Most consumers already know that Samsung’s much-praised QLED panels can provide some of the best picture quality on the market right now, but behind the scenes, the Korean tech giant has always kept an eye on that delicate intersection of where function and aesthetics meet.
The Frame has no problem functioning as a top-of-the-line 4K smart HDTV when needed, but when not in use, it becomes a chic photo frame that magically blends into your room’s decor.
The set’s ultra-cool Art Mode showcases a beautiful work of art when you’re not watching TV, and with its handy built-in motion sensor, you’ll be able to see your favorite artistic selections whenever you enter the room.
Don’t forget that Samsung’s highly regarded quantum-dot technology enables you to experience images bursting with a dazzling range of more than a billion colors, each upscaled to incredible clarity driven by an intelligent 4K processor.
Samsung’s much-vaunted backlighting technology is able to precisely control the amount of lighting across every part of the picture, which helps to provide incredible contrast—even in bright, sunlit rooms. Also, be prepared to be impressed by the set’s robust video-processing capability, a welcome boon for both diehard gamers and lovers of action flicks.
Speaking of gaming, know that Game Enhancer will do a wonderful job in ramping up your immersive experience, as the panel has the ability to eliminate any chance of screen tearing and stuttering. The end result is noticeably smoother gameplay—no matter how graphics-intensive the games are. You can definitely consider yourself good to go while waiting to get your hands on the next-generation consoles from PlayStation and Xbox next month.
One shortcoming of The Frame is its smart TV platform, which is powered by Tizen. First introduced in 2015 after years of development, the Tizen OS, much like Korean archrival LG’s webOS, has a pleasant stripped-down interface but it really lacks any real punch that is needed for today’s data-heavy streaming TV world. Yes, Tizen offers access to popular run-of-the-mill apps like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, but a platform like Android TV or Roku TV will surely give you much more bang for your buck.
Also keep in mind that The Frame features a 20W speaker system that’s right on the border of what you might consider is enough for you. It’s more than passable for everyday TV-watching, but if you do desire a more immersive, bass-driven experience, that can be taken care of relatively easily by purchasing a higher-end soundbar.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Minneapolis-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.