It’s not just smartwatches and phones that are blurring the lines between technology and lifestyle, it’s the same with high-end TVs. In 2017, ‘The Frame’ — Samsung’s high-end TV — was as much a lifestyle accessory that could occupy pride of place in your living room with your heirloom paintings. Most of your guests would imagine that this was either a painting or a large photo frame until you flipped it to TV mode. Samsung has just unveiled the world’s first 8K QLED TV, and LG, its primary rival in this space, has taken the wraps off its top-end OLED TV with deep AI integration. Clearly, now is a good time if you’re looking to add some oomph to your den.
LG OLED TV AI ThinQ (OLED77C9PTA / 77-inches)
LG has always bet big on OLED TVs that deliver deep, dark blacks, one of the key factors to produce exceptional picture quality. Deeper blacks create more realistic images with higher contrasts and vibrant, life-like colours. Each OLED self-lighting pixel turns on and off on its own in order to exhibit richer details. LG’s new flagship OLED TV is heavily AI driven. It is powered by the second- generation α9 Intelligent Processor. This processor delivers clear images by learning from the content played and optimises clarity, sharpness, details and brightness with its deep learning AI algorithm.
AI integration also impacts audio output; it optimises sound by audio genre by identifying voice, effect and frequency. Its unique spatial recognition technology offers balanced sound to fit your space. The TV’s audio credentials get a boost from Dolby Vision and Atmos, among the world’s premier HDR and sound solutions.
Samsung 4K QLED (Q90R / 65-inches)
Colours are brilliant on this 4K QLED TV that works on a simple design philosophy — your eyes need to focus on what’s important. The picture. This TV’s Boundless Design concept enhances the immersion effect with bezels that can hardly be seen. The minimalism extends to the cable. All those external cables converge into the Samsung One Invisible Connection that hooks up with your TV with just one translucent wire that is almost invisible.
LG NanoCell TV AI ThinQ (75SM9400PTA / 75-inches)
LG’s NanoCell technology uses a light-absorbing filter that removes unwanted wavelengths of light to offer precise and sharp colour reproduction. It promises OLED-type picture quality with deeper blacks. The 75-inch screen offers a great viewing experience from different angles (even from the sides) maintaining accurate colour. With deep AI integration, this smart TV can make suggestions based on your viewing patterns and also features Google Assistant integration.
Panasonic LED TV (TH-55FX800D / 55-inches)
Panasonic calls this the Art and Interior Glass design. This TV boasts of an immersive screen minus bezels and is remarkably thin. The TV packs some breakthroughs like 6-Colour reproduction and wide colour Phosphor Technology that is capable of producing a wider colour range and still delivers a more subtle, naturally toned colour palette. IPS LED Super Bright Plus technology injects more brightness into pictures by putting high-efficiency LED lights behind an exceptionally transmissive IPS panel.
Sony Master Series A9F BRAVIA OLED (65-inches)
Sony’s flagship OLED TV redefines the premium OLED TV with its trademark ‘One Slate’ design. The TV’s X1 Ultimate processor gives it an edge with superior image processing and combines with the brand’s pixel contrast booster for vibrant, life-like colours. The A9F’s gets a shot in the arm with Sony’s proprietary Acoustic Surface Audio+, 3.2 channel multi-dimensional sound that creates an immersive entertainment experience.
Samsung QLED 8K TV (Q900 R / 75-inches)
Sometimes spec sheets and product images don’t tell you the whole story. This is one TV that you need to experience up close. It’s only then you will make sense of the fact that it packs 16 times the number of pixels — 33 million pixels — of your everyday Full HD TV. Aside from the stunning images, this one is designed to look good in your living room with its bezel-less frame. While it’s not beaming Stranger Things or live sporting action it can morph into a frame that merges with the rest of your objects d’art in your living room.
The TV sits on your wall just like a painting with Samsung’s proprietary ‘no gap’ wall mount. Aside from Google Assistant, Bixby Samsung’s digital assistant, is deeply integrated with this TV. Samsung has also incorporated Apple AirPlay 2 support. This means you can stream content (from photos to music to videos) from your iPhone or iPad. But it’s the AI upscaling technology (that can convert all videos and sound to 8K irrespective of the original source or format) that is its biggest ace.