.
The TVs incorporate Samsung’s proprietary Quantum processor, using AI-powered picture processing semiconductor technology to enhance viewing.
Claimed to be an industry first, the TV’s machine learning Quantum processor harnesses AI to calibrate and optimise low-resolution content into 8K-quality regardless of original format – resolving a lack of 8K material currently available.
All 2019 Samsung QLED TVs will also feature HDR10+, and support HDMI 2.1 (8K 60P) transmission.
Crowned a CES 2019 Innovation Award winner, the TVs claim to be Samsung’s “smartest and most powerful” yet.
In total, Samsung’s expanded 2019 QLED line-up boasts over 20 models, whilst including more large-screen variants.
Models include the 8K Q950R (65-inch to 98-inch) plus 4K Q90R, Q85R, Q80R, Q70R and Q60R (43-inch to 82-inch).
As an initial teaser, in early March Samsung Australia confirmed the following 8K TV prices:
- 82-inch Q900 8K QLED RRP $17,499
- 75-inch Q900 8K QLED RRP $12,999
- 65-inch Q900 8K QLED RRP $9,999
Samsung asserts an increase in large-screen models is part of a “wider strategy”, driven by changing consumer demands.
Latest numbers from IHS Markit forecast 75-inch and above global TV sales to soar 43% to 3 million units in 2019, notching 5.8 million by 2022.
Harnessing upgraded Ultra Viewing Angle technology, the 2019 QLED line-up allows the backlight to pass through panels more evenly onto the screen, via improved calibration algorithms.
The tech claims to deliver “consistently stunning” picture quality from every viewing angle, without glare or reflections in brightly-lit rooms.
The adoption of Direct Full Array TVs models has also nearly doubled this year, which controls backlights for real-time brightness distribution and deeper blacks.
The 2019 range will also debut a suite of new Ambient Mode themes, whilst allowing users to sync screens with music when not watching TV.
With an automatic light control sensor, the TVs optimise screen brightness levels according to external surrounds – e.g. to suit bright morning sun or night viewing.
Roma Christian travelled as a guest of Samsung Australia to the 2019 Southeast Asia and Oceania Forum in Singapore.