Samsung launches 2019 QLED TV Line on

Doris Richards
February 15, 2019

Samsung is also improving its picture quality featuring "Ultra View Angle" technology. "This year's lineup represents our largest screen size offering ever".

At present, U.S. consumers only have the option to order from fours sizes (65, 75, 82 and 85-inches) but the company has now confirmed the largest (93-inch) TV model will also become available in the United States in due course.

Four new series of 4K TVs were highlighted in the press announcement but only three appear on the company website: Q90 in 65-, 75-, and 82-inch screen sizes, Q70 in 49-, 55-, 65-, 75-, and 82-inch sizes, and Q60 with 43-, 49-, 55-, 65-, 75-, and 82-inch screen options. The high-end Q90 and Q80 series, meanwhile, boast "Ultra Viewing Angle" tech, which "restructures the TV's panels so the backlight passes through the panel with lights evenly onto the screen".

In addition, Q70, Q80, and Q90 models offer Direct Full Array technology that uses a panel featuring concentrated zones of LEDs that adjust automatically. The app works in conjunction with Samsung's Smart TV Services too to provide a cohesive experience.

Including more ultra-large screen TVs in its lineup is part of a wider strategy at Samsung due to consumer demand. The Quantum Processor used in these TVs is utilized to digitally upscale content from its native resolution to the 8K resolution shown on the screen.

In total there will be 18 4K QLED models sitting below the company's five 8K QLED TVs: 65in, 75in and 82in Q90R; 55in, 65in, 75in and 82in Q80R; 49in, 55in, 65in, 75in and 82in Q70R; and 43in, 49in, 55in, 65in, 75in and 82in Q60R.

After revealing at CES 2019 that some of its new TVs would ship with an iTunes Store app and AirPlay 2 support, Samsung announced today that its QLED TVs are shipping out now. The 4K and 8K models all include a quantum processor that uses AI upscaling to deliver improved brightness, picture quality and optimized sound. Support on 2018 Samsung Smart TVs will be made available via firmware update.

Samsung has also upped its game with a Real Game Enhancer featuring AMD's Radeon Freesync variable refresh rate technology to help prevent tearing and stuttering, Game Motion Plus to reduce motion blur and judder, and an Auto Game Mode that minimizes input lag on compatible devices.

This year, Ambient Mode offers users an even greater variety of artistic and decorative pieces for the home, through new decorative patterns, photos, and artwork, and mattes, as well as new ways to display information on the TV.

Samsung seems to have evolved its QLED offering in everything from picture performance to smart offering, then, so the burning question is: could 2019 be the year it finally topples rival OLEDs? This also allows Samsung's Ambient Mode - a fancy screensaver that camouflages the TV into the rest of the room - to work its magic.

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