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Samsung’s new ‘The Frame’ QLED TV is as pretty as a picture

The art of television

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We don’t have transparent TVs yet, but manufacturers have taken great steps in making TVs less obtrusive. Samsung showcased the company’s new 2017 Home Entertainment product line this week, and they have quite a few gadgets coming out over the next year that you may want to add to your home. The company today announced availability of its premium flagship QLED televisions, and revealed a new lifestyle TV called “The Frame”. Samsung also highlighted its new AV lineup including the Sound+ soundbar and new Blu-ray player.

The Frame looks like a picture frame hanging on a wall when ‘Art Mode’ is on, as you can see above. Instead of fading to black like a conventional TV, The Frame’s display transforms into a work of art, letting the users select custom-designed digital art pieces. With more than 100 art pieces in 10 different categories – including landscape, architecture, wildlife, action, drawing and more – to choose from, it is sure to please every design preference. Paired with the numerous options for art layouts and colors, as well as customizable accessory options including interchangeable bezels and an optional Studio Stand, it truly complements the user’s living space.

“Our 2017 lineup is ushering in a new era for television. This year, we are taking smart features, craftsmanship and creativity to new heights—all while delivering a premium experience and solving everyday consumer pain points in the process,” said Dave Das, SVP Consumer Electronics Marketing for Samsung Electronics America. “With QLED TV, Samsung’s advances in Quantum dot technology provide our best picture quality ever – all while truly enhancing the way you live. The Frame empowers you to think about TV in a new way, bringing art and entertainment into new parts of your home. This is how television transforms—and becomes an essential part of your lifestyle.”

The latest QLED TVs were designed through the solutions known as “Q Picture, Q Smart and Q Style,” at least according to the company. Samsung collaborated with Yves Behar, a renowned Swiss designer, to create its latest lifestyle TV innovation, all to offer consumers an elegant design that seamlessly blends into the interior of any home.

The newly-announced QLED TV uses Quantum dot technology, the QLED TV addresses all the major aspects of picture quality, including viewing angle, color volume, brightness and bold contrast. The QLED TV can express accurate color and achieve 100% color volume – the highest on the market today, earning accreditation by Verband Deutscher Elektrotechnieker (VDE), one of Europe’s largest technical-scientific associations. The QLED TV’s advanced HDR 1500 functionality allows users to see every hidden detail as it was meant to be seen, with no loss or distortion of color.

Also announced today was revamped Samsung’s Smart Hub, which has been expanded to offer an even more intuitive and unified experience through the QLED TV. The enhanced Samsung One Remote Control now supports more devices and offers voice control capabilities across more Smart TV features. Paired with the latest Smart View App – available on Android or iOS mobile devices – users will enjoy their personalized Smart Hub. Additionally, Samsung’s TV Plus service offers an easy way to find the latest 4K films and entertainment. In the picture above you can also ‘see’ the all-new Invisible Connection cable, which helps manage unsightly cords and clutter with a refined, single cord system. You can’t see it, but Samsung also introduced the No Gap Wall-mount, which brings the TV flush against the wall. For those who do not wish to mount their TV onto the wall, there is also a range of stylish Samsung TV stands. Designed like an easel, the Studio Stand is an ideal accompaniment for any artist-inspired living space, and with the Gravity Stand, the TV can be rotated easily and allows for optimal viewing at any angle.

Samsung’s 2017 QLED TV lineup is available now starting at $2,799 at Samsung.com and will be available on sites like Amazon.com.

You can pair that amazing TV with the new MS750 Sound+ Soundbar features a “one body” design, outfitted with new Anti-Distortion Technology that allows the Sound+ to go as low as 35Hz. Sound+ delivers 5-channel sound. as well. Depending on your preferences, the sound bar can fit neatly on a console below the display—or, with no extra drilling required, you can attach it directly to the bottom of the TV with an optional bracket for an even more minimal look. You even have the ability to plug your TV’s power cord into the MS750 — eliminating the need to plug it directly into the wall, allowing for a clean installation. The power cord adaptor comes with the optional TV mounting bracket. The Sound+ Soundbar will be available this Summer.

Then you can finish off your set with the new UBD-M9500 Blu-ray player, offering an integrated Smart platform that mirrors Samsung’s TV interface and can act as the hub for all entertainment needs. You can also use Samsung’s Blu-ray to Mobile – which allows the playback of two sources at the same time. One user can be watching their favorite TV show while another can stream content on their UBD-M9500 from a Blu-ray disc to their mobile device. The UBD-K8500 will be available this April at $399.