The 8K-ready TV that’s a master of disguise

The Samsung QLED not only boasts mind-blowing high definition, but a wall-mounted screen will match the surrounding decor when not in use

Samsung QLED 4K, from £1,299, QLED 8K from £4,999
Samsung QLED 4K, from £1,299, QLED 8K from £4,999

If you want not only to be searingly on-trend with your TV, but also equipped to watch it with 20/20 vision well into the 2020s, you will need to make a decision, because 2019 will see hot competition to bring you ultra-high- definition 4K viewing, and its successor, Super UHD or 8K. South Korea is where most high-end TV screens come from and the choice is between OLED (organic light-emitting diode), made by LG for its own TVs, plus those of Sony, Panasonic and Philips, and rival Samsung’s radically different QLED (quantum light-emitting diode), a hybrid of old LCD and new LED technology – claimed to be brighter and more colourful than OLED.

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The options are being lengthily and inconclusively fought over by TV wonks – to my eye, they are both fantastic – but I would choose Samsung’s for two features. One is its Ambient Mode, which enables you, using the inevitable phone app, to match your wall-mounted screen – when it’s not in use – to its decorative background, even if that is a complicated wallpaper. The second feature comes into play when you get to the post-£4,999 end of things: these QLED TVs are also 8K-ready, which is a huge deal. The format is 16 times sharper than standard full HD and is mind-blowing. True, there is no content yet in 8K beyond Samsung’s demo videos – there’s only a moderate amount even in 4K. But the 8K sets, called Q900R and available in 65in, 75in and a magnificently monstrous £14,000 85in, also have superb upscaling technology, which will convincingly make even already pin-sharp 4K footage appear a whole level better.

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