Samsung’s new QLED TVs will let you channel surf streaming services
Quantum dot technology also offers impressive colour reproduction.
While Samsung officially unveiled its 2017 range of QLED television sets back at CES 2017, the company has only just confirmed the Australian release. It's good news for Australian streaming fans. The updated Tizen operating system that runs the Samsung Smart TV platform is now powerful enough to effectively offer real-time channel switching between streaming platforms.
This means that users will be able to quickly switch from bingeing Iron Fist on Netflix to watching Peppa Pig on YouTube all from the television's Smart TV menu. Switching platforms automatically pauses the content that's playing, which will then automatically resume when you flick back to that service.
The quick switching also works for external devices, with the new TVs offering the automatic registration of external devices and set-top boxes like Telstra TV, quickly creating a fixed option within the UI so that you can immediately jump between inputs without having to remember which HDMI input your box is using.
This feature is especially useful when combined with the HDMI-CEC capability of the TV, which enables Samsung to send control instructions through the connecting HDMI cable to external devices. If the connected devices have extra buttons not matched by Samsung's minimalist remote, there is an on-screen control option, which simplifies the watching experience.
Samsung hasn't yet announced a full list of streaming services available on the Australian 2017 QLED TVs, though we did see ABC iview, YouTube, SBS On Demand, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Quickflix on the production model at the launch.
Samsung's big selling point for this year's range of 4K televisions is its quantum dot technology, which makes up the Q in the QLED name. Samsung's technology has been able to create accurate colour representation at any level of brightness, which is especially important in a world where HDR content is becoming more and more common.
While the blacks aren't as absolute as those found on an OLED TV, the colour reproduction is designed to adjust to any scene, leaving a bright, vibrant image on the screen.
Samsung QLED TV pricing and availability
Samsung's new Q9, Q8 and Q7 series of QLED televisions will go on sale around Australia from 17 April. The top-tier TV models are available in a range of sizes from 55 inches up to 88 inches, as broken down in the table below.
|Samsung QLED TV model||RRP|
|QLED Q7 55-inch TV||$4,499|
|QLED Q7 65-inch TV||$6,499|
|QLED Q7 75-inch TV||$10,999|
|QLED Q8 55-inch TV||$5,499|
|QLED Q8 65-inch TV||$7,499|
|QLED Q8 75-inch TV||$12,499|
|QLED Q9 65-inch TV||$9,499|
|QLED Q9 75-inch TV||$14,999|
|QLED Q9 88-inch TV||$39,999|
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