Samsung The Frame 2021

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Samsung The Frame 2021 - in a new edition

A new year, a new “The Frame”. Samsung has launched a lifestyle TV in 2021. This is already the 4th edition of the design classic made by Samsung. With changeable magnetic frames and the “Art Design”, this TV adapts to your gallery and looks like a picture, even when it is just turned off. With a change in design and the introduction of “The Shelf”, a lot has changed with the Design TV. But is it worth switching? Read about it here!

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Samsung TV with changeable Frames

Since 2018, Samsung shows that they can create a TV with a unique design. The magnetic frames are changeable. The “Gallery Stand” is available separately. In contrast to LG’s gallery TV, LG G1, the normal TV feet are included within The Frame.

The No Gap wall mount and a One Connect box are included with this device, making it easy to mount the TV to the wall. This eliminates an unnecessary mess of your cables and you only see the picture on the wall. Visually, the TV has changed a bit. It is now even thinner and can almost be mistaken for a picture in a gallery. In addition, there is now “The Shelf”, which can be used to frame the TV. However, at the time of writing, one size was not made by Samsung. The 32-inch version is missing from this year’s lineup.

verarbeitung Samsung The Frame 2021
Design
  • Great Design
  • No Gap Wall mount included
  • Made from plastic
  • Changeable frames
  • One Connect Box
  • No 32 Inch Version
The Shelf to frame The Frame
The Shelf to frame The Frame

Bright colors with The Frame 2021

The Samsung The Frame 2021 has not changed significantly from the 2020 model. It is still a QLED TV that relies on a VA panel. The viewing angle on the device is quite limited after all, which does not necessarily contribute to the picture look. An Ultra-View-angle layer is also not included.

Compared to the previous year’s model, the native contrast is no longer as high, but it is at 5600:1, which means that the picture is not as bright. Local dimming is also still missing. Of course, this does not mean that the picture is bad, but the true beauty only comes out in a darker environment. The Dual LED, which is now common for Samsung, has also been installed. These lights artificially increase the contrast once again. The image looks very vivid due to the wide color space and the rich, bright colors. With a peak brightness of ~540 nits, the TV is not too bright. Unfortunately, the device lacks Dolby Vision, but the HDR quality is okay, since at least HDR 10+ is used.

bildqualitaet Samsung The Frame 2021
Picture Quality
  • 10 (8+2) Bit VA panel
  • Wide Color Gamut
  • Good picture in dark areas
  • Limited viewing angle
  • Contrast 5600:1
  • No Local Dimming
  • No Anti-Reflection

Lifestyle TV with good Motion Handling

The motion handling in The Frame 2021 is pretty good. The Gallery TV uses a 120 Hz panel in most sizes and its response time of ~4 ms is really low, which means that only little motion blur is visible. However, this can be minimized even further with the Black Frame Insertion feature that can be switched on voluntarily. But the brightness suffers somewhat. The smaller variants in 43 and 50 inches have a 60Hz panel and therefore perform a bit worse in this category.

The backlight flickers with a frequency of 960Hz, which is so fast that it should be perceived as continuous illumination by the human eye. What is really pleasing, is that Judder can be removed from all sources.

motionhandling Samsung The Frame 2021
Motion Handling
  • 120Hz Panel from 55"
  • Response time ~4ms
  • 120Hz Black Frame Insertion Feature
  • 43"&50": Only 60Hz
  • No Judder

Low Input Lag with The Frame

The Samsung The Frame 2021 has a HDMI 2.1 port as standard – this year even for all sizes. FreeSync Premium Pro is available as a variable refresh rate, which is only really worth from the 55-inch variant onwards, since they use the 120Hz instead of the 60Hz panel. An Auto Low Latency Mode is also integrated in the 2021 version of The Frame. This allows the QLED to recognize the console and automatically switch to gaming mode.

The very low input lag of just 6ms at [email protected] and 10ms at [email protected] also let gamers’ hearts beat faster. In summary, we can say that the Samsung The Frame 2021 is a very decent gaming TV.

gaming Samsung The Frame 2021
Gaming
  • HDMI 2.1 port
  • From 55": 120Hz panel
  • VRR via FreeSync (from 55")
  • ALLM
  • Input Lag: ~10ms
  • 60Hz panel and no FreeSync at 43" and 50"

Appropriate sound with Q Symphony

We all know that most TVs don’t have the outstanding sound of a 5.1 sound system coming out of the speakers – that’s also the case here. The sound is okay and this year even features Q-Symphony and Object Tracking Sound, which is an improvement over the last year.

If you want to expand your setup with an external sound system or soundbar, you’ll be pleased to know that the QLED supports uncompressed Dolby Atmos through the HDMI eARC, so you can create a truly outstanding soundscape with the right equipment. Unfortunately, DTS is not available in 2021.

sound Samsung The Frame 2021
Sound
  • Good sound
  • No basses
  • Q Symphony and Object Tracking Sound
  • HDMI eARC
  • Dolby Atmos

Samsung Smart TV with Tizen 6.0

The new Samsung The Frame 2021 now also runs on a new operating system – Tizen 6.0. However, not much has changed here compared to the previous year’s version. It runs without problems, is easy to use and has a large selection of apps. Alexa is integrated and the TV is also compatible with the Google Voice Assistant and Apple AirPlay 2. With the help of the remote app “Samsung SmartThings”, you can easily control the Art Mode and thus, even in power-saving mode, display beautiful pictures that the TV has available in a gallery.

Unfortunately, The Frame 2021 lacks a twin tuner, but you still don’t have to life without the USB recording function or time-shifting.

smarttv Samsung The Frame 2021
Smart TV
  • Easy to use
  • large selection of apps
  • Apple Air Play2
  • Voice control integrated (Alexa)
  • No Twin Tuner
  • Time-Shift & PVR
  • Art Mode

Variants of Samsung The Frame 2021

QLED Lifestyle TV with a great Design

Overall, The Frame is a well thought-out TV model that also has something to offer beyond its unique design. One of its strengths is undoubtedly its motion handling, which unfortunately has little value in Art Mode. Compared to the previous year’s model, hardly any serious differences can be found and in many of its features it is very similar to the Samsung Q70A. The 43-inch version is only useful for its Art Mode due to some technical cutouts, as its size makes it to be integrated into a picture wall. Still, it’s questionable why Samsung doesn’t rely on its Ultra Viewing Angle layer with this model, to compensate for the limited viewing angle, or install an IPS panel like they did on the Samsung QN85A. With such means, the TV would have passed as a real art object.

If you don’t care so much about the different designs and are looking for an allrounder, you will probably be able to find a cheaper one. Other models are definitely ahead in terms of gaming as well. However, if you want a TV where the design is really important and which also offers a decent picture, with good motion handling at the same time, you will definitely find it with this TV. Nevertheless, Samsung’s The Frame 2021 is only equipped with all features from 55 inches upwards.

Due to the main focus on the design, savings are made elsewhere. That being said, this is a 2021 model which brings along the most important details for a lifestyle TV of this year. And who can claim that you can directly watch your favorite series on the picture in the living room?

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For design aware users
PROS
  • Good Motion Handling
  • No Judder
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Q Symphony and Object Tracking Sound
CONS
  • No differences compared to the previous year's model
  • Limited viewing angle
  • No Dolby Vision
Note
  • From 55" with all features

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