It wouldn’t be CES without a new round of Samsung televisions, and the 2022 models promise their share of quality upgrades – plus a few new amenities. At the beginning, the mainstream Neo-QLED sets now contain something Samsung says the first 4K and 8K sets are with 144Hz inputs instead of the usual 120Hz. The extra liquid won’t come in handy right away when even the fastest PCs are struggling with high-speed 4K and 8K content, but you don’t have to worry about your premium TV being out of date anytime soon.
Regardless of the source, televisions promise an improvement in picture quality. All 8K and 4K Neo QLED sets have jumped from 12-bit backlighting to 14-bit and offer more accurate brightness. They also have a new shape-matching light control feature that theoretically improves the quality of the mini-LED sets, and an AI-controlled object depth enhancer can help distinguish the main subject of an image from the background.
Software also plays an important role. All 2022 Samsung TVs have a new home screen that supports aggregating streaming content and provides an ambient display when idle. A gaming hub can start console and cloud-based games directly, while a new game bar helps you adjust relevant picture settings. Watching together is a SharePlay-Style mode that allows you to talk to distant friends while watching broadcasts and streaming shows. And since that is 2022, you can even shop and exhibit NFTs.
Other sets have their own share of upgrades. Samsung’s MicroLED line (pictured in the middle) is now frameless so your giant luxury TV should blend in more seamlessly with your interior. They also offer a 10 percent larger color palette, and you can buy a “small” pre-configured 89-inch set if the 99- and 110-inch variants don’t quite fit. And if the bezels are exactly what you want, the 2022 The Frame sets (below) now have more canvas-like matt displays and a fresh Art Store surface.
As is so often the case, Samsung has not yet given any availability or price range. The frame will come in sizes between 32 and 85 inches, however, and you can expect both 8K screens and MicroLED models to have high premiums. It’s too early to say whether they’ll hold up well against competitive models from LG, Sony and other brands. With that in mind, it is evident that Samsung is still in no rush to adopt OLED TVs and face its most famous challengers.
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