Samsung Electronics used a web-broadcast Unbox & Discover Event Wednesday to formally kick off the launch its 2022 premium TV series including: 4K OLED, 4K and 8K Neo QLEDs, 4K QLED and 2022 Lifestyle TV models.
Much of the 2022 TV line is already available to ship consumers, with most others coming in by late April.
In 2022 launch theme is “Screens everywhere, Screens for all”, which the company is using as a banner to communicate the expansion and enhancement of features in the 2022 version of its Tizen smart TV OS platform, offering more personalized experiences centered around changing home entertainment electronics lifestyles.
Samsung’s advanced and updated Tizen v.7 OS platform with enhanced personalization, creater connectivity with diverse smart devices and expanded smart features for enhanced lifestyles and workstyles.
The OS provides voice control support from the Bixby, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant platforms, and includes in many models a new more powerful solar-charge smart remote.
The new Tizen OS also adds new levels of work-at-home functionality including teleconferencing and DEX support.
The company is also rolling out the second generation of its popular Neo QLED Mini-LED based full-array with local dimming LED-LCD TVs in both 8K and 4K resolution flavors.
The technology offers thousands of tiny LEDs capable of producing images with greater zone lighting control for deeper black and brighter peak highlights especially in High Dynamic Range (HDR) content. Wide color gamut and 100% color volume are presented with the help of quantum dot color enhancement film.
All of Samsung’s 4K and 8K TVs for 2022 support high dynamic range (HDR) profiles including HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) and HDR10+.
All models also feature the Ultra HD Alliance’s Filmmaker Mode bringing auto picture settings optimization for film-based content.
Samsung Quantum HDR OLED S95B
With the same processing power from the Neural Processor 4K used in the flagship Neo QLED 4K models, the “Quantum HDR OLED” S95B features technologies to deliver improved brightness and realistic color not previously available from other OLED technologies.
The Samsung S95B models utilize a new hybrid quantum dot/OLED technology based on Samsung Display’s self-emitting panels that use a blue OLED light combined with Red and Green Quantum Dot “converters” to produce a high degree of DCI-P3 wide gamut color accuracy, high peak brightness level (for OLED technology) and 100% color volume.
The series also marks Samsung’s return to the OLED TV category after an aborted attempt using a pricey non-quantum-dot RGB-based OLED system a few years back.
Note that this is the same Samsung Display-manufactured panel used by Sony in its new flagship “QD-OLED” 4K TV series. The two TV lines differ in their implementation of smart TV systems, video processing, cosmetics, on-board sound and other factors.
Samsung will offer 4K HDR OLED TVs in two screen sizes available for pre-order now. The series will ship in mid-April.
Neo QLED 8K
The 2022 Neo QLED 8K delivers the most premium viewing experience available to consumers, thanks to Samsung’s Neural Quantum Processor 8K with AI. Samsung continues to iterate on its best-in-class Neo QLED 8K TVs with two new models in 2022. The QN900B and QN800B are available for pre-order for shipping in the U.S. in early April. Each series includes 65-, 75- and 85-inch sizes.
The QN900B line
The QN800B line is shipping now. Features include a One Connect box with four HDMI 2.1 ports supporting 4K/120 Hz high frame rate, Auto Low Latency Mode, Variable Refresh Rate, FreeSync, and ARC/e-ARC high-bandwidth audio. The TVs support Apple AirPlay 2, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Samsung’s own Bixby voice control assistants.
In addition tosupporting up 8K UHD resolution, the sets support high dynamic range (HDR) through the HDR10, HDR10+ Adaptive and HLG profiles.
Also featured is a Quantum HDR 32X system producing a wide range of colors and shades in HDR content.
QN800B models also apply Samsung’s Anti-Reflection and Ultra Viewing Angle screen technologies that preserves color and contrast from a wide angle around the screen, while reducing on-screen reflections.
Advanced on-board audio includes a 4.2.2-channel 70-watt speaker package capable of reproducing 3D-like with OTS+ and Dolby Atmos built in to surround viewers in immersive sound. Samsung’s Q-Symphony technology integrates both the on-board TV sound package with supporting Samsung soundbar speakers, synchronized to produce more dynamic room-filling sound.
For advanced video gamers, the TV series includes Super Ultrawide GameView & Game Bar that gives the player the option to switch between multiple aspect ratios from 21:9 to 32:9 and adjust the screen position to eye level. Game Bar is an on-screen menu that allows for real-time adjustments to screen ratio, input lag check, FPS, HDR, and wireless headset settings among other variables.
The sets will also add support for the Stadia and NVIDIA GeForce Now game-streaming apps.
Neo QLED 4K TVs
Samsung’s Neo QLED 4K TVs are offered in three series, all of which leverage Quantum MiniLED technology to deliver better contrast and reduce blooming in a 4K viewing experience. Three Neo QLED 4K TVs series, the QN95B (available for the first time in the U.S.), QN90B and QN85B, will offer screen sizes from 43- to 85-inches.
The sets add new gaming functions including support of a Game Bar Mode that allows on-the-fly picture setting adjustments while gaming and support of a new HDR10+ Gaming profile for video games with dynamic HDR.
For sound, both series support built-in wireless Dolby Atmos; and Object Tracking Sound that provides sound effects that seem to follow on-screen objects relative to the audience and scene positioning.
Both series have 4 HDMI 2.1 inputs supporting high-speed 48 Gbps for 4K/120Hz content, as well as variable refresh rate and FreeSync support; Auto Low Latency Mode. One HDMI port on each model will also support Auto Return Channel and new Enhanced Auto Return Channel sound, supporting passthrough of the highest quality and highest bandwidth-requiring surround sound formats.
Both series also support built NextGen TV ATSC 3.0 over the air tuning. Many of the models are available for pre-order now, and some are already shipping. Check the links for details.
QN95B 4K Flagship Neo QLED TVs
The QN95B series, which will be available in early May, is differentiated from the QN90B series primarily by using Samsung’s external One Connect Box tethered to the screen by a thin One Invisible Connection cable.
QN90B 4K Neo QLED TVs (available now)
Features in this series (65-inch model pictured at top) include Ultra Wide Screen viewing angle support and Anti-Reflection technology for the screen. The sets in this series also support up to 144Hz refresh rate mode this year for smoother gaming motion action.
On-board sound supports a 4.2.2-channel 60 total Watts surround experience, and Q-Symphony support for integrating onboard speakers with a supporting Samsung soundbar model.
QN85B 4K Neo QLED TVs (available now)
Step-up features in this series include Ultra Wide Screen viewing angle support and Anti-Reflection technology for the screen and a 120Hz screen refresh rate.
On-board sound supports a 2.2.2-channel 60 Watts surround experience and Q-Symphony support for integrating sound from onboard speakers with a supporting Samsung soundbar models.
QLED 4K TVs
Samsung’s QLED 4K series are based on a more traditional full-array LED backlight system with local dimming as well as quantum dot color enhancement film for wide color gamut coverage. These modes are offered in two series — the new Q80B and Q60B – differentiated primarily by the number of dimming zones that determine brightness and black level handling control.
Q80B (available now from Samsung.com)
Q60B (available now from Samsung.com)
Like its other 4K premium TV series, Samsung has enhanced its lineup of design-centric Lifestyle TVs to better conform to personal tastes, and style in both use and appearance. As in the past, The Lifestyle TV category provides screens designed to blend into the room style and décor, or even add to the overall look.
4K The Frame series, named for the resemblance to framed artwork, is equipped with a new anti-reflective matte finish that adds an unusual look of texture to the art displayed on screen for an even more realistic visual experience. Models ship with a slim-fit wall mount (optional art stands are available) and can be outfitted with customizable bezel frames.
The Frame series lacks some of the more sophisticated picture quality attributes of the premium Neo QLED models, but more so than earlier years.
With most shipping in mid-April, 2022 The Frame models will be available in the following screen sizes:
32-inch The Frame,
85-inch The Frame
For a bolder personal statement, in 2022 The Serif features this same anti-reflective finish to complement its distinctive design resembling a serif type font viewed from the side. Models will ship in May in the 65-, 55- and 43-inch screen sizes.
The Sero 43-Inch rotating screen 4K QLED TV will be available in June.
The Sero brings mobility into the picture with its ability to play content in horizontal and portrait modes from a mobile device. Along with built-in immersive sound, The 2022 Sero will also feature a new anti-reflective finish like that of this year’s Frame and Serif models.
The Freestyle TV, available now, offers versatility and style to go for 2022.
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By Greg Tarr
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