What you need to know about Samsung's QLED 2017 4K TV lineup

Deidre Richardson
Jun 5, 2017

Samsung is not one to invest in R&D hastily; the Korean giant has always carefully planned its steps into spending money, which is what we'd expect of any company at the forefront of technology nowadays. The Korean giant has promoted the use of its AMOLED panels on smartphones and its Gear smartwatch lineup but has taken a different turn with regard to Smart TV. For years, Samsung relied on LCD screens for its Smart TVs, leaving some to wonder if Samsung would ever pull its TVs over into "the smartphone era."

When Samsung decided to push forward with QLED, none other than LED LCDs that utilize Quantum Dot (QD) technology ("QLED" = Quantum Dot LED LCD) to produce greater screen brightness and a full color gamut, it did so with the goal of providing the best technology possible in accordance with greater affordability. With great display tech and more affordable pricing, consumers win on all sides.

For those interested in a greater examination of Samsung's QLED 4K TV lineup, we present the following regarding all you need to know about these new TVs.

Samsung Q9F

Samsung-q9f-TVThe Samsung Q9F provides the brightest of all Samsung's QLED TV lineup, producing up to 2,000 nits of brightness for your Ultra HD 4K viewing encounter. The UHD Alliance suggests 1,000 nits minimum, so this amount of brightness should really bring colors and on-screen action to life. For those who want the freedom over color contrast and light dimming, you'll be pleased to know that the Samsung Q9F has 32 dimming blocks to that end.

Alongside resolution and dimming, the Q9F offers Samsung's very own Dolby Vision alternative HDR10 Plus platform for HDR content. Amazon has paired up with Samsung to provide the earliest HDR content for the platform. Standard HDR10 and broadcast Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) technology also make their way to the Q9F. A 60W speaker provides the audio, four HDMI outputs and three USBs can be found in Samsung's OneConnect box, and Tizen provides the smart platform behind it all.

The Samsung Q9F comes in 65-inch and 88-inch displays, with the 88-inch Q9F QLED 4K TV priced at £17,800 and the 65-inch model at £4900.


Samsung Q8C
The Samsung Q8C is the best QLED curved-screen Smart TV within Samsung's lineup but doesn't feature the 2,000 nits of brightness of the Q9F (only 1500 brightness nits instead). The Q9F has 32 dimming blocks, but the Samsung Q8C only boasts 12, so you won't get the same capacity of customization as you will with the Q9F. You still get the OneConnect box with 4 HDMI and 3 USB ports as well as the 60W of sound, though, so no problems there.

The Samsung Q8C comes in 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch models, with the 55-inch Q8C costing £3000, the 65-inch Q8C costing £3800, and the 75-inch model priced at £5800.


Samsung Q7F/Q7C

samsung_q7cThe Samsung Q7F and Q7C QLED 4K TVs are distinguished in model number only because one is "flat" (F) while the other is "curved."

The Q7F and Q7C series are the most affordable of Samsung's QLED 4K TV lineup, providing similar 1500 brightness nits and dimming blocks (12) while providing slightly inferior audio (60W audio output of the Q8C as opposed to the 40W-output of the Q7F/Q7C). Additionally, the Q7F and Q7C are chunkier than the Q9F and Q8C but still offer HDR10 Plus for HDR content that transcends the Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) content of most Smart TVs. Tizen returns here as well.

The flat Q7F comes in 49-inch (£2000), 55-inch (£2300), 65-inch (£3100), and 75-inch (£5000) models, while the curved Q7C comes in 49-inch (£2200), 55-inch (£2500), and 65-inch (£3300) models (no 75-inch model for the Q7C).



samsung_mu7000The Samsung MU series retains the LCD screens of yesteryear and are a follow-up to the KS series but come in some options for interested customers, such as flat and curved form factors and screen sizes ranging from 40 inches to 82 inches and 1000 brightness nits and 10-bit panels that still qualify as UHD-capable, though MU series buyers will have to live without the Invisible Connection Cable and No Gap wall mount that make the aforementioned QLED TVs above so popular. The MU series provides far more affordable pricing, but these TVs lack the QLED panels of the Q series. Those who want to get the most for their money should consider the Q7F and Q7C models over these if you're not looking for 75-inch screen sizes.

There are three TV types in the MU series: the flat MU7000 lineup, coming in 49-inch (£1300), 55-inch (£1500), 65-inch (£2100), and 75-inch (£3900) sizes. The flat MU8000 comes in 49-inch (£1500), 55-inch (£1700), 65-inch (£2300), and 75-inch (£4000) sizes. The curved MU9000 lineup features 49-inch (£1700), 55-inch (£2000), and 65-inch (£2600) screen sizes.

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