It wouldn’t be CES without a new round of Samsung TVs, and the 2022 models promise their share of quality upgrades — plus some new amenities. To start, 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 cash won’t be immediately useful even when the fastest PCs struggle with high-speed 4K and 8K content, but you don’t have to worry about the premium TV you’re using anytime soon.
Televisions promise picture quality improvements regardless of the source. All 8K and 4K Neo QLED kits have jumped from 12-bit to 14-bit backlighting, providing more subtle brightness. It also features a new adaptive lighting control feature that theoretically improves the quality of mini-LED clusters, and an AI-driven Object Depth Enhancer can help distinguish between the main subject of an image and its background.
Software plays an important role, too. All Samsung 2022 TVs feature a new home screen that helps group broadcast content and provides an ambient view when idle. Game Center can play console-based and cloud games directly, while the new Game Bar helps you customize relevant picture settings. Watch Together is a SharePlay-style mode that lets you talk to distant friends while watching broadcasts and streaming. And since this is 2022, you can even shop and view NFTs.
Other groups have their share of promotions. Samsung’s MicroLED line (displayed center) is now bezel-free, so your giant luxury TV should blend in more seamlessly with your décor. They also tout a 10 percent wider color gamut, and you can buy a pre-configured 89-inch “small” kit if the 99 and 110-inch variants don’t quite fit. And if edges are exactly what you want, the 2022 The Frame collections (below) now feature more matte canvas-like displays and a new art storefront.
As is often the case, Samsung has yet to provide availability and price as of this writing. The Frame will be available in sizes between 32 and 85 inches, however, you can assume that both screens are 8K and MicroLED models will command solid premiums. It’s too early to say if it will compete well with competing models from LG, Sony and other brands. With that said, Samsung is clearly in no hurry to embrace OLED TVs and stand up to its well-known competitors.
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