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Samsung’s stunning new 8K TV might have no bezels at all

Leaked image of Samsung Zero Bezel design
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Samsung might be known for The Frame TV, which hangs on the wall like art and sports a decorative frame around the screen, but the rest of Samsung's premium TV lineup might be losing the bezels entirely for 2020.

Just days ahead of CES, a leaked image of Samsung's new 8K QLED TVs was spotted by German tech site 4Kfilme. The images show a Samsung TV, complete with the L-shaped pedestal base used on previous QLED models, but the lack of black bars around the display gives the TV a pronounced new look.

The lack of bezel would be a stark change from past models and other LCD TVs, replicating a trick previously offered on Samsung's Galaxy phones and a handful of LG OLED TVs. But it would be a major improvement for LCD TVs, and mark a new level of refinement for the technology, alongside Samsung's quantum dot enhancement and local dimming, two innovations that have drastically improved the quality of most TVs on the market.

While not truly bezel-less – the picture clearly shows a bottom bezel, and likely has slim borders around the top and sides of the screen – the proportions are such that at a comfortable viewing distance the bezel should be difficult to even notice. The result should be something akin to the platonic ideal of TV design: When viewing the TV, only the display panel can be seen.

Possible trademarks for Samsung Zero Bezel

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Additional reporting by 4Kfilme and Samsung-focused news site Sammobile suggests that this new feature may be called "Zero Bezel" or "Infinity Screen" based on trademark filings from the company in early 2019. Reports from South Korea also suggest that manufacturing for the new premium design is set to begin early this year, starting in February in advance of a March product launch.

While this is all unconfirmed at this point, the basis for these reports looks pretty solid. With CES literally days away, we can expect a number of major TV announcements in the coming week, and we're sure Samsung has more than one trick up its sleeve, with a full slate of TVs for the new year. There will be plenty of news from every major TV manufacturer, so keep an eye on our CES 2020 coverage for all the latest news.

  • ScottLewis
    I have actually had experience with Samsung’s QLED 8K Y20 TV and if you eye it once, I bet you would forget your old TV, even if it has 4K UHD feature in it. I mean the smart TVs have turned so interesting these days that you can barely turn your eyes away. And Samsung QLED 8K TVs are some of them with lifelike pictures and stunning details. However, what makes them far more interesting in the infusion of the latest technology. For instance, Samsung QLED 8K Y20 TVs support Wi-Fi 6 since they have a MediaTek Wi-Fi SoC in them. Being a tech-observer, I Googled to find the whereabouts of this MediaTek SoC but they would not mention the exact specifications even in the official blogs. However, Wi-Fi 6 means you can get a better video streaming experience while being connected to the internet and never miss frames even while gaming. But the display section of the TV is particularly awesome and if they boast about 8K, I would say they are right in the act. Samsung is one of the pioneers in electronic and it has paired with MediaTek to bring some amazing features in smart TVs. Perhaps, smarter TVs might dig a smaller hole in your pockets someday and I am waiting to hear this in news.