Samsung QLED TVs Arrive, UHD Blu-ray Player to Follow

Samsung today announced that the 4K QLED televisions it previewed at CES 2017 are now available at and retailers nationwide.

The company also announced that its new UBD-M9500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player will be available in April for $399, followed by a new lifestyle TV called The Frame later this spring and the new MS750 Sound+ soundbar this summer.

The new QLED TVs support high dynamic range (HDR) and use a new metallic-core quantum dot formulation in the backlight said to deliver brighter highlights and a color gamut wider than Samsung’s top-line 2016 models. The TVs have been endorsed by Verband Deutscher Elektrotechnieker (VDE), one of Europe’s largest technical-scientific associations, for achieving “accurate color and 100 percent color volume,” the highest on the market today, according to Samsung.

Samsung has also updated its Smart View App and Smart Hub platform for a “more intuitive and unified” experience and offers an enhanced Samsung One Remote Control that supports more devices and brings voice control to more Smart TV features. The TVs are also equipped with Samsung’s TV Plus service to help viewers to find the latest 4K content.

The lineup comprises eight models, five of which have curved screens. Prices start at $2,800 for the 55-inch Q7F series flat-screen model and scale up to $6,000 for the 75-inch Q7F series flat-screen model and $6,800 for the 75-inch Q8C series curved-screen model.

The UBD-M9500 Blu-ray player supports HDR and builds on last year’s UBD-K8500 with an integrated Smart platform that mirrors Samsung’s TV interface and a Blu-ray to Mobile feature that allows Blu-ray content to be streamed to a mobile device while something else is playing on the big screen.

The result of a collaboration with Swiss designer Yves Behar, The Frame takes an artful approach to TV with a design that looks like a picture frame when its Art Mode is engaged. Instead of the TV fading to black when turned off, one of more than 100 pieces of art in 10 different categories can be chosen for display.

The Frame and QLED models are outfitted with Samsung’s new Invisible Connection to help manage cable clutter and No Gap Wall-Mount that’s said to bring the TV flush against the wall.

Samsung’s new MS750 Sound+ soundbar features a “one body” design said to deliver “immersive five-channel sound” and deep bass down to 35 Hz. The soundbar has a power outlet for the TV and can be placed below the display or attached to the bottom of it via an optional bracket that requires no drilling.

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