Samsung has a refreshed line-up of LCD TVs ranging from affordable to high-end (Neo QLED) and new lifestyle TVs with matte displays. Samsung will also launch its first QD-OLED TVs and smaller microLED TVs. Dolby Atmos will be supported for the first time. Here's a full overview of Samsung's 2022 TV line-up.
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Samsung 2022 TVs
QLED, Neo QLED, miniLED, microLED, OLED, QD-OLED? It is understandable that some people refer to the TV market as a jungle, so let us break it down.
"QLED", "Neo QLED" and "miniLED" all relate to the LED backlight in an LCD TV. MiniLED is a type of smaller light emitting diode while the "Q" refers to quantum dots for improved color. These are still LCD TVs and there are maximum 1000-2000 LED dimming zones (in the premium models) behind the LCD panel. It means that each dimming zones covers thousands or tens of thousands of pixels in a 4K TV – that is why you see halos around bright objects in the picture.
For pixel-accurate luminance and color control you will want each pixel to generate and fully control its own light. This is where microLED, OLED and QD-OLED come into the picture. When the light emitting diodes get so small that they can act as individual pixels the conventional LCD panel is no longer needed, and that is what Samsung likes to call microLED. Each sub-pixel is an inorganic LED. OLED is similar but the pixels use organic material while QD-OLED combines OLED with quantum dots.
MicroLED, OLED, and QD-OLED are next-gen display technologies and Samsung will in 2022 launch its first QD-OLED TVs as well as smaller 89- and 101-inch microLED TVs with 4K resolution. However, the microLED TVs will cost $80,000 or more so we are not including them at this time in our overview. The QD-OLED TVs are also expected to be expensive but nowhere near the level of microLED. Rumor says that Samsung will also launch "regular" OLED TVs, based on LG Display's WOLED panel, but we will have to wait until later this year to find out.
Samsung's premium LCD TV line-up for 2022 will consist of 4K models such as QN95B and QN90B as well as 8K models such as QN900B and QN800B. The "Neo QLED" models use a miniLED backlight with zone dimming and Samsung has informed FlatpanelsHD that the number of dimming zones and brightness capabilities in both the 2022 8K and 4K "Neo QLED" LCD models will be more or less the same as in the 2021 models across the range.
Also read: Hands-on with Samsung's 2022 TVs (& technical information)
The external One Connect box will be included with the 4K QN95B (Europe only) and up as well as The Frame, which is one of Samsung's three new lifestyle TVs – the others being the 2022 The Serif and The Sero models – with a matte LCD panel instead of a glossy one to make digital art look more like physical art. The slim (16.7mm) 'Infinity One Design' will be extended to the 75-inch QN95B but otherwise still reserved for the 8K models, QN800B and QN900B. The QD-OLED TVs will also have the 'Infinity One Design'.
Samsung's 2022 The Frame will come in sizes ranging from 32 to 85 inches while The Serif will come in sizes ranging from 43 to 65 inches.
The high-end models feature four HDMI 2.1 ports for 4K at up to 144fps or 120fps as well as VRR (variable refresh rate) and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro. 144 because for the first time some of Samsung TVs can refresh at up to 144Hz. How significant is 144 versus 120? Well, game consoles like PS5 and Xbox Series X support maximum 120fps so you will need a PC with a high-end GPU to benefit.
For the first time for any Samsung TV there is also Dolby Atmos decoding support (including wireless Dolby Atmos to soundbars). The TV speakers can be used in combination with compatible soundbars (from Samsung) through a system the company calls 'Object Tracking Sound Pro'. Samsung's flagship QN900B has a 6.2.4-channel speaker system with 90W and up-firing units for Dolby Atmos.
However, Samsung's partnership with Dolby does not extend to the Dolby Vision HDR video format. In terms of HDR format, Samsung 2022 TVs support HDR10, HDR10+ Adaptive and HLG. HDR10+ has been extended to include gaming features, called HDR0+ Gaming (more details here and here).
An upgraded video processor, 2022 Neo Quantum Processor, has improved object recognition to artificially enhance depth in images, according to Samsung.
In 2022, Samsung is switching from the bottom bar to a fullscreen homescreen as part of a refresh of the Tizen operating system. The refresh will be exclusive to the 2022 models as previous models do not receive OS upgrades. Tizen is now divided into three sections: Media, Game (Gaming Hub) and Ambient. There is large "sponsored" spot for ads.
Samsung's new fullscreen homescreen on 2022 Smart TVs. Photo: Samsung
Samsung's new Gaming Hub on 2022 Smart TVs. Photo: Samsung
New apps for 2022 are Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now that allow you to stream games from the cloud. It is not clear if the two new gaming apps will come to previous Samsung TVs.
The Ambient section includes a new NFT-based art hub. A new optional auto-rotating wall bracket and stand lets users rotate a Samsung TV when it is used for vertical video or artwork.
From the media section in Tizen's new fullscreen dashboard you will find Disney+, HBO Max, Netflix etc.
The TVs support Apple AirPlay 2 but still not HomeKit for home automation. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are supported too, in addition to Samsung's own Bixby voice assistant.
Later this year, Samsung will fold Matter support (the industry's new common smart home platform) into SmartThings on its Smart TVs. Matter is the new common platform for the smart home backed by Amazon, Apple, Google, LG, Samsung and many others.
Other new features include Smart Calibration that lets you use a smartphone to calibrate the display, an enhanced Game Bar to give you quick access to gaming features in the TV, a refreshed Eco remote control that can pull power from the sun and radio waves, Watch Together which is a new video chat app that lets you watch together with friends and family from afar, a 14-bit LED backlight controller (only 55-inch and above), and Shape Adaptive Light Control for finer LED control.
Some of Samsung's TVs are equipped with WiFi 6E and an ATSC 3.0 tuner. The TVs support AV1 decoding too. There is no word on support for VVC decoding. Check the specifications below to see which models offer these features.
You can recognize a Samsung 2022 TV by the letter 'B' in the model name for the broader LCD line-up. High-end models are labeled QN*B. As a reminder: BU/Q*B/QN*B/QS*B = 2022, AU/Q*A/QN*A = 2021, TU/T/Q*T = 2020, RU/R/Q*R = 2019, NU/N/Q*FN = 2018, MU/M/Q = 2017, KS/KU = 2016, JS/JU = 2015, HU/H = 2014, F = 2013.
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