Samsung has announced a new line of SUHD TVs at CES 2016. The new 2016 models are the first home televisions to combine a curved display with a bezel-less design. They feature 10-bit Quantum Dot technology for improved image quality, and it looks like Samsung is still trying to make its TVs the control centre for the entire house.
The 2016 Samsung SUHD TVs aim for a higher contrast between light and dark images, and feature a 1,000 nit HDR minimum. Ultra Black technology is also included to reduce light reflection and reduce glare. These features were designed because Samsung says that most Americans watch TV with the lights on (yeah, we know); and this requires a display capable of handling a variety of lighting conditions.
What is more interesting than the SUHD TV is the new Samsung Smart Control remote. This controller is effectively a universal remote, and works with the TV to identify any connected set-top box, game console, OTT box or home theater system. From there, it is able to control all these additional devices; thus eliminating the need for multiple remote controls. We have no idea how well this works, but it is a major selling point if Samsung can really get it going.
To add to the central control theme of the 2016 SUHD TVs, Samsung also says that the TV is capable of connecting and controlling over 200 SmartThings compatible devices. This includes things like motion sensors, electronic door locks, speakers, and electrical outlets; essentially allowing the user to control the entire house from the living room.
Finally, Samsung’s SUHD TVs are benefitting from Sony Computer Entertainment expanding the number of games available on PlayStation Now. The game streaming service currently offers over 500 PlayStation titles for in-home streaming, although Samsung TV owners will need to own a Sony DualShock controller to play games.
Samsung has not provided a specific list of SUHD TVs that will be released this year, nor has it said when the first models will be appearing in stores.