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- Samsung’s 2021 Neo QLED TVs are now available to preorder.
- Models are available in 4K and 8K, with prices ranging from $1,600 to $9,000.
- Samsung will also release a new high-end Micro LED TV this year, but you can’t preorder that display just yet.
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Samsung has launched preorders for its upcoming lineup of flagship TVs. The company’s Neo QLED TV collection features 4K and 8K models. A a massive 110-inch Micro LED TV is also scheduled for release in 2021, but pricing hasn’t been revealed yet.
The term “LED” (light emitting diode) gets thrown around a lot when detailing new TVs so it can be a bit confusing to figure out exactly what each new variation means. When it comes to Samsung’s “Neo QLED” displays, the key differentiator this year is the actual size of the LEDs. They’re much smaller than before, and smaller LEDs can equate to better picture with improved contrast, brightness, and color.
Below, we’ve broken down what makes Samsung’s Neo QLED TVs unique in greater detail, along with pricing information and preorder links.
Samsung’s Neo QLED TVs promise improved contrast and brightness over regular QLED displays.
The “Neo” branding is being used to highlight new panel technology that Samsung is using to improve picture quality over last year’s already impressive QLED models. Unlike regular LED or QLED TVs, Neo QLED TVs use a “Quantum Mini LED” backlight to illuminate the screen. According to Samsung, each Mini LED is about 1/40 the height of a standard LED that you’d find in a typical TV. Smaller LEDs enable more precise control of local dimming with more zones.
At the end of the day, this should result in better contrast with deeper black levels and brighter highlights. Until now, TCL has been the only company using Mini LEDs in its TVs. The TCL 8-Series and 6-Series both employ the tech, and those models do showcase some benefits over the competition.
That said, blooming has been an issue with TCL’s models. Blooming results in a halo effect around bright objects on dark backgrounds. To combat this potential problem, Samsung is touting new “Quantum Matrix Technology” for its Neo QLEDs, which it says will help reduce blooming.
In addition to picture quality improvements, the flagship 8K QN900A Neo QLED TV features a nearly bezel-free “Infinity One Design.” It also uses an attachable Slim One Connect box to house the TV’s ports, enabling a slimmer panel and easier cable management.
Samsung’s Neo QLED TV lineup is now available for preorder through Samsung’s online store. Estimated shipping dates differ depending on the model and size your order, but current dates range between February 27 and March 20. As a special bonus, customers who preorder any of the new 8K models can receive free professional TV mounting service (a $120 value).
Samsung 4K Neo QLED TVs
Samsung 8K Neo QLED TVs
Samsung Micro LED TVs
Samsung’s Micro LED TVs could best OLED TVs when it comes to overall picture quality, but they’re likely to be very expensive.
Samsung has been showing off Micro LED TV technology at CES for the last few years. The company even released a massive Micro LED display, called “The Wall,” in sizes as big as 292 inches for business and luxury customers. But, the technology has been difficult to scale down to a more manageable size and cost. This year, however, Samsung aims to change that.
For the first time, the company will release consumer-ready Micro LED TVs in 110- and 99-inch screen sizes. Though these displays are still expected to cost a pretty penny, unlike The Wall, you may actually be able to order them from a store.
Micro LED TVs offer lots of benefits over other display technologies, like LED, QLED, and even OLED. Like OLED TVs, Micro LED TVs are self-illuminating, which means that each of the TV’s 24 million LEDs can dim, brighten, or turn off individually without the need for a backlight. This results in an infinite contrast ratio with true black levels.
Unlike OLED TVs, however, Micro LED tech promises higher brightness levels. Samsung also says that Micro LEDs provide a longer lifespan over OLED, with no risk of burn-in across 100,000 hours of use.
Samsung’s 110- and 99-inch Micro LED TVs are expected to launch before the end of 2021. We’ll update this article with pricing and purchase details once they’re available.