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A decade-long of LCD TV advancements: Samsung's 2016 SUHD TVs explained

By Ng Chong Seng - 18 Jun 2016

What's so special about Samsung's 2016 SUHD TVs?

 

So, what makes Samsung SUHD TVs tick?

As I mentioned earlier, SUHD TVs are the best LED-lit LCD 4K TVs Samsung has to offer, packing the most premium build quality, the latest features, and the highest picture quality.

Here are a few things that I feel Samsung has done right with these SUHD TVs:

 

1.) Quantum Dot Display for a true-to-life picture

I used to lament that while TVs are getting slimmer and smarter every other day, jumps in picture quality have slowed or even stagnated.

Therefore I was very relieved when I heard that TV makers were experimenting with quantum dots to improve their TVs’ color performance. I won’t go full monty here, but in a nutshell, we’ve pretty much hit a bottleneck with LED-LCD TVs that use phosphors to generate white light, and therefore, colors. Quantum dot material is an excellent alternative to phosphor, because the dots can be tuned to radiate any color based on their physical size. As a result, the TV is able to express way more colors than before.

In Samsung’s case, all its SUHD TVs (from Series 7 onwards) have a 10-bit ‘Quantum Dot Display’, which means they’re capable of delivering up to 1 billion color shades. As such, you’re able to experience subtle color nuances just as you see them in the real world.

Of course, not all quantum-dot-enhanced TVs are the same. The quantum dots used on Samsung’s SUHD TVs are cadmium-free (i.e., they’re non-toxic); and with a new nano capsule to protect these nanocrystals, they’ve a longer lifecycle, too.

 

2.) 1,000 nits brightness for better HDR and colors

All Samsung SUHD TVs this year are also Ultra HD Premium-certified, which means they fulfill the stringent criteria set out by the UHD Alliance, such as at least 1,000 nits peak brightness and less than 0.05 nits black level.

Now, brightness is important for TVs in a few ways. The easiest one to understand is that a bright TV enables you to still comfortably see the picture on the screen in a well-lit room.

Also, HDR (high dynamic range) content requires sufficient brightness to recreate real world scenes convincingly, like that sunny blue sky and its white clouds, or that vibrant grass patch that’s glittering with dew. (Consider this: a black asphalt-paved road already reflects about 2,000 nits under the sun.) With insufficient brightness, highlights will look dull and details may be lost. Samsung calls this ability to do HDR at 1,000 nits 'HDR 1000'.

Additionally, insufficient brightness has a negative impact on colors. The main reason why Samsung’s SUHD TVs with Quantum Dot Display can achieve 1 billion possible colors within 96% of the wider DCI-P3 color space is because it has the high brightness to boot.

In short, these factors - brightness, color gamut, dynamic range - all play a role when creating a picture on screen, and the better each of them performs, the more realistic the picture.

 

3.) A redesigned Smart Hub UI and One Remote

Samsung’s SUHD TVs are all smart TVs running on the Tizen operating system. In 2016, the TVs’ Smart Hub user interface is redesigned to give you quick access to all your favorite content and info, from live TV and video sources to apps and even the system and picture settings menus, in one place. In fact, you can get to your favorite programs as soon as you turn on the TV.

Samsung has nailed the little things, too. For example, these SUHD TVs are able to recognize many devices (Blu-ray players, Amazon Fire TVs, Apple TVs, Xboxes, PlayStations - you name it) when you plug them in over HDMI, and then program the bundled ‘One Remote’ to work with them automatically. A single remote that controls everything means no more fumbling for remote controls on the sofa from now on.

If you’d like to share pictures, videos, and music from your mobile devices (both Android and iOS) and PCs to the TV, it’s now possible to do so with the updated Samsung Smart View mobile app. And last but not least, Samsung’s SUHD TVs let you stream UHD movies and TV shows easily from providers like Netflix and YouTube.

 

4.) 360° Boundless Design

If you’re paying top dollar for a 4K UHD TV, it had better look good. Samsung’s TVs are known for their beautiful design and premium build quality, and this year's SUHD TVs are no different.

Sporting a minimalist look with clean lines throughout, even the backs of the TVs are taken into consideration in the design process. For example, on the flagship KS9000, there are no screws in sight to mess with the aesthetics, and a natural brushed texture is added to give a premium look (and feel), which is unlike most TVs which backs are typically covered in uninspiring black or white plastic.

A curved TV, the KS9000 also has a super-thin bezel (Samsung calls it 'Borderless Design'), which allows the picture to take centerstage under any lighting condition. With a thin and striking profile and a classy and sturdy Y-shaped metal stand, this is a TV that looks good whether it’s mounted on the wall or placed on the TV console.