The 2018 Q9FN is available in 75- and 65-inch sizes (known as the QN75Q9FN and QN65Q9FN, respectively) that mix the powers of vibrant, direct backlit LEDs infused with Quantum Dot expertise and OLED-level distinction ratios through full-array native dimming zones.
With HDR10+ and Q HDR EliteMax – what Samsung payments as its most Excessive Dynamic Vary expertise that’s unique to the Q9FN – this acts as the corporate’s flagship 4KTV for 2018.
Its over-the-top visible efficiency is coupled with all the hallmark options you’ll discover on the marginally cheaper Q8FN, Q7FN and Q6FN, units that lack its Q HDR EliteMax and intense native dimming perks.
Samsung’s improved one-cable resolution now supplies each A/V and energy in what the corporate says is an ‘invisible’ twine (it’s simply extremely skinny). Its ambient mode helps the set mix in along with your wall in a low-power state as an alternative of turning it utterly off.
The Samsung Q9FN comes massive, vibrant and delightful, and it’s sufficient to rival OLED televisions which have beforehand wowed us with higher distinction ratio and deeper blacks. Is it the fitting TV for you? Let’s dive into it the primary impressions.
Value and launch date
The Samsung Q9FN QLED TV goes to be costly at any dimension. The 65-inch 4K TV begins issues off at $three,800 (about £2,720, AU$four,835). It begins delivery on March 25 within the US.
The 75-inch Q9FN isn’t out there to order simply but. However final yr’s Q9F is at present on sale for $7,000 (about £5,000, AU$eight,900), and that’s after a large low cost. Sadly, there is no cheaper 55-inch Q9FN dimension with a extra tempting value.
The following step down, the Q8FN, by comparability, is $2999 (about £2,200, $AU4,000). If it helps, Samsung’s ‘No Hole Wall Mount’ comes included with the dearer Q9FN. That’s a separate buy on different fashions.
The Q9FN takes on Samsung’s boundless design ethos that reduces the skinny bezels to the purpose that you just’re solely seeing what’s on the display, not the distracting body.
It’s like a super-sized Galaxy S9 with Samsung’s unmistakable ‘Infinity Show.’ The corporate additionally incorporates what it calls a 360 design, simply in case you need to marvel on the bumpy again. That’s aesthetically pleasing too, driving the tv of an plain industrial look in again.
Samsung bundles the Q9FN with its No Hole Wall Mount that makes the thin bezel appear to be you’re looking at a floating image all day. However you will get ever artsier with the stands: Its Studio Stand places the tv on an enormous easel, whereas the Gravity Stand helps you to swivel the TV on what seems like a minimalistic the other way up metallic funnel. Each are separate purchases.
Samsung’s most fascinating new function in its 2018 QLED TVs is Ambient Mode. It’s a brand new trick that has the display take in traits of the wall behind it to mix in like a chameleon.
We received to demo a Q9FN towards a brick wall design, matching the precise sample that was behind the display. It’s all carried out via picture evaluation by taking an image with a cellphone. Due to the low-power state, Ambient Mode can keep on with out racking up an enormous power invoice.
Ambient Mode is extra than simply for adornment, as cool as that’s. It could possibly additionally show pictures and knowledge playing cards for information and climate. There’s even the power so as to add faint background music. All of that is way more thrilling than seeing a clean tv display when not in use.
Additional driving dwelling that picture-on-a-wall impact is Samsung’s improved one cable resolution. Its 2018 QLED televisions can now provide each energy and A/V content material via a 5m or 15m cable, or as Samsung refers to it ‘an invisible connection.’ It’s very near that.
Don’t fear if you wish to plug all the things instantly into the again of TV. You’ll be able to nonetheless do this with 4 HDMI ports, three USB ports and an optical out port and ethernet port for good measure.
All of Samsung’s new QLED televisions look spectacular, but it surely’s the Q9FN that stands forward of the 2018 lineup. And for good purpose – it has the bleeding-edge tech for the final word image.
It has unique perks you gained’t discover on Samsung’s lower-end QLEDs this yr: extra full-array native dimming zones and the brand new Q HDR EliteMax.
We have to see extra of it exterior of Samsung’s looped video demos, but it surely’s clear the Q9FN goes to give you peak brightness at 2,000 nits, but the deepest blacks exterior of an OLED.
We additionally loved Samsung’s app-like interface, which is additional polished by the truth that content material is now grouped collectively extra naturally. It is because its new Common Information can pair reveals from totally different streaming platforms into one menu. Coming in a number of months, you’ll additionally have the ability to sync apps out of your cellphone into your TV and robotically be logged in.
New this yr is Samsung’s clever voice assistant, Bixby, a well-recognized Siri-like helper for anybody who has tried a latest Galaxy smartphone. Bixby in your TV can discover content material, reply questions, and even change the channel for you. Samsung’s interface has come a good distance.
The Samsung Q9FN QLED is the best-looking, but in addition the most costly 4K tv we noticed on the firm’s First Look occasion for 2018. The image actually pops on this explicit mannequin, particularly on the larger 75-inch dimension.
What units it aside is the extra zones of native dimming that repair the sunshine bleeding points we had with LEDs and QLEDs in years previous. There’s extra: QHDR EliteMax, Ambient Show Mode and the one cable resolution are simply icing on the 4K cake.
Samsung is de facto chasing the deeper blacks of the LG OLED C7, and bringing together with it the higher brightness ranges that its QLEDs are recognized for. It’s the best-looking QLED we’ve seen but.