Samsung 8K tvA lot of families have holiday movie traditions. Maybe you like to sit down with a big bowl of popcorn (to make popcorn garlands, with of course) and watch Elf or Christmas Vacation. Or maybe you are more of a Die Hard family (that’s our house!). Whatever your movie tradition, having the right television makes all the difference. That’s why my editor’s pick for the 12 Days of Christmas is a Samsung 8K TV.

12 Days of Christmas: Day 4 is Samsung 8K

Now that we’re spending so much of the holidays together indoors, why not start a new tradition of watching holiday movies on the highest resolution TV on the market, a Samsung QLED 8K television? A brand new TV would also make the ultimate gift this holiday season, so for that reason, we’ve made it part of our 12 Days of Christmas picks (Day 1 is the Google Pixel 4a).

What makes a Samsung 8K special?

8K televisions are the highest resolution TVs on the market, and Samsung is considered one of the best. Samsung uses QLED, or Quantum Light-Emitting Diode, technology. QLED televisions can produce more vibrant and accurate colors, and – because they don’t rely on the same color control technology as OLED televisions – can create richer blacks.

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One of the many options for Ambient Mode

Television resolution is the number of pixels embedded in the screen. The more pixels, the more detail you can achieve and an 8K television has twice as many pixels as a 4K television, which has been the new standard for the last several years. While there is not a lot of content shot specifically for 8K viewing (yet), an 8K QLED television will give you the rich, crisp and vibrant viewing experience of your dreams, and some have the ability to upscale lower resolution images, making them look even better.

While there are not a lot of movies available in 8K yet, some upcoming television shows are being shot in 8K. Have a gamer in the house? Some games are made in 8K, which would be absolutely perfect on a massive Samsung QLED television.

A Samsung 8K TV also has Ambient Mode, which turns the TV into a work of art while it’s not showing videos.

Which Samsung 8K should I choose?

For 2020 Samsung has released three new 8K models, all offering the very best of resolution; there’s the Samsung Q800, Samsung Q950, and the Samsung Q900. All of these models have Bluetooth compatibility, four HDMI connections, the Quantum Processor 8K for fast image display, and all are smart televisions with the ability to utilize a wide variety of streaming services and apps. The key differences are going to be in the depth of the product, with the Q950TS being a razor thin six tenths of an inch.

samsung upscaling, 8KThey are all terrific options, and come in a range of sizes from 55 inches, all the way up to 85 inches. Pick the right one based on your room, needs and budget.

A Samsung 8K QLED television would make a fabulous family gift. Now that we’re spending all this time at home, and probably watching more shows and movies than ever, it is the perfect time to upgrade your TV. A Samsung 8K TV is great for gaming, video chats with family and friends, playing music, screen mirroring for work or school, or even surfing the web. Perhaps a new television will be the perfect way for the family to celebrate holidays while remaining socially distant.

Read about the other 12 days of Christmas gifts for this season.

Editor TV and Home Theatre
Erin is a journalist, writer, and TV producer with a fascination for technology and a love of gadgets. Check out her blog


  1. I can’t wait for the object tracking sound technology on the Samsung 8k TV. For the XBox Series X, I really want to play Cyberpunk 2077!

  2. Samsung 8k tvs are simply amazing with the awsome resolution and refresh rates watching movies or playing games on a samsung 8k would br my dream come true

    As for the xbox Definatly halo when it comes out i am so stoked its gonna be epic

  3. Hi Martin!!!

    I would love to see what 8k actually is, I don’t even know what 4k is. And the game i really want to see played is a new battlefield game when it comes out for the new Xbox. Will be unreal im sure.

    Martin, please don’t pick me to win. (Said noone ever….)

    ; )

  4. Honestly I can’t wait to try gaming at 4K and 60 FPS. I already have Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Cyberpunk and I would be really excited to play them on the Xbox series X on a 4K 60 capable panel. It would be beautiful!!!!!

  5. Cant wait to see some 8k content, I can imagine a new avatar movie already.

    On the xbox series x, cyberpunk is the only game I wanna see for the entirety of 2021

  6. 1) I want to see how good the 8k resolution is, i heard soo many cool things about QLED TVs
    2) Im a HALO fan so i cant wait to play it on the new XBOX

  7. 1. I want to experience true HDR10+ with a 4k UHD movie upscaled even higher to a 8k TV!

    2. I would love to play Halo Infinite on the new Xbox!

  8. First 8K tv? Specific to gaming? Yessssss!
    Second, definitely Destiny 2…I’m a 56 year old female gamer and made a ton of gamer friends via Destiny online! I miss it! Miss those “glimmer dance offs”

  9. 8k feature and the main gamenim obsessed with is Cyberpunk 2077. Can’t wait to explore night city and go on tasks.

  10. 1) It would be great to have a big 8K TV in my house. I also like Samsung`s smart TV features such as TV on the internet. They have their own channel list.
    2) I have never had an Xbox being in my late 30s, I could not find time and energy to get one and spend time. Back then we had Commodore 64 with big fat TVs. I used to enjoy that a lot. Then just regular PC in 90s. If I get Xbox, it will be a big jump for me.

  11. I’m pumped that this has Alexa linked with it.
    I’m not gonna lie I’m dying to try AC Valhalla and play while my kids watch me “get a turn 1st”

  12. I cant wait to see what QLED has to offer. I have been hearing great things about it! Would love to immerse myself in it.
    I cant wait to play Cyberpunk and Assassins Creed

  13. 1. Love to see the gaming graphics in 8K when it’s possible.
    2. Cyberpunk 2077

    Must be insane using the new television and brand new xbox series x

  14. I just want to see stuff in 8k! My 4K tv Is amazing enough.

    Cant wait to play cyberpunk once I can get my hands on a next gen console!

  15. 1. Can’t wait to see 8K upscaling of my library of HDR content.
    2. Would love the opportunity to play Cyberpunk 2077 on the Series X and near 8K res.

  16. I would love to try the 8K on the Samsung tv, plus anyone og the games offered would make me more than happy. I have a older Sony Bravia television that I’ve had for a long long time time now. Getting a upgrade would be better for my whole family as I’d be able to do much more with a Samsung. Thanking you in advance.

    Andre M.

  17. 1. Can’t wait to see a movie with the 8k feature!!

    2. The new Halo Infinite will be released soon, i really love that game.

  18. 1. The impressive MR240 motion rate so there are no lags when game playing.

    2. Call of duty Cold War and Halo when it releases next year. Can’t wait.

  19. 1. The object tracking sound tech.
    2. Cyberpunk 2077
    Hopefully I get to play it on the new console because of all the graphics issues I don’t want to ruin the initial experience !

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