At the company's CES 2016 event, Samsung said that its 2016 SUHD TVs will offer improved HDR picture quality with the “UHD Premium” stamp of approval. An improved user interface will make it easier to find the best content.
Samsung's 2016 SUHD TVs
In 2016, Samsung will focus on delivering improved picture quality and a smarter TV experience. We are still talking about curved LCD TVs with quantum dot technology and the Tizen operating system but there are improvements on both fronts.
First of all Samsung has managed to make its LCDs brighter. By using quantum dot technology, Samsung can reach over 1000 nits brightness for HDR reproduction. This also means that the TVs meet the "UHD Premium" specification. The TVs use 10-bit panels and a new "Ultra Black" filter (based on the "Moth Eye" principle, says Samsung) should reduce panel reflections.
As for Smart TV, all 2016 TVs are still built on the Tizen operating system. The big news here is that Samsung is making it easier to find content. Tizen can now pull content from each app and present it in the slide-up menu, allowing the user to access the latest content without having to browse through each app. Samsung will allow users to pin apps, channels and input ports to the slide-up menu.
Furthermore, Samsung’s 2016 TVs will be able to control the smart home. All customers of 2016 SUHD TVs will receive a free "Smart Things Extend USB adapter" that can control over 200 IoT devices from door locks to thermostats.
A new remote control will automatically detect which devices are connected to the TV and let the user control these devices. It is the easiest and most intuitive universal remote ever, says Samsung.
KS9500 has a “bezel-less” design
One of the high-end 2016 TVs is KS9500. With its curved “bezel-less” design the frame is almost invisible.
Thanks to quantum dot technology KS9500 can reproduce a wider color space compared to last year’s TVs. However, Samsung did not put a number on that. It it probably close to DCI P3. The bad news is that KS9500 has edge-lit LEDs, whereas last year’s JS9500 had backlit LED.
Samsung says that the 2016 flagship TV will be KS9800 but offered no specifications. We are chasing details.
Samsung have yet to announce details for the other 2016 TVs but as always it will provide a broad line-up of low-end to high-end TVs. In addition to the SUHD models, Samsung will sell “normal” UHD TVs.
The highlights of the 2016 SUHD TVs in Samsung’s own words:
New Smart Hub – The 2016 Smart Hub is designed to provide users with simple access to their favorite content all in one place. Live TV, over the top (OTT), games and even the menu that appears on the home screen of the Samsung Smart TV allows users to access their favorite programs as soon as they turn on the TV.
Samsung Smart Control remote – The new Samsung Smart TV eliminates the need to juggle multiple remote controls. The Samsung Smart TV will automatically recognize the type of set-top box, game console, OTT box or home theater system that is connected to the TV. This allows users to control all of the external devices with the Smart Control remote — with no setup required.
Console-less Gaming – Consumers can enjoy the most realistic gaming experience on a large screen without the need for a console. More than 500 streaming and downloadable games will be available on the 2016 Samsung Smart TVs. Recent additions for PlayStationTM now include Assassin’s Creed III, Batman: Arkham Origins, The LEGO Movie and many more.
EXTRA Service – With a push of the EXTRA hot button on the Samsung Smart Control remote, information related to the content will appear onscreen instantly. Users can see player profiles and stats during sporting events, information on cast members for their favorite TV shows and more.
Smart View – The Samsung Smart View mobile app allows users to share their favorite content instantly with their family. The upgraded Smart View is now available beyond Samsung Galaxy devices, supporting Android and iOS devices, as well as Window PCs. Popular apps and websites including AccuWeather, Crackle, iHeartRadio, M-GO, Plex, Pluto.TV, UFC, Vimeo, YuppTV and more are all also Smart View enabled, so consumers can begin the entertainment experience right within the apps and services they enjoy most.
More access to content – Streaming UHD movies and TV shows from providers such as Amazon, M-GO, and Netflix and accessing apps such as YouTube has gotten even easier. UHD technologies developed by NeuLion will also enable a selection of sporting events to stream 4K live. Consumers can also connect Samsung’s new Ultra HD Blu-ray Player via HDMI (2.0a) for access to UHD movies with HDR. Direct access to live programming from providers such as Dish and Time Warner Cable is simplified.