The idea is so simple it’s kind of amazing no TV maker thought of it before. Mounting a TV on the wall should, theoretically, look gorgeous. But the tangle of cords jutting out of the back of the TV, pushing it away from the wall and then dangling down to wherever the TV box, PS4, and Wii U reside, is ugly. So Samsung did something that strikes you, innately, as both backward and forward thing—it moved all the ports of the TV.
The Q9 television is Samsung’s 2017 flagship TV. It’s thinner than a card pack, more than three times brighter than your smartphone (around 2000 nits vs the average 500-600 of a high-end phone), and it fits at least 6 ports worth of inputs into a cord the width of a fishing line.
That’s the power cord and Connect cord side by side.
The minuscule cord is translucent, making it less visible against a bare wall, in case you don’t decide to just tape it down and paint over it. It will connect to a unit like Samsung’s current One Connect Box, which includes USB 3.0, coax, and multiple HDMI ports.
While the tiny cord is outstanding, and left a gaggle of tech reporters astounded when revealed, Samsung would prefer you focus on the front of the TV. It’s using a new formulation of quantum dot technology to better mimic the gorgeous colours and contrast of an OLED TV without the price or potential for devastating burn in.
Samsung has been mum on what precisely changed between the quantum dots in its old SUHD TVs and the new Q line. Instead preferring to talk about smaller pixels and higher colour volume (Samsung is claiming the Q9 will render 20-per cent more colours than the 2016 SUHD sets did).
Samsung hasn’t announced availability, but expect the Q9, and the less expensive Q8 and Q7, which have uglier finishes, larger port replacement cords, and curved options, to appear in stores in the spring. As for price, Samsung hasn’t dropped any numbers yet, but previous flagship TV sets from Samsung started at $3000 (£2,447).