Samsung The Frame 2019 is a good LCD TV with good picture quality and a unique design. It's a special model that aims to look like a piece of art when wall-mounted. You can even change the bezel to better suit your ambiance. Performance-wise, The Frame 2019 delivers deep blacks in a dark room and can get very bright to fight the glare of a bright room. It has a wide color gamut and can display vivid colors when in HDR, but not very bright highlights. It has excellent motion handling, a very low input lag, and supports all of the gaming features of the higher-end Samsungs. Unfortunately, you must be sitting straight in front to enjoy an accurate image.
The Samsung Frame 2019 is a special-purpose Samsung model that targets a niche market. It replaces last year's Samsung The Frame 2018 and performs similarly to this year's lower-end QLEDs. There's no direct competition regarding the style of this TV, but performance-wise its competitors are mid-range LED TVs like the Sony X850G, the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019, or the LG SM9000.
The Samsung Frame 2019 has an excellent design. It's almost identical to last year's Samsung The Frame 2018 and although it has a sturdy stand, this TV is meant to be wall-mounted using the included no-gap wall mount. Most of the TV's electronics are included in the One Connect box and only one cable connects to the TV, so cable management isn't an issue. To better match your ambiance, you can choose from a variety of different frames that are sold separately.
The Frame 2019's legs support the TV well, preventing most wobble. The legs aren't reversible. They have a label denoting which side they go on.
Footprint of the 55" stand: 40.6" x 7.9".
Just like the 2018 model, the bezel around the Samsung The Frame 2019 can be changed. A black bezel is included, and there are more bezels that are sold separately that also vary in color depending on the size. For the 55":
Due to the frame system, The Frame 2019's borders appear bulkier than the rest of Samsung's lineup.
The TV is very thin and is designed to sit flush on the wall to give the impression of a frame, hence the name.
The Frame 2019 gets very warm along the bottom edge, likely due to the edge LEDs, but this shouldn't be an issue.
The Samsung Frame 2019's build quality is excellent. There are no gaps or loose ends. The One Connect box that comes with the TV also well-built, so you shouldn't have issues.
The Frame 2019 has a good picture quality. It displays deep uniform blacks in a dark room thanks to its high native contrast ratio, but lacks a local dimming feature to further improve performance. The TV can handle reflections well and can get fairly bright in SDR to fight the glare of a bright room. Sports fans will appreciate the decent gray uniformity with little dirty screen effect, whereas HDR fans will enjoy the TV's wide color gamut. Unfortunately, the viewing angles are poor, as expected from a VA panel TV, and the decent HDR peak brightness can't always display HDR highlights according to its creator's intent.
Excellent contrast ratio. The Frame 2019 can display deep blacks in a dark room, enhancing picture quality.
Just like last year's model, Samsung The Frame 2019 has no local dimming. The above video is provided for reference only.
The Frame 2019 can reach very good peak brightness levels, so you can place it in a bright room without issue. Most scenes are displayed at the same brightness levels except when the TV is only displaying a small bright area. In cases like this, the TV's CE dimming feature dims the entire screen. The entire behavior resembles the Samsung Q60R.
We measured the peak brightness after calibration, using the 'Movie' picture mode and 'Warm 2' color temperature with Gamma set at '2.2'. With the 'Dynamic' Picture Mode, we measured a peak brightness of 560 cd/m², as measured on the 10% test window.
The Frame 2019's HDR peak brightness is decent. Small bright scenes aren't very bright and don't stand out as they should. It's still a little better than last year's Frame 2018 model.
These measurements were taken at 'Max' Backlight in the 'Movie' picture mode, with no calibration settings and no extra image processing options. With the 'Dynamic HDR' Picture Mode we measured a peak brightness of 573 cd/m², as measured on the 10% test window.
The Frame 2019 has decent gray uniformity. Although the image shows some signs of clouding, most of it is located at the edges of the screen. The center of the screen has very little dirty screen effect and this should please sports fans.
Good black uniformity on The Frame 2019. Some clouding is visible around the screen, but it only becomes noticeable in very dark scenes while watching in a dark room.
The Frame 2019 has good reflection handling thanks to its semi-gloss filter. You shouldn't have issues in most rooms unless you place it in a very bright room full of windows.
The Frame 2019's pre-calibration accuracy is good. Some people will notice inaccuracies in the grays, but mostly just enthusiasts will be able to spot some blue color inaccuracies. The color temperature is slightly warm and the gamma doesn't follow the curve well. As a result, most scenes are brighter than they should be.
10/31/2019: Unfortunately, it would appear that The Frame 2019 is not compatible with the Auto-Calibration function.
After calibration, the color accuracy is exceptional. Any remaining inaccuracies can only be spotted with the aid of a colorimeter.
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480p content from older devices, including DVDs, is displayed without any obvious artifacts or issues.
720p content from cable or older game consoles is upscaled well without any obvious issues.
Native 4k content is displayed almost perfectly, with no obvious issues. There is some subpixel dimming depending on the mode you're in, just like we discovered on the Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED. It isn't easily noticeable in normal content. Here are two examples of what's happening at the micro level.
The Frame 2019 can display a wide color gamut. It's very similar to this year's Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED and last year's The Frame 2018 model. The electro-optical transfer function, or EOTF, follows the target curve closely until it rolls off near the TV's peak brightness, but some scenes are slightly brighter than they should be. In 'Game' mode the EOTF follows the input stimulus slightly closer until it rolls off near the TV.s peak brightness.
Check out the settings page to see how you can make HDR brighter.
Decent color volume, slightly worse than the Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED. It can't produce bright colors across most of its gamut, and can't produce some dark colors very well.
The Frame 2019 has impressive gradient handling. Some banding is visible in the green and gray, just like with most Samsung TVs, but it's hardly noticeable. If you see banding and want to remove it, setting the Digital Clean View to 'Auto' eliminates most of it but can cause a loss of some fine details in some scenes.
There are no signs of temporary image retention, which is typical of VA panels.
We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.
Excellent motion handling on The Frame 2019. The very fast response time leaves only a very small blur trail behind fast-moving content, but at the same time creates stutter on movies. Enabling motion interpolation reduces the amount of stutter, but this introduces the soap opera effect (SOE), which might bother some people. Unfortunately, The Frame 2019 isn't flicker-free and this might bother some people. On the upside, just like the rest of Samsung's higher-end TVs, it supports all the gaming goodies like AMD FreeSync variable refresh rate and low input lag with motion interpolation.
The Frame 2019 has an outstanding response time. Fast-moving content looks crisp with minimal blur. There is, however, some significant overshoot with the 0-20% slide which causes a much higher response time on dim scenes.
This TV is not flicker-free. It uses PWM to dim the backlight, so there is flicker at all Backlight settings below 50 (max). The flicker frequency is 240Hz in most modes, but it changes depending on the mode. In 'Game' mode, or when Auto Motion Plus is set to either 'Custom' or 'Auto,' the flicker automatically changes to 120Hz.
The Frame 2019 has an optional black frame insertion mode that can reduce the flicker frequency to 60Hz to help make motion appear crisper. Setting LED Clear Motion to 'On' reduces the flicker frequency to 60Hz. When there's 120fps content playing, the only way to get 120hz BFI is by turning on 'Game' mode. Otherwise, 120fps content will still play with the backlight at 240Hz.
This TV has a motion interpolation feature that can interpolate low frame rate content up to 120Hz. In some intense scenes some artifacts are visible. Just enabling Auto Motion Plus which controls motion interpolation, changes the flicker from 240Hz down to 120Hz.
Check out the settings page to see how to control motion interpolation.
This TV has a very fast response time, which causes stutter on movies or other lower fps content. Fortunately, enabling motion interpolation reduces the amount of stutter, but this introduces the soap opera effect (SOE), which might bother some people.
You can remove judder from all sources on The Frame 2019. Check out the settings page to see how to do it.
Note: It's likely that the 43" and 49" models (that are 60Hz) can't remove judder from 24p sources, just like most 60Hz Samsung TVs.
The Frame 2019, just like the Samsung Q60R, supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology for nearly tear-free gaming. It has an excellent VRR range when gaming at 1080p or 1440p but at 4k, the range is narrower, as the TV only supports up to 4k @ 60Hz.
Unfortunately, the Q60R's FreeSync implementation is not currently compatible with NVIDIA's current Adaptive Sync drivers, as they only work over DisplayPort at the moment.
Note that the 43" and 49" models don't support FreeSync and are 60Hz panels.
The Samsung Frame 2019 has an exceptionally low input lag and supports the most common resolutions. With the proper settings enabled, the TV can also display proper chroma 4:4:4 in almost all resolutions, so text appears crystal clear when the TV is used as a PC monitor.
The Frame 2019 has a remarkably low input lag provided that 'Game' mode is activated. When VRR is activated either in 1080p or in 1440p, the TV has an input lag as low as a high-end monitor, which is great for Xbox One owners or those who game on their PC. Just like most high-end 2019 models, The Frame 2019 supports low latency game mode interpolation. When interpolating up to 120Hz, the input latency increases but remains among the lowest we have measured.
In PC Mode, Game Mode is also required for the lowest input lag.
The Frame 2019 supports the most common resolutions and refresh rates. Most high bandwidth signals require Input Signal Plus to be enabled for the port in use. You must set the input label to the 'PC icon' so that the TV can display chroma 4:4:4 or RGB content properly, so text appears clear on your screen. The TV usually detects this automatically. Note that in PC mode, many of the settings are unavailable and there are only two picture modes. Chroma 4:4:4 does not work properly with 1440p @ 120Hz and text isn't displayed properly.
The 43" and 49" models have 60Hz panels and don't support 120Hz inputs.
Dolby Atmos is available over HDMI ARC through Dolby Digital Plus, so Netflix Atmos will work properly.
The sound on the Samsung The Frame 2019 is decent but still better than the sound on the Samsung The Frame 2018. It can get loud and has a bass extension that's better than most TVs and delivers relatively clear dialog. For a better sound, it's recommended to add dedicated speakers or a soundbar (see our recommendations for the best soundbars).
The Frame 2019 has a decent frequency response. It has a decent LFE (low-frequency extension) and its bass can deliver a fair amount of body and punch but lacks thump and sub-bass. The frequency response above the TV's LFE is okay and the TV produces mostly clear and intelligible dialog. This TV can get very loud, but unfortunately, it produces noticeably pumping and compression artifacts under heavy loads.