It wouldn’t be CES without Samsung’s new series of TVs, and the 2022 models promise their share of quality upgrades – plus a few new benefits. For starters, mainstream Neo QLED sets now include what Samsung says are the first 4K and 8K sets with 144Hz inputs instead of the usual 120Hz. The extra fluidity won’t be immediately helpful when even the fastest PCs are battling fast 4K and 8K content, but you won’t have to worry that your high-end TV will soon become obsolete.
TVs promise to improve picture quality regardless of the source. All 8K and 4K Neo QLED sets have jumped from 12-bit backlighting to 14-bit, providing more accurate brightness. They also boast a new adaptive light control feature that theoretically improves the quality of mini-LED sets, and an artificial intelligence-guided depth-of-field amplifier can help distinguish the main subject from the background.
Software also plays an important role. All Samsung TVs from 2022 have a new home screen that helps collect streaming content and offers an ambient display when idle. The Gaming Hub can run console and cloud-based games directly, while a new game bar helps you adjust relevant image settings. Watch Together is a SharePlay-style mode that lets you chat with distant friends while watching shows and streaming shows. And since this is 2022, you can even buy and display NFTs.
Other sets have their share of upgrades. Samsung’s MicroLED line (shown in the middle) is now frameless, so your giant luxury TV should blend seamlessly with your decor. They also advertise a 10 percent wider range of colors, and you can buy a ‘small’ pre-configured 89-inch set if the 99- and 110-inch variants don’t quite suit you. And if frames are exactly what you want, the 2022 The Frame kits (below) now have more matte canvas-like displays and a fresh artwork interface.
As is often the case, Samsung has not stated the availability and price range until this writing. The frame will be available in sizes between 32 and 85 inches, and you can assume that both 8K screens and MicroLED models will have high premium prices. It is too early to say whether it will compete well with competing models from LG, Sony and other brands. In addition, it is obvious that Samsung is still in no hurry to accept OLED TVs and to oppose its most famous challengers.
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