Samsung 2020 4K, 8K QLED, Crystal UHD TVs Now On Amazon
Anyone looking to make the best of the COVID-19 situation might want to consider purchasing a new TV to make staying at home a little less mind numbing.
Many of Samsung’s 2020 North American 4K Ultra HD and 8K Ultra HD QLED and Crystal UHD series television are now available for purchase or pre-order on Amazon, which will bring the model you desire right to your door.
Most of the models, short of two “Crystal UHD” series, listed by the E-commerce giant now are part of Samsung’s QLED offerings, meaning they are LED (back or edge-lit) LCD TVs with local dimming or Dual LED edge lighting, respectively, and contain a quantum dot color enhancement film layer that boosts the color range to better than 90% of the DCI-P3 recommendation with the ability to produce 100% color volume.
This year’s line features an expanded 8K assortment, and a wider range of screen sizes for both 4K and 8K model series. All 2020 sets also feature a number of improved AI capabilities.
This year’s lineup includes some new picture enhancing features that enabled Samsung to get high-quality performance at lower prices than last year’s introductory levels. In some cases, this means fewer LED dimming zones in favor of new, more powerful processing chips and algorithms intended to stabilize black level performance with greater fine shadow detail. This also does an effective job at reducing blooming and flash lighting (compared to other LED-LCD TVs) around bright objects with minimal bleeding into letterbox bands on theatrical content.
In addition to high picture quality, many of this year’s models have improved on-board audio performance for more immersive viewing with clearly defined dialog.
As for smart TV, Samsung’s Tizen-based operating system as been given some improvements in both use and selection to make finding content and navigating a large field of available streaming apps easier.
2020 QLED models continue to carry the Samsung TV Plus, which is an app that aggregates a number of free ad-supported streaming video services. This includes the just announced limited-time exclusive Players TV app with features on sports celebrities, as well as channels for news, gaming and lifestyle special interest topics.
Samsung is also offering its Samsung Health app, which is a fitness and wellness tracker showing activities, progress and other metrics, along with free exclusive content from experts in the field including Calm, Fitplan, Jillian Michaels, Echelon, obé Fitness, barre3 and more.
Samsung 2020 Smart TVs act as a virtual hub to a smart home. A SmartThings Dashboard provides controlling devices from a single, centralized location. This includes a comprehensive IoT ecosystem that seamlessly connects compatible devices and allows for setting up customized automations.
The 2020 8K models (only the Q800T series is listed at this time) will have HDMI 2.1 inputs out of the box. In 4K Ultra HDTVs for 2020, Samsung is including HDMI 2.0b ports with support for the following HDMI 2.1 features: ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR, FreeSync). All 2020 models also support eARC.
Here’s how some of the key features break down:
All 4K and 8K Samsung QLED models this year will feature: Samsung Health; Multi-View; Works with Bixby, Alexa and the Google Assistant voice control; Enhanced Samsung TV Plus.
In addition, 2020 Samsung 8K TV models will include the following features exclusively: Object Tracking Sound+ (OTS+); Local Power Distribution (All 8K models. Also included is 8K Direct Full Array which introduces local power distribution to fine-tune dimming zones by taking power from dark sections of the picture and redistributing where it’s needed in the brightest areas. This helps boost brightness by 20%, Samsung said. The 8Ks also offer Quantum HDR, which expresses full range contrast for brighter lights and darker blacks across all HDR content.
Other 8K features include the AI Quantum Processor in the flagship model with Adaptive Picture that auto adjusts for room lighting and includes a built-in sensor to also analyze onscreen visuals to make the optimal balance for the environment, automatically.
Similarly, the Quantum Processor optimizes the listening experience – with the ability to adjust sound levels in response to ambient noise in the room so that dialog remains understandable regardless of what’s going on.
Samsung once again includes its Ultra Viewing Angle anti-glare film in select 8K and 4K series. This presents OLED-like viewing angles with glare-retarding characteristics that make images look like they are projected. Samsung said that the technology has been improved for 8K models this year to comply with contrast modulation resolution standards for 8K compliance with several specific definition standards.
The 2020 4K QLED series starting with the Q60T series and up will include: Adaptive Sound or Adaptive Sound+ (Q70 and up); Real Game Enhancer+ (Q70 and up); Active Voice Amplifier (Q70 and up); Ambient Mode+ (Q70 and up); Adaptive Picture (Q70 and up); Samsung Symphony soundbar functionality; Object Tracking Sound (OTS) (Q80 and Q90 series).
For video gamers, the 2020 lineup includes Samsung’s Real Game Enhancer+ that provides multiple variable refresh rates for the clearest and smoothest gaming graphics without frame tearing or stuttering. The OTS and Adaptive Sound+ features also makes sounds that seem to follow objects in the picture around the screen. Models also provide greater flexibility to multitask while engaged in game play, including a Multi-View feature that allows watching streamed channels and social media while playing games – at the same time.
Models at the top of the range will have the most LEDs and LED backlighting zones and therefore will provide the greatest peak luminance and fine shadow detail capabilities.
Below is a list of 2020 Samsung QLED, The Frame and TU8000 Series 8K and 4K Ultra HDTVs either available for purchase now or coming in the next couple of days or weeks.
Samsung Q800T Series 8K Ultra HD QLED TVs
Key features in the Q800T series (pictured at top) included the following: 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 QLED Panel; Quantum HDR 12X / HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG; Motion Rate 240 technology; FreeSync Variable Refresh Rate; full-array LED back lighting with zone dimming.
Samsung Q90T Series 4K Ultra HD QLED TV
This is Samsung’s top-of-the-line 4K UHD QLED Series for 2020. It omits the One Connect box from last year. See our full review here.
Samsung Q80T Series 4K Ultra HD QLED TV
Key features: 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 QLED Panel; Quantum HDR 12X / HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG; Motion Rate 240 Technology; FreeSync Variable Refresh Rate; “Boundless Design” styling; Active Voice Amplifer that analyzes ambient noise and auto adjust voice levels in the scene for clearer dialog; full-array LED back lighting with zone dimming for precise brightness control.
Samsung Q70T Series 4K Ultra HD QLED TV
Key features: 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 QLED Panel; 4K Quantum processor; HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG; Motion Rate 240 Technology; FreeSync Variable Refresh Rate; “Dual LED” edge lighting with dedicated warm and cool LED backlights that adjust the contrast and color tone; and a 120 Hz native refresh rate:
Samsung Q60T Series 4K Ultra HD QLED TV
Key features: 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 QLED Panel; Quantum processor 4K lite; HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG; Motion Rate 240 Technology; boundless design stylie; FreeSync Variable Refresh Rate; Dual LED edge lighting and a 60 Hz native refresh rate:
Samsung continues to present its series of popular TVs designed to makes LED-LCD TVs look like framed pictures. The company supports the look by providing downloads of static photos and famous artworks that can be displayed on screen when not in use. It also includes the Ambient Mode that has been offered in the past (and that is included in many Samsung smart TVs today as well) to display static screen elements that help the screen blend in with the colors and textures of the surrounding room. The Frame TVs can be hung on a wall or mounted on an easle-like stand. Samsung offers a variety of different colored picture-frame bezels that can be added to the TV to complete the look. The Frame TVs are based on QLED quantum dot technology and edge lit panels.
Samsung 50-Inch QN50LS03T 4K UHD The Frame QLED LED-LCD TV
Samsung TU8000 Value Line 4K Ultra HD TV
The TU8000 is a set below the QLED models. It features a basic edge-lit LED LCD panel, 4K processor and color filtering. It also omits Ambient Mode.
Samsung TU7000 Value Line 4K Ultra HD TVs
Edge-lit LED-LCD TV display, sleek minimalistic design, 4K Ultra HD resolution, HDR support, Auto Game Mode, 60 Hz native refresh rate panel.
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