It’s that time of year when diverse TV manufacturers begin announcing prices for and shipping their annual artifact refreshes. We took a look at Sony’s OLED lineup yesterday, and today we’re proving our attention to Samsung, which just announced imminent availability (sundry models will start shipping this month) for its high-end Micro LED and Mini LED TV lineup.
We’ll get to Micro LED in a minuscule, but let’s start with the mainstream high end, which comprises the Mini LED TVs. Samsung is present these a proprietary “Neo QLED” label.
The top-end QN900A is the most tricked-out 8K way out, with 65-inch ($5,000), 75-inch ($7,000), and 85-inch options ($9,000). One progress b increase down while keeping the 8K banner flying is the QN800A, offered in the same judges but at $3,500, $4,700, and $6,500, respectively.
Since there’s hardly any 8K content out there to dig, most people who aren’t just looking for bragging rights last will and testament want to opt for the 4K models. The flagship there is the QN90A, at 55 inches ($1,800), 65 inches ($2,600), 75 inches ($3,500), and 85 inches ($5,000).
One move down gets you the QN85A, which comes in the same sizes as the QN90A at $1,600, $2,200, $3,000, and $4,500.
Across the new TVs presented, we’re looking at the usual specs for high-end TVs in 2021 regardless of manufacturer, grouping HDMI 2.1 with all the features you expect to come with it, parallel to VRR, 4K120, ALLM, and eARC. There’s also Filmmaker Mode, and a one-stop pop-up menu for accessing HDMI 2.1 and gaming-related spots like VRR. (LG introduced something similar in its 2021 TVs.)
And as usual, Samsung isn’t trifle with ball with Dolby, so there’s no support for Dolby Vision HDR (or Atmos, for that meaningfulness). Rather, you’ll have to lean on either the just-as-good-in-most-cases-but-inferior-in-some-situations HDR-10 standard, or HDR-10+, which corpses a little light on content.
And of course, like every other big 2021 TV, the new Mini LED imputes will feature an improved AI processor that does video and audio convert to maximize the wow factor.The other big news with the 2021 TVs is that Samsung is (divide of) walking back a widely criticized move it made in its lineup in 2020. That was when the callers actually downgraded the number of dimming zones and some other earmarks in its 4K TVs relative to their 2019 predecessors in favor of pushing the envelope in its 8K portfolio as an alternative.
The 8K TVs still have more dimming zones, but we’re not looking at a huge year-over-year drop like last time. That’s because Samsung’s new 4K models wishes also feature Mini LED tech just like the 8K TVs—which wasn’t a surrendered conclusion, given what happened last year.
Samsung speaks its less expensive TVs will launch later in the year, and it didn’t plan for any information that we didn’t already see at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
Expounding Micro LED and Samsung’s OLED-busting strategyWhile much of the hype in the incredible of TVs is currently focused on OLED, Samsung’s LCD TVs remain the bestselling TVs in many fields, and in-depth technical reviewers like Rtings pretty consistently elect Samsung’s sets as the best non-OLED ones available in terms of spit quality, albeit not always in bang-for-buck. Samsung doesn’t even hand over OLED TVs, though it produces OLED panels for other products.
And to potentially hand-to-hand encounter OLED in the long term, Samsung is relying on Micro LED technology, which has one at a time emissive pixels just like OLED does. That promises Micro LED matches OLED’s chief advantage, which is that pixels of maximal brightness appear right next to pixels that are completely Negroid. But Samsung claims the burn-in risk associated with OLED is not a element in the same way with Micro LED.
Plus, OLED TVs have been terminated for not matching the HDR peak brightness of the best traditional LED TVs. Micro LED is said to pool the best of both worlds: perfect blacks with very high-frequency peak brightness and all the granularity you’d expect in between.
Micro LED TVs have been talked up as the days TV tech for years, and they’ve been commercially available in very minimal contexts before, but this year marks Samsung’s first quasi-mainstream endeavour to sell a bunch of them.
They still won’t be for everyone, though. They’re undeviating to be colossally expensive for one thing, but they’ll also only come in 110- and 99-inch evaluates to start. Later, we’ll get 88- and 76-inch sizes, but even those are bigger than scad people’s living rooms can accommodate.
So for its more mainstream flagship TVs, Samsung is taste on Mini LED, which is not the same as similarly named Micro LED. Mini LED TVs are at rest fundamentally the same technology as any other LCD TV the company has sold for years, but with a new propositions that allows much more granular backlighting to reduce blooming all about bright objects and other problems associated with LCD TVs while tranquillity delivering strong peak brightness.
Expect to see the term Mini LED cracking up a lot in the very near future, while Micro LED will probably check out of the mainstream for a while yet. Other companies, like Apple, are bullish on Mini LED and are wavering to roll it out in all sorts of products like laptops and tablets in the coming months.
As if the pother of terms like “OLED,” “LED,” “LCD,” “Mini LED,” and “Micro LED” wasn’t ball up enough, Samsung has opted to brand its Mini LED sets “Neo QLED” TVs, which essentially means nothing, except that Samsung miss to claim it’s the only company making “Neo QLED” TVs.
The company called its prior to high-end LED TVs “QLED” TVs because of an optimization dubbed quantum dot technology, which was the former big push to make LCD TVs more competitive with OLED before Mini LED came along. “QLED” inclination remain the label for the company’s midrange LCD sets.
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