The 8K TV era has begun
The first 4K TVs arrived just six years ago, and I don't think any of us here at Crutchfield expected to see 8K TVs this soon. But Samsung's QN55Q900R is the real deal, with over 33 million pixels in its 55" screen. It can display four times the detail of a 4K TV. But there's much more to the story than just millions more pixels. Check out the other advances at work inside this remarkable TV.
Powerful 8K upscaling ensures that all your sources will look their best
There's currently no 8K* content available via disc, broadcast, or streaming service, but don't worry. Optimizing the upconversion of lower-quality video sources was a top priority for Samsung's engineering team.
The QN55Q900R's high-powered 8K AI Upscaling tackles upscaling in a smart new way. A built-in database analyzes millions of sets of low- and high-resolution images to create a more realistic picture, and uses machine learning to develop new algorithms.
Its picture-improving functions start with noise reduction especially the compression noise you get with streamed video. Other features include detail creation, edge enhancement, and removing "jaggies" from curved and angled edges.
This upscaling works its magic whether you're watching the set's built-in streaming apps, connected via HDMI to a disc player or set-top box, or even mirroring content from a phone or tablet.
Stunning detail illuminated by impressive brightness
The QN55Q900R's full-array local-dimming LED backlight features a grid with nearly 500 independently controllable dimming zones, to deliver ultra-precise lighting. The combination of deep blacks and brilliant highlights creates a forget-you're-watching-TV sense of realism especially when viewing HDR-enhanced content.
As a rule, 4K TVs with good HDR performance should be able to produce 1000 nits of peak brightness. The 8K QN55Q900R can hit peaks much higher than that.
See a billion shades with Samsung's quantum dot color
Samsung continues to refine its quantum dot technology. They found a way to tune the output of the atom-sized quantum dots so that they produce purer reds and greens, allowing the TV to cover nearly 100% of the P3 color space the standard for digital cinema and HDR movies. QLED TVs can reproduce over a billion total shades.
The QN55Q900R also delivers strong "color volume." Color volume is a way of measuring color performance that factors in picture brightness. Most TVs lose some color accuracy as the picture gets brighter. But QLED maintains color accuracy and saturation at any brightness level. Colors pop like they do in real life.
One cord, no clutter
If you're after a clutter-free look, Samsung's QLED models are a great way to go, especially if you want to wall-mount your TV. Instead of connecting your Blu-ray player, cable box, and other video sources directly to the QN55Q900R, you connect them to the supplied One Connect Box switching hub. A single super-thin cable connects the hub to the TV, providing signals and power, for a clean, uncluttered look.
Some cool new smart TV capabilities
In an industry first, Samsung's 2019 QLED TVs will be able to access and play your iTunes movie and TV show library. You'll also be able to buy or rent content from iTunes directly through an app built into the TV. The TVs will also include support for Apple AirPlay 2, so you'll be able to stream content wirelessly from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to the biggest screen in your home.
Samsung's slender OneRemote is one of the smartest remotes we've seen. It automatically detects, identifies, and controls your connected devices and content. Use the OneRemote's microphone to access Bixby, the TV's built-in intelligent voice assistant. Bixby makes it easy to change channels, search for content, or even ask about the weather, using only your voice. Just click voice recognition on your remote or smartphone, and Bixby is at your command.
The QN55Q900R is also compatible with Google Home and Amazon Alexa voice assistants.