Samsung announced earlier this year the new TVs it was going to launch in 2021. Among them we find several with Neo QLED and MICRO LED technologies. The first is an evolution of the QLED, and the second is the new technology that will compete with OLED, with the advantage of using inorganic components that do not wear out. Now, Samsung has confirmed the arrival of new models with this technology.
Samsung has confirmed today all the new models of TVs it will launch this year. About MICRO LED had only confirmed two models of 110 and 99 inches for the end of March 2021, something big for an average home. At the moment we only knew that throughout 2021 they were going to launch models more restrained in size, but we did not know how many or when.
Samsung will launch four MICRO LEDs this year: 110, 99, 88, and 76 inches
That changes today, where Samsung has confirmed that an 88-inch model will arrive in the fall, and a little later there will be a 76-inch model. The latter is probably the most interesting, as, while still huge, it is more in line with the 55 to 75-inch sizes that are currently most in-demand in the Smart TV market.
Currently, the battle at the high end was being fought by OLEDs and QLEDs, with the former allowing individual control of each pixel. In QLEDs, however, it is necessary to resort to local dimming, where there are hundreds of LED sections that backlight a Quantum Dot panel, regulating its brightness depending on the content displayed on the screen. This generates problems such as blooming, with light leakage if there is content on a dark background. OLED, on the other hand, has more limited durability in exchange for offering better brightness.
For this year, Samsung and other manufacturers such as LG and Sharp are betting on populating televisions with thousands of local dimming zones, with a technology known as Mini LED, which Samsung has baptized as Neo QLED. Thanks to this, blooming is reduced while still enjoying great brightness. The MICRO LED goes one step further and combines the best of QLED with the possibility of controlling each LED that backlights the pixels of the panel. With this, we have perfect control of the content, but its development is still expensive and complex, hence the panels available are still large, and we will have to wait at least until 2022 to see TVs smaller than 76 inches.
The most advanced Smart TVs on the market
Samsung’s 2021 TVs feature HDMI 2.1, HDR10+, 120Hz, VRR, ALLM, AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, and eARC. Some models also include WiFi 6, AV1 decoding, and One Connect. It includes Tizen 6.0 as the operating system, Samsung Health for sports training, and all the major Smart TV apps on the market. Tizen 6.0 will be available only for 2021 models, where 2020 models will remain with Tizen 5.5, although they will continue to receive support in the form of security updates and improvements in their apps. As they have HDR and come configured, there is no need to resort to Samsung’s self-diagnostic tools.
Therefore, among all the models presented, this year we will be able to get the following:
- Samsung QN900A (8K): 65, 75, and 85 inches.
- Samsung QN800A (8K): 65, 75, and 85 inches
- Samsung QN95A: 50, 55, 65, 75, and 85 inches
- Samsung QN90A: 50, 55, 65, 65, 75, and 85 inches
- Samsung QN85A: 50, 55, 65, 65, 75, and 85 inches
- Samsung Q80A: 50, 55, 65, 65, 75 and 85 inches
- Samsung Q70A: 55, 65, 75, and 85 inches
- Samsung Q60A: 43, 55, 65, 65, 75, and 85 inches
- Samsung The Frame 2021: 43, 50, 55, 55, 65, 65, and 75 inches