Samsung USA and Europe have released the Samsung 2020 TV range of 4K and 8K TVs.
The Samsung 2020 TV range is something we usually see in early April followed closely by LG, Sony, Hisense and Panasonic – opps, Panasonic is no longer doing TVs here
So why bother with a preview of the Samsung 2020 TV range – some of which won’t make it here? The answer is simple there is some neat new tech that TV buyers may decide is worth waiting for – or to bag a bargain from its 2019 range.
Here is what we know
Samsung 2020 TV Range
We will ignore any country-specific model numbers but take note that the letter ‘T’ identifies the 2020 range – R was for 2019.
Samsung is developing MicoLED as an OLED alternative. It has modular TVs from 75-292” but if you need to ask the price its not for you. Suffice to say that while other makers are talking about mini-LED, this is a far more exciting and sophisticated technology.
Model Q950 QLED (Quantum Dot) in, 65, 75 and 85” with a 4000-nit, 100% DCI-P3, FALD (full-array backlit), bezel-free (edgeless) design that defies all but the LG Wall OLED panels. It uses the Samsung Gen 2 8K Quantum processor that has on-device deep learning as well as AI. The panel has Samsung’s ultra-wide viewing technology and an Adaptive Picture mode to adjust the image to room conditions.
Sound-wise it has a 4.2.2 system and speakers hidden behind the glass (its only 15mm deep) to give a wider sound stage. Of course, it has HDR10+ (Samsung’s version of Dolby Vision), Dolby Atmos support. Almost all TV models support Samsung Q-Symphony mode that with the appropriate soundbar uses the TV speakers as well for a wider sound stage.
It has an external One Connect box (with HDMI2.1) that you can place away from the TV. It is likely to support ATSC 3.0 for true 4K FTA TV.
There may be Q900 (65 and 75”) and Q800 (55-98”) models as well –but these incorporate the electronics into the TV so it will be wider, at least at the base. Peak brightness is 2000-nits.
4K QLED (Quantum Dot) x 5 ranges from 43-85”
- Q95 – FALD, 2000-nits, Gen 2 4K Quantum processor, ultra-wide view, Q-Symphony and OTS+ (Object tracking sound), One connect
- Q90 – as above but fewer dimming zones, wide view
- Q80 – as above – ditto – no One Connect
- Q70 – Dual Edge-lit (uses two LEDs – one each warm and cool) to extend colour gamut, 4K Quantum processor, basic wide-view
- Q60 – Edge-Lit, lower capacity processor, no wide-view
- TU8500 – Dynamic Crystal Colour enhancement, 300 nits, Dual LED technology
- TU8000 – 300 nits
- TU7000 – 250-nit HDR
4K Designer Range
- Sero 47” rotatable screen aimed at Tik-Tok and Instagram users
- Serif TV, 43, 49, 55” and wood frame
- Frame – looks like a picture frame in 32, 48 and 75” using 4K QLED panel and accesses art via the art store
All TV’s will have Bixby, Apple Airplay 2, iTunes Movies and Netflix, Disney+ and other local TV apps. Voice control is via Bixby, Alexa or Google
- HW-Q800 – 3.1.2, 8” wireless subwoofer. Samsung’s Acoustic Beam technology (2 upward-firing drivers). Q-Symphony uses TV speakers to widen the sound stage. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
- HW-S600 – 4.0, side horn speaker and acoustic beam technology, no sub-woofer but an option.
- HWS-400 – 2.1
GadgetGuy’s take – Samsung 2020 TV range – nice gear and some tricky marketing
In a direct swipe at OLED Samsung UK (at least) is offering a 50% discount (max £1000 cashback) if you trade in any other brand of OLED TV. Samsung is pushing QLED as brighter and burn-in free.
We will see if we can get advance notice for other brands soon.