Samsung QN95A Neo QLED

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The pinnacle of mini LED technology?

The Samsung QN95A is the flagship of the new 2021 4K Neo QLED series and is supposed to challenge the OLEDs of the arch-rival LG, which still set the tone in the high-end segment. Whether the engineers of the Korean electronics company have really succeeded remains to be seen. Unfortunately, this model is not available in the United States and is only sold in the European region (including the UK). We will update this article as soon as new information is available. But some information is already known, which we of course don’t want to withhold from you.

In 2021, more and more manufacturers of LCD LED TVs will rely on the much smaller Mini LEDs, which will be used in the backlight. This potentially has some advantages, which we will discuss in more detail in the picture quality section, but will this technological leap be enough to overtake OLEDs?

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Ultra slim TV with One Connect Box

In addition to some positive features in picture quality, the new Mini LED backlight technology also brings the advantage of being significantly smaller than ordinary LEDs. This makes the overall depth even smaller, making the QN95A even slimmer than its 2020 predecessor, the Q95T, already was.

The overall design is really elegant, which is further emphasized by the TV’s narrow frame. When paired with a suitable wall mount, VESA or Samsung’s Slim Fit wall mount, it cuts a prime figure when mounted on the wall. This is where the Slim One Connect Box really comes into its own. Because it ensures that only one cable leads to the QN95A and all connections such as HDMI, cable or USB are connected to the separate box. Thus, you could not wish for a cleaner cable management!

But the center-mounted pedestal stand also makes a high-quality impression and is reminiscent of the stand of the Q90T or Q95T. In these models, the stand is made of metal and is quite heavy, which supports the TV well. Both models have a firm stand that wobbles only slightly when bumped – but that can’t be completely avoided with a center-mounted stand.

In addition, the One Connect Box will have 4 HDMI 2.1 interfaces, which avoids annoying plugging of devices.

verarbeitung Samsung QN95A Neo QLED
Design
  • First-class design
  • Small overall depth
  • Narrow frame
  • Clean cable management
  • Slim One Connect Box
  • Central stand
  • 4 HDMI 2.1 ports
Extremely slim design due to Mini LEDs © Samsung
Extremely slim design due to Mini LEDs © Samsung

Do the small LEDs make the difference?

Like its QLED ancestors, the Neo QLED Q95A also uses a VA panel, which is known for its deep and even blacks. Normally, this type of panel has quite a narrow viewing angle, but Samsung’s Ultra-Viewing-Angle layer should extend this enormously in the QN95A, so that even slanted viewing angles should not cause any problems. In addition, reflections are supposed to be minimized by an anti-reflective coating, which gives the TV a big advantage in brighter environments or with light sources.

Not much can be said about contrast and peak brightness yet, but the small mini LEDs have the advantage that considerably more LEDs can be used for backlighting, which can bring some benefits compared to normal LED LCD TVs. On the one hand, the contrast ratio can theoretically be improved considerably and on the other hand, disturbing effects such as bleeding are greatly minimized, since a misbehavior of individual LEDs is no longer as noticeable when they only have to illuminate a smaller area.

In addition, more LEDs can also be divided into more dimming zones. Thus, the Neo QLED models are supposed to have 576 zones in 55 inches and 792 zones in 65 inches, which can theoretically cause a more precise local dimming – but how good this is in the end remains to be seen, since the dimming algorithm plays a not quite insignificant role in this.

Oh, and Samsung still does not have Dolby Vision in 2021. The rival format HDR10+ is supported instead. However, since new content that supports HDR10+ is becoming less and less, the lack of Dolby Vision is slowly becoming problematic. HDR10+ Adaptive, which is the Dolby Vision IQ of the HDR10+ format, will probably only be available for the 8K models.

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Picture Quality
  • 10 Bit VA Panel
  • Viewing angle
  • Reflection behavior
  • Mini LED backlight
  • Potentially higher contrast
  • Less disruptive effects
  • Full Array Local Dimming
  • No Dolby Vision
  • No HDR10+ Adaptive

The perfect gaming experience?

On paper, the Neo QLED QN95A sounds like an almost perfect TV. The four HDMI 2.1 interfaces support almost all specifications you could wish for. Of course, there is an Auto Low Latency Mode, which automatically detects a connected console and switches the TV to gaming mode to keep the input lag as low as possible. However, it is not yet possible to estimate exactly how high the input lag is in the respective resolutions with the different refresh rates.

Either FreeSync Premium Pro or HDMI Forum VRR is available as a variable refresh rate; G-Sync is unfortunately not available. However, screen tearing should be avoided as far as possible since HDMI Forum VRR also supports Nvidia graphics cards.

Furthermore, Samsung has come up with some interesting new features for gamers, which might be of interest to some. Among other things, PC gamers are offered a panorama mode with a resolution of 32:9 and a game bar has been implemented, which provides an overview of gaming-relevant values like input lag or refresh rate.

Not yet clarified: In the 2020 QLEDs, Full Array Local Dimming was largely disabled in gaming mode to keep input lag as low as possible. This should increase the response speed to inputs from external devices. The low input lag was thus prioritized over a good picture quality, so that the picture quality was strongly reduced and especially HDR gaming did not show up nearly as well as other HDR content. The FALD seems to work in Game Mode on the QN85A, so it is likely that Samsung has also improved the higher-end models.

gaming Samsung QN95A Neo QLED
Gaming
  • Auto Low Latency Mode
  • Variable Refresh Rate
  • FreeSync Premium Pro
  • HDMI Forum VRR
  • Panorama Mode (32:9)
  • Game Bar

Even smarter Tizen operating system

Admittedly, not too much changes with the new iteration of the Tizen operating system with Tizen 6.0, but some smart little things are still added. First of all, Smart OS comes with some great features and has a huge selection of apps and all the popular streaming services are also available.

So the TV can be seamlessly integrated into a smart home. With Samsung Smart Things, the QN95A becomes a sort of control center for other smart home applications and conveniently displays them on a dashboard where they can also be controlled with the remote.

And speaking of the new remote control. This one comes with an integrated solar panel, so the remote charges with light, so you don’t have to change batteries anymore – it doesn’t matter if it’s sunlight or artificial light. It’s only a small thing, but it’s still quite a nice feature.

However, those who find the remote control too complicated can also use Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant as voice assistants. However, you will need to connect a third-party device to the TV for Google Assistant. For data exchange with Apple devices, the Neo QLED is Airplay 2 compatible, so you can quickly and easily display videos or photos on the QN95A.

The twin tuner allows recording and saving content on USB storage devices, the timeshift function and the Multiview function. The name Multiview is somewhat misleading. It is about splitting the picture into the current TV program and content streamed from a compatible smartphone.

smarttv Samsung QN95A Neo QLED
Smart TV
  • Tizen 6.0 Smart OS
  • Voice control
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Assistant
  • Apple Airplay 2
  • App selection & streaming services
  • Twin Tuner
  • PVR, Timeshift & Multiview

Is the air getting thin in the high-end TV sector?

You should keep in mind that this is mainly manufacturer information, which should not be taken at face value yet. It remains to be seen whether Samsung’s Neo QLED QN95A is really as good as Samsung makes it look.

However, it seems that Samsung has really made some changes to their new 4K flagship compared to last year’s Q90T to bring the picture quality closer to that of their OLED rivals. Soon we will find out to what extent they succeeded. But at the very least, the small mini LEDs definitely open up a lot of new possibilities that ordinary LED LCD TVs don’t have, making a strong improvement over last year’s extremely likely. Of course, we’ll keep you posted with an updated version of this article!

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Excellent on paper, now the QN95A just has to prove itself!
PROS
  • One Connect Box
  • Mini LEDs
  • Reflection Handling
  • Gaming Features
  • 4x HDMI 2.1
CONS
  • No Dolby Vision

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