21 January 2021
In the build-up to the CES 2021, Samsung Electronics has taken wraps off many of its new smart TV lineups. We have already covered microLED TVs for you and now, it is time for a completely new TV tech called Neo QLED. Samsung has showcased new 8K and 4K Neo QLED TVs to reveal what makes the tech different from others.
Samsung says Neo QLED tech is something that will take the currently used QLED tech "to the next level". It makes use of Quantum Mini LEDs which are said to be 1/40th the height of the traditional LEDs. It helps the company to offer even more LEDs while using significantly thin microlayers. It is controlled by Quantum Matrix Technology and Neo Quantum Processor that "helps make dark areas darker and bright areas brighter".
This combination is said to bring the luminous scale to 12-bit with 4096 steps. The newly introduced processor is packed with 16 different neural network models that deliver better and faster content upscaling. This should result in non-4K and non-8K content looking a lot better on the respective Neo QLED TV models.
With 8K Neo QLED TVs, users will get to see Infinity One Design which is a marketing name for the completely bezel-less look. Since a premium TV looks only as good as it's cable management, Samsung is offering Slim One Connect Box with each unit. It is a box that can be attached to the TV's back so that all the cables are behind the TV and users get an aesthetic look from the front.
One interesting feature of the Neo QLED TVs is native support for Google Duo video calling application. It can be used for video calling up to 32 people at the same time and regardless of what platform they are on. It can be used by either using a dedicated webcam connected to the TV or by simply projecting Duo from your phone to the TV. The latter option will let you use your phone's camera for video calls. Samsung says if you will use a webcam, then TV's smart features will ensure that you are always in the frame by tracking your movements and automatically zooming in/out depending on your position.
The TVs have Samsung Health integration with the Smart Trainer feature meant to help you exercise right. It will not only show you how to do a particular exercise but will also track your body posture as you do it. It will offer posture feedback and data like rep count and calories burned during and after the workout. It also has Game Bar for gamers to help them quickly toggle various game features like aspect ratio, headset on/off, and check input lag. It even lets players quickly switch between the usual 21: 9 and wide-angle 32:9 aspect ratios.
As for the availability, the only thing that we currently know is the model numbers. Samsung's QN900A and QN90A will be the first 8K and 4K Neo QLED TVs respectively. It is yet to reveal when these will go on sale and for how much.