Samsung TV 2019: A complete guide to every new 4K QLED TV from Samsung
Samsung TV 2019: Samsung’s strong performance this year follows from 2018 where it took the fight to OLED. While QLED couldn’t match OLED in some regards, in others it held its own and even bested its rival panel technology. Once again we’re experiencing a similar battle in 2019, with QLED asserting its case strongly as to why it should be preferred choice for viewers this year.
Earlier this year we attended Samsung’s Forum event in Portugal, where the South Korean manufacturer regaled us about its 2019 TV range. Here’s a comprehensive guide to Samsung’s QLED TV range for 2019.
Samsung TV 2019 QLED highlights
Samsung sensed a shift in the market, with customers eyeing bigger TV sizes. The 8K QLED now tops out at 98in, while the 4K QLED ranges are full of TVs 65-inches and bigger.
The reason why is down to “shifting consumer demands,” as 2018 saw the market for 75−inch TVs expand. If you’re looking for a bigger TV in 2019, Samsung has plenty of options to choose from.
The company has looked to improve viewing angles through its Ultra Wide Viewing Angle technology. It restructures the screen “so the backlight passes through the panel more evenly”. The result? Better viewing angles.
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QLED TVs from the Q90R down to the Q70R will Direct full array panels, with the Q60R getting an edge-lit panel instead. Direct full array backlighting allows for improved control over contrast, and in theory, more pronounced blacks.
The Quantum Processor previously available on the 8K models, is now available on the 4K QLEDs. It upscales content from any source to near 4K quality. Other adjustments include improving brightness and optimising picture and sound for each scene through AI upscaling.
Samsung’s support for HDR10+ has continued and that’s not surprising as they are the chief advocates of the format. Unlike Philips and Panasonic, Samsung did not consider including Dolby Vision HDR. On a side note, the 8K QLED TVs should by now have received an update to support HDMI 2.1 transmission at 8K/60p. If only there was any native 8K content to watch.
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Bixby, Samsung’s virtual assistant, has seen improvements. Viewers can use their voice to search, while “Universal Guide” finds content based on the viewer’s preferences and content history. If that isn’t enough, you can add Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to the comprehensive voice control support. They’re available on all Samsung’s 8K and 4K QLEDs.
If you’re a gamer, the Real Game Enhancer feature is for you. Auto Game mode optimises settings for faster input (15.4ms) and quicker refresh rates, reducing latency as a result. The PQ/Sound Enhancer tweaks colour, contrast and any directional or dimensional sound effects without an increase in lag. The Dynamic Black Equalizer offers better expression of blacks – especially in darker scenes – without distorting colours or suffering from a washed-out look in brighter scenes.
Apple has brought its Apple TV app to TVs − in this case Samsung’s QLED lineup − for the first time. iTunes functionality remains the same, with access to content and the ability to buy or rent content. It’s available 2018 Samsung TVs and the entirety of the 2019 QLED range.
The thawing between Apple and Samsung made it possible for AirPlay 2 integration to come to the platform. Apple users can stream audio, video and other content from Apple devices to Samsung TVs. The Apple TV app is available in 100 countries and AirPlay 2 in 176 countries.
Last up is Samsung’s Ambient mode. This allows the viewer to display decorative content, personal pictures or have the screen mimic the texture of the surface behind it. Samsung QLED TVs will feature an automatic light control sensor that adapts to the ambient brightness of a room and adjusts the screen accordingly.
Now that’s out of the way, here’s all you need to know about Samsung’s 2019 TVs, with prices and reviews.
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Samsung TV 2019 – 8K/4K QLED
Q950R 8K QLED
- QE85Q950R – £8999
- QE75Q950R – £5999
- QE65Q950R – £4499
Not to be confused with the Q900R, the Q950R is Samsung’s 8K range for Europe.
The Q900R topped out at 85in, while the Q950R believes bigger is better with the addition of a 98in model. Powered by Samsung’s Quantum Processor, it’s able to take 4K video and upscale it to near 8K quality.
The packaged One Connect box is compatible with the HDMI 2.1 certification, so it can handle 8K content at 60 frames. The panel features Direct Full Array backlighting, with peak brightness hitting a scorching 4000 nits. Ultra Wide Viewing Angle technology is supported for better and more consistent viewing angles.
The Q950R employs blade feet at the bottom ends of the display – although you can move them closer to the centre – with a thin bezel surrounding the screen.
We reviewed the Q950R and found it to be an improvement on the Q900R. Although you will need to remortgage your house to pay for it.
- QE75Q90R – £3999
- QE65Q90R – £2999
- QE55Q90R – £2299
The Q90R has a Direct Full Array panel and the 4K Quantum Processor. Ultra Wide Viewing Angle is supported, with the panel boasting a peak brightness of 2000 nits.
It also comes with 100% Colour Volume for consistent and accurate colours. For gamers, Samsung has included the Real Game Enhancer for smoother gameplay and faster inputs. In terms of build quality there’s a plinth instead of blade feet, presumably to aid soundbar placement.
Power and video are transmitted to the TV from the One Connect box via one unfeasibly thin cable (Samsung’s One Invisible Connection). The TV also supports Samsung’s No Gap wall-mount solution, which closes the space between the TV and wall, and allows for the TV to be angled towards the viewer.
We’ve reviewed the 65in model and it sets a high bar for the rest of 2019, boasting the “most all-round spectacular HDR pictures the TV world has seen to date”.
- QE75Q85R – £3999
- QE65Q85R – £2499
- QE55Q85R – £1799
The Q85R is the next QLED down the rung and is exclusive to Europe.
The Direct Full Array panel is less potent, with far fewer dimming zones than the Q90R. That tallies with a reduction in brightness from 2000 nits to 1500; expect an impactful image from a not-as-bright screen nonetheless.
Otherwise, the Q85R has Ultra Wide Viewing Angles, 100% colour volume, Real Game Enhancer and the One Invisible Connection cable solution. The build is a change from the models above. No blade feet or plinth; just a smooth, premium-looking T-stand base.
The Q85 brings much of the same great qualities seen in the Q90R to a substantially cheaper price, even if the sound and picture aren’t quite a match for the flagship TV.
- QE65Q80R – £1999
- QE55Q80R – £1499
The Q85R has fewer dimming zones, although the brightness remains the same as the Q85R at 1500 nits. The Q80R also drops the One Invisible Cable for the Clean Cable solution.
It was previously thought that the Q80R would come with a One Connect box but this appears to not be the case. Owners will have to make do with the set’s Clean Cable solution.
The Q80R scored full marks in our review, continuing QLED’s good run of form in 2019. While 2k is not an inconsiderable amount to pay for a TV, this step-down effort proves to be a confident effort with bright, high contrast images and better-than-expected sound.
- QE82Q70R – £3999
- QE75Q70R – £2999
- QE65Q70R – £1799
- QE55Q70R – £1249
- QE49Q70R – £1099
The Q70R has similar features to the models above, but will likely occupy the more affordable price ranges.
Compared to last year’s equivalent, the 1500-nit peak brightness of the Q7F has fallen to 1000 nits for the Q70R. This is also the first model in the 4K range that doesn’t support Ultra Wide Viewing Angle tech, with Wide Viewing Angle used instead. Real Game Enhancer is included.
The Q70R has been boosted in the number of supported sizes, however. You can go bigger at 82in, or settle for a 49in model. In terms of connections, four HDMI and three USB ports is your lot.
- QE82Q60R − £3999
- QE75Q60R − £1999
- QE65Q60R − £1299
- QE55Q60R − £913
- QE49Q60R − £849
- QE43Q60R − £699
The Q60R is the entry-level set of the 4K QLED range.
Although peak brightness hasn’t been mentioned, it’s less than 1000 nits. It does support 100% Colour Volume for richer, saturated colours. As befitting its entry-level status, it’s the only QLED that doesn’t have a direct full array panel, choosing an edge-lit one instead.
For build, the Q60R has angled blade feet towards the edge and sports a thin bezel. The range includes a smaller size than last year’s Q6F, with the addition of a 43-inch model.
We made a point of noting in our review of the QE49Q60R that while it lacks the full array backlit panel and brightness of its QLED brethren, it puts in a respectable and at times impressive with its colourful picture, slick interface and array of features.
Samsung TV 2019 − UHD 4K TVs
The following TVs are all edge-lit panels, and while they all have HDR, peak brightness of each set hasn’t been disclosed
- UE49RU8000 − £1099
- UE55RU8000 − £849
- UE65RU8000 − £799
The RU8000 is the first non-QLED TV in Samsung’s lineup.
It comes toting Samsung’s UHD Processor for 4K picture and the WCG Dynamic Crystal Colour engine. The DCC engine packs in a billion hues and works in tandem with HDR10+ for better contrast and more lifelike images.
The RU8000 supports features found in the QLEDs in Wide Viewing Angle and Real Game Enhancer features. Both Bixby and the Universal Guide are included for search functionality.
In terms of construction, the panel is surrounded by a thin bezel with blade feet that sit close to the display’s edge. Thanks to its Clean Cable solution, all the physical connections are located in the One Connect box.
- UE50RU7410 – £799
- UE43RU7410 – £649
First up in Samsung’s 7 Series is the RU7410. It’s here where features begin to fall away.
While the UHD Processor, Dynamic Crystal Colour engine and HDR10+ are retained, the RU7410 loses the Wide Viewing Angle feature and Real Game Enhancer.
The Clean Cable solution, Universal Guide and Bixby all remain. The build is different to the RU8000, since this model comes in a white finish and V-shaped stand. Only two sizes are available: 50in and 43in.
Connections add up to three HDMI ports, two USB and a digital audio out. Component connections and an LAN port are also available.
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- UE65RU7400 – £849
- UE55RU7400 – £649
- UE50RU7400 – £549
- UE43RU7400 – £449
The RU7400 has all the same features as the RU7410. It’s available in bigger sizes and comes in a black finish (or Titan Gray), not white.
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- UE75RU7100 – £1999
- UE65RU7100 – £1099
- UE58RU7100 –
- UE55RU7100 – £799
- UE50RU7100 – £649
- UE43RU7100 – £549
The RU7100 is the last model in Samsung’s 7 Series and its features reflect that position. If a cheap 4K set is what you want, and you aren’t fussed about features, the RU7100 could be for you.
It has a 4K UHD Processor, but there’s no Dynamic Crystal Colour engine for colour and contrast control. Picture quality looks slightly less vivid from our brief time with it. The DCC has been replaced by Samsung’s PurColor, which enables expression of “most shades of colour” for a naturalistic-looking picture. The set is HDR10+ compatible.
The RU7100 sheds the Bixby virtual assistant, although the Universal Guide is included. For cable management there’s the Clean Cable solution; however, connections are few at two HDMI, two USB and a digital optical out, along with a LAN, component and common interface connections.
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Samsung TV 2019 − 4K Lifestyle TVs
Samsung The Frame
The Frame gets a QLED panel for 2019, moving on from last year’s LCD/LED model.
When The Frame isn’t being used to watch film or TV it can switch into Art mode, where it displays digital pieces of artwork, with access to over 1000 pieces through The Frame’s Art Store. The TV also carries a Luminance Sensor, which adjusts on-screen colours to fit a room’s ambient brightness.
Like the other 4K QLED TVs, The Frame’s panel is capable of 100% colour volume. Bixby virtual assistant is included, allowing access to smart features and streaming services. If you’re not a fan of the stand, the set can sit flush to the wall thanks to the No Gap Wall Mount.
Like The Frame, The Serif boasts a QLED screen for 2019. Ambient mode has been added, so the viewer can receive the latest news and weather updates, plus the ability to display imagery on the screen when it’s off.
Having been sold mainly through furniture and department stores, Samsung has changed its tack for 2019. The Serif will be more readily available through consumer electronic retailers.
Samsung TV 2019 − Full HD TVs
Samsung has no plans to release any regular HD models in 2019.