Samsung’s new 2021 4K and 8K Neo QLED TVs are now available to preorder with prices starting at $1,600

 

Samsung Neo QLED 8K TV

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Samsung has launched preorders for its upcoming lineup of flagship TVs. The company’s Neo QLED TV collection features 4K and 8K models. There’s also a new version of “The Frame,” Samsung’s TV that’s designed to look like a piece of art hanging on your wall. A massive 110-inch Micro LED TV is scheduled for a global release at the end of March, but pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet.

The term “LED” (light emitting diode) gets thrown around a lot when detailing new TVs so it can be a bit confusing to figure out exactly what each new variation means. When it comes to Samsung’s “Neo QLED” displays, the key differentiator this year is the actual size of the LEDs. They’re much smaller than before, and smaller LEDs can equate to better picture with improved contrast, brightness, and color. 

Below, we’ve broken down what makes Samsung’s Neo QLED, Frame QLED, and Micro LED TVs unique in greater detail, along with pricing information and preorder links. 

Samsung Neo QLED TVs

Samsung’s Neo QLED TVs promise improved contrast and brightness over regular QLED displays.

For 2021, Samsung is taking its QLED lineup to the next level with a new collection of Neo QLED TVs, including the QN900A 8K TV, QN800A 8K TV, the QN90A 4K TV, and the QN85A 4K TV.

The “Neo” branding is being used to highlight new panel technology that Samsung is using to improve picture quality over last year’s already impressive QLED models. Unlike regular LED or QLED TVs, Neo QLED TVs use a “Quantum Mini LED” backlight to illuminate the screen. According to Samsung, each Mini LED is about 1/40 the height of a standard LED that you’d find in a typical TV. Smaller LEDs enable more precise control of local dimming with more zones.

At the end of the day, this should result in better contrast with deeper black levels and brighter highlights. Until now, TCL has been the only company using Mini LEDs in its TVs. The TCL 8-Series and 6-Series both employ the tech, and those models do showcase some benefits over the competition.

That said, blooming has been an issue with TCL’s models. Blooming results in a halo effect around bright objects on dark backgrounds. To combat this potential problem, Samsung is touting new “Quantum Matrix Technology” for its Neo QLEDs, which it says will help reduce blooming.

In addition to picture quality improvements, the flagship 8K QN900A Neo QLED TV features a nearly bezel-free “Infinity One Design.” It also uses an attachable Slim One Connect box to house the TV’s ports, enabling a slimmer panel and easier cable management.

Samsung’s Neo QLED TV lineup is now available for preorder through Samsung’s online store. Estimated shipping dates differ depending on the model and size your order, but current dates range between March 11 and April 22. 

Samsung 4K Neo QLED TVs

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Samsung 8K Neo QLED TVs

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Samsung Frame QLED TVs

The Frame TV is designed to look like a piece of art hanging on your wall.

The latest version of Samsung’s Frame TV is now available for preorder, with sizes ranging from 43 inches to 75 inches. The gorgeous lifestyle displays are built to resemble a picture frame mounted in your room.

With a slim profile and a border that’s designed to look like a frame, the TVs can be mounted flush to a wall. A separate One Connect Box houses the display’s ports so you can keep it out of the way. The bezel is also interchangeable, so you can swap out different frame styles (sold separately) if you’d prefer a new look. 

To complement the frame aesthetic, the TV includes a special Art mode that displays pictures from your personal library or images from Samsung’s Art Store. The panel features built-in sensors that can automatically optimize the picture to best match your room, which can make the art look like a real picture hanging on your wall.

Outside of these lifestyle features, The Frame uses a Samsung QLED screen with 4K resolution, HDR10+ support, and wide color capabilities. With that said, the TV lacks local dimming support and it doesn’t feature Mini LEDs. With that in mind, buyers looking for a home theater display should consider one of Samsung’s Neo QLED TVs instead. 

I got to see the new Frame TVs at a CES demonstration in January, and the displays look beautiful in person. Samsung had the TVs mounted on a wall along with actual framed pieces of art, and it was genuinely hard to tell the difference between the displays and the real art. For buyers who want a TV that can double as a design piece in their home, the Frame is an appealing option.

Estimated delivery dates for Samsung’s Frame TVs currently range from March 12 to April 1 depending on the size you order.

Samsung The Frame 4K TVs

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Samsung Micro LED TVs

Samsung’s Micro LED TVs could best OLED TVs when it comes to overall picture quality, but they’re likely to be very expensive. 

Samsung has been showing off Micro LED TV technology at CES for the last few years. The company even released a massive Micro LED display, called “The Wall,” in sizes as big as 292 inches for business and luxury customers. But, the technology has been difficult to scale down to a more manageable size and cost. This year, however, Samsung aims to change that.

For the first time, the company will release consumer-ready Micro LED TVs in 110-, 99-, 88-, and 76-inch screen sizes. Though these displays are still expected to cost a pretty penny, unlike The Wall, you may actually be able to order them from a store.

Micro LED TVs offer lots of benefits over other display technologies, like LED, QLED, and even OLED. Like OLED TVs, Micro LED TVs are self-illuminating, which means that each of the TV’s 24 million LEDs can dim, brighten, or turn off individually without the need for a backlight. This results in an infinite contrast ratio with true black levels.

Unlike OLED TVs, however, Micro LED tech promises higher brightness levels. Samsung also says that Micro LEDs provide a longer lifespan over OLED, with no risk of burn-in across 100,000 hours of use.

Samsung’s 110- and 99-inch Micro LED TVs are set to launch globally this spring, with an expected release window in late March. Meanwhile, the 88-inch model is set for a fall release. The 76-inch model doesn’t have an estimated launch date yet.  

We’ll update this article with pricing and purchase details once they’re available.

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