Samsung Launches Expanded 2020 QLED TV Line
Samsung has introduced its new and expanded line of 2020 QLED 4K and 8K TV models. This year’s line features a broadened 8K Series, larger screen sizes for 4K and 8K models, and improved AI and enhanced sound capabilities.
Samsung’s 2020 QLED line also offers consumers instant access to a diverse selection of entertainment with Samsung TV Plus, with over 100 channels of streaming content, across genres such as News, Sports, Gaming and Lifestyle. Samsung TV Plus is free and works right out of the box without additional devices or subscriptions, says the company.
Also on the QLED line this year is Samsung Health – a fitness and wellness solution that can integrate into people’s hectic schedules. Whenever it’s convenient for them, consumers will be able to see their activities, track their progress, and pursue shared fitness goals with their entire family. Plus, they will have access to free and exclusive content from leading partners, including Calm, Fitplan, Jillian Michaels, Echelon, obé Fitness, barre3 and more.
The 2020 QLED 8K line has expanded to three series—Q950TS, Q900TS and Q800T—which are available in four sizes ranging from 65 to 85 inches. They are joined by the 2020 QLED 4K line, which spans four series—Q90T, Q80T, Q70T and Q60T—that range in eight sizes from 43 to 85 inches.
The flagship Q950TS is Samsung’s first TV to combine 8K picture quality with surround-sound audio and an ultra-thin form factor. By almost eliminating the bezel around the display, Samsung’s Infinity Screen offers a screen-to-body ratio of nearly 99 percent, so when viewers watch from the average distance of 10 to 15 feet, the bezels seem to disappear, creating a floating screen effect. Also, the Q950TS is just 15mm in width, with a completely flat back that allows it to be placed flush against the wall.
This year’s QLED 8K Direct Full Array adds local power distribution to fine-tune dimming zones, for images as much as 20 percent brighter. When combined with Quantum HDR, which expresses full range contrast, the result is brighter lights and darker blacks across all HDR content, says the company.
Samsung, further, says it has developed an AI deep-learning capability that automatically upscales all non-8K content to 8K resolution. The new, redesigned AI Quantum Processor 8K adds a neural network this year, restoring fine details.
The sets’ AI Quantum Processor also features Adaptive Picture, which adjusts for ambient light, using its built-in sensor that analyzes both the brightness of the room and the visuals being displayed to deliver an optimal experience. Also optimized is audio, as the Quantum Processor has the ability to adjust sound levels in response to ambient noise in the room. The 2020 QLED series introduces premium sound enhancements, such as Object Tracking Sound (OTS) and OTS+, each of which deliver a sound experience aligned with the picture. Newly added speakers on the front, sides and back of the TV create an immersive, three-dimensional soundscape that tracks the movement of objects on screen, and adjusts the audio to make it sound like the action is happening all around the viewers. Combined with a new Active Voice Amplifier (AVA), which provides real-time noise intelligence by detecting ambient noise and automatically enhancing voice clarity, the 2020 QLED series delivers dimensional and dynamic audio. Further, the new Samsung Symphony feature creates a more dynamic listening experience by pairing the TV speaker with the audio of a 2020 Samsung Q series soundbar such as the Q800.
For gaming aficionados, Samsung’s Real Game Enhancer+ feature offers multiple variable refresh rates, which provide a smooth and clear game picture without any tearing or stuttering. And a new Surround Sound feature offers OTS and Adaptive Sound+, meaning gamers can play with directional, dimensional game sound for a fully immersive experience. The Samsung Multi-View feature allows users to watch streaming content, such as YouTube walkthroughs or other videos, and use social media while playing games – at the same time, on the same screen, so they don’t have to toggle back and forth between multiple devices.
Samsung’s Ambient Mode has been updated for the 2020 TV line. Ambient Mode+ offers more experiences geared towards users. Because Bixby, Samsung’s AI assistant, has gotten smarter, Samsung says, consumers can now use voice commands to automatically choose video, music, and effect sounds to change the mood of a room. For example, viewers can request Bixby to create a calm atmosphere, and the TV will display a relaxing backdrop on the screen. Additional user-centric features of Ambient Mode+ include more intuitive and simpler mobile uploads, more photo filter effect options, as well as a new auto gallery that automatically chooses the most appealing picture layout based on the number and ratio of selected photos.
Noteworthy, too, is that in addition to the Bixby voice assistant, the 2020 QLED line will feature built-in Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Samsung’s 2020 smart TVs also serve as a virtual hub – and from the SmartThings dashboard, consumers can control their devices from a single, simple, centralized location. SmartThings delivers a comprehensive IoT ecosystem by connecting and operating all of the consumer’s devices, permitting setup of customized automations such as opening blinds in the morning or dimming lights at night.
Here’s how the features are apportioned within Samsung’s 8K and 4K QLED lines:
All 2020 4K and 8K QLED models include: Samsung Health; Multi-View; Works with Bixby, Alexa and the Google Assistant; and the Enhanced TV Plus experience with expanded 100-plus 100-percent-free channels.
Features on the 2020 4K and higher models include: Adaptive Sound (Q60 Series) / Adaptive Sound+ (Q70 Series and up); Real Game Enhancer+ (Q70 Series and up); Active Voice Amplifier (Q70 Series and up); Ambient Mode+ (Q70 Series and up); Adaptive Picture (Q70 Series and up); Samsung Symphony soundbar functionality; and Object Tracking Sound aka OTS (Q80 and Q90).
Features on the 2020 8K models only: Object Tracking Sound+, a.k.a OTS+ (all 8K models); Local Power Distribution (all 8K models); Infinity Screen (Q950 8K only).