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Samsung 2018 LCD LED TV
The South Korean manufacturer comes with Samsung 2018 LCD LED TV a large number of new models, including the top models in the QLED series.
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At the beginning of March, Samsung unveiled its new televisions for 2018. The South Korean manufacturer comes with Samsung 2018 LCD LED TV a large number of new models, including the top models in the QLED series. These TVs include an Invisible One Cable Connection, Bixby integration, SmartThings support and Ambient Mode. In this article we put all new TVs that Samsung brings to the Netherlands and Belgium in 2018, including model numbers, prices and specifications.

What’s new in 2018?

During an event in New York, Samsung presented all the new features and functions of the top models, the QLED models, in early March. In the video below these new features, including SmartThings and Ambient Mode, pass by in a nutshell.

Bixby, Ambient mode and SmartThings

The top models for 2018 are still the QLED TVs from Samsung. The ‘Q’ in QLED stands for the quantum dots used in the LED backlight system to realize a wide color range (100% of DCI/P3) and a high brightness. Samsung focuses on three important pillars with the QLED TVs this year; design, image quality and smart functions.

In the field of design we see various innovations in the 2018 line-up. For example, the lists and feet of almost all models have been completely renewed. The Q9F-series gets a somewhat classic looking list and a tight foot, making the TV more a part of the interior. Also the cables are thought because the new ‘One Invisible Connection’ cable this year is this year really the only cable that comes from the TV (or goes there). This semi-transparent cable is slightly thicker than last year but now contains both the power supply and the image and audio signals. The One Invisible Connection cable still runs to the One Connect Box, to which the peripherals can be connected.

New for the 2018 TVs is the Ambient Mode, a mode that makes the TV a part of the interior, even if it is not in use. A black surface against the wall is not a wish of anyone, according to Samsung. The Ambient mode now gives these people the possibility to give an inconspicuous but beautiful interpretation to the screen. So if you do not watch TV, you can show a picture or an abstract visual, you can view the time, play music or even let the news or the weather pass by. Ambient Mode determines how the room looks and adjusts the screen in standby. The TV also notices when someone enters the room. The screen then activates and you see relevant content for you, from file information to news and weather. And when you leave the room, the TV switches off automatically.

In addition, in 2018 it’s all about smart TV, and not just the smart TV platform that we already know. Samsung integrates its own SmartThings smart home platform in its televisions. This means that all devices supported by SmartThings can be operated via the TV. A simple interface gives you the possibility to switch smart devices on or off, activate scenes or operate devices.

The SmartThings app can not only be used on company televisions. It is from this year also the most important app for smartphones, with which you can set up and operate other equipment of the company. So you can use the SmartThings app to fully set up your television within a few minutes. Once out of the box you can use the app to connect to your WiFi network, to have your own preferred services such as Netflix installed and to have the connected devices recognized. The app can be used on both Android and iOS and also makes it possible that you can quickly display images from the gallery of your smartphone on the TV, share  videos between different screens and view program guides.

Voice control is an important theme for 2018. All TV manufacturers are committed to this, including Samsung. However, the Korean manufacturer uses its own voice assistant, called Bixby. This voice assistant makes it possible to quickly find or activate something via voice commands. Bixby can answer questions, find content, show images, report weather, change channels, search for music, start apps and much more. The new remote control has a microphone with which Bixby can be addressed directly and easily.

Of course, there have also been various improvements in the field of image quality, especially when we look at the contrast and the color reproduction. For example, Samsung indicates that all QLED models this year are 100 percent of the DCI / P3 color range can display a higher brightness and come with Ultra Black. Put simply, Ultra Black is an anti-reflection layer that blocks ‘leaking’ light from the TV itself and with which reflections from the room in which the TV stands are reduced by 20 percent. This has to ensure even deeper black levels. The viewing angle has also been further broadened, without sacrificing image quality. The new Q Engine processor enables 16-bit color mapping and three-dimensional color control, while the tone-mapping curves adapt to each scene. The top models in the Q9F series have a full array backlight where the LEDs are directly behind the panel. The big advantage of this is that even more specific LEDs can be switched off and therefore dark parts of the screen are really black. All lower series must do with edge lit LED lighting.

HDR support is also present on many models this year, in the form of HDR10 and the new  HDR10+  where dynamic metadata is incorporated. Currently you can view HDR10 + material via streaming services like Amazon. The big advantage of HDR10+ is that the optimal brightness can be determined per scene instead of one level for the entire film. The best contrast is realized by then using a contrast-improving algorithm per scene and looking at the ambient light.

Samsung 2018 TV line-up

Below is an overview of all TVs that Samsung brings to the Netherlands and Belgium in 2018, including prices and specifications.

Samsung Q9F QLED TV

The absolute top model for 2018 is the Q9F, the only model that uses full array LED lighting behind the screen. This TV comes with all the features discussed above.

  • QLED
  • Lcd led with quantum dots
  • Full Array LED
  • 4K Ultra HD
  • Flat design
  • 3700 PQI
  • Q Color (100% DCI / P3)
  • Q HDR 2000 (2000 nits)
  • Q Contrast
  • Q Viewing Angle
  • Ultra Black Elite filter
  • Ambient mode
  • One Invisible Cable
  • One Connect Box
  • 360 degrees design
  • 60 Watt audio system
  • Premium One Remote Control
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Models:
    • 55-inch: QE55Q9FN (3,199 euros)
    • 65-inch: QE65Q9FN (4,299 euros)
    • 75-inch: QE75Q9FN (6,499 euros)

Samsung Q8C QLED TV

The Samsung Q8C series TVs are the only QLED TVs that come with a curved screen instead of a flat screen. These TVs also have to do with slightly inferior imaging techniques, edge-lit LED lighting and a standard Ultra Black filter.

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  • QLED
  • Lcd led with quantum dots
  • Edge lit LED lighting
  • 4K Ultra HD
  • Curved design
  • 3300 PQI
  • Q Color (100% DCI / P3)
  • Q HDR 1500 (1500 nits)
  • Q Contrast
  • Q Viewing Angle
  • Ultra Black filter
  • Ambient mode
  • One Invisible Cable
  • One Connect Box
  • 360 degrees design
  • 40 Watt audio system
  • Premium One Remote Control
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Models:
    • 55-inch: QE55Q8CN (2,399 euros)
    • 65-inch: QE65Q8CN (3,499 euros)

Samsung Q8F QLED TV

The Samsung Q8F QLED TVs are actually the flat versions of the Q8C series, but with slightly lesser image techniques.

  • QLED
  • Lcd led with quantum dots
  • Edge lit LED lighting
  • 4K Ultra HD
  • Flat design
  • 3200 PQI
  • Q Color (100% DCI / P3)
  • Q HDR 1500 (1500 nits)
  • Q Contrast
  • Q Viewing Angle
  • Ultra Black filter
  • Ambient mode
  • One Invisible Cable
  • One Connect Box
  • 360 degrees design
  • 40 Watt audio system
  • Premium One Remote Control
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Models:
    • 55-inch: QE55Q8FN (2,299 euros)
    • 65-inch: QE65Q8FN (3,399 euros)

Samsung Q7F QLED TV

The Samsung Q7F models are similar in specifications to the models in the Q8F series but come with a ‘standard’ One Remote remote control.

  • QLED
  • Lcd led with quantum dots
  • Edge lit LED lighting
  • 4K Ultra HD
  • Flat design
  • 3200 PQI
  • Q Color (100% DCI / P3)
  • Q HDR 1500 (1500 nits)
  • Q Contrast
  • Q Viewing Angle
  • Ultra Black filter
  • Ambient mode
  • One Invisible Cable
  • One Connect Box
  • 360 degrees design
  • 40 Watt audio system
  • One Remote Control
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Models:
    • 55-inch: QE55Q7FN (2,199 euros)
    • 65-inch: QE65Q7FN (3,299 euros)
    • 75-inch: QE75Q7FN (4.699 euros)

Samsung Q6F QLED TV

The Samsung Q6F models are a big step lower in terms of price and specifications. These TVs come with a lower brightness, have to do without the Ultra Black filter and do not offer One Invisible Cable with One Connect Box.

  • QLED
  • Lcd led with quantum dots
  • Edge lit LED lighting
  • 4K Ultra HD
  • Flat design
  • 2800 PQI
  • Q Color (100% DCI / P3)
  • Q HDR 1000 (1000 nits)
  • Q Contrast
  • Q Viewing Angle
  • Ambient mode
  • Clean Cable Solution
  • 40 Watt audio system
  • One Remote Control
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Models:
    • 49-inch: QE49Q6FN (1,499 euros)
    • 55-inch: QE55Q6FN (1,799 euros)
    • 65-inch: QE65Q6FN (2,499 euro)
    • 75-inch: QE75Q6FN (4.099 euro)
    • 82-inch: QE82Q6FN (5,299 euros)

Samsung NU8500 Premium UHD TV

With the Samsung NU8500 models, we step into the middle-class segment of the company. These TVs come without the most important QLED features. The NU8500 has a curved screen.

  • Lcd led
  • Edge lit LED lighting
  • 4K Ultra HD
  • Curved design
  • UHD Dimming
  • 2700 PQI
  • Dynamic Crystal Color
  • HDR 1000 (1000 nits)
  • Supreme Motion
  • Ultra Black
  • Design: Eclipse Silver
  • Clean Cable Solution
  • One Remote Control
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Models:
    • 55-inch: UE55NU8500 (1,599 euro)
    • 65-inch: UE65NU8500 (2,199 euros)

Samsung NU8040 Premium UHD TV

The NU8040 models are the first flat-screen TVs in the Premium UHD series. These TVs are in terms of specifications largely comparable to the NU8500 models but come with the Premium One Remote.

  • Lcd led
  • Edge lit LED lighting
  • 4K Ultra HD
  • Flat design
  • Supreme UHD Dimming
  • 2600 PQI
  • Dynamic Crystal Color
  • HDR 1000 (1000 nits)
  • Supreme Motion
  • Ultra Black
  • Design: Silver / Carbon
  • Clean Cable Solution
  • Premium One Remote Control
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Models:
    • 49-inch: UE49NU8040 (1.199 euro)
    • 55-inch: UE55NU8040 (1,499 euros)
    • 65-inch: UE65NU8040 (2,099 euros)

Samsung NU8000 Premium UHD TV

The NU8000 models also look very similar to the series above, but according to Samsung come with standard UHD Dimming and the standard One Remote.

  • Lcd led
  • Edge lit LED lighting
  • 4K Ultra HD
  • Flat design
  • UHD Dimming
  • 2500 PQI
  • Dynamic Crystal Color
  • HDR 1000 (1000 nits)
  • Supreme Motion
  • Ultra Black
  • Design: Eclipse Silver
  • Clean Cable Solution
  • One Remote Control
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Models:
    • 49-inch: UE49NU8000 (1.199 euro)
    • 55-inch: UE55NU8000 (1,499 euros)
    • 65-inch: UE65NU8000 (2.099 euro)
    • 75-inch: UE75NU8000 (3,299 euros)
    • 82-inch: UE82NU8000 (4,799 euros)

Samsung NU7640 UHD TV

The first TVs in the UHD series are the NU7640 models. These televisions are also bent again and come with lesser image techniques than the higher models.

  • Lcd led
  • Edge lit LED lighting
  • 4K Ultra HD
  • Curved design
  • Supreme UHD Dimming
  • 1900 PQI
  • HDR support
  • Design: Eclipse Silver
  • Clean Cable Solution
  • Premium One Remote Control
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Models:
    • 49-inch: UE49NU7640 (1,099 euros)
    • 55-inch: UE55NU7640 (1.199 euro)
    • 65-inch: UE65NU7640 (1,899 euros)

Samsung NU7500 UHD TV

The NU7500 models also feature a curved screen. Compared to the NU7640 models, the PQI is slightly lower and a standard remote is included. There is also standard UHD Dimming available.

  • Lcd led
  • Edge lit LED lighting
  • 4K Ultra HD
  • Curved design
  • UHD Dimming
  • 1800 PQI
  • HDR support
  • Design: Charcoal Black
  • Clean Cable Solution
  • One Remote Control
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Models:
    • 49-inch: UE49NU7500 (1,099 euros)
    • 55-inch: UE55NU7500 (1.199 euro)
    • 65-inch: UE65NU7500 (1,899 euros)

Samsung NU7440 UHD TV

The Samsung NU7440 models are the flat variants of the NU7640 models and thus come with Supreme UHD Dimming and the Premium One Remote.

  • Lcd led
  • Edge lit LED lighting
  • 4K Ultra HD
  • Flat design
  • Supreme UHD Dimming
  • 1800 PQI
  • HDR support
  • Design: Eclipse Silber
  • Clean Cable Solution
  • Premium One Remote Control
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Models:
    • 43-inch: UE43NU7440 (799 euros)
    • 50-inch: UE50NU7440 (999 euros)
    • 55-inch: UE55NU7440 (1,099 euros)
    • 65-inch: UE65NU7440 (1,799 euros)

Samsung NU7400 UHD TV

The Samsung NU7400 models are the flat variants of the NU7500 models and therefore come with UHD Dimming and the standard One Remote remote control.

  • Lcd led
  • Edge lit LED lighting
  • 4K Ultra HD
  • Flat design
  • UHD Dimming
  • 1700 PQI
  • HDR support
  • Design: Charcoal Black
  • Clean Cable Solution
  • One Remote Control
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Models:
    • 43-inch: UE43NU7400 (799 euros)
    • 50-inch: UE50NU7400 (999 euro)
    • 55-inch: UE55NU7400 (1,099 euros)
    • 65-inch: UE65NU7400 (1,799 euros)

Samsung NU7300 UHD TV

Another step lower we see the next curved models back in the NU7300 series. These TVs come with a lower PQI and without One Remote remote control.

  • Lcd led
  • Edge lit LED lighting
  • 4K Ultra HD
  • curved design
  • UHD Dimming
  • 1400 PQI
  • HDR support
  • Design: Charcoal Black
  • Clean Cable Solution
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Models:
    • 49-inch: UE49NU7300 (899 euros)
    • 55-inch: UE55NU7300 (1,099 euro)
    • 65-inch: UE65NU7300 (1,699 euros)

Samsung NU7100 UHD TV

The lowest range in the Samsung range is the NU7100 series. These are actually the flat variants of the NU7300 series.

  • Lcd led
  • Edge lit LED lighting
  • 4K Ultra HD
  • Flat design
  • UHD Dimming
  • 1300 PQI
  • HDR support
  • Design: Charcoal Black
  • Clean Cable Solution
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Models:
    • 49-inch: UE49NU7100 (799 euros)
    • 55-inch: UE55NU7100 (999 euros)
    • 65-inch: UE65NU7100 (1,599 euro)
    • 75-inch: UE75NU7100 (2,699 euro)

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