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Samsung, the largest TV company in the world, is following up onewith new 2021 models that show even better image quality and more extras aimed at people who spend extra time at home. It’s massive, incredible steal the headlines around but its selection of consists of the company’s bread and butter.
This year the best Samsung QLED models, including TVs with both, is called Neo QLED. The name is not it necessarily a reference to the Matrix 4, but contains a lot of futuristic-sounding technology, all aimed at eliminating OLED TVs made by rivals who and , which continues to beat QLED in min .
At the heart of Neo QLED TVs is a new onebased, backlight that increases the brightness and provides more precise light control. Samsung made the LED lights 40 times smaller than conventional LED devices, so that more could be wrapped in the TV, and even added a (wait for it …) “quantum matrix” to help the LED light more exact. The result, according to the company, is improved HDR highlights with minimal flowering (dizzying lighting that bleeds from light to dark areas) as well as better shadow details.
Samsung also improved its AI upscaling this year by using more neural networks (as opposed to just one in previous years) to adjust image quality on both 4K and 8K models.
Neo QLED technology will be on display throughout Samsung’s 2021models (QN800A, QN850A and QN900A series), as well as two series with 4K QLED (QN85A and QN90A). As usual, pricing was not announced, but if the Q85T is in the same price ballpark as , which currently sells for $ 1,500 in 65-inch size, it will be cheaper than OLED and targeted at mid-priced TV customers.
Beyond the picture, Samsung’s new QLED TVs offer some other new features for 2021.
Rechargeable remote control with solar cell: In a nod to sustainability, Samsung’s new remote control uses rechargeable batteries instead of disposable batteries, which Samsung says can save 20 million AAA batteries each year. In addition to a USB-C port, the clicker can be charged via a solar cell on the back, which even works with indoor lighting.
Screen status display and ultra-fold aspect ratio: Samsung’s new TVs support the next generation of gaming features fromand , including , but new for this year, you can long press the play / pause button on the remote control to bring up a special status screen, called the Game Bar, which clearly indicates which of these functions are currently active. You can also play the game in 21: 9 or even 32: 9 aspect ratio, with black bars filling the rest of the TV’s 16: 9 screen.
Samsung Health with Camera-Based Smart Trainer: Samsung’s health appand this year it is expanding to offer guided personal training. Plug in an optional webcam (Samsung has a list of recommended cameras, all from Logitech), and the app will track your exercises and give you coaching complete with celebrity personal trainers. Jillian Michaels is the first of six to provide training content. The Smart Trainer feature is available on 2021 Q70A TVs and later.
Google Duo Video Chat: By using an optional webcam again, the Duo app on Samsung TV allows up to 12 others to join the chat. And if you do not have a camera connected, you can monitorand use the camera. It is not software, but at least there is online chat on the big screen.
Google Assistant, Alexa andbuilt-in voice: Last year, Samsung TVs also offered all three voice assistants available via the remote control, which included both push-to-talk and hands-free access. In 2021, the company’s remote controls are just push-and-talk hands-free microphones, which respond to passwords such as “Alexa” and “Hello, Google”, are built into the Q70A and higher TVs. As always, you can disable the microphones completely.
Microsoft Cloud Services, Dex Wireless: Connect an optional keyboard and mouse to create or edit, and even work with two at the same time on the big screen. Samsung is also expanding the capacity of its feature, available on Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets, to connect wirelessly.
Samsung’s 2021 TVs will begin airing later this year. Exact model names, series and prices were not announced, and as usual we have to wait for the reviews to see how well Neo QLED actually withstands the good old OLED.