Manufacturer Samsung took advantage of its The First Look event to unveil its new LCD TVs. Featuring a Mini-Led backlighting system, dubbed Neo Qled, they are the latest addition to the Qled TV range.
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Samsung's new Neo Qled range.

Samsung's new Neo Qled range.
A new year, a new name for Samsung's top-of-the-range LCD TVs, now called Neo Qled. The most important innovation is the use of a backlighting system made up of several thousand Mini-Leds, with no further details on their number or the distinct zones they manage.

The new Mini-Led backlighting system.

The new Mini-Led backlighting system.
These TVs will also feature a new video processing processor, the Samsung Neo Quantum Processor. This uses sixteen different neural network models to optimize the scaling of SD, HD, Full HD and Ultra HD content, for perfect rendering on an Ultra HD or 8K Ultra slab.

4,096 different brightness levels.

4,096 different brightness levels.
This processor provides 12-bit luminance processing, equivalent to 4,096 shades of brightness. According to Samsung, the Neo Quantum Processor improves rendering in very dark areas and, conversely, in very bright areas. The manufacturer has not yet communicated the peak brightness of these new TVs, but we hope that it will be higher than that measured on last year's Qled models, i.e. more than the 1,645 cd/m² found on the QE75Q950TS.

Samsung's One Infinity design.

Samsung's One Infinity design.
Samsung Neo Qled TVs feature the One Infinity design inaugurated by the Samsung QE75Q950TS - which we tested - in 2020. A simply stunning design for an LCD TV. It remains to be seen whether the Korean manufacturer has corrected the audio rendering problem present on the Q950TS model.

The One Connect box can now be attached to the TV.

The One Connect box can now be attached to the TV.

or placed next to it, as is currently the case.

or placed next to it, as is currently the case.
One of the most interesting changes concerns the One Connect box: more discreet, it can now be attached to the TV stand. Users can therefore choose whether to offset the box, which is practical when the TV is hung on the wall, or leave it coupled to the device to save space in the TV cabinet.

Object Tracking Sound is still relevant today.

Object Tracking Sound is still relevant today.

The Q-Symphony system combines a Samsung sound bar with the TV's speakers.

The Q-Symphony system combines a Samsung sound bar with the TV's speakers.
Samsung's Object Tracking Sound system is still going strong. It consists of six to eight speakers distributed around the TV. On-screen movements are analyzed by the processor, and the speakers then try to place the sound in space to match the image. We weren't really convinced by this feature on the 2020 Q950TS. Let's hope Samsung has improved it this year. The Q-Symphony system is also included. It enables a compatible Samsung sound bar to use the TV's speakers to enhance the audio experience.

Google Duo conversations possible via USB camera.

Google Duo conversations possible via USB camera.
These new TVs will be compatible with Google Duo, enabling video conversations on a very large screen. However, Samsung did not specify whether this system would work with all USB webcams. During the presentation, the camera used enabled user tracking.

The Game Bar and all its useful information.

The Game Bar and all its useful information.

Samsung TVs are always FreeSync-compatible, here in the Premium Pro version.

Samsung TVs are always FreeSync-compatible, here in the Premium Pro version.
This year, Samsung has redesigned the game mode on its TVs for greater clarity, especially when it comes to accessing settings. At a glance, the Game Bar lets you confirm the game mode used, VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) operation, the number of frames per second displayed (FPS) or HDR activation. It also offers the possibility of modifying the image ratio and its positioning on the screen. We haven't tried it out yet, but from what we understand, you'll be able to play with a 21:9 ratio, while choosing the position of the image on the screen - top, bottom or middle - for greater comfort. The Dynamic Egaliser should also be available, for uncluttering dark areas of the image.
Neo Qled TVs are compatible with FreeSync Premium Pro. This is the new name for FreeSync 2, which ensures compatibility with HDR and the LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) function, which quadruples, triples or doubles the number of images displayed to maintain a fluid feel. If the console or PC sends 20 frames per second, for example, the TV operates at 80 Hz and quadruples the number of frames. At 30 frames, it operates at 90 Hz. It does not use CFL between 60 and 120 Hz.
Like last year's Qled TVs, these new models support HDMI 2.1 4K120, VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) and eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel). However, Samsung has yet to specify how many HDMI inputs support HDMI 2.1. On 2020 devices, only the HDMI 4 input supports HDMI 2.1 4K120, but the other inputs support VRR, ALLM and eARC.

The new One Remote Premium remote control with a small solar panel.

The new One Remote Premium remote control with a small solar panel.

For the occasion, the remote control goes black.

For the occasion, the remote control goes black.
The Korean manufacturer is also introducing a new remote control. Called One Remote Premium, it features a battery recharged by a small solar panel, a concept already seen in 2010 on the One Remote TV. Philips Econova 42PFL6805H which we tested, and which has proved its worth, since this zapper still works and has never used batteries.

Samsung's Neo Qled.

Samsung's Neo Qled.
For the moment, only two models bear the Neo Qled label: the Samsung QN90A (4K Ultra HD) and QN900A (8K Ultra). Samsung has not yet announced the diagonals available, but we can probably expect 55", 65" and 75" models for the QN90A, and 65", 75" and 85" for the QN900A. Prices should logically be close to those of last year's Q95T and Q950TS, i.e. around €3,000 for a 65-inch QN90A and almost €7,000 for a 75-inch QN900A.
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