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Samsung improves image with Mini LED Neo QLED TV range for 2021, flattens Frame lifestyle screens

Samsung is promising a revolution in picture quality for its new flagship QLED screens which use Mini LED technology for the first time, rather than a conventional LED LCD backlight. 

These new Neo QLED TVs will be available in 4k (QN90A) and 8k (QN900A) configurations.  

Broadcasting as part of the virtual CES 2021 expo, Samsung says the Mini LEDs deliver dramatic improvements in contrast and black levels, while established Quantum Dot technology provides wide, vibrant colour. 

Obviously, we haven’t had a chance to see these screens in action yet, but we have high hopes. Rival LG has also announced Mini LED TVs.

The new screens come with Quantum Matrix technology and a Neo Quantum processor to support the new display hardware.  

The sets will sport enhanced upscaling capabilities to make the most of available content, be it HD, 4k or 8k. The new Neo QLED 8K also boasts a new Infinity One Design, a nearly bezel-less screen for a window-like viewing experience. 

The 2021 Neo QLED 8k screen also has Object Tracking Sound (OTS) Pro sound, which corresponds to the movement of objects on screen and SpaceFit Sound calibration, which tunes the screen to your room.

Samsung says the Mini LEDs deliver dramatic improvements in contrast and black levels, while established Quantum Dot technology provides wide, vibrant colours… 

Samsung Neo QLED promise best in class TV performance

Samsung is also introducing new smart features with across its 2021 QLED widescreens, with wellness in mind. A Smart Trainer app tracks and analyses your posture in real time, acting as a personal trainer. Smart Trainer also provides feedback on form, helping you count your reps, and estimate calories burned.

The sets also sport new features for PC gamers. Super Ultrawide GameView gives joystick jockeys the option to play at the wide 21:9 aspect ratio, or even the ultrawide 32:9 ratio. The image can be moved up or down the screen to suit your field of view. An onscreen Game Bar lets players monitor and aspects of play, with easy aspect ratio switching and input lag measurements.

And with Google Duo, families can use their phone to initiate a high-quality, high-speed video call that up to 32 people can join. 

Samsung Frame TVs are thinner for 2021 – just like real picture frames

At CES 2021, Samsung also announced enhancements to its 2021 Lifestyle TV line, with new design and form factors.

The Frame turns regular TVs into works of art, with over one million units sold.

Now the 2021 version comes in a slimmer form. The new Frame is about half thinner then previous iterations, and looks even more like a traditional picture frame. New attachable bezel options come in five colour options and two different customizable styles, Modern and Beveled, to match the aesthetic of whatever room your Frame is in. A subscription to the Frame’s all-new Art Store offers 1,400+ curated pieces. Just in case there’s nothing on the telly.

Sony debuts immersive 360 Reality Audio wireless smart speakers

Sony is bringing immersive audio to the living room with a new generation of wireless speakers that support its 360 Reality Audio sound system. The SRS-RA5000 and SRS-RA3000 promise a premium listening experience that uses spatial sound technology and multiple speaker drivers, to create ambient room-filling sound.  360 Reality Audio encoded music is available throughContinue Reading

LG Furniture Concept Appliances offer custom finishes and colours you mix and match online

LG is launching its new Furniture Concept Appliances at virtual CES 2021 with an interactive experience that lets viewers design a virtual living space with customisable appliances.  These new products blur the line between state-of-the-art home appliances and designer furnishings, and include the high-tech InstaView Door-in-Door refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, water purifier, WashTower and Styler. What’sContinue Reading

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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