Updates and differences in the 2021 Samsung TV lineup: Mini & Micro-LED?

Of course, Samsung, as the market leader among TV manufacturers, wants to show off at CES in Las Vegas in 2021 and put itself in the best light. In this article, we would like to collect all the news and differences of the upcoming Samsung TVs so that you can stay up to date. The page will be updated as soon as new information are available.

Innovations of the 2021 Samsung TVs

Samsung has already staged its own launch event, The First Look 2021, before CES and gave a preview of its TV product portfolio in addition to the ideals set for 2021 such as sustainability and accessible TV.

First Look 2021 – Samsung’s pre-event before CES 2021

Reduction of the ecological footprint

First Look 2021 was all about the Korean manufacturer using innovative methods to become more sustainable and resource-friendly. Therefore, significantly more materials are to be recycled and energy efficiency is to be massively increased.

The biggest highlight in this area for the end customer was probably the solar-powered remote control, which is to be delivered with every Samsung TV in 2021. It can be recharged via sunlight, artificial light or USB, so that batteries no longer have to be used by the end customer.

Cat house made from QLED cardboard
©Samsung Newsroom

Samsung also wants to further integrate the “eco-packaging” that was already initiated in 2020 into its lineup, as this was received very positively.
These cartons are designed with a fine dot pattern so that the user can easily convert them into small pieces of furniture, which according to Samsung has already allowed 200,000 tons of cardboard to be recycled in 2020. The construction plans for these DIY projects are also provided by Samsung via QR code on the cardboard.

Accessibility “Screens for all”

For many people, the use of commercially available televisions is often denied because they are limited in their visual or auditory perception. Therefore, new features should enable more accessibility so that more people can enjoy watching TV.

Admittedly, many of the features are supposedly small things, but it’s often these little things, like moveable subtitles, higher-contrast menus, and increasing the size of sign language windows, that can make a world of difference for many people.

Moreover, bigger innovations in this field are also announced. First Look 2021 talks about voice guide for operation, automatically generated subtitles and a sign language avatar. This avatar will initially be used exclusively for explaining menus and functions, but perhaps automatic subtitles and the avatar can be combined in the future?

Furthermore, a sign language recognition is to be integrated, which will make all QLEDs operable with gestures. Thus, the 2021 QLEDs and Neo QLEDs are supposed to be better adaptable to the demands of the respective person.

QLED NEO Series – QLEDs with Mini-LED backlighting

Probably the biggest innovation in the 2021 Samsung lineup is the implementation of mini-LEDs for the backlight of the higher priced models. It is encouraging that the new lighting method will not only be used for the two 8K models QN900A and QN800A, but also for three 4k models, namely QN95A, QN90A and QN85A. However, it has to be mentioned that this is more of a speculation since all 5 models belong to the QLED NEO series.

Mini LEDs are – as the name already suggests – smaller than ordinary LEDs. Due to the small size, more LEDs can be used as backlight, which on the one hand improves the contrast ratio considerably and on the other hand reduces disturbing effects like bleeding.

In addition, the larger number of LEDs also has a positive effect on the local dimming feature, as more local dimming zones can now be created.

In addition, the QLEDs with this technology also manage without an ultra-viewing angle layer, as the mini LEDs have been equipped with a clever micro-coating so that the viewing angle is extended and the TV can remain extremely slim at the same time.

New features of the Neo QLED series

Samsung Neo QLED © Samsung

The number of brightness levels that the new series brings with it is particularly impressive. The luminosity scale is expanded from 10 bits, which means 1024 levels, to 12 bits. This sounds unspectacular at first, but with 12 bits, 4096 brightness levels are already possible, which means a fourfold increase.

If there is material available that can take advantage of this, it would mean that significantly more details can be displayed in very bright and very dark images – a real plus especially for HDR content!

The flatter Mini LEDs and the resulting elimination of the Ultra Viewing Angle layer allow the new QLEDs to be even narrower and the border also decreases, which clearly makes the TV experience more immersive. However, the borderless design will probably remain reserved for the 8K flagship QN900A this year.

There are also supposed to be innovations in the area of audio functions. With Object Tracking Sound Pro, the sounds are rendered even more dynamically and correspond even more precisely to the sounds of moving objects. A Room Correction feature will also be integrated. The speakers can be adjusted to the acoustics of the room, which especially benefits the surround sound.

Unfortunately, it is still difficult to say to what extent these features will also be used in the 4K models. However, it is conceivable that the 4K flagship QN95A will also get some of these features.

Micro-LED-TVs

Samsung The Wall 2020 © Samsung

Samsung’s micro-LED TV “The Wall” was already presented at the CES in 2020. However, it was more of a prototype, which was only available in absurdly large variants and could only be purchased by business customers.

However, a model of The Wall is supposed to be presented at CES, which is “only” 110 & 99 inches, so that demanding home theater owners will definitely be able to get their hands on such a TV. However, the price for this TV is still so high that it will probably not be affordable for the masses – apart from the fact that it is still much too big for most living rooms. Smaller variants are to be launched on the market by the end of 2021, however.

But what is the advantage of Micro-LED? In short, Micro-LED combines the advantages of an OLED panel and those of a conventional LED-LCD panel. So you have an impressive picture quality with stunning contrast ratio, rich colors and a high peak brightness – without the danger of overheating the diodes, as it is sometimes the case with OLED TVs.

If you want to know more about this innovative technology, we already have a post about Micro-LED displays.

New Smart & Gaming Features

Access to Microsoft Office 365 without PC
©Samsung Newsroom

Samsung does not reinvent the wheel here, but there are some things that should be interesting for many users.

Gamers can look forward to a Game-Bar that allows them to easily keep track of all necessary information, such as input lag, aspect ratio and headset information. In addition, the Ultrawide GameView function allows the user to adjust the aspect ratio individually, so that the field of view can be expanded as desired in games.

Furthermore, FreeSync Premium Pro is supposed to be available for all Neo QLEDs, so that gaming is really smooth.

The new smart features are mainly aimed at connectivity and are supposed to put the TV in the center of a modern life. Above all, the features are influenced by the current Corona situation, so that it is easier to work from home or make video calls via the TV. To make work easier, Microsoft Office 365 can be accessed and a mouse and keyboard can be used without a PC being connected.

HDR10+ Adaptive, but still no Dolby Vision

HDR10+ Adaptive ©Samsung Newsroom

Samsung also announced an extension to the HDR10+ HDR format that will be used by Samsung’s QLEDs in 2021 called HDR10+ Adaptive.

The idea itself is great, which Samsung came up with together with the UHD Alliance as a competitor format to Dolby Vision, but it is nothing really new. Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ Adaptive use a brightness sensor to adjust the brightness of the TV to the ambient brightness when playing HDR material. Thus, HDR content does not only look good in the evening.

However, Dolby Vision is more widespread than HDR10+, as the main companies have given preference to this format. Therefore, there is more content for the Dolby format, which makes the HDR10+ innovation less explosive.

The fact that Dolby Vision is still not used by Samsung thus becomes more and more of a problem since most other manufacturers support the dynamic HDR format.

The 2021 TV-Lineup

The lineup for this year has already been “leaked” in advance. But how far this is really the final lineup, or whether changes can still come, is not yet known.

ModelSizesDisplayResolutionRefresh RateFeatures
The Wall110" & 99"Micro LEDUnknownUnknownMicro LED
Neo QLED QN900A65'', 75'' & 85''VA-LCD8K120 HzMini LED FALD,
Anti-Reflection,
Ultra Viewing Angle,
HDMI 2.1,
One Connect Box
Neo QLED QN800A65'', 75'' & 85''VA-LCD8K120 HzMini LED FALD,
Anti-Reflection,
Ultra Viewing Angle,
HDMI 2.1
Neo QLED QN95A50", 55'', 65'', 75'' & 85''VA-LCD4K120 HzMini LED FALD,
Anti-Reflection,
Ultra Viewing Angle,
HDMI 2.1
Neo QLED QN90A50", 55'', 65'', 75'' & 85''VA-LCD4K120 HzMini LED FALD,
Anti-Reflection,
Ultra Viewing Angle,
HDMI 2.1
Neo QLED QN85A50", 55'', 65'', 75'' & 85''VA-LCD4K120HzMini LED
QLED Q80A50", 55'', 65'', 75'' & 85''VA-LCD4K120 Hz
QLED Q70A55'', 65'', 75'' & 85''VA-LCD4K120 Hz
QLED Q60A43'', 50'', 55'', 60", 65'', 70", 75'' & 85''VA-LCD4K60 Hz
The Frame43", 50", 55'', 65'' & 75''VA-LCD4K120 Hz
AU90743", 50", 55'', 65'' & 75''VA-LCD4K60 Hz
TU70943", 50", 55'', 65'' & 75''VA-LCD4K60 Hz

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