Samsung launches monstrous new 88 inch QLED TV

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While I’m still happy with my now years-old 1080p screen, the race for the best premium 4K ones continues.

Samsung has just released its top of the range set in the US and Korea – a monstrous, 88 inch TV that it promises has the best colour reproduction of any set available. It’ll be out in European territories later this month. According to Samsung, its new Q9 QLED TV is the only one on earth to achieve 100 percent colour volume.

“At Samsung, we are aiming to expand our footprint in the ultra-premium TV market with our ultra-large QLED TV models that embody the perfect combination of technology and art,” said Jongsuk Chu, Senior Vice President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “With their superior picture quality and innovative features, we are confident that our QLED TV lineup will continue to drive sales and solidify Samsung’s leadership in the global TV market.”

But what the hell is QLED? As you might have assumed, it’s another one of Samung’s marketing terms, like the utterly meaningless SUHD. IT stands for Quantum Dot LED, which it primes as a technology that’s superior to the OLED (organic light emitting diode) technology that LG favours. In some ways, it is.

It’s the third generation of Samsung’s Quantum Dot technology, and it works by putting a film of quantum dots (teeny-tiny semiconductor particles) in front of an LED panel. Each of them emit a particular colour depending on their size – with the particle dictating the light that’s emitted. The third generation of this tech uses a new metal alloy that enables better colour accuracy along with higher peak brightness. Thanks to this new technology, you can expect even better colour reproduction than you would on OLED, says Samsung. That’s probably true, even though OLED produces far better blacks.

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According to Samsung you can expect around 1500 nits of peak brightness on these high emds sets, which should result in an exemplary HDR representation. That said, it’s still less than the peak brightness on the fully-backlit (as opposed to edgelit) Hisense N9 – which has a staggering 2200 nits of peak brightness, and will probably be less than half the price of the Samsung.

There’s no word on local availability or pricing, but you can find out more information on QLED at Samsung’s site.

Last Updated: August 3, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Matthew Holliday

    Hnnng, do want.
    So shiney and chrome

    • I need it – even though it costs the same as a decent sized car.

      • Matthew Holliday

        Game had a TV on sale late last year, 65″ curve 3D LED SUHD and all that jazz, for R1 000 000 or something stupid.
        I found myself reassessing my credit card habits, for some reason.

        • Draco Lusus

          Saw the 72″ was initially released for R250k. Saw it on special the other day for R36000. Sure this will be in the region of R300+.

  • HairyEwok

    I’m guessing the price for this TV will be somewhere around the R200k mark, if not more.

    • HvR

      RRP US price is $25k, so R330 00. Double that for special one or two time import plus VAT

      So R750 000 region

      • HairyEwok

        I’d rather buy a flat then and rent it out.

        • miaau

          Yeah, that is it.

          I also invest in stocks, but the second I have enough cash again (without stopping stocks), I am buying another flat. Say R50 to 70K, lawyers fees and stuff, get a new secondary home loan.

          the new flat will be for my children’s future: If needs must, I will sell it when they start varsity. I have around 15 years……

  • Hammersteyn

    Still not big enough, I’ll buy one when it takes three robbers or more to carry it out.

    • MonsterCheddar


    • HairyEwok

      Don’t pull a Barney Stinson on us.

  • MonsterCheddar

    I WANT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Gaming on that bitch must be awesome as fuck.

    • miaau

      funnily enough, I do not.

      Too big, too much movement, noise, that all is anathema to me.

      Yes, yes, I know I am very different.

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