Samsung Neo QLED TVs available for preorder starting at ,600

Samsung’s Neo QLED TV has a revamped backlight system based mostly on Mini-LED. The least expensive is $1,600.

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After a large yr of gross sales Samsung is among the first TV makers out of the gate with new 2021 fashions, available for preorder now and arriving in March. They comprise 4 sequence of the Neo QLED TVs first introduced final month at CES, ranging in measurement from 55 to 85 inches and together with each 4K and 8K decision. And as you may anticipate from the corporate’s flagship QLED televisions, they don’t seem to be low cost.

The least-expensive Neo QLED is the 55-inch, 4K decision QN55QN85A at $1,600. That’s $100 greater than the greatest high-end 55-inch TV I examined in 2020, the LG CX OLED. I have never reviewed Samsung’s Neo QLED TVs but, however based mostly on previous expertise I’ll be shocked if the QN85A has higher image high quality than the CX.

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Meanwhile costs for Samsung’s 8K QLED TVs appear caught within the stratosphere too. You’ll need to pay at least $3,500 for an 8K Neo QLED Samsung, the 65-inch QN85QN800A. That’s the identical worth Samsung charged a yr in the past for the earlier model, and $1,500 greater than the 4K decision, 65-inch LG CX OLED.

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Prices for TVs fall all year long main as much as Black Friday and the vacations, and Samsung isn’t any exception, however the reductions should be fairly vital to compete for worth towards LG’s 2021 OLEDs and new 8K units like TCL’s upcoming 6-Series. At least Samsung is together with skilled mounting, a $120 worth, with each preorder.

Here’s an summary of all 4 Neo QLED sequence in addition to pricing for the 65-inch sizes.

Samsung 2021 Neo QLED TVs

Series Resolution Sizes (inches) 65-inch worth
QN85A sequence 4K 55, 65, 75, 85 $2,200
QN95A sequence 4K 55, 65, 75, 85 $2,600
QN800A sequence 8K 65, 75, 85 $3,500
QN900A sequence 8K 65, 75, 85 $5,000

Samsung’s extremely costly MicroLED and lifestyle-friendly The Frame and Sero TVs steal the headlines, however its bread and butter are its QLED units. New for 2021 the most effective Samsung QLED fashions are known as Neo QLED and have a brand new Mini-LED based mostly, full-array native dimming backlight array that enhances brightness and offers extra exact mild management. 

Samsung made its LEDs 40 instances smaller than typical LED items, permitting extra to be packed into the TV, and even added a “quantum matrix” to assist direct the LED mild extra precisely. The outcome, in accordance with the corporate, is improved HDR highlights with minimal blooming (stray illumination that bleeds from brilliant into darkish areas) in addition to higher shadow element. Samsung additionally improved its AI upscaling this yr to make use of a number of neural networks (versus only one in earlier years) to tweak picture high quality on each 4K and 8K fashions.

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Samsung’s Neo QLED fashions have progressively higher specs the extra you spend. The firm would not spell out precisely what number of Mini-LEDs or native dimming zones are available on every mannequin however its “Quantum HDR” spec offers a clue. The base QN85A has Quantum HDR 24, the QN95A and QN800A get Quantum HDR 32 and the top-of-the-line QN900A boasts Quantum HDR 48. Meanwhile the 2 8K units have the superior “quantum matrix pro,” so their backlight precision may trump these of the 4K fashions.

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Whether these enhancements will permit the Neo QLED TVs to beat different Mini-LED-equipped TVs just like the TCL 6-Series, not to mention LG’s OLED fashions, is an open query till I can evaluation one. I’m notably curious concerning the QN85A, the successor to the Q80T I favored final yr.

Design can also be a differentiator on the Neo LED TVs. The 8K fashions have so-called “Infinity One” design, with an ultraslim profile when seen from the facet, whereas the Q900A additionally will get the vanishingly skinny bezel, known as “Infinity Screen,” that debuted final yr.

Samsung’s new QLED TVs supply a couple of different new options for 2021.


The bottom of Samsung’s new TV distant has a photo voltaic cell that lets the battery recharge utilizing inside mild.


Rechargeable distant with photo voltaic cell: In a nod to sustainability, all of Samsung’s Neo QLED TVs get a distant that makes use of rechargeable batteries as an alternative of disposable ones, which Samsung says might save 20 million AAA batteries yearly. In addition to a USB-C port, the clicker will be charged by way of a photo voltaic cell on the again, which even works with indoor lighting.

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Game standing show and ultrawide facet ratio: Samsung’s new TVs proceed to help the next-generation gaming options of PS5 and Xbox Series X, together with 4K/120 fps enter and VRR, however new for this yr you’ll be able to long-press on the play/pause button of the distant to name up a particular standing display, dubbed Game Bar, that clearly signifies which of these options are at the moment lively. You can even play the sport in 21:9 and even 32:9 facet ratios, with black bars filling within the the rest of the TVs’ 16:9 display.


The new Game Bar shows recreation enter data.

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Samsung well being with camera-based Smart Trainer: Samsung’s well being app debuted on its TVs in 2020, and this yr it is increasing to supply guided private coaching. Plug in an non-compulsory webcam (Samsung has a record of really helpful cameras, all by Logitech) and the app will observe your workout routines and provide you with teaching full with celeb private trainers. Jillian Michaels is the primary of six to supply exercise content material. The good coach function is available on 2021 Q70A TVs and above.

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Google Duo video chat: Using an non-compulsory webcam once more, the Duo app on Samsung TVs permits as much as 12 others to hitch the chat. And if you do not have a digital camera plugged in you’ll be able to display mirror Duo in your telephone to the TV and use its digital camera. It’s not Google’s extra well-liked Meet software program, however at least it is net chat on the large display.

Google Assistant, Alexa and Bixby voice built-in: Last yr Samsung TVs additionally provided all three voice assistants available by way of the distant, which included each push-to-talk and hands-free entry. In 2021 the corporate’s remotes are push-to-talk solely and far-field hands-free mics, which reply to wake phrases like “Alexa” and “Hey, Google,” are constructed into the Q70A and better TVs. As all the time you’ll be able to disable the mics fully.

Microsoft cloud providers, wi-fi Dex: Connect an non-compulsory keyboard and mouse to create or edit Microsoft 365 paperwork, and even work on two concurrently on the large display. Samsung can also be increasing the capabilities of its Dex function, available on Samsung Galaxy telephones and tablets, to attach wirelessly.