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Latest Range of Samsung 4K TV’s and UHD TV’s [Jan 2018]

Samsung has come up with a range of  and great Ultra HD and Super Ultra HD  (or 4K TV’s ) since 2015.  For the scope of this buyer’s guide report, we look at particularly the Latest and Best range of  Samsung  4K TV’s of 2016 and 2017.  We will look at both the older and new Ultra HD / 4 K models of 2017 by Samsung to find which is the best. We have updated this post for 2018.

FYI: A complete look at the Best Ultra HD TV / 4K TV’s to buy in 2017 and 2018  is of-course provided which includes Samsung models but in case you’re looking for Samsung focused analysis – this is it.

Should I Buy a Samsung KS series or an MU series or the KU series TV ?

Samsung is one of the biggest names in the field of SUHD TV’s these days. It’s Quantum Dot technology has made the traditional HD TV’s perform exceptionally well and produce best results in brightness and colour. Let’s look at the various models it has launched in the last couple of years.The Samsung KU series (2016) is the successor to it’s 2015 JU series  and has great features for a great Price. After the KU series , Samsung has released an MU series in 2017. Samsung also released a KS series based on Quantum dot and nano crystal technology which performs on most parameters better than these two. In terms of MU vs. KU, Samsung MU series is definitely better than the KU series as it has better motion handling, judder-free 24p content playback and local dimming which wasn’t there in KU.

The table below shows all the spec and feature wise comparison of Samsung KU Series Vs. KS Series vs. MU Series (2017 release).

SamsungKU6300KS8000MU7000
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Resolution3840 X 21603840 X 21603840 X 2160
Refresh60 Hz Native, 120 Hz Motion120 Hz Native, 240 Hz Motion120 Hz Native, 240 Hz Motion
Motion HandlingGoodBetterEven better than KS
BlacksReached 0.05 nitsCan go Below 0.05 nitsReached 0.05 nits
Contrast3600:14998:14500:1
Colour HandlingGood, with local dimming etc.Even better, Wider Color, Gamut, Ultra Premium HDNot as good as KS, slightly better than KU
Peak Brightness450 nits Peak1400 nits Peak450 - 500
Form FactorCurved, FlatCurved, Flat Flat - better design, more balanced than KU
Smart TVYes, TizenYes, TizenYes, Tizen
HDR, HDR10HDR10 compatible but no Wider Color GamutYes, Full HDR10Yes. HDR10 but still not as great as KS
Sound40W40W40W
HD UpscalingYes, comparable to KS and MUYesYes
Inputs and Outputs3 HDMI, 2 USB4 HDMI, 3 USB4HDMI, minibox, 3 USB
LED LightingDirect-lit LED backlightingEdge LitEdge Lit
Viewing AngleOff centre - not greatOff centre - not greatOff centre - not great

Verdict: Our view is that if you can spare a little extra cash the KS series is probably still the best of the 3. IF you are not very particular about colors and brightness (where KS excels) and mainly looking for a great 4K TV, the KU series by Samsung packs a punch and is pretty comparable to the 2017 MU series at a lower price. At it’s price it compares favourably with Vizio D2, D1 and TCL 2016 range.

SUHD 4kTV range of 2016 for Samsung KS8500

Samsung KS8500 – SUHD 4kTV range of 2016

Samsung KU 6300 Bestselling Samsung 4K UHD TV

Samsung KU 6300 Bestselling Samsung 4K UHD TV

What is the new range of Samsung QLED TVs in 2017 ?

In 2017, Samsung is promoting and upgrading its SUHD models with what it calls its QLED TV range. The acronym actually stands for Quantum Light Emitting Diode. The technology is based on Quantum dots used in LEDs TV screens which actually Samsung was using in 2015 and 2016, just that now it seems to be using a lot more of it , and with more innovations. Basically the Quantum dots are a thing layer of extremely small particles (think nano sizes which emit their own colors ). The QLED range improves on the SUHD range of 2016 which had nano crystals. This range is just to arrive as in April 2017 so we will be writing a focused report on it later – but bear in mind that it is likely to be a bit pricey as it is the latest offering from Samsung.

How is it different from Samsung Smart SUHD 4k TV range of 2016 ?

Samsung’s new QLED range improves on the SUHD range on various parameters , a key one being brightness. Earlier peak brightness of 1000 nits was  considered as a premium feature in the HD’s but the new QLEDs can reach peak brightness between 1,800-2,000 nits ( the 65 inch Q9F can reportedly reach 2,000 nits). This is better than the OLED’s as well, of-course.

Due to the usage of metallic alloy in the quantum dots and increase in the number of dots thus achieved the colours are even richer than the 2016 range  and the viewing angles even more flexible. Samsung also claims that the new QLED has models which can cover 100% of the DCI colour gamut.  The improvement in viewing angles has been achieved as earlier models (except the very top ones) were having the back-lighting of the Quantum dot panel done from one direction whereas the new QLED models are lit from multiple sides (full array lighting).

What this means is that even if you’re sitting quite off-centre when viewing your ultra HD / 4K tv  –  the contrast and colors do not take a hit.

How does the 4K TV range of Samsung  compare with OLED’s like those from LG ?

The competition between Quantum Dot/ SUHD and OLED has been continuing from the 2015- 2016. In OLED, whereas the brightness aspect was not as great as the quantum dot powered LED’s , the blacks were truer and contrast sharper. In the OLED range , the blacks had a brightness drop to as low as 0.0005 , whereas in brightness it was around 500-600 nits.  In the KS range of 2016 of Samsung on the other hand, peak brightness was off the charts at above 1400 nits, but true blacks were not of the level of OLED.

What does it mean for you – just that contrast in both the TV’s is great but you will most likely find a better experience in terms of brightness in the QLEDs vs deeper blacks in OLED. But both are meeting HDR and Ultra Premium HD specifications and given the lower price of models such as KS8000 , it is a great alternative to LG’s OLEDs like E6 and E7.

What was the Samsung 10 year Screen Burn Warranty?

Samsung 10 Year Burn in Gaurantee
Samsung also made a great promise of ‘No Burn-in’ warranty.  Screen burn can occur if a still image is present for a period of time, causing the pixels to create a ghost-like imprint . This can be due to sport scores, games with fixed visuals, news tickers etc. and is one problem with OLED’s . Samsung claims that its Quantum Dot technology surpasses the Ultra Premium HD requirement and is not at all susceptible to screen burn – so much so that it’s willing to provide a warranty of the same.  This was on the SUHD range of 2016 and in a promotional period – now over. It is expected that the QLED offering may have such warranties in the future.

What accessories does Samsung Offer with it’s new 2017 QLED TV range ?

Samsung appears to have put a fair bit of thought in the design and form factor of the 2017 new QLED range. For instance they have the Invisible Connection feature, the No Gap Wall Mount, One remote to Rule them all.  The features being promised on the QLED range are absolutely amazing. The accessories such as the Studio Stand and Gravity Stand are really stylish and the Invisible connection feature really solve the small annoyances associated with owning a stylish high priced Ultra HD Tv set.

Samsung Gravity Stand

Samsung QLED TV Gravity Stand

Samsung QLED TV studio stand

Samsung QLED TV studio stand

SO which is the best Samsung TV or the best Ultra HD / 4K TV to buy right now in 2017

We will leave it for you to decide. From our side we have compared and analyzed Sony, LG, Samsung and a few details of TCL and Panasonic.  As far as the Samsung range itself is concerned, the specifications and comparisons of the main models are listed at the top of this report , so if you’re looking for a neat budget pick which satisfies most of the parameters of what can be called a UHD / 4K TV, then even the MU7000 or kU6300 can do the job. If you’re looking for a mixed use higher end UHD model which although cheaper than an OLED, can hold it’s own , then the KS8000 isn’t bad at all.

Verdict: The QLED range ofcourse is just out and it’ll be a little while before the reviews and the pros and cons are analyzed. The QLED range will be 30-40% pricier than the KS range though so if you’re already stretching your budget – a Samsung KS model will be a good pick !

Specifications of Samsung Ultra HD TV'sKU6600KS9500KS9000KS8000KS8500
Series6 Series9 Series9 Series8 Series8 Series
Screen TypeCurvedCurvedFlatFlatCurved
Resolution4K UHD (3840 x2160p)4K SUHD (3840 x2160p)4K SUHD (3840 x2160p)4K SUHD (3840 x2160p)4K SUHD (3840 x2160p)
Motion RateMR 120Supreme MR 240Supreme MR 240MR 240MR 240
Quantum Dot Color Drive NAYesYesYesYes
Color TechnologyPurColorQuantum DotQuantum DotQuantum DotQuantum Dot
Triple Black Technology NAYesYesYesYes
High Dynamic Range HDR PremiumHDR 1000HDR 1000HDR 1000HDR 1000
Peak IlluminatorProProProProPro
UHD DimmingNASupremeSupremeNANA
HDR+ NAYesYesYesYes
Back LightingNANANANANA
Smart TV and built in WiFi 2016 Smart2016 Smart2016 Smart2016 Smart2016 Smart
Smart RemoteSmart RemoteSmart Remote w/ Voice ControlSmart Remote w/ Voice ControlSmart Remote w/ Voice ControlSmart Remote w/ Voice Control
Live TV to Streaming SeamlesslyYesYesYesYesYes

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