The Consumer Electronics Show 2017 is now in full swing with the first of many press conferences from the top tech companies. Also my inbox is a disaster of product announcements, however one that stands out from the crowd is from Samsung.
Samsung Electronics have announced today that its new Quantum Dot LED TV series, the Q9, Q8, and Q7 will be on display during their ‘Keep Memory Alive’ event in Las Vegas.
This year Samsung say they’re focused on solving the biggest pain points of customers. HyunSuk Kim, President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics said,
“2017 will mark a major paradigm shift in the visual display industry, ushering in the era of QLED,”.
“With the advent of QLED TV, we provide the most true-to-life picture on screen. We have been successful in solving for past inconsistencies in the viewing experience and consumer pain points while redefining the fundamental value of TV.”
They believe one of the biggest is now solved. Cable clutter, thick wall mounts and a slew of devices sitting right under the TV. The 2017 QLED TV series will include a single, transparent ‘Invisible Connection’ cable, through which all of the peripheral devices can be gathered and connected to the TV.
Samsung are also offering a ‘No-gap wall-mount’, which makes it quick and easy to affix the TV flush against the wall. If you’re renting or just prefer not to mount it, there’s TV two new stands designed to elevate and
showcase the TVs, almost as a piece or art itself. Consumers can choose either the ‘Studio Stand’, which resembles an easel with a painting, or the sleek ‘Gravity Stand’, which when attached to the TV, resembles a contemporary sculpture.
Samsung’s Best Picture Quality – Ever
Every year we expect better picture quality and Samsung’s are claiming their 2017 QLED TVs represent yet another leap forward. The new lineup offers improved color performance (this seems like an emerging trend this year), displaying DCI-P3 color space accurately and are now capable of reproducing 100% color volume. This means they can express all colors at any level of brightness.
Color volume presents color that can be expressed at different levels of brightness. For example, a leaf can be perceived as different colors from yellowish green to turquoise, depending on brightness of the light. Samsung QLED TV display can capture even subtle differences in color pertaining to brightness. This kind of color detail cannot be easily depicted in the traditional 2D color space models.
This breakthrough is a result of Samsung’s adoption of a new metal Quantum Dot material – making it possible for the TV to express a significantly improved range of color with much greater detail compared to conventional TVs.
The new Quantum dots allow Samsung QLED TV to express deep blacks and rich detail regardless of how light or dark the scene is, or whether the content is being played in a brightly lit or darkened room. Furthermore, Samsung QLED TV can generate peak luminance as high as 1,500 to 2,000 nits, with no impact on its ability to deliver accurate and impeccable color. With its metal alloy Quantum Dot technology, brightness no longer has to be compromised to boost color performance, which is also maintained regardless of how wide the viewing angle may be.
Samsung’s Smartest TV ever
2017 models from Samsung will gain a new trick with the Samsung Smart Remote, allowing you to control most connected TV devices from a single source, with one device. This may actually remove the need for universal remotes like Logitech’s Harmony.
This year, the ‘Smart Hub’ interface has been extended to smartphones through Samsung’s new and improved ‘Smart View’ app, which now provides a comprehensive overview of all available content on the app’s home screen. Thus, consumers can use their mobile device to select and start their favorite live TV programs and video-on-demand services – on their TV, through the ‘Smart View’ mobile app. Consumers can also choose to receive alerts on their mobile devices about their favorite content, regarding for example, show times and availability.
Samsung also introduced two new Smart TV services, including ‘Sports’, which shows a customizable summary of a customer’s favorite sports team and its recent and upcoming games, and ‘Music’, which can identify songs as they are being played live on a TV show, among many other features.