He March 1st has entered into force restrictions on the consumption of televisionsin the European Union. A rule that leaves out 8K televisions of samsungdue to its high consumption. But Samsung is going to use a legal trick for keep selling them.
At the end of last year, the news came as a shock: The European Union was banning 8K TVs in Europe. It is not a prohibition in itself, but a limitation to consumption. The energy ceiling that a television can consume, set by the Energy Efficiency Index (IEE)it is far surpassed by 8K televisions.
These 8K televisions has twice the resolution what a 4K TV and four times more pixelswith which its consumption is noticeably older. But the EU requires that they consume the same as a 4K television.
It is an insoluble problem, because the 8K TV They can’t consume much less without sacrificing brightness to be able to display HDR content with the necessary realism.
The trick of Samsung’s 8K TVs to avoid the ban in Europe
samsung had until March 1st to reduce the consumption of your 8K TVs to the level of 4K.
It is technically impossible, except by using a legal trick that the Korean company has confirmed to Forbes magazine.
The range of televisions Samsung QLED 8K of 2023specifically the models QN700C, QN800C and QN900Cthey are going to be put up for sale with a ECO mode default what’s wrong with it the brightness to the minimum.
And when we say minimal, it is minimal. According to Forbes, facing a maximum brightness of 50some models will come with the gloss at 15and others to 7 or 8… almost in the dark …
This level of brightness ECO mode is locked, cannot be changed. But trick is in that… the rest of Standard, Cinema, Game modesetc, will come with normal brightness levels.
Apparently the EU has settled for the fact that the ECO mode comply with the low power limits set by the standard, and come by default on the tv. With the rest of the modes, he turns a blind eye.
So the user only has to change the modeif you want to take advantage of the image quality of your 8K TV, with HDR.
Samsung knows that many users do not even bother to change modes and do not touch the settings on their TV, so in the initial configuration they will inform that this ECO mode has the low brightnessand will let the user choose another display mode, if desired.
Many users wonder Why Samsung insists on selling 8K TVs, which consume more, if the content is shot, at most, at 4K. Samsung argues that it makes perfect sense, because you see fewer pixels at sizes 70-in and up, and you can better adjust the brightness and luminosity of the microLEDs.
Therefore, we can confirm that Samsung will continue to sell their 8K televisions in the European Unionusing the trick of selling them with the ECO mode and minimum brightness by defaultalthough the user can freely switch to any other mode.