According to the South Korean company, televisions will be larger, with more resolution, will be equipped with artificial intelligence and, moreover, will have a simpler installation. March will be the key month for Samsung, as the South Korean company will begin distributing new QLED TVs worldwide.
In this year’s Euroforum we saw the Samsung Q950, an 8K TV up to 98 inches… spectacular, but not only Samsung’s highest range will have the latest technology.
In 2018, the South Korean company started releasing several improvements in terms of image processing and in 2019 it will reach many models. Specifically, more than 20 new televisions will be “presented” (if we count the inches) in the coming weeks and the catalog will be similar to this:
- Samsung Q900: 65 ″, 75 ″, 82 ″, 85 ″, and 98 ″. They are the most advanced in the family, with HDMI 2.1 to allow 8K and artificial intelligence. They have the Direct Full-Array.
- Samsung QLED Q90: in 65 “, 75” and 82 “, they are a little more accessible, but still have improvements in image and design of the higher range. They also have the Direct-Full-Array, but the resolution remains at 4k.
- Samsung QLED Q80: from 55 “, 65”, 75 “and 82”, here something is sacrificed with regards to design, but they have the Direct-Full-Array and 4K.
- Samsung QLED Q70: 49 ″, 55 ″, 65 ″, 75 ″, and 82 ″, 4K with Direct-Full-Array.
- Samsung QLED Q60: are the basic models, 43 “49”, 55 “, 65”, 75 “and 82” with 4K resolution, although these do not have the Direct-Full-Array.
QLED 2019: more artificial intelligence, better and bigger viewing angles
Direct-Full-Array technology is one of Samsung’s trump cards. It is a technology that tries to offer the purest blacks possible, one of the limits of the LED due to its design (and which is not present on the MicroLEDs, for example).
In short, it is a technology that uses a LED lighting matrix that gives a more homogeneous brightness to the back of the panel, acting intelligently on the colored pixels and thus obtaining deeper blacks.
Moreover, thanks to the use of VA panels and a better application of Direct-Full-Array technology, Samsung has shown progress in terms of viewing angles.
When we change the viewing angle, the brightness and color change. This is something that appears on 2017 TVs, but even on 2018 TVs, with Direct-Full-Array technology, they were able to minimize color variation, but not brightness.
Samsung confessed that its mistake was to focus on image quality for a single user, not a family, but the error was resolved with the 2019 range since both color and brightness remain almost unchanged even though we watch TV from an extreme angle.
The last trump card of the South Koreans for this 2019, as regards image technology, is artificial intelligence. We are seeing many applications that use artificial intelligence, and one of the most interesting has been, until now, used to improve the versatility of cameras in phones.
However, it will also be very useful on TVs, since it will be the one that will recommend the content or resize the images for 8K TVs. At the moment, thanks to the formation of the AI, the Samsung Quantum processor can scale FullHD content and make it similar to 8K and, therefore, have a source almost 8K without having to depend on the content.
As you can see, there are three elements of an equation that will allow you to have better image quality and an example of how producers try to “look for chestnuts” to get the best possible image quality until the arrival of MicroLEDs.
QLED to play: the latest technology at the service of “games”
In addition to image enhancements that have technologies such as QLED or OLED, TV processors themselves contribute to creating a better gaming experience. When we watch a movie, everything is focused on the quality of the image, but when we play it is different.
The image quality is even more important, with games in high resolution and with support for HDR, but also redundancy and response time. The response time of Samsung QLED TVs in the game is only 15.4 milliseconds.
For the most demanding players, 15.44 milliseconds may seem many, used to monitors with 1 ms of response time (with other panel technology), but as far as televisions are concerned, QLEDs are the fastest in reproducing.
Moreover, the new generations, thanks to artificial intelligence, have a technology that adapts automatically to the game. That is, when the TV’s artificial intelligence detects that the source is a console or PC, it automatically changes to “game mode”, or advanced mode, as they call it.
This activates a series of features that are applied to the image to improve the experience, but also to minimize the delay between the action we perform and the movement in the game. One of these technologies is the black equalizer, we have seen in the LG monitors, for example, which results in a technology that illuminates the darker areas without saturating the bright areas for, so it is better to see rivals on a scooter for example.
In addition to the experience of watching TV or playing games, Samsung showed us some interesting applications for their QLED TVs. These are low power modes (which always consume a lot, of course) that show us time or images.
Samsung wants us to use the TV as a tool to create the atmosphere in a room, then the market will decide if, in fact, it is a useful feature.
At the moment, with regard to the quality of the images, the South Koreans have worked during these last months to continue to improve both the image quality and other technologies that allow us to enjoy the content that goes beyond films, such as video games thanks to work of artificial intelligence or low latency.