The Samsung 2021 TV range comprises ten models and a choice of 45 sizes ranging from 32” FHD to 85” 8K Neo QLED. They should be available from major retailers as you read this.
GadgetGuy saw the Samsung 2021 TV range at the launch (4 March) and was impressed. There is something for everyone. Of course the proof is in the pudding when we review some models.
Samsung 2021 TV range has a few categories
Sero – a ‘revolutionary’ revolving 43” screen that goes from landscape to portrait to suit smartphone content
Serif – a smaller format 43 and 55” with easel or desktop stand
Terrace – 55/65/75 TV for reasonably protected outdoors use
Frame – over 1400 artworks in a subscription library in 32/43/50/55/65/75”
Premier 9-series triple laser 4K ultra-short-throw projector for up to a 130” image.
Premier 7-series (TBA)
Yes, there still is a demand for a small 32” for bedrooms etc.
AU8000 – an entry-level Edge-Lit 43/50/55/65/75/85” with prices from $1017 to $3389.
QLED 4K (Quantum Dot colour and LED full-array local dimming)
Q60A in 55/65/75/85” from $1729-4619
Q70A in 55/65/75/85” from $2209-5829
Q80A in 55/60” from $2679-3489
Neo QLED 4K (mini-LED backlight)
QN85A in 55/65/75/85” from $3379-7579
QN90A in 50/55/65/75” from $2899-6399
Neo QLED 8K (mini-LED backlight)
QN800A in 65/75/85” from $5999-10499
QN900A in 65/75/85” from $7579-13999
Brief overview Neo QLED
Where normal backlights use large bulky LEDs, the Mini-LED is 1/40th the thickness. Using thousands of LEDs and perhaps hundreds of dimming zones, Samsung has taken a step closer to matching OLED – deep blacks, higher brightness, and a pretty fabulous picture.
It is bright, the blacks are closer to true black, and the 2021 image processor can handle far higher AI upscale rates (six neural pipes versus one). Then there is the new thinner panels, flush mounts, and Slim One Connect Box with HDMI 2.1 and eARC capable of [email protected] and <6ms response times. Sound-wise the TVs have up to 4.0.2 speakers, Object Tracking Sound and room calibration.
We also saw a new solar-powered remote. It is far lighter as it does not need batteries and charges from normal room lighting. Samsung also mentioned new eco-friendly packaging.
HDR10+ – royalty-free and gaining support
The big elephant in the room is Samsung not supporting Dolby Vision. It believes HDR10+ will eventually win out over Dolby Vision. When you play Dolby Vision content, it downscales to HDR10 – not 10+.
Microsoft 365 and DeX
The entire range can use Wireless DeX (Samsung’s excellent desktop experience using selected smartphones and tablets) to show a ‘Window’s like’ desktop (with keyboard and mouse) that allows you to run DeX compatible apps like Microsoft 365 cast to the device.
At the top is the Q950A, an 11.1.4 Dolby Atmos soundbar. The improvement over last year’s model 9.1.4 is the 2.0.2 rear speakers. These have side, front and upwards-firing speakers to add the extra 2 side channels.
These also have Q-Symphony tech, syncing audio from the Samsung TV to deliver enhanced 3-dimensional sound. The soundbar also calibrates to the environment to project audio. They also support Google Assistant, Alexa and Bixby.