Samsung announces first OLED TV – and new Neo QLEDs
Samsung has officially announced an OLED TV for the first time. In recent years, Samsung has criticized OLED TVs due to the lower brightness and the risk of burn-in compared to their own QLED LCDs. There are also new Neo QLED and Lifestyle TVs.
The manufacturer simply calls the first in-house OLED TV "Samsung OLED". The 4K device also has a model number, so it becomes "Samsung S95B" as an alternative. It is the TV with the new QD-OLED technology that the manufacturer teased at CES 2022 .
One of the first QD OLED TVs
The OLED TV relies on the Neural Quantum Processor 4K for image processing and Tizen is used as Smart TV software. Object Tracking Sound means object-based sound with the TV speakers, which sounds more spacious and precise than stereo. The TV speakers can be combined with Samsung soundbars via Q-Symphony.
In the new press release, Samsung did not go into detail about the advantages of the QD-OLED technology. It is known from the CES presentation: QD-OLEDs combine Quantum Dots with OLED technology for better color representation, especially reddish and yellowish tones. They also offer a slightly higher brightness and even better viewing angle stability. The Samsung OLED will appear in May in 55 and 65 inch sizes.
Samsung hasn't announced a price yet, but a US leak (via HDTVTest ) states a price of $2,197.99 for the 55-inch model. This is far cheaper than analysts had feared in advance for one of the first QD OLED TVs. The competing Sony A90J is said to start at $3,000, according to the manufacturer's specs as part of the Sony Rewards program (via HDTVTest ).
New Neo QLED 8K TVs
Samsung also announced the Neo QLED TVs with 8K resolution for 2022. These are the QN900B (flagship), AN800B (mid-range) and AN700B (entry-level) series. These TVs will come in sizes of 554, 65, 76 and 85 inches.
The Neural Quantum Processor 8K image processor is responsible for upscaling 4K content and lower resolutions to 8K and ensuring a lifelike image. The Neo QLEDs rely on mini-LEDs for the backlight, which ensures high contrast. There is an anti-reflection layer against reflections and a fine-grained 14-bit HDR display. The TVs are very thin for LCD devices at 15.2 to 18.1 millimeters and all have a stainless steel frame.
The QN900B offers the best sound performance, it has 6.24 channels with 90 watts of power on board. Together with a wireless connection to a Samsung soundbar, the duo can play Dolby Atmos. Samsung has not yet commented on the prices.
Lifestyle TV portfolio unveiled
Finally, Samsung also unveiled the specific models of the lifestyle televisions announced at CES. The Frame of 2022 will be available in 32, 43, 50, 55, 65, 75 and 85 inches, The Serif in 43, 50, 55 and 65 inches and The Sero as usual in 43 inches. This time, the lifestyle televisions have particularly matt, glare-free displays, which make the displayed works of art appear more authentic.
The matte coating is also said to be more suitable for the home office than the conventional reflective TVs; in fact, almost all PC monitors are matte. Information on prices and release dates is still missing.