Updated: Aug 10
When we first saw Samsung introduce their Neo QLED TVs at CES 2021, it seemed quite unbelievable. Quantum Mini LEDs 1/40th the size of normal LEDs? Micro layers that pack in even more LEDs? Well, we’ve had the chance to view these TVs for ourselves, and let’s just put it out there. Side by side, the difference between the Neo QLED TVs and normal QLED TVs really is quite big.
Take a look at the comparison photos above. It’s clearly visible that the Neo QLED 8K model is brighter, has better contrast and definitely looks more vibrant. The Neo Quantum Processor inside also allows for features like AI upscaling, Object Tracking Sound (OTS) Pro and more.
The One Connect box has also been redesigned to be even slimmer, and it can even be attached to the back of the TV stand, if the TV isn’t wall-mounted.
Let’s take a look at the various models that are now available in stores.
First up is of course, the Neo QLED range. Aside from the five 8K models that will come in 65″, 75″ and 85″ variants, the technology will also be available in eight 4K models in 50″, 55″, 65″, 75″ and 85″ for people who don’t see the need for 8K at the moment.
The 8K models start from S$9,199 while the 4K models start at S$3,599.
Samsung will also be bringing their 4K laser projector to Singapore. The Premiere is an ultra-short-throw projector that can project up to 130″ even when placed approximately just 23 or 24cm away from a wall or screen.
With built-in woofers and Acoustic Beam surround sound, there’s no need for an additional speaker setup, and parents won’t have to worry about curious kids sticking their heads over the projector and possibly causing damage to their eyes since The Premiere has a safety function where the projection will be dimmed if any object is detected near the sensors.
The Premiere has two models, one that can project up to 120″ and another that can project up to 130″, which cost S$6,999 and S$12,999 respectively.
The Frame was a pretty successful product for Samsung, with over a million units sold worldwide. The 2021 Frame has been made even slimmer at just 24.9mm thick, which is just half the thickness of the original Frame.
New bezel options have also been added, with up to four colour choices now available and a new beveled design.
The TV also comes with the new Slim Fit Wall Mount which makes The Frame blend in even more effectively as an art piece when it’s displaying artwork. Speaking of art, the Art Store subscription offers over 1,400 pieces that can be displayed, and there’s even an AI-powered auto-curation feature that suggest artwork based on the user’s preferences.
The 2021 Frame model comes in five sizes, 43″, 50″, 55″, 65″ and 75″. Prices start at S$1,999.
That’s not all that’s new with Samsung’s TVs though. All TVs will be shipping in Samsung’s eco packaging in 2021, with the boxes able to be repurposed into small pieces of furniture like magazine racks, boxes that can double up as remote holders and more.
Remote controls will also now be powered by a solar cell which can be charged via USB-C or through a solar panel at the back that can also work with indoor lights and not just sunlight. Samsung estimates this will result in preventing waste from a projected 99 million AA batteries over the course of seven years of TV usage.
Written by Cheryl Tan