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Samsung, LG, Panasonic and Sony reveal TV line-ups for 2018

The leading TV manufacturers have revealed their hand for 2018, and Sony has even released a few of its TVs (the 55, 65 and 75-inch[1] versions of the XF90 series). We haven’t got full reviews yet, but there’s plenty we can consider before our experts fully examine them. The size of these tellies and the technology inside them all give an inkling into where the market is heading in 2018. Rivalries and partnerships are forming around the displays these TVs use and the HDR formats they support, with all the brands seeming to agree that 43-inch 4K TVs just aren’t worth making anymore.

Let’s delve deeper into what these trends mean for TVs in the years to come. Samsung[2], LG, Panasonic[3] and Sony’s 2018 TVs revealed[4]: everything you need to know about the new models to help you choose your ideal set.

Don’t expect much choice below 49 inches

We published a story recently about the death of the 32-inch TV[5]. This time next year we may be writing something similar about 43-inch models, too.

Sony’s 4K range has only two 43-inch TVs. It’s the same with Samsung and Panasonic, while LG’s 2018 line-up has just one 43-inch option. It’s possible we’ll see variants of these 43-inch sets available in different colours or with slight design tweaks, and there may be one or two more released later in the year.

But when you consider that Samsung has 11 different series in its 2018 line-up and only two of them have a 43-inch option, it’s clear that these TVs aren’t top of the priority list. It’s no secret that you can see more of the detail in 4K content on larger screens and, as Ultra HD video becomes more widespread, the demand for bigger displays that show it off to its fullest will increase. TV manufacturers may already be pre-empting this by nudging people towards 50 and 55-inch TVs, but there’s good reason to upgrade to something larger if you currently have a 32 or 43-inch TV.

With so few 43-inch 4K TVs available in 2018, it’s possible that in 2019 they will be relegated to the Full HD TV graveyard along with 32-inch sets.

HDR10+ and Dolby Vision go to war

There are five HDR formats that TVs from the various manufacturers support in 2018. You can read our extensive guide on HDR[6] if you’re curious about how the technology works and how they differ. HDR10+ and Dolby Vision are two formats that are butting heads in an attempt to become a new industry standard adopted by all TV manufacturers and all content creators.

HDR10 is the current standard and every HDR TV supports it, but it has its limitations, which are addressed by both Dolby Vision and HDR10+. You’ll find Dolby Vision on LG and Sony TVs, while Panasonic and Samsung TVs use HDR10+ instead. Both formats improve HDR in the same way, which you can read about in our guide.

So why have two? Will either of them become the new standard adopted by all manufacturers? HDR10+ was developed by Samsung and is supported by Amazon Prime Video and 20th Century Fox.

Interestingly, Fox is now owned by Disney, which supports Dolby Vision. Samsung has been creating the format for years and, unlike Dolby Vision, it’s free to use. For a manufacturer to add Dolby Vision support to its TV, and for content creators and studios to use it, they must pay a licence fee to Dolby.

Since HDR10+ is free, you would expect all these companies to flock to it, but it’s who broadcasters flock to that may matter more. One of the key features of Dolby Vision is dual-layered data transmission, which can send SDR and HDR video at the same time, which makes it easier to broadcast. If TV stations around the world use Dolby Vision over HDR10+, then even the mighty Samsung may need to admit defeat.

That’s not something Samsung likes to do. It has always blazed its own trail, including with the displays it uses.

Samsung thinks LCD is better than OLED, but develops similar technology to it anyway

Of the big four, only Samsung is yet to release an OLED TV. OLED is synonymous with premium, high-end TVs, and Samsung knows that.

Samsung still extols the virtues of LCD displays and the quantum dot technology it adds to its QLED range, which it believes offers better brightness and more vibrant colours over OLED sets. But that hasn’t prevented it from developing new display technology that works just like OLED. ‘The Wall’, Samsung’s enormous 146-inch TV, is arriving some time this year, and will be the first TV to use Samsung’s new micro-LED tech.

Where LCD displays use an LED backlight to create the images on screen, the bulbs in a micro-LED display can be switched on and off individually, just like on an OLED panel, allowing for deeper blacks and a greater overall contrast. The Wall is more of a showpiece than anything else, but in the years to come we should see micro-LED trickle down into Samsung’s more affordable sets. Samsung clearly understands the benefits of OLED displays, but it has also sought to improve on it with micro-LED.

The O in OLED stands for organic, which refers to the material creating the light. Samsung says this material is susceptible to burn-in (when a faint image appears on screen and can’t be removed) and that it can’t reach the brightness levels of the inorganic material used in micro-LED displays.

What else can you expect?

  • Samsung is doing its own thing but Sony and Panasonic are doubling their OLED output in 2018, and with five new ranges LG shows no signs of slowing down. OLEDs are here to stay.
  • Get used to talking to your TV because Alexa, Google Assistant and Bixby will be the easiest way to navigate through the settings and content available on your TV.

    We don’t think they will replace traditional remotes anytime soon, though.


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Best cheap American fridge freezer we’ve reviewed

A quality American fridge freezer will offer tons of storage, have handy features as standard and look great in your kitchen – but could also end up costing you a small fortune. One of the priciest models we’ve reviewed costs nearly GBP3,000. Fortunately, our tests have shown that you don’t always need to pay over the odds to bag yourself an impressive appliance.

We’ve found Best Buy American fridge freezers costing less than GBP700. The cheapest of those that topped our tests is just GBP500. Go straight to all our fridge freezer Best Buys[1].

American fridge freezer pros and cons

When you’re spending hundreds or even thousands of pounds on an American fridge freezer, excellent cooling and freezing power, ease of use and plenty of shelving should be a given.

It should also stay at a stable temperature and not be a nightmare to clean. But our tests have revealed that not all models impress. One American fridge freezer scored just 44% and costs around GBP1,000.

We found that it had a poor freezer, a fridge where the temperature shot up in certain conditions and it was extremely awkward to clean.

Three things to check before you buy an American fridge freezer

Energy use

If you don’t want to spend lots of extra pennies on your energy bill, then it’s wise to check out the efficiency of each model. American fridge freezers usually cost more to run than conventional models, partly because of their size. We measure the energy usage of each model we test.

To find the most efficient, look for four or five stars in our fridge freezer reviews[2]. The good news is that an efficient American fridge freezer needn’t cost you the earth either. A good number of our Best Buy American fridge freezers have been awarded our Energy Saver logo.


More storage means more bulk.

These fridge freezers are large, and you will want to make sure you have enough space in your kitchen to cater. If you’re planning to integrate the appliance into your kitchen units, you will also need to take into consideration any extra space that might be needed for air to circulate.


One of the biggest draws for people buying an American fridge freezer is the perceived vast amount of usable storage. While this is typically correct for the fridge section, the freezer side is slimmer and normally has fewer drawers than a conventional model.

So, if you’re more likely to bulk-buy frozen meals than a week’s worth of fresh food, it might be more practical to opt for a standalone freezer instead. Get more advice on buying an American fridge freezer.[3]

What do you get if you pay more?

From automatic ice makers to transparent doors, there are plenty of extras you can get if you’re happy to spend more on your fridge freezer.

The LG Instaview[4] (pictured above) has a large rectangle of black glass on the fridge door that becomes clear when you knock on it twice with your knuckle and, in doing so, turns on the inside light. This will keep warm air from entering, saving on energy usage.

It sounds great, but will set you back GBP1,699. Individual temperature-controlled drawers are handy for ensuring certain foods are kept as fresh as possible for as long as possible. Pay GBP1,484 for the Samsung RFG23UEBP[5] and this feature is all yours.

The Bosch KAI90VI20G[6], meanwhile offers a child lock, sleek stainless-steel finish and a fast-freeze setting that provides a burst of quick chilling power, all for a cool GBP1,419.

Still not found the one for you?

Here’s our round-up of the top five American fridge freezers[7] for 2018.


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Samsung to drop security updates for some 2016 smartphones

A selection of Samsung’s Galaxy model smartphones from 2016 will no longer receive free security updates, potentially leaving them exposed to Android malware. Changes made to Samsung’s website have seen some older smartphones cut from a list of ‘current models for quarterly security updates’. The page, dedicated to android security updates, shows two lists – devices set to receive monthly patches and devices set to receive quarterly patches.

A quick look at an archived version of the same page proves that several older smartphones have recently been shown the door:

Above: Samsung’s website in November 2017 (left) compared to today (right)

The list of changes includes the following phones, each of which is now just over two years old:

  • Galaxy A3 (2016)[1] – will no longer receive monthly or quarterly updates
  • Galaxy J1 (2016) – will no longer receive monthly or quarterly updates
  • Galaxy J3 (2016)[2] – will no longer receive monthly or quarterly updates

What does Samsung say?

Vanished: The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)

On its website, Samsung writes: “We take security and privacy issues very seriously and we are doing our best to respond as quickly as possible. Securing your device and maintaining the trust you place in us is our top priority”. It also acknowledges: “The list of monthly security update models are subject to change as support periods expire.

The list of quarterly security update models are subject to change and it will be reviewed on a periodic basis”. However, these statements will be of no comfort to users who have purchased one of these models since their original release – especially if they’re also still tied to a two-year contract.

The Government tackles security updates

Last week, the Government published its Secure by Design policy paper, emphasising the importance of keeping tech products secure by design. The report notes: “Software updates should be provided after the sale of a device and pushed to devices for a period appropriate to the device.

This period of software update support must be made clear to a consumer when purchasing the product.

For constrained devices with no possibility of a software update, the conditions for and period of replacement support should be clear.”


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