Samsung is updating its TV lineup in a big way.
Despite the CES 2022 suffering pull-out from many companies billed to be physically present, the South Korean giant is showing up powerfully with significant upgrades to its TV line of products. However, the TVs are getting smaller as Samsung focuses on the software.
While the new TVs will still run Samsung’s proprietary Tizen OS, the company has revamped the home screen. The new layout has the Media Screen, where all your streaming service content comes together, regardless of the service provider. You also get recommendations based on your watching habits.
However, you won’t get content from Netflix in your aggregated feed because the streaming platform kicks against third parties like Samsung, Google, and Apple inserting themselves between it and the customer. However, you will still get the app, making it a minor inconvenience.
Samsung has updated the TV software with features like Watch Together, which lets you watch the same content with friends and family while not being in the same location physically. The TV even lets you attach a camera through USB or a smartphone so that you can chat about the content on video with your friends and family.
Another surprise addition is NFT. Samsung is basically bringing NFT to your living or bedroom and has the distinction of being the first TV maker to embrace the latest tech trend. You will be able to browse, buy and display your art conveniently in one place.
One of the new hardware is a remake of the model called The Wall. The MicroLED TV is now bezel-free. You can stack up as many as you like to make up to 178-inch of TV awesomeness! However, you must be sufficiently wealthy to achieve this as these units cost a pretty penny.
If you can’t be bothered stacking up the screens yourself, Samsung has The Wall in 99-inch and 110-inch configurations. This year, Samsung will offer an 89-inch configuration if you desire something slightly smaller. While Samsung has not revealed the prices, it is a forgone conclusion that they will come with price tags that will send most shoppers investigating other models.
MicroLED is OLED but with better performance and features. For example, it has a longer lifespan and does not suffer from burn-in. The only downside is the cost, which is high enough to delay its general applications. However, like with most tech, it may trickle down as prices continue to fall.
Samsung is also showcasing some Mini LED TVs as part of its Neo QLED line. The 8K and 4K versions are in their second year, so, understandably, there are no sweeping changes. But they still retain their satisfying contrast, black levels, and gaming display. The luminance scale, however, has been dialed up slightly from 12-bit to 14-bit backlight, translating to more accurate brightness.
You will also get a better sense of depth in the movie scenes with the new AI the TV uses to separate the foreground from the background. The AI also helps to produce better brightness and contrast. Overall, this year’s Neo QLED TVs will make details pop more.
The gaming side has also seen improvements, with refresh rate ramped up to 144 Hz from 120 Hz and support for AMD’s FreeSync Premium Pro. On the higher-end models, all the HDMI ports are 2.1 and support 4K at 120 Hz.
Part of the gaming improvement is the new feature, Gaming Hub. It will become the new hub where you access all your games, whether console or cloud-based. It takes things further from the gaming bar on last year’s models.
Lastly, if you splurge on the high end, your gaming experience will be enhanced with Active Voice Amplifier, Object Tracking Sound, SpaceFit Sound, etc., although that does not stop you from introducing Samsung’s soundbars into your gaming setup.