It wouldn’t be CES without another round of Samsung TVs, and the 2022 models promise their share of quality upgrades — plus a few new conveniences. For starters, the regular 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 struggle with high-speed 4K and 8K content, but don’t worry about your premium TV becoming obsolete any time soon.
The TVs promise to improve picture quality regardless of the source. All 8K and 4K Neo QLED sets have jumped from a 12-bit backlight to 14-bit, allowing for more accurate brightness. They also feature a new Shape Adaptive Light Control feature that theoretically improves the quality of the mini-LED sets, and an AI-powered Object Depth Enhancer can help distinguish the main subject of a photo from the background.
Software also plays an important role. All 2022 Samsung TVs have a new home screen that helps collect streaming content and provides an ambient view when idle. A Gaming Hub can instantly launch console and cloud-based games, while a new Game Bar helps you adjust relevant picture settings. Watch Together is a SharePlay style mode that allows you to talk to distant friends while watching broadcasts and streaming programs. And since this is 2022, you can even buy and display NFTs.
Other sets have their own share of upgrades. Samsung’s MicroLED line (pictured in the middle) is now bezel-free, so your giant luxury TV should blend in better with your decor. They also have a 10 percent wider color gamut, and you can buy a ‘small’ 89-inch preconfigured set if the 99 and 110-inch variants don’t quite fit. And if the bezels are just what you want, the 2022 The Frame (below) sets now have more canvas-like matte screens and a fresh art shop interface.
As is often the case, at the time of writing, Samsung has not yet given availability and price ranges. However, the frame will be available in sizes between 32 and 85 inches, and you can bet that both 8K displays and MicroLED models will carry hefty premiums. It’s too early to say whether they will compete well with rival models from LG, Sony, and other brands. That said, it’s clear that Samsung is still in no rush to embrace OLED TVs and counter its best-known challengers.
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