The new – flat – flagship TV from Samsung combines an LCD panel with quantum dot technology to deliver even brighter pictures in 4K HDR. Q9 will be part of the “QLED” family and is now available in the US and across Europe.
Priced to compete with OLED
Q9 is the TV flagship for 2017. For the past three years, Samsung insisted that its most expensive TVs had to be curved. No longer - Q9 is as flat as your wall.
Samsung Q9 is available in 65 and 75” sizes in the US, and 65” in Europe, with an 88” model coming later. Samsung has positioned Q9 as part of its new “QLED” range and it is priced to compete with LG’s OLED.
While the name QLED sounds like OLED in fact the two technologies are not related in any way. Samsung says that it has chosen to rebrand LCD to “QLED” because the addition of quantum dots represents a major step forward. Samsung claims that Q9 can pump out over 2000 nits peak brightness and a larger "color volume" than any other TV on the market. Q9 is still based on an LCD panel with edge LED.
The Korean company has developed a “no-gap” wall bracket solution that allows you to mount the TV flush to the wall. All input and output ports have been moved into a separate box that connects to the TV via an ultra-thin fiber cable.
Q9 also offers an updated video processor, 4K resolution, apps via the Tizen operating system, twin tuners (in Europe), a new premium remote, and support for three HDR formats (HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG). Samsung has once again chosen to ignore Dolby Vision and has instead developed HDR10+ as an open alternative to the proprietary Dolby Vision system.
Samsung Q9 has been available for some weeks in the US and is now also available across Europe, the company says. In the US, Samsung has already heavily slashed the price from the original $6000.