Samsung announced on Wednesday (6) its line of TVs for 2021. The models QN900A and QN90A will be the most complete with resolutions 8K and 4K, respectively. They are part of the Neo QLED family, equipped with a new Mini LED backlight to achieve greater brightness and contrast, improving the appearance of HDR content. The TVs will be thinner and come with a new solar remote control.
The Neo QLED is basically the QLED that Samsung already had, but with a more accurate backlight. To understand the technology, you need to know that TVs based on LCD panels need lighting LEDs spread across the rear to display the images. Typically, the more LEDs, the better the screen contrast, as white tends to get brighter and black can become darker. In addition, as there is a more precise control of the lighting, less is the possibility of leaks.
The Mini LED is 1/40 the size of the LEDs previously used by the brand, which allows the inclusion of “many more LEDs” in the same space. The company does not usually disclose the number of LEDs on its models. We know that Samsung’s most expensive QLED TVs had a few hundred LEDs; LG, which will also launch models with Mini LEDs, called QNED, says it will have TVs with up to 30,000 LEDs.
The image processor has also improved: the Neo Quantum Processor uses “up to 16 different neural network models, each trained in AI upscaling and deep learning technology”. In other words, videos that are not broadcast natively in 4K or 8K resolution should look better than TVs of past generations.
Solar remote control, new design and accessibility
Samsung is yet another company adopting the sustainability discourse (but calmly, the power cable will still be included in the box). The most visible change is in the remote control, which will be powered by solar energy; you can charge it with natural light, artificial light or USB. “This will help to avoid wasting 99 million projected AAA batteries over seven years,” says the company.
The remote control uses 24% recycled content, part of which is reused. In addition, the packaging of TVs reduces the use of oil-based paint and will have a sustainable design, which can be transformed into a cat house or a small bookcase, for example. The company had already adopted this type of box in TVs of the Lifestyle line and intends to take the novelty to “most of the 2021 Neo QLED line”.
In the case of the QN900A, the design has been revamped to further reduce the edges. In addition, the external box that centralizes the TV’s connections was named Slim One Connect: it is more compact than the previous model and can be connected to the rear of the TV. Samsung also promises better integrated sound, with a technology that follows the movement of objects on the screen (Sound in Motion Pro) and another that analyzes the environment to emit a personalized sound (SpaceFit Sound).
The Voice Guide, a resource that offers audio guidance for blind and visually impaired people, will be expanded until 2022; this function is already available in Brazilian Portuguese on the brand’s latest TVs. The manufacturer is also committed to expanding accessibility features, such as sign language zoom and high contrast images, for those with visual or hearing impairments.
According to Samsung, the launch of new TVs in Brazil should happen in the second quarter of 2021. QLED models without Mini LED lighting, which will not be called Neo QLED, will continue to be sold by the brand.