[Making TVs Smarter] ① How Tizen is Expanding Smart TV Experiences
By STF News
Samsung Electronics recently launched its new television lineup for 2023, which boasts a range of technological advancements designed to deliver superior picture quality, sound performance and usability. Since March of this year, reviewers worldwide were given early access to Samsung’s newest Neo QLED 8K, Neo QLED 4K and OLED TVs, and it is evident that the 2023 lineup is already generating considerable buzz.
With upgraded premium features and innovations that enable unparalleled viewing experiences, Samsung 2023 TVs are already setting a new benchmark for high-end screens. Below are some key highlights of the early reviews.
▼ List of Featured Articles (In alphabetical order for each segment)
[Neo QLED 8K] Techaeris, Techradar
[Neo QLED 4K] Newsweek, T3, Trusted Reviews
[OLED] HD Guru, Home Cinema Choice, Sound & Vision
[Q Symphony] Trusted Reviews
Future-Proof Your Home Entertainment With Neo QLED 8K
▲ Samsung Neo QLED 8K
Samsung’s Neo QLED 8K is at the forefront of cutting-edge screen technology, setting industry standards year over year. With the latest in upscaling technology and advanced features, the quality of Neo QLED 8K has been highly regarded for years, and the 2023 lineup now joins the ranks with positive reviews.
At the center of Neo QLED 8K’s immaculate display is the Neural Quantum Processor 8K that manages numerous neural networks and algorithms. The SoC leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to make sure every detail on the screen shines. Together with Quantum Matrix Technology Pro, it enables precise backlight control that illuminates every highlight while showing deep black levels.
Outlets such as Techaeris highlighted the Neo QLED 8K, saying, “The 75″ 8K Samsung QN900C Neo-QLED TV is a fantastic television,” and ranked the device as a ‘Top Pick 2023’ for the outlet. The outlet noted that, “if you want to future-proof your entertainment space, the Samsung QN900C is an excellent choice.”
TechRadar also praised the Neo QLED 8K (QN900C) for its upscaling technology, noting that “Samsung’s top 8K TV has a gloriously detailed picture,” thanks to its Neural Quantum Processor. “There were many moments while viewing when I silently uttered ‘wow’, and that’s certainly not something I find myself doing with every TV I test,” the review noted. (TechRadar, 02/2023)
Bringing True-To-Life Colors and Striking Contrast With Neo QLED 4K
Drawing from the technological advancements of the Neo QLED 8K lineup, Samsung’s 2023 Neo QLED 4K TVs are already making headlines for producing stunning visuals in pristine 4K resolution.
Recognizing the QN95C for its screen technologies that provide quality viewing experiences for consumers no matter what they watch, Newsweek commended the TV, saying, “The Samsung 65QN95C is an incredibly bright, feature-packed 4K TV with everything that gamers and binge-watchers will love.” The review also stated that, “The Samsung QN95C is one of the best TVs you can buy, delivering near OLED black levels and great performance while gaming or streaming.”
T3 honored the QN95C with its ‘Platinum Award’ and giving the TV five out of five stars in its review. In comparing it to other screens, T3 noted, “The Samsung QN95C delivers outstanding image quality that rivals any OLED on the market.” (T3, 03/2023)
Trusted Reviews compared the QN95’s capabilities to other devices on the market as well, stating that, “There’s simply no other LCD TV out there that uses local dimming that limits backlight blooming as well as the QE65QN95C.” The publication also complimented the device’s Quantum Matrix Technology, noting, “Samsung has taken things a step further with their latest Mini LED TV, which boasts a massive increase in dimming zones — and the results are nothing short of spectacular.”
The Neo QLED 4K’s Neural Quantum Processor 4K and Quantum Matrix Technology come together for brilliant detail and sensational contrast, as Trusted Reviews said, “Together with Samsung’s already well-established prowess when it comes to local dimming and power management, this huge dimming zone increase has the potential to take picture quality to a whole new level.”
Game-Changing OLED Experience Powered by Neural Quantum Processor 4K
▲ Samsung OLED
Samsung’s mission is, in part, to meet the diverse demands of consumers by providing them with a wide variety of screens for their homes. Its latest TV lineup offers a range of premium screens, with something for every scenario and every consumer, including Samsung’s 2023 OLED TVs that offer dynamic picture quality with deep black levels and lively colors.
Samsung OLED features incredible peak brightness that does not sacrifice deep black levels or breathtaking contrast thanks in part to its advanced processing. HD Guru noted in its review that Samsung’s latest S95C enjoys, “a significant brightness boost while maintaining 100% color volume.” Home Cinema Choice also commended the S95C’s impressive color quality, giving the device a “Best Buy” distinction, and stating, “improvements in brightness and color punch have been achieved without seemingly any detriment to the deep black levels we’ve come to expect from OLED-based technologies.”
Samsung OLEDs also retain the core strengths of OLED technology while overcoming the inherent limitations of OLED’s brightness by leveraging its Neural Quantum Processor 4K. “The 77-inch S95C delivers a potent combination of quantum dot OLED vibrance, reference-level color accuracy, and hyperfast gaming,” as noted by Sound & Vision. The reviewer also recognized the Samsung dedication to innovation, noting of the S95C, “It’s been a long journey to arrive at a TV that fully expresses creative intent right out of the box, but this is it.”
Lifelike Soundstage Powered by Q-Symphony and Sound Remastering
▲ Speakers on the rear side of Samsung Neo QLED (QN900C)
A key component to providing cinematic at-home entertainment is rich and immersive sound that complements a lifelike picture, which Samsung delivers in full through its 2023 lineup.
Samsung 2023 TVs feature innovations such as Adaptive Sound+, which uses AI technology to remaster each sound object, ensuring all audio is clear and at just the right volume. It also continues to leverage Q-Symphony, applying AI to enhance the harmonic sound of combined TV speakers and soundbars.
Samsung’s 2023 TV lineup has received numerous recognitions for its immersive soundscape, with outlets such as Trusted Reviews commenting that, “The QE65QN95C also offers an AI-enhanced version of Samsung’s Q Symphony feature this year, too, enabling the speakers in the TV to combine with those in a Samsung soundbar more effectively to create a larger, more detailed soundstage.” The outlet rated the TV as ‘Highly Recommended,’ and gave it five out of five stars.
Samsung continues to revolutionize the industry, reinforcing its legacy as the global leader in the TV market for 17 years. To learn more about Samsung’s 2023 TV lineup, visit https://www.samsung.com.
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How can I set screen time limit for my kids on Samsung tv.I know there are parental controls to block apps etc but no way to set screen time limit.
I couldn't find any parental control apps either that control TV devices, are there any?
Smartthings app didn't work either to block TV. I can set scenes etc. but kids can just turn the TV back on.
Make the Most of Your Year-End Festivities With Powerful Audio From Samsung’s Soundbar and Sound Tower DevicesBy STF News
The end of a year is the perfect time to gather friends and family and celebrate the year that has passed as well as the one that is to come. When it comes to planning the perfect year-end party, curating the perfect playlist is a must — but so is ensuring that your audio devices are able to set the tone all night long for that perfect celebratory mood.
In order to help you make your celebration unforgettable, Samsung Newsroom has put together some ideas of ways you can ensure your party is the best in town with Samsung’s sound technologies.
Ultra Slim Soundbar: Rock Out in Style
For those who prioritize style as well as great audio quality, Samsung’s Ultra Slim Soundbar (S801B) is the perfect choice for your year-end celebrations. As its name suggests, the Ultra Slim Soundbar features an incredibly slim design of just 38mm in height and 40mm in thickness — a size equivalent to that of a soda can — meaning that its wall-mounted design is sure to stand out. You can also install it freely around your space thanks to its wireless connectivity to ensure your sound system blends seamlessly into your surroundings.
If you’re looking to further personalize your space, you can give your Soundbar a boost with the Ultra Slim Soundbar Skin (SCFBS8[BW/TK]) released earlier this year, which comes in warm brown and teak colors. Paired with your The Frame and its elegant, modern design, you are set to enjoy not only top-level audio experiences but also a cozy, festive feel.
Despite its slim appearance, the Ultra Slim Soundbar is capable of powerful sound. Designed with 3.1.2-channel technology that features seven front speakers and one subwoofer centered on the top two speakers, the Ultra Slim Soundbar provides complete and truly surround-sound experiences. Dolby Atmos support also further contributes to providing you with captivating entertainment experiences.
S-Series Soundbar: Envelop Your Space With Truly Immersive Sound
For those who love to set the scene with truly immersive sound experiences during a celebration or party, the S-Series Soundbar is the soundbar for you.
The S-Series Soundbar delivers rich, room-filling surround sound able to reach every person in the room. This compact, 67cm, all-in-one 5.0-channel soundbar has an impressive four built-in woofers and three tweeter speakers, providing you with a fully immersive, 3D sound experience — all without the need for a subwoofer.
In addition, Adaptive Sound technology is able to analyze the source of any sound in order to automatically deliver optimized audio based on its specific genre. Experience the best, most immersive audio for each and every type of content you’re enjoying, whether it’s a sports game, a classical performance or an action movie.
Your S-Series Soundbar can be easily connected to your Samsung Smart TV and is the first soundbar in the industry to support Dolby Atmos connection for room-filling, optimized 3D sound.
Q-Series Soundbar: Bring the Cinema Experience Into Your Home
If you’re looking to celebrate the year-end season with your favorite movies or TV shows, you can transform your home into a cinema with the room-filling sound of Samsung’s premium soundbar, the Q-Series Soundbar (Q990B).
With an astounding 17 front surround sound speakers, one subwoofer and four up-firing speakers, the Q-Series Soundbar fills the room with truly cinematic surround sound. Synced with your Samsung Neo QLEDs, these 22-channel speakers can deliver truly immersive surround sound experiences like no other.
Samsung’s proprietary Q-Symphony technology allows for compatible TVs and soundbars to play audio at the same time, in sync, taking your listening experiences to the next level through powerful sound quality. Meanwhile, Spacefit Sound technology optimizes your audio based on the structure and layout of your room, providing you with sound that is perfectly crafted for your space and rivals a VIP seat in a movie theater.
In addition, the Q-Series Soundbar has been recognized by renowned global media outlets for its immersive sound experiences, as well as its sleek design.
Sound Tower: Take the Party Spirit to the Next Level
If you’re planning to celebrate the year-end with a bang and throw a party, the Sound Tower (MX-ST90B) is a must-have. This oval Sound Tower fills up virtually any space with 3D audio. The 24.5cm speaker with a built-in woofer provides the perfect punching bass experience, with up to 1700W bass boosting for a beat that sets the party mood perfectly.
In addition to its powerful audio capabilities, the Sound Tower’s various light modes provide an audio-visual harmony that truly matches the mood of the night. Its Bluetooth multi-connection, which allows for two smart devices to be connected simultaneously, and its Group Play functionality, which connects up to 10 Sound Towers, really help you get the party started both indoors as well as outdoors.
Be sure to finish your year strong with Samsung’s range of soundbar and Sound Tower devices. Once you’ve chosen your perfect soundbar based on your own preferences and purposes, enjoy enriching sound during your year-end festivities and beyond.
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Any idea if/when sound modes will be available for external speakers as well? My old Toshiba dumb TV could do it just fine, why can't my new 4K QLED Samsung box? I am tired of having to keep turning the volume up and down to compensate for the dynamics of most movies... Thanks.
By STF News
Samsung Art Store is the epitome of the digital-physical blend taking over today’s art experiences. It allows widely acclaimed galleries, museums and artists to showcase their masterpieces to users around the world by using The Frame’s immaculate digital display. Since its launch in 2017, Samsung Art Store allows for extraordinary, one-of-a-kind art selections to be accessible to consumers from the comfort of their own homes.
Stuart Franklin is an award-winning photographer who has traveled all over the world in pursuit of his work. The titles Franklin has held over the years vary from photographer to documentarian and art curator, with his work landing on the pages of newspapers, books, magazines and other media in between.
Over the years, Franklin’s work has gained considerable momentum and visibility — his work has earned a place in renowned publications around the world. Now, his work is featured on Samsung Art Store, introducing even more variety to the ever-growing art collection that is accessible through The Frame.
Samsung Newsroom sat down with Franklin to talk about his work and how he sees digital transformation taking the art world into new, unimaginable spaces.
▲ Stuart Franklin
Q: Briefly tell us about yourself, your work and the inspiration behind your photography.
I am a Magnum photographer, and I have been working in the industry for over 40 years. I am inspired by many things: light, form, the subject itself, often the overall idea behind a larger project. But these days I also enjoy drawing and painting as well.
I am currently working on a book about trees. 25 years ago, I published a book called The Time of Trees (1999), and I am now revisiting the subject in preparation for a new book in 2023.
Q: You began studying photography in 1976 and have made quite an impact since then. How has your photography evolved over time?
After studying drawing and painting, then photography, I began a career working for newspapers and news magazines. My stories were always people stories: in the news, street photography and portraits. This began to change during the 1990s when I began to focus more on landscape work — I worked on magazines, books or exhibition commissions and an exhibition for the National Galleries of Scotland.
Q: You are known for your wide array of photography styles. Could you elaborate more on your creative process?
My work has evolved over time. In the past, I worked mostly in news features or breaking news. I haven’t given that up: I recently did work on the Covid-19 pandemic in the U.K. But more and more I am focusing on landscape photography. Currently, I am interested in the relationship between nature and memory, so the conversation surrounds the relationship between elements in the landscape that spark a memory and something objectively interesting in the landscape itself.
Q: What is your favorite setting or location to take pictures?
Right now, forests. I have recently been working in the largest walnut forest in the world in Kyrgyzstan.
Q: Can you tell us specifically how advancements in technology and the emergence of digital art and platforms have changed or shaped your career?
Unusually, my work has moved full circle from working on color transparency film and black and white negative to digital color in about 2004 and now back to 80% film. I use my Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra for about 90% of my digital color photography these days. Digital has many advantages, especially working in low light. But currently, I am working with film in black and white and digitally with the Galaxy S21 for color.
Backlighting and increased dynamic range are always an advantage with digital displays, but the disadvantage is often reduced image size. It is difficult to mix the two. Anything backlit in an exhibition will always stand out more than a silver gelatin print.
▲ “Caroline Islands (2000)”, Stuart Franklin
Q: Caroline Islands (2000) is one of your most popular photographs displayed on The Frame. Tell us briefly about this piece. Why do you think people are attracted to this image?
This landscape and these colors speak of somewhere remote, a get-away, an escape, somewhere quiet and undisturbed. In bustling urban life, all these qualities become desirable.
Q: A lot of your photography within the Art Store that gained popularity over the years involve nature. Can you tell us more about what your artistic intentions were for these photos?
I have always found solace in nature and in celebrating its beauty. The challenge is making inspiring places be as inspiring in a photograph. That usually involves choosing the right light and the best time of day to be out photographing so that the highlights are not too bright or the shadows too dark. Light — the quality of light — plays a huge role in how I think about photography.
▲ “Falls, Brazil (2000)”, Stuart Franklin
Q: Can you give us some background on this photo?
This photograph was taken in late 1999 on commission for the article titled Celebrations of Earth — published in January 2000 as the opening story of the new millennium. Due to the mist formed by the water thundering down the waterfall, the morning light stayed soft for quite a long time, which gave me enough chances to make several exposures from different vantage points. Also, Polaroid films that fit my camera were easy to buy back then to help me out in trials before making the actual exposures.
Q: Where do you see the future of photography art exhibitions heading? What are your thoughts about what’s to come?
I think there will always be an attraction in seeing the print as a three-dimensional object, as one sees a painting. However, I suspect in the future that the three dimensionality that we are used to experiencing in a gallery will be deliverable digitally and become widespread in time. The digital experience will expand in ways that we can barely imagine. There will be more virtual galleries and exhibitions. I feel sure of that, and that will make art more accessible to a wider range of people.
Q: Aside from the two photographs listed above, do you have any other recommended pieces for The Frame users?
I will always be one to flag my most recent work, so perhaps the work this year from Spain, Italy or Kyrgyzstan or the work I am about to do in November in Cambodia and Bali. But then I recommend the images from Bali that I took in 1999 for the Celebrations of Earth project — I still love those beautiful green rice fields. Then there is the work from Korea. Too much to choose from.
▲ “Rice Fields, Indonesia (2000)”, Stuart Franklin
To see more of Franklin’s photographs, head to the Samsung Art Store.
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