Samsung's 2022 QLED TV introduces the first 144Hz 4K and 8K sets
It would not be CES without a new round of Samsung TVs, and the 2022 models promise some quality upgrades - as well as a few new features. For starters, the mainstream Neo QLED sets now include what Samsung claims are the first 4K and 8K sets with 144Hz input instead of the standard 120Hz. The extra fluidity won't be immediately useful when even the fastest PCs struggle with 4K and 8K high-speed content, but you don't have to worry that your prime TV will go out of business once any soon.
The TVs promise image quality improvements regardless of source. All 8K and 4K Neo QLED sets have jumped from a 12-bit to a 14-bit backlight, providing more accurate brightness. They also boast a new Shape Adaptive Light Control feature that theoretically improves the quality of the mini-LED sets, and an AI-driven theme developer can help differentiate the main image theme from its background .
Software also plays an important role. All 2022 Samsung TVs have a new home screen that helps collect streaming content and offers a surround display when idle. Gaming Center can launch console and cloud-based games directly, while a new Game Bar helps you customize relevant picture settings. Watch Together is a SharePlay style mode that lets you chat with friends remotely while watching broadcasts and streaming shows. And since this is 2022, you can even buy and display NFTs.
Other sets have their own set of updates. Samsung's MicroLED line (shown in the middle) is now bezel - free, so your large luxury TV should blend more simply with your decor. They also tout a 10 percent wider color range, and you can purchase a 'small' 89-inch pre-set set if the 99- and 110-inch variations aren't quite appropriate. And if the bezels are just what you want, the 2022 sets The Frame (below) now have more canvas-like matte displays and a new art store interface.
As is often the case, Samsung did not provide rates and prices as of this writing. The Frame will be available in sizes ranging from 32 to 85 inches, however, and you can assume that both 8K screens and MicroLED models will be priced solid. It is too early to say whether they will compete well against competing models from LG, Sony and other brands. With that said, it’s clear that Samsung is still in no hurry to embrace OLED TV and take on the most notorious rivals.
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