Samsung Series 8 vs Series 9 TVs | Smart LED TV Comparison | Features like Skype, Facebook, YouTube
With the launch of Samsung series 8 and 9 TVs, Samsung has presented to the viewers large screen LCD and Plasma panels that come with their new Touch of Color technology along with some new features such as RSS feeds on weather and news and compatibility with USB drives. Both Samsung series 8 and 9 TVs are stunning to say the least but still have differences enough to be labeled differently. This article will highlight these differences so as to enable buyers to make a better decision.
Samsung series 8
Samsung series 8 TV’s are really super skinny with their width being just 1.9 inches, and they are available in either 46 inch or 52 inch LCD panels that are true HD displaying content at 1080p. These TV’s have a high contrast ratio of 50000:1 and a super fast response time of just 4 ms. Other notable features are anti glare technology, Auto Motion plus 120MHz, wide color enhancer, and are equipped with InfoLink and WiseLink Pro USB system. There are two ranges with the 850 range (rose) having single USB, and 860 in deep blue having double USB ports. Both ranges have four HDMI ports along with Ethernet and are certified by DLNA. The 850 range is available at $2699 for 46” and $3399 for 52 inch, while you have to make $100 extra payment for 860 range TV’s.
Samsung series 9
Series 9 TV’s have all the features of previous series but are packed with some more features such as LED backlighting and a higher contrast ratio of 100000:1. They have this unique feature called SmartLighting which selectively switches off backlighting for individual pixels to ensure deeper blacks. These TV’s are available in sizes 46” and 55”, and are priced at $3199 and $4199 respectively.
Color accuracy in series 9 is truly remarkable because of the use of LED backlighting instead of CCFL in series 8.
Major differences between Samsung Series 8 and Series 9 TVs
9 series by Samsung is LED backlit whereas its 8 series had a fluorescent backlight. This implies that 9 series has not only better image quality that is more accurate, but also consumes lesser energy. While 8 series utilized edge lit LED’s to light their display, 9 series features true LED backlight. This is one feature in 9 series that allows for better efficiency and versatility in backlighting, and the feature called localized dimming of LED’s. This feature was not there in 8 series where fluorescent backlights illuminated the entire display at same brilliance. This meant that it could not differentiate between dark and bright areas with high accuracy. This problem has been resolved in 9 series with a true LED backlight. This enables the TV to have better control in terms of lighting as it can adjust brightness across different areas of the screen depending upon the requirement. If a scene is such that it contains both bright and dark spots, localized dimming allows the TV to focus brightness accordingly.
9 series comes with a wireless A/V media box to keep it slim and trim like 8 series as it had to fight for space for true LED backlight. This media box is separate from the TV and sits near it. You just plug your Android device into this box and it streams all the content in HD on this stunning TV. This is an innovation that is likely to become a standard feature in smart TV’s in future.