Samsung is starting to accept pre-orders for its new line of 4K and 8K Neo QLED TVs. Official dollar pricing is now available: Neo 4Ks start at $ 1,600 while 8K variants start at $ 3,500.
Samsung is not only number 1 in smartphones, it is also a mastodon of televisions. Unlike its competitor LG, which relies on OLED technology, Samsung very early on opted for QLED technology in its most high-end devices. Contrary to what the acronym QLED suggests, the technology has nothing to do with OLED. It is actually a simple improvement of more classic LCD screen technology.
Concretely, the operation of the device does not change. You need a backlight source, an LCD panel, and polarizing filters. QLED technology is all about adding two things to these displays. First a “Quantum Dot” colorimetric filter with quantum well. These filters are not made of pigments, but play on the spacing between atoms to deliver wavelengths of purer and more precise colors, which allows to offer a enhanced 12-bit color reproduction.
Prices for Samsung Neo 4K models start at $ 1,600
To this is added a “full-array local dimming” backlighting (Samsung calls the Quantum Mini LED technology) which allows the light to be completely turned off in dark areas for blacks almost as deep as those of OLED screens. The goal ? Democratize image quality close to OLED technology for a fraction of the price. And as you’ll see, Samsung is instead keeping that promise with its latest 4K and 8K Neo QLED displays unveiled last month on the sidelines of CES 2021.
The manufacturer has just launched the pre-orders new televisions in the United States, and we therefore know the first official prices in dollars. We know that the price of Neo QLED 4K TVs starts at $ 1,600 for the 55 model“. There are a total of two serial numbers, available in several sizes. It is therefore the QN85A 55 ″ that we find at 1600 dollars. Tracked $ 2,200 for the 65 ″ model, $ 3,000 for the 75 ″ model and $ 4,500 for the 85 ”model.
There is also the 4K QN90A model starting at $ 1,800 for the 55 ″ variant, $ 2,600 for the 65 ″ variant, $ 3,500 for the 75 ″ version and $ 5,000 for the enormous 85 ″ screen. The price difference with this model is explained by some additional features. Compared to the QN85A model, the QN90A TVs have a better viewing angle without color degradation. They also have an anti-reflective coating.
Additionally, both models feature AI-powered 4K upsampling, 120Hz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, HDR10 + (Quantum HDR 24x on QN85A TVs and Quantum HDR 32x on QN90A), Object Sound Tracking +, Q-Symphony and Active Voice Amplifier technologies. The two screens also have a 60W audio system (2.2.2 on the QN85A and 4.2.2 on the QN90A).
Samsung offers 8K Neo QLED TVs starting at $ 3,500
There is also the 8K models prices. These are available in three sizes (65 ″, 75 ″ and 85 ″) and two references, such as Neo QLED 4K TVs, QN800A and QN900A. The QN800A models are priced at $ 3,500, $ 4,800 and $ 6,500 respectively for the larger size. As for the QN900A models, prices are respectively $ 5,000, $ 7,000, and $ 9,000 in 65 ″, 75 ″ and 85 ″. Both models support AI-boosted 8K upscaling, mini-LED backlighting, Quantum HDR technologies (48x on the QN900A and 32x on the QN800A).
But also the 120Hz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync Premium Pro. The two screens integrate a speaker system 80W in 6.2.2 on the QN900A model and 70W in 4.2.2 on the QN800A variants. To get an idea of the financial incentive to choose a QLED TV rather than OLED, we can give the price of some recent OLED references from LG. The competitor has just launched luxury models, which bear the names B1, C1, G1 and Z1. The B1 55 ″ screen is therefore available from 2,400 euros, you have to pay 5,000 euros for the B1 77 ″ and 8,000 euros for the C1 83 ″.
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The 4K models will ship on March 20 in the United States, while the 8K models will arrive on March 18. All 2021 TVs support Alexa, Bixby, Game Bar, Samsung TV +, and Samsung Health – and include a new remote control powered by solar energy.