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Samsung’s TV series for 2022 has something for everyone

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Whi Samsung announced all its new 2022 TVs at CES, due to the pandemic we have not been able to view them in person until now. And while Samsung hasn’t brought all of its more than 30 new sets to its flagship store in New York, from what I’ve seen there’s a lot to like about Samsung’s latest big-screen lineup.

The centerpiece of Samsung’s portfolio is without a doubt the new QN900B, the centerpiece of the company’s Neo QLED 8K family. For 2022, Samsung has added 14-bit HDR mapping (versus 12-bit mapping on last year’s models) to improve image details in both light and dark scenes. Coupled with that massive 7,680 x 4,320 resolution, the TV looks seriously sharp.

The QN900B’s higher peak brightness and 8K resolution deliver super-sharp details in almost any lighting condition.

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But perhaps the most promising upgrades are the changes Samsung has made behind the glass, including an updated Neural Quantum processor that the company says can analyze the content on display to further optimize image quality. As for audio, the QN900B also gets a new 90W 6.2.4 channel speaker setup featuring Dolby Atmos with Object Tracking Sound Pro. This allows the TV to adjust sounds and voices based on where they appear on the screen, adding an extra level of immersion.

As a gamer, I really like that, in addition to improved support for game streaming services like Google Stadia and NVIDIA GeForce Now built into Samsung’s Gaming Hub, the QN900B (along with the 4K QN95B and QN90B) also gets one HDMI 2.1 port that supports refresh rates up to 144 Hz (from 120 Hz). Meanwhile, all new Samsung TVs from the Q80B and up will come standard with four HDMI 2.1 ports that support 120Hz inputs. That means you don’t have to constantly fiddle with your cables to make sure you’re getting the best possible picture quality for your Xbox Series X, PS5, or other gaming PCs you may have connected to the TV. That’s a big improvement in quality of life compared to my two-year-old TV that only has one port that supports 120Hz inputs.

I also want to mention the design of the QN900B, which has practically non-existent bezels. Especially with its slimmer base, the TV really gives the impression that the whole thing is floating in the air. Samsung even customized the sides of the TV’s bezels with a brushed metal finish and patterned cutouts, which look smooth but aren’t distracting. Unfortunately, with the smallest 65-inch model starting at a whopping $5,000, Samsung’s latest 8K TVs don’t come cheap. Thankfully, if you don’t care about 8K (which is quite understandable), Samsung’s Neo QLED 4K QN85B starts at just $1,500 for a 55-inch model.

Tee S95B is Samsung's first new OLED TV in almost a decade
Featuring Quantum Dot technology, the S95B is Samsung’s first new OLED TV in nearly a decade.

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However, I think that the S95B (which starts at $2,200 for a 55-inch model) is Samsung’s hottest TV for 2022. Not only is it the company’s first new OLED TV in nearly a decade, it also features Quantum Dot technology and a new sub-pixel architecture that has some really impressive colors. Unlike traditional OLED displays, Samsung has done away with the traditional white sub-pixel and instead uses blue sub-pixels as the main source of lighting. And when combined with the same Neural Quantum Processor used in the QN900B, the S95B delivers better brightness than traditional OLEDs without washing out colors or reducing saturation. Frankly, the richness and vibrancy of this display is breathtaking, and I even stopped in my tracks when I first walked past it.

Now it’s important to remember that the S95B is still not as bright as any of Samsung’s QLED kits, so for those watching TV in a room with lots of windows or lots of ambient light, something like the 4K QN90B would probably be a better option. option. And while the S95B (which starts at $2,199.99 for a 55-inch model) gets four HDMI ports that support 120Hz inputs, its dimensions are just 65 inches compared to 85 inches for most of Samsung’s QLED sets.

The big upgrade for the 2022 Frame is a new matte, anti-reflective coating.
The 2022 Frame’s new matte coating also makes the TV’s art mode look much more lifelike.

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Finally, when it comes to Samsung’s Frame TVs (which starts at $1,000 for a 43-inch model), the big change for 2022 is a new matte finish that reduces reflections and helps the set better disguise itself as art when not looking at it. For me, the matte finish gave things like brushstrokes in paintings an extra level of texture, resulting in a more lifelike look. That said, there is a downside as the anti-reflective coating slightly reduces the amount of light coming through the glass on the front of the TV. Fortunately, Samsung easily remedied that by increasing the overall brightness of the 2022 Frame, both in art mode and when displaying content.

Here's a comparison showing the difference between the anti-reflective coating on the 2022 Frame (left) and last year's model.
Here’s a comparison showing the effect of the 2022 Frame’s (left) anti-reflective coating when exposed to light, compared to last year’s model (right). Notice how the glare is much less harsh on the new frame.

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But perhaps my big takeaway after seeing Samsung’s new TV series is that it feels like there’s more choice than ever before when it comes to picking your perfect set. If you want a super high-resolution TV with excellent brightness that looks great even in bright rooms with lots of windows, the QN900B is there. Alternatively, if you want brilliant colors and deep inky blacks, the S95B represents a welcome return for Samsung to the OLED TV space, a market its international rival LG has dominated in recent years. And if you prefer a TV with a more understated design that might suit your home better, there’s the Frame and its updated matte finish.

All of Samsung’s new 2022 TVs are available for pre-order today, and devices are expected to ship sometime later this month.

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