Samsung launched on Thursday (6) its new line of premium TVs with QLED technology. The highlight is the Neo QLED, which combines the company’s quantum dot panel with a more precise Mini LED backlight, which tends to offer greater contrast and deeper blacks than the previous generation. The common QLEDs have also received updates and will come with a new solar remote control.
Samsung Neo QLED 8K and 4K have more accurate blacks
The Neo QLED TVs are the main novelty of Samsung in 2021. There are four models, two of which are 8K (QN900A and QN800A) and two four 4K (QN90A and QN85A). The panel remains the traditional LCD with a quantum dot filter to improve color accuracy, but the backlight is completely new: it’s the Mini LED, which uses thousands (instead of hundreds) of LEDs to control brightness and the contrast of the image.
As we have already explained, the pixels on an LCD screen do not emit their own light; they need a backlight source to reproduce color images. Until then, the most expensive LCD TVs, such as QLEDs, divided the lighting into hundreds of zones: this made it possible to display bright and dark spots in different regions of the image, improving contrast. The Mini LED, by using much smaller LEDs, increases the accuracy of this local dimming feature by 40 times.
The trend is that the images of Neo QLED TVs have a black more similar to that of OLED TVs, which are the bet of competitor LG. The Samsung launch event was even filled with indirects involving burn-in, a permanent image retention problem that can affect OLED screens and is practically impossible to happen on the LCD.
QN900A 8K brings 6.2.2 channels of 80 watt sound
The most expensive Neo QLED, the QN900A with 8K resolution, brings a feature called Sound in Motion Pro: it has 6.2.2 channel speakers spread across the screen that accompany the movement of the image to increase sound immersion. You can also connect a compatible Samsung soundbar and use it in conjunction with the built-in sound to maintain immersion and feel the bass.
The 8K immediately below, the QN800A, continues with features like HDR10 + adaptive (and no Dolby Vision yet), 120 Hz refresh rate and One Connect, which centralizes connections in an external box and eliminates the mess of cables behind the TV. The differences are due to the number of lighting zones and the design, which still has a very thin frame, but not “infinite screen” as in the QN900A.
The Neo QLED 4K TVs, QN90A and QN85A, bring the Mini LED backlight for a lower resolution and a more compact size, starting at 55 inches. There is no One Connect (wow!), But all have the new SolarCell remote control, which replaces the old AAA batteries with a rechargeable battery using solar energy or USB-C cable.
And, as you might expect, Samsung’s first TVs with Mini-LED technology will sell at very high prices:
- Samsung Neo QLED QN85A 4K (55 inches): R $ 9,999
- Samsung Neo QLED QN85A 4K (65 inches): R $ 12,999
- Samsung Neo QLED QN90A 4K (65 inches): R $ 14,999
- Samsung Neo QLED QN85A 4K (85 inches): R $ 26,999
- Samsung Neo QLED QN800A 8K (65 inches): R $ 19,999
- Samsung Neo QLED QN800A 8K (75 inch): R $ 28,499
- Samsung Neo QLED QN800A 8K (85 inches): R $ 56,499
- Samsung Neo QLED QN900A 8K (85 inches): R $ 90,999
Samsung “normal” QLED TVs: Q60A, Q70A and Q80A
Despite launching the Neo QLED, Samsung has also updated its QLED TVs with no backlight in Mini LED. There are three models (Q60A, Q70A and Q80A), which promise brightness, contrast and volume of colors superior to those of the Crystal UHD AU8000 and AU7700, revealed in Brazil this Thursday (6). Especially in the Q70A and Q80A, which have a refresh rate of 120 Hz, Samsung focuses on the gamer audience (and sends another indirect one to the OLED by offering a 10-year warranty against burn-in).
The Q80A has full-array local dimming (FALD) to control lighting more accurately and improve contrast and black accuracy. The integrated speakers have 2.2.2 channels and support Sound in Motion, in addition to working in conjunction with a soundbar compatible with Sound Synchrony. It will be sold in versions of 55 and 65 inches in Brazil.
The Q70A will be available in a wider range of sizes, from 55 to 85 inches. The main low here is the lack of local full-array dimming, repeating the limitation of the predecessor Q70T. But it still brings the Motion Xcelerator Turbo +, a beautiful name that Samsung gave to support 4K at 120 Hz on the HDMI 2.1 port, which can be interesting for gamers who want to take advantage of the potential of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X or a powerful PC .
Finally, the Q60A is the most basic QLED. Expect something closer to Samsung’s entry-level TVs, with a 60 Hz screen, basic speakers (2.0 channels and 20 watts) and basic HDR10 +, but with extras like solar remote control, SmartThings to manage smart home devices and volume greater color thanks to quantum dots.
Samsung’s new QLED TVs are available starting this Thursday (6) at the following prices:
- Samsung QLED Q60A (50 inch): R $ 4,999
- Samsung QLED Q60A (55 inch): R $ 5,999
- Samsung QLED Q70A (55 inch): R $ 6,799
- Samsung QLED Q60A (65 inches): R $ 7,699
- Samsung QLED Q80A (55 inches): R $ 7,699
- Samsung QLED Q70A (65 inch): R $ 8,499
- Samsung QLED Q80A (65 inches): R $ 10,999
- Samsung QLED Q70A (75 inch): R $ 11,999
- Samsung QLED Q70A (85 inch): R $ 16,999