Samsung, 8K tv, Q900R, review, ambient mode, upscalingWhen it comes to giving a gift the whole family can enjoy, why not consider a gift that keeps on giving; and we don’t even mean that in the cliche sense. No, choosing a Samsung 8K TV as your holiday family present is of course a gift that you can literally use all year round, day or night, for movies, TV or gaming. But beyond that, a Samsung 8K TV will be the perfect home entertainment system for many years to come, and that’s because it’s future-proof.

Why choose Samsung 8K TV?

While many consumers are only just adopting 4K TV now, 8K TV is already here. This major technological leap has happened already, so choosing an ultra-sharp, colourful, clear and vibrant 8K TV will mean that as this new technology continues to proliferate, you’re ready to watch 8K content once it starts to become more mainstream.

What is 8K, exactly?

Wondering exactly what 8K resolution means, and what you’ll see on screen? Resolution is the sharpness or the detail of the video picture, and it consists of pixels. There are millions of pixels on an 8K TV.

Samsung, 8K tv, Q900R, review, ambient mode, upscaling8K has four times more pixels than in a 4K UHD and 16 times more than full HD TV. On your 8K TV are more than 33 million pixels and they’re now so small you’ll never see them no matter how close you sit.

This means you’ll see details so precise and realistic, it feels like you can almost reach out and touch what’s on screen. 8K creates a much finer resolution, and makes the video clearer because there are so many more tiny pieces making up the overall picture. It’s the difference between making a mosaic using 1 foot square bathroom tiles versus making one with fingernail sized tiles; you can create finer detail with those smaller pieces; and fit more of them in your space.

Where does the name 8K come from? 8K or eight thousand is the number of horizontal pixels across the screen. It’s industry shorthand that’s evolved into an actual name for the technology.

Samsung 8K TV review

Let’s talk about the Samsung 8K TV options. I had the opportunity to try one of these ultra high resolution TVs in my home for a few weeks and I was pretty impressed with the overall video quality and the amazing features.

The Samsung 8K QLED Q900R (read my review here) is an outstanding TV, and it has the ability to upscale content from HD or 4K, into 8K using Artificial Intelligence built into the TV, so that means even if you’re not watching 8K-made content, your video still looks amazing.

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Samsung’s 8K & QLED Ambient Mode

With Samsung QLED Q900R’s Ambient Mode you get a TV that’s designed to blend into your room when you’re not watching programming. Ambient Mode is designed to eliminate the ‘black hole’ effect in a room when the TV is off.

When you’re not watching TV, Ambient Mode transforms your dark screen into something beautiful. The TV can mimic the wall pattern behind it to help blend in, or show you moving 8K videos, art, personal photos soothing patterns or helpful information like weather. It’s like an amazingly smart picture window that you have full control over.

If you’re thinking of surprising the family with a new TV this holiday season, consider making the technological leap all the way to stunning 8K.

Shop all 8K TVs at Best Buy.

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


  1. This would be the best! My sister will scream at the top of her lungs – she is a big techy and legit asked for a new TV this xmas!

  2. Whoa, that Samsung 8K TV is pretty attractive……..maybe fingers crossed it will be delivered my way…love that it is not a “black hole” screen. Nice!!

    • I remember attending tech megashow CES in Las Vegas back in 2012, where several manufacturers had prototype 8k screens on display. We all thought it was a crazy concept, purely because 8k content was just a dream back then – even 4k TV’s were in early days back then.

      Even though native 8k content is still a high end luxury, this TV can upscale literally anything to 8k (really effectively), so your streaming services are going to look PHENOMENAL.

      I wonder what it would be like connecting this TV to my PC for video editing? I’d assume really, really good :p

  3. This would let me get connected to streaming and love the 8K. Old tvs are outdated with technology these days

  4. Oh my goodness 8k I’ve never heard of this till now ! We’ve been looking at the Samsung 4K for our living room but wow this tv goes above and beyond.

  5. I know I cannot say this enough..I know Samsung craftsmanship I have used there products for 30 or so years & they have an Awesome name…I am raising 3 granddaughters & I am at the age of 61 & I would not be able to say this enough –What a gift for our family..we would all be watching TV with so much enjoyment…I have a hard time trying to make ends meet but this would surely be such a wonderful gift sitting in our living room when my girls wake up on Christmas morning…Thanks for giving me a chance to win–I know I have never won anything but I can dream about it…GOD BLESS & have a wonderful @ Best Buy…Thanks

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