(Pocket-lint) - If you're looking for a new television and want one of the finest pictures on the market then Samsung's 2019 QLED range is sure to be one of the year's top TV choices.

The black levels don't go quite as dark as OLED competitors but the searing whites make for massive impact (read our feature on what QLED is all about). 

The latest range of QLED models all offer Bixby, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice control, so you're not tied to any one system. Bixby is native on the TV, whereas Alexa and Google Assistant require you to have a compatible Amazon or Google device. 

Apple's iTunes Movies and TV Shows apps are available on 2019 and 2020 TVs, too, although this has not yet rolled out. AirPlay 2 is also available for casting from an Apple device.

All new models offer Ultra Viewing Angle technology, ensuring that contrast and colour will remain consistent at steep viewing angles.

If you're wondering about model letter designations: the 'N' is for 2018, the 'R' for 2019, while 'T' means 2020. 

Without further ado, here's the latest Samsung 4K and 8K QLED TV line-up and how each model differs from the next.

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Q950TS

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  • Screen sizes: 65in, 75in, 85in
  • QLED, 8K resolution, Quantum HDR 4000
  • 65-inch (QE65Q950TS - £5,999), 75-inch (QE75Q950TS - £7,999) and 85-inch (QE85Q950TS - £11,999) screen sizes. 

The 2020 QLED 8K flagship, this TV offers near-complete edge-to-edge viewing and a smart, premium design. We think it's a sophisticated package that's sure to appeal to many after a premium set but who have so far resisted the leap to 8K.

The enhanced image processing borders on magic, too, while the beefed-up audio system benefits from additional processing and object tracking sound.

Samsung's smart TV platform is superb here and we think it's probably the best TV currently on the market for HDR, too. Of course, it's expensive, but you get what you pay for. 

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Q900 (US) / Q950R (UK)

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  • Screen sizes: 65in, 75in, 82in
  • QLED, 8K resolution, Quantum HDR 4000
  • Prices: 65in - $5,000/£4,999, 75in - $7,000/£6,999, 82in - $10,000/£9,999 - 85in (Q900, US only) - $15,000

The big daddy of the 2019 range was this 8K model. That equates to a massive 7,680 × 4,320 pixels. Samsung has an intelligent upscaling system that makes content from 4K look even more hyper-real.

The Q900 was mighty impressive (and the brightest TV we've seen to date - that HDR 4000 designation means 4000nits peak brightness, which is a bit like looking into the sun), with the Q950R taking that formula and adding the Ultra Viewing Angle tech into the mix.

These TVs have a connection box so massive that you'll probably need a cupboard to store it in. 

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Samsung Q90R

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  • Screen sizes: 55in, 65in, 75in
  • QLED, 4K resolution, Quantum HDR 2000
  • Direct back-light, 16x array
  • One Connect Box (separate to TV)
  • Prices: 55in (UK only) - £2,799, 65in - $3,500/£3,799, 75in - $5,000/£4,999, 82in (US only) - $6,500

The successor to the Q9FN, the Q90R was the crème de la crème of the 2019 QLED range. As you can see from the image above it's got a centralised stand, which will be handy for those without massive furniture who want a bigger screen in their homes (this one maxes out at 75in).

The top-spec of the Q90R is its direct back-light technology, which comes in its most sophisticated form with the most zones on offer. This 'zoning' ensures greater light control for the best offset of black to white, with pinpoint precision thanks to that back-lighting. It's also the brightest 4K TV in the range, with a peak brightness of 2000nits.

Sure, the majority of the other models feature similar technology (bar the Q60R) - but with fewer zones and therefore less picture precision and less peak brightness when it comes to the levels. 

The Q90R also features a One Connect box, which is a separate box where all the HDMI ports and power plugs in. It's a neat solution to help keep things tidy and will be useful for wall-mount customers. 

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Samsung Q85R

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  • Screen sizes: 55in, 65in, 75in
  • QLED, 4K resolution, Quantum HDR 1500
  • Direct back-light, 8x array
  • One Connect Box (separate to TV)
  • Prices: 55in - £2,299, 65in - £2,999, 75in - £4,499

A 2019 Europe-only model so not available in the US, the Q85R is more similar to the 2018 Q9FN in terms of stand design and overall proposition. This set isn't quite as bright as the Q90R, while its back-light zoning is halved by comparison too.

However, it offers the One Connect box option - something that lacks from the Q80R, below, which will be offered in other territories - so if you're not ultra picky about the best of the best precision then this option (which we assume will be slightly cheaper) is an ideal fit. It still comes in sizes up to 75in too.

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Samsung Q80R

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  • Screen sizes: 55in, 65in
  • QLED, 4K resolution, Quantum HDR 1500
  • Direct back-light, 6x array
  • Prices: 55in (not US) - £1,999, 65in - $2,800/£2,499

Similar to the Q85R above, but with more conventional ports to the rear of the set, rather than in a separate One Connect Box. The direct back-light is a 6x array (not 8x like the Q85R or 16x like the Q90R) so it's not precisely a re-ported Q85R, nor does it extend to sizes quite as huge - with 65in being its maximum size.

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Samsung Q70R

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  • Screen sizes: 49in, 55in, 65in, 75in, 82in
  • QLED, 4K resolution, Quantum HDR 1000
  • Direct back-light, 4x array
  • Prices: 49in - $1,250, 55in - $1,500, 65in - $2,200, 75in - $3,300, 82in - $5,000

Probably in the sweet spot, the Q70R comes in a wide range of sizes that'll suit all manner of living rooms.

It offers half the peak brightness of the Q90R flagship, and a quarter of the zones from its direct back-light, meaning less black-to-white precision and peak brightness potential. Still, the HDR 1000 designation of 1000nits means it's darn bright.

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Samsung Q60R

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  • Screen sizes: 43in, 49in, 55in, 65in, 75in, 82in
  • QLED, 4K resolution, Quantum HDR
  • Edge illumination (no backlight array)
  • Prices: 43in - $800, 49in - $1,000, 55in - $1,200, 65in - $1,800, 75in - $3,000, 82in - $3,800

The 'baby' of the QLED range - although not in terms of size, as you can buy a Q60R up to 82in in size.

The technology here isn't as advanced as its brothers and sisters, though, with an edge-illuminated display likely meaning some light bleed will result in darker images, while the HDR (high dynamic range) pictures aren't punchy bright as any of the other models featured above.

Still, if you want a moderate or massive TV set in the living room for daytime viewing rather than an ultimate critique of cinematography then this set should offer a fair balance of price to features.

Sero

The Sero is a one-of-a-kind 4K QLED TV that clocks in at 43-inches. It can rotate in sync with your phone. So when you want to cast vertical video content from your phone - from Facebook, TikTok or elsewhere - the TV will rotate. It works best from Android, but the TV does include AirPlay 2 for mirroring from iOS devices, too.   

Writing by Mike Lowe and Dan Grabham.