Samsung showcased its latest generation of Neo QLED TVs at CES 2023. These premium TVs, available in 4K and 8K models, utilize improved Mini-LED technology to offer improved brightness, enhanced colors, and a range of new software features.
Samsung’s top-of-the-line Neo QLED TV, the QN900C, boasts an impressive 8K resolution, a 14-bit Mini-LED backlight, and a QLED panel with a peak brightness of 4,000 nits. The TV’s 8K Real Depth Enhancer Pro and Shape Adaptive Light algorithms have been improved, resulting in an enhanced contrast ratio. The QN900C also includes an Auto HDR Remastering algorithm, which can convert SDR content into HDR, resulting in improved brightness, color, and dynamic range for older movies and TV shows.
The QN935C is another high-end Neo QLED TV offered by Samsung in their lineup. It features a 4K QLED panel with a Mini-LED backlight and ultra-thin bezels, as well as a redesigned power board that eliminates the need for an external connection box. The TV also includes top-firing speakers, allowing for a Dolby Atmos experience without the need for a dedicated home theater or soundbar. However, Samsung TVs do not currently support the Dolby Vision HDR format but are compatible with HDR10, HDR10+ Adaptive, and HLG. The QN935C also has an AI Sound Remastering feature which uses AI to adjust the audio for each object on the screen, ensuring clear voices, full environmental sounds, and proper volume levels for each component. Additionally, the TV includes a newer version of the Q-Symphony feature, which utilizes the TV’s Neural Processing Unit to enhance audio quality on compatible soundbars.
The 2023 lineup of Samsung’s Neo QLED TVs includes a newer version of the Tizen operating system and a built-in Matter Hub for controlling smart devices.
The new Neo QLED TV lineup from Samsung includes a built-in Matter and ZigBee hub, eliminating the need to purchase a separate SmartThings Hub controller. These TVs allow users to control all SmartThings, Matter, and ZigBee-compatible smart home devices directly from the TV. SmartThings also automatically syncs with devices added to Alexa and Google Home apps. The new TVs feature a newer version of the Tizen operating system, including the Chat Together feature which allows users watching the same content to discuss and share reactions in real-time, ConnecTime which allows video calls to be transferred from other devices to the TV’s larger screen and transferred back when the user walks away, and 3D Map View which provides a bird’s eye view of the home and the placement of smart home devices in each room for easier control.
All of the new Samsung TVs come equipped with the Samsung Gaming Hub, which allows users to stream games in 4K resolution from cloud gaming services like Amazon Luna, Microsoft Xbox Cloud, Nvidia GeForce Now, and Utomik. The TVs also feature Game Bar 3.0, an upgraded version of the Game Bar that allows players to view a minimap of their game on any screen. Additionally, the Virtual Aim Point feature enhances target crosshair visibility in first-person shooter games. These features make the TVs well-suited for gaming.
Samsung has not forgotten its commitment to sustainability
Samsung is demonstrating its commitment to the environment and sustainability with its new TVs, which feature an AI Power Saving Mode that reduces power consumption when not in use. The company has also incorporated recycled materials into the design of its TVs, including ocean-bound plastic for 20% of the bracket parts in the solar cell Remote, and recycled aluminum cans and copper for the main board of the remote controller, replacing 12% of the original materials.
In order to manufacture these TVs in a more sustainable manner, Samsung is using a lightweight injection mold to reduce energy consumption and raw material usage. The company is also using more compact packaging and minimal printing on the boxes to improve sustainability during the packaging and transport phases. While Samsung has not yet announced a launch date for the new Neo QLED TVs, they are expected to be available for purchase in the first quarter of 2023.