The fancy new QLED TVs that Samsung announced earlier this year at CES 2019 are now available for purchase or pre-order on Samsung’s website. There are four different series of TVs, both QLED 4K and 8K models, and they all look pretty freaking gorgeous.
Samsung’s new line QLED TVs are the first to have Apple’s iTunes app baked natively into them, so you can buy (or rent) movies and music, meaning there’s essentially no need to buy an Apple TV.
The TVs will support HomeKit and AirPlay 2, too, so you’ll be able to make the TV the center of your Apple-centric smart home. If you have HomePods or any other wireless speakers that support AirPlay 2, for example, it’s going to be really easy to sync them to new Samsung TV. And that’s great for anybody wanting to loop their TV into a multi-room system or just elevate their home theater’s sound.
Rounding off the features, all the latest Samsung QLED TVs will have the Bixby virtual assistant built in, which most people not living neck-deep in Samsung’s smart ecosystem will likely not utilize. Fortunately, Samsung has promised that all these new TVs will work Alexa and Google Assistant in the near future, too, making them easy to integrate into any smart home ecosystem.
As for what you can expect to spend, these QLED TVs are fairly expensive. That’s especially true with the company’s Q900 series of 8K TVs, which starts at $5,000 for a 65-inch. (Note: there’s not that much 8K content out there for consumers, so it’s probably too early to commit to an 8K TV.) The new 4K QLED TVs are much more competitive with OLEDs and other higher-end 4K TVs by LG and Sony.