Samsung’s Newest 4K TVs Are Almost Totally Invisible

Now you see it, now you don’t.

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If you find the massive flatscreen covering three quarters of your living room wall a little unsightly, Samsung has an eloquent solution. 

The tech giant unveiled the new line of QLED TVs that are capable of blending seamlessly into any background thanks to a new “Ambient Mode.” 

Just snap a photo of the area behind the screen before mounting, and the high-tech screen becomes practically invisible by displaying the image in the new setting. All you’ll see is a thin, empty frame—very modern art. 

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A built-in timer turns the unit off completely to save electricity. In addition to “Ambient Mode,” the QLED will offer home connectivity via the SmartThings app:

Quartz has further details on its capabilities: 

Samsung’s newest TVs, which can be used to control any smart device that can connect to the SmartThings system, like Amazon Echoes, Ring doorbells, and Philips Hue lights. Speak into the remote, which is powered by Bixby, the same virtual assistant found in Samsung’s newer Galaxy smartphones, and watch the devices around your home respond to your command.

 The interface has also been updated on the televisions, with a new function called “Universal Guide,” which lets users search for any type of content, and then download or switch to the app or TV channel it’s on to watch it. 

The SmartThings app can automatically send your house’s wifi login to one of the TVs, meaning you won’t have to run to the upstairs closet and read the password off the back of the router to get your TV connected to the internet.

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Five models will range in size from 49″ to a massive 88″. Official prices haven’t been set, but expect to spend up to $20,000 for the biggest and best QLED money can buy.