Shifting focus from curved, bendable and even giant 8K TVs, Samsung has turned its attention to dots — quantum dots, to be precise.
Its new line of QLED TVs, unveiled Tuesday at CES in Las Vegas, use quantum dot material (nano-particle-sized silicon) to create brighter screens – up to 2,000 units — with what Samsung calls “perfect color,” better contrast and improved viewing angles.
Samsung also claims that the quantum dot technology makes TVs more energy-efficient and durable.
“With the advent of QLED TV, we provide the most true-to-life picture on the screen,” said HyunSuk Kim, president of the visual display business at Samsung Electronics, in a press release on the new QLED sets.
In addition to image quality, Samsung has paid particular attention to TV setup, software, and aesthetics, which it’s calling Q-Style (yes, there is a theme). The company introduced a single, clear optical cable solution to control cable clutter. It also cut down on the overall profile of its HDTVs by putting the mounting system inside.
82 percent of HDTV owners want to wall-mount their sets but just 32 percent actually do it
The no-gap wall mount should let the Samsung TVs sit flush against the wall and reduce some of the work involved with mounting them. Samsung made this change after discovering that 82 percent of HDTV owners want to wall-mount their sets but just 32 percent actually do it, apparently because they consider the task too daunting.
The company is also trying to cut down clutter by introducing wireless sound bars (most thin HDTVs have horrible built-in speakers) and even embedding the sub-woofer inside its new audio devices.
According to Samsung, this means you won’t need a stand-alone (and significantly larger) subwoofer unit set somewhere else in your entertainment room. It remains to be seen if those sound bars can recreate the same thump you get from a standalone subwoofer.
There will also be a wireless kit that consumers can add to existing sound bars so they, too, can work wirelessly with Samsung’s new HDTVs. The 2017 Samsung TVs will auto-recognize and connect to the new sound bars.
Samsung HDTVs have long been smart, but now the company’s Smart Hub interface is finally extending to your smartphone. Samsung 2017 TV owners will have a Smart Hub app, which will let them use their phones as remote controls.
Samsung’s Smart TV remotes are also getting an upgrade, allowing users to control the TV, soundbar and set-top boxes with a single remote. Company officials told us that the software updates would be backward compatible, but not immediately and only for 2016 Samsung HDTV models, which isn’t very backward compatible at all.
It’s worth noting that in press releases and conversations about the new QLEDs, Samsung officials made no mention of 4K, 8K or even HDR HDTV technologies. Samsung is all in on the Q.