Samsung’s 2022 TV lineup features big software changes and smaller hardware upgrades

Samsung showcased its first TVs with Micro LED technology at CES 2021, and they ended up being perhaps the best sets the company has produced to date – not to mention the exorbitant price tag The Wall, that is. -to say. So, this year Samsung is taking a different approach: it is making smaller advancements in hardware and focusing more on software refinement and new features.

Samsung’s 2022 TVs will continue to run the company’s Tizen operating system, but will now feature a completely redesigned home screen that is described as “a testament to our vision for the future of televisions.” . The first part of the new user experience is what Samsung calls the multimedia display. This will “put all the content on your streaming service in one easy-to-navigate place” with a continuous monitoring section that aggregates content “from any provider” – this is what Samsung claims, from all over the world. way. There will of course also be personalized recommendations.

Samsung has redesigned its TV home screen for 2022.
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It all sounds a lot like Google TV and the Apple TV app; everyone wants to be your main portal for browsing entertainment, leaving streaming apps just for playing the movies and shows you want to watch. Streaming services don’t always like this strategy; Netflix, in particular, has a habit of objecting to other people retaining its content and, therefore, does not participate in Google TV or the Apple TV app.

Here are some other software additions coming in 2022:

  • Watch Together: Samsung is expanding its multi-view functionality to deliver what it claims to be “the world’s first television-based platform for discovering live and streaming content with friends and family” remotely. You can plug in a USB video camera or even use a smartphone or tablet camera to video chat with those you watch.
  • NFT Aggregation Platform: Yes, NFTs are coming to the living room. Samsung is the first major TV maker to significantly rely on NFTs. The company says it will provide “a revolutionary platform that will allow you to browse, buy and display your favorite works of art, all in one place.”

MicroLED TVs are available in new sizes, stay out of reach of normal people

Samsung is producing new models of its MicroLED display, which the company claims is now “bezel-less.” As always, modular panel technology allows (extremely wealthy) customers to configure the screen size that best suits their situation, reaching a whopping 178 inches.

Samsung’s ultra-luxurious MicroLED displays now have a bezel-less design.
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Besides custom jobs, Samsung also offers pre-made models of MicroLED TVs in sizes of 99 and 110 inches. For 2022, the company is adding an 89-inch MicroLED TV to this lineup. There is no pricing information yet, but you can expect MicroLED to continue to cost significantly more than even the nicest and largest OLEDs on the market.

As a reminder, MicroLED shares many properties with OLED – microscopic LEDs offer self-emissive light control at the pixel level – but don’t have the same drawbacks (like the “organic” part which can limit the duration. life of a panel or potentially lead to burn). It could pull off the OLED if prices ever drop, but 2022 certainly won’t be the year that happens.

Samsung mini LED TVs now look even better when they’re bright

Since this will only be the second year that Samsung has offered 8K and 4K Mini LED TVs as part of its “Neo QLED” line, the company is not making any drastic hardware changes. And it’s not really need to, since last year’s sets represented a significant increase in contrast, black levels and gaming performance. Samsung claims to have “increased the luminance scale from a 12-bit backlight to 14-bit, providing much more precise brightness ”for the 2022 models. He calls this 14-bit HDR mapping. And TVs now use AI to analyze a scene and better separate the foreground subject from the background, creating a greater sense of depth.

Additionally, AI also helps produce adaptive “light shapes” with the many dimming areas of the backlight to reduce bloom and improve brightness and contrast. Combined with the 14-bit HDR mapping, Samsung says it will bring out details that weren’t so obvious on last year’s Neo QLED TVs and make the details stand out more.

Unfortunately, Samsung is still not on board with Dolby Vision in 2022. Maybe next year.

Samsung says its Neo QLED 2022 TVs will offer improved depth and extended 14-bit HDR mapping.
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For PC gaming enthusiasts, Samsung says some models in its 2022 TV lineup will be capable of variable refresh rates of up to 144Hz – up from 120Hz – and will be among the first TVs to support FreeSync Premium Pro d. ‘AMD. All HDMI ports on high-end TVs will be in 2.1 format and will support 4K 120Hz.

More importantly, the company is adding a new, more comprehensive Gaming Hub to this year’s TVs as another part of the software enhancements. My colleague Sean Hollister covers this feature more here. On last year’s models, Samsung had a game bar that let you see a game’s FPS or quickly adjust important next-gen gaming settings, but the new hub goes a step further and aims to be an all-in-one destination for console and cloud gaming. .

High-end TVs come with a set of audio features such as active voice amplifier, object tracking sound (to make the sound look like it’s actually coming out of the screen), and SpaceFit sound for calibration. Automatique. But as always, Samsung would prefer you pair its 2022 TVs with a range of soundbars and other home theater gear that it is also announcing at CES 2022. Stay tuned to The edge for more extensive coverage as all of the company’s latest products will ship soon in the coming months.

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