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Samsung’s 2018 TVs will feature an “invisible cable”

Posted: 8 March 2018 3:20 pm

Samsung's new TVs will hide on your wall with new ambient modes and a nearly invisible single installation cable.

Samsung showed off the largest of its TV family back at CES 2018 in the form of "The Wall", a TV that is pretty much just that, and while we're still keenly waiting to find out how much that would cost, it was always clear that The Wall wasn't going to be for everybody, on budget terms alone.

Samsung's 2018 range of more consumer-accessible TVs will incorporate larger displays, ranging from 55 inches up to a hefty 88 inch model in the Q9F range. For the premium Q9F and Q8F range, available in 55 inch and 65 inch (Q8F) and 65, 75 and 88 inch (Q9F) series, they will feature Direct Full Array lighting, a departure from the edge-LED technology Samsung's used in the past. Direct Full Array offers considerably more control over luminance, and as a result, contrast on Samsung's LED TVs.

Samsung will offer both curved and flat model TVs across its QLED, Premium UHD, UHD and Ultra-Large ranges in a variety of sizes, but predictably the sexiest goodies are going to appear on the more premium ranges. These include a new "ambient" mode that turns the TV into one part information hub, one part invisible frame.

It does so by detecting the specifics of the wall on which it's mounted, and then projecting an image of that wall on the display screen when you're not watching it, reducing it to just its visible exterior bezel when not in use. That's a cool sounding feature, albeit one with a very slight power draw if you're going to leave your TV on all the time.

If you've got a pretty TV, it's a pity to clutter it up with cables, and with that in mind, Samsung's debuting what it's calling One Invisible Connection cable. It's a fibre optic cable that delivers both power and signal to the TV panel, with all incoming actual connections coming out of a separate control box that you could hide just about anywhere you like, up to 15 metres away. The cable itself is teflon coated for durability and will apparently cut out completely if there's a break in the cable, so it should be electrically safe.

All of Samsung's 2018 TVs will also feature Samsung's AI assistant Bixby, with promised integration for Samsung phone owners where Bixby is already present. Samsung made no secret of the fact that it's planning an entire AI-led ecosystem at its CES 2018 keynote, and with the TV as the central hub of so many homes, that's a smart place to start.

Samsung Australia hasn't announced specific pricing for the new TV ranges, but it expects them to go on sale in Australia in April. Model availability and sizing will be as follows:

ModelAvailable sizes
Q9F65”, 75”, 88”
Q8F55”, 65”
Q7F55”, 65”, 75”
Q6F55”, 65”, 75”

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