Samsung Unveils Its 2018 Home Entertainment Lineup

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At its First Look Event this week in New York, Samsung unveiled its 2018 home entertainment lineup, including a variety of new UHD TVs and several new soundbars. TVs were the focus of the event, and the company spent a lot of time covering the more "lifestyle" aspect of the TVs, including Bixby/SmartThings intelligent control and the new Ambient mode that can play music and display news headlines, weather forecasts, traffic reports, etc.

On the performance side, the great news is that Samsung has returned to offering full-array LED backlighting with local dimming for some of its premium QLED TVs, which also feature HDR10+ and quantum dot technology. Screen sizes range from 49 to 88 inches in the QLED line. More details on the complete TV and audio lineup are available below.

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has unveiled its 2018 home entertainment lineup at the company's First Look in New York event. Samsung highlighted details about its flagship QLED TV models and its expanded lineup of UHD, Premium UHD and Ultra-Large Screen TVs. With groundbreaking design elements, enhanced picture quality, and intuitive smart capabilities, Samsung's 2018 QLED line empowers consumers to enjoy content without distractions--even when viewers are not actively watching.

"Our 2018 lineup of televisions are truly our most innovative and sophisticated yet, designed for today's consumer who is mindful of the aesthetics of their space," said Jong-hee Han, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. "We are excited for consumers to experience our new TV lineup and features that offer more freedom to decide where and how the TV can be best enjoyed within the home."

Samsung's 2018 line features new innovations that enrich the lives of consumers by reimagining how TV integrates into the living room, how consumers enjoy their content, and how they interact with their devices.

Highlights of the 2018 lineup include:

Ambient Mode
Ambient mode provides useful information throughout the day--even when consumers aren't actively watching movies and TV. It can play music as well as display news headlines, traffic reports, and weather updates. For wall-mounted TVs, Ambient Mode can mimic the pattern on the wall behind the TV to create an astonishing visual effect in which the TV blends seamlessly into the wall.

One Invisible Connection*
The new One Invisible Connection is one slim cable that combines both consumer's power and AV data to the TV. Available up to 15 meters, it frees consumers from having to place their TV near data or power outlets.
* One Invisible Connection applies to Q7 and higher models except Q8F. 

Smart TV, Featuring Bixby
The QLED line's smart capabilities offer revolutionary ways to set up the TV and find content. Effortless Login uses the new SmartThings app to drastically reduce the time it takes to set up a new TV. The new Universal Guide enables consumers to navigate across supporting streaming services and live TV through one intuitive menu. And with Samsung's intelligence platform, Bixby, consumers can use voice commands to bring up their favorite shows and control compatible devices.

Direct Full Array
The Q8F and Q9F QLED TVs deliver stunning images with pristine contrast through Direct Full Array (DFA) technology. Direct Full Array uses a panel with zones of smartly controlled backlighting that adjust automatically to deliver deep blacks and pure whites.

Audio Lineup
Samsung offers four new audio products that offer clear and immersive sound tailored to the different ways that individual consumers set up and use their home theater systems.

HW-N950: With front-firing, up-firing and new side-firing speakers, the HW-N950 Dolby Atmos soundbar creates an extraordinary cinematic experience that delivers 7.1.4 surround sound.

HW-N650: Designed for gamers, the HW-N650 soundbar features Acoustic Beam Technology that puts consumers at the center of the action.

HW-NW700: The HW-NW700 soundbar features a wall-mounted design that perfectly complements QLED TVs so that they both blend beautifully into any home environment.

VL550: The VL550 includes a unique metal dial that consumers can attach to any metallic surface and use to control music with the sound of their voice.

Samsung 2018 TV Line Details
In response to rising consumer demand, Samsung is reinforcing its commitment to ultra-large screen televisions. The 2018 Samsung TV line features 9 series across the QLED TV, Premium UHD, UHD and Ultra-Large Screen display range, available in a variety of class sizes. Models in the 2018 lineup feature both flat and curved display options.

QLED TV: Models in the 2018 QLED TV lineup include: Q9F (65", 75", 88"), Q8F (55", 65", 75"), Q7C (55", 65"), Q7F (55", 65", 75") and Q6F (49", 55", 65", 75", 82"). The QLED TVs feature enhanced color and contrast, HDR10+ compatibility, Ambient Mode, Smart TV enhancements with Bixby Voice, One Remote Control and the One Invisible Connection.

Premium UHD: Models in the 2018 Premium UHD TV lineup include NU8500 and NU8000. The Premium UHD TVs include features such as dynamic crystal color, HDR10+ compatibility, clean cable solutions, and Smart TV enhancements with Bixby Voice and One Remote Control.

UHD: Models in the 2018 UHD TV lineup include NU7100 (75", 65", 55", 50", 43", 40") and NU7300 (65", 55"). These UHD TVs include features such as 4K UHD and HDR picture capabilities, clean cable solutions, slim design and Smart TV capabilities.

Samsung's 2018 home entertainment line will be available in stores beginning March 2018. 

Additional Resources
• For more information and pricing, visit www.samsung.com.
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