Samsung’s 2022 TVs get 144 Hz support and a built-in NFT marketplace

Samsung’s 2022 TVs get 144 Hz support and a built-in NFT marketplace


Micro LED TVs noticed some enhancements this 12 months, too.

Promotional image of high-end TV set.

Enlarge / Here’s the primary publicly launched render of Samsung’s new Mini LED TV.

It’s that point of 12 months once more: The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is upon us, and corporations like Samsung are saying the primary particulars of their 2022 product refreshes. That contains Samsung’s flagship TV lineup, which is able to this 12 months see an iterative step over final 12 months’s fashions.

The firm’s line of standard, high-end Mini LED 4K and 8K TVs (which it calls its “Neo QLED” line) is not seeing any radical modifications this 12 months. Rather, the road will get small enhancements to image and sound high quality.

First off, these TVs now help 4K enter at 144 Hz along with 120 Hz. Unless you are utilizing your TV as a pc monitor for high-skill, professional or semi-pro esports on a high-end gaming PC, the bump from 120 Hz help to 144 Hz is not going to imply a lot. And even then, it is nonetheless not vital. Samsung is simply in search of a spot to one-up opponents on specs any manner it will possibly.

Perhaps extra notable is the bump from a 12-bit to a 14-bit backlight. Samsung’s press launch says the backlight “allows the TV to control its lighting across 16,384 steps, quadrupled from the previous 4,096 steps.”

As is usually the case with LED TVs competing within the premium/high-end a part of the market, the enhancements listed below are about placing band-aids on the inherent weaknesses of LED tech in comparison with competing applied sciences like OLED or Micro LED. To that finish, Samsung has launched “Sharp Adaptive Light Control” on this 12 months’s units. This AI-driven function analyzes “lines, shapes, and surfaces to control the shape of light from the Quantum Mini LEDs, enhancing the brightness and accuracy of all shapes on the screen.” The concept could also be to cut back stray illumination, which LED TVs are nonetheless vulnerable to (albeit far much less so for the reason that introduction of Mini LED tech).

There’s additionally a brand new eye-comfort viewing mode, and there are top-firing TV audio system, that are key for good Dolby Atmos help. You’ll nonetheless in all probability wish to buy a soundbar or house theater system, although.

Samsung’s “lifestyle” units like The Frame—which is supposed to behave as a type of wall-mounted digital image or portray body as a lot because it does a TV—now supply matte screens which can be imagined to seem like painted canvases. The Frame is now obtainable in a brand new 85-inch measurement, too.

That’s it for the basic LED TVs, however Samsung remains to be betting huge on new Micro LED tech to finally overcome OLED. The new Micro LED TVs now have just about no bezels in any respect. Yes, you hear that loads when firms speak about shows, however they are not kidding round on this case; the TVs have a 99.99 p.c screen-to-body ratio.

The Micro LED units function a wider coloration vary, 20-bit grayscale depth, and a brand new 89-inch possibility along with the beforehand launched 99- and 110-inch variants. Samsung hasn’t introduced pricing for these TVs but, however they’re certain to be unaffordable for the overwhelming majority of customers.

Samsung's Micro LED TV.

Enlarge / Samsung’s Micro LED TV.


Software enhancements appear to be as essential to Samsung as {hardware} enhancements this 12 months. The new TVs have a redesigned sensible hub and residential display screen and supply entry to all the identical apps and options as earlier than (AirPlay, Netflix, and so forth).

A brand new “Gaming Hub” permits customers to launch each console and streaming video games (streaming from Stadia, GeForce Now, and Utomik is supported), handle third-party controller help, and see AI-generated recreation suggestions. There’s additionally a “Game Bar,” which is used to tweak gaming-specific image settings and the like.

A brand new “Watch Together” function resembles Apple’s SharePlay or the favored simultaneous viewing and chat options present in some streaming providers, like Disney+. And Samsung is including a built-in interface for searching, buying, and displaying NFTs.

This was simply an preliminary volley of details about the brand new TV units within the lead-up to this 12 months’s CES. More particulars on specs, availability, and pricing are nonetheless forthcoming.

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