Samsung announces HDR+ firmware update

Samsung Electronics is adding a HDR+ firmware update to all of its 2016 SUHD displays with Quantum dot display. The firmware update is designed to enhance the HDR quality to its highest picture quality capacity, even if the source isn’t in HDR format.

Jong-hee Han, VP, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics said: "The HDR+ function offers an exceptional HDR viewing experience to all 2016 SUHD and UHD consumers."

One of the main benefits of HDR+ is its ability to upgrade Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) content to HDR-like picture quality. With HDR native contents, HDR+ also uncovers previously hidden images from darker content, supplementing the level of brightness to express objects hidden in darker shadows. For brighter content scenes, HDR+ increases the level of contrast ratio to differentiate objects from the background, while still depicting more image details on the screen for an overall better picture.

In “Expert Mode,” picture quality experts can customise HDR effects to suit individual users by calibrating brightness, contrast ratio and gradation to the finest degree. These settings can be accessed within the “Picture - Special viewing” mode options, where HDR+ is activated.

The automatic upgrade is currently available for all 2016 SUHD displays, and will be available for all HDR-compatible 2016 UHD displays by September.

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