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Samsung's 2022 Neo QLED 8K TVs boast Shape Adaptive Light tech, eye comfort mode and wireless Dolby Atmos

By Vijay Anand - on 3 Jan 2022, 1:34pm

Samsung's 2022 Neo QLED 8K TVs

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Samsung made a pretty big leap in 2021 with their Neo QLED screens boasting Mini-LED backlighting for a really bright screen that lapped up the competition where HDR content is concerned. But that's not all and there was a whole host of updates like audio upgrades, NVIDIA G-Sync support and more that you would be hard-pressed to think how else can Samsung improve on their 2022 launch. Well, Samsung has lifted the veil and here are the key updates you can expect on their flagship Neo QLED series.

2022 Neo Quantum Processor with Improved AI image processing

Samsung says their 2022 Neo QLED TVs will offer the most pristine image possible thanks to Quantum Matrix Tech enhancements, which is a combination of new features enabled by their more powerful Neo Quantum Processor.

This year's Neo Quantum Processor now supports 14-bit HDR mapping to improve the luminance scales from their previous edition that process at 12 bits. Thus you can expect even more realistic images through finer control of the Quantum Mini LEDs. In fact, the 2022 Neo QLED TVs now can control its backlighting unit lighting across 16,384 steps, quadrupled from the 4,096 steps that the previous year model offered.

The new processor's improved AI processing capabilities now offer something known as Shape Adaptive Light technology. This feature analyses lines and shapes from the source content viewed to better improve the shape of light from the Quantum Mini LEDs in real time; after all, there are now so many more LEDs behind the screen with the adoption of Mini-LED backlighting and with a lot more gradation control, Shape Adaptive Light will help enhance the brightness and accuracy of all shapes seen on screen. 

Together with another technology, an AI-based object depth enhancer called the Real Depth Enhancer, this mimics the nuances of human eye focussing by improving the contrast behind foreground and background objects for a greater sense of realism, your HDR viewing material is going to be even more outstanding. To make this a reality, 20 neural networks are employed to get the AI uplifting process right.

EyeComfort Mode

Samsung’s 2022 Neo QLED TVs feature EyeComfort mode. This automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness and tone based on a built-in light sensor and sunset/sunrise information. As the ambient light changes, the screen will gradually reduce the amount of light and offer warmer tones, adjusting the blue light levels accordingly. This allows for a more comfortable viewing experience at night by reducing the blue light which may affect one’s sleep quality.

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Pumped up audio experience

This year's top Neo QLED TV model incorporated an additional pair of twin up-firing speakers for better Dolby Atmos audio immersion. That means, the previous 80W dual-layer sound field with a 6.2.2-channel sound system is now a 90W tri-layer sound field with a 6.2.4-channel sound system. While the audio power difference might not seem like much, but how the additional speakers are utilised make an important difference for surround audio immersion. Thanks to the extra speakers, the 2022 Neo QLED TV is probably the industry's first True Atmos audio presentation through a 3D-sound experience right out of the box for a TV.

Remember Samsung introduced Object Tracking Sound (OTS) a couple of years back that helps place audio to onscreen objects as they are moving?  Well, in 2022, Samsung has brought that up a notch with Human Tracking OTS to better place audio through face and audio analysis. This is to accurately emulate sound coming from the location of the character onscreen and while it sounds clever, you'll appreciate it even more as TV screens are fast-growing beyond traditionally accepted sizes. As such, more accurate audio placement is a fitting enhancement to keep pace with larger screens. Other audio features seen previously such as Active Voice Amplifier (AVA), Adaptive Sound+, SpaceFit Sound and more make a return on the 2022 series.

2022 Neo QLED TV will also sport Q-Symphony 2.0, a feature that works in tandem with specific Samsung soundbars to utilize both TV speakers and the soundbar. Although Q-Symphony 1.0 worked swell when we've put it to the test, it was however only utilising the TV's top speakers. Version 2.0 now supports better synchronizing to use all the speakers on the Neo QLED TV, alongside those in the supported Samsung soundbar. As such, you can expect even more powerful audio and not let your TV speakers go to waste when you have a Q-Symphony 2.0 supported soundbar, such as Samsung's new Q950B soundbar that's also new at CES 2022. Combined with the 2022 New QLED TV, the combined AV solution offers up to 22 channels of audio output and making wireless Dolby Atmos a reality.

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A Smarter Experience

  • Smart Calibration

Getting accurate colours right at home often requires professional calibration services which are expensive and takes time. With the 2022 Samsung Neo QLED TVs, anyone can calibrate their screen for optimal picture quality through an intelligent calibration app on their phone called Smart Calibration.  Basic mode requires just 30 seconds to calibrate your TV, while Professional mode calibration just takes 10 minutes to rival the levels to match professional calibration services. You can finally enjoy your TV as it’s intended to be seen.

  • Game Ready

Thanks to full HDMI 2.1 support and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, the Neo QLED TVs will naturally support 4K gaming with low latencies and support up to 144Hz variable refresh rate. That's up from the previous models that supported up to 120Hz refresh rate on the 2021 models. Samsung has also put more focus on enhancing the in-game Game Bar to be more useful and occupy less screen real estate, which is now in version 2.0. There's also a new Samsung Gaming Hub to help gamers discover and jump into games quicker through extensive feedback and surveys conducted by Samsung to reduce barriers for gamers.

  • New Smart Hub experience

Similar to the Gaming Hub, the new Samsung Smart Hub is redesigned to put content curation and discovery upfront. That means less jumping around individual content streaming apps to find and access what you need and more content being floated up-front at the main Smart Hub.

There's a new Watch Together app to video chat with friends and families while watching shows together when staying apart, which is great in these uncertain times as well as throwing up more opportunities to bond together over everyone's favourite pastime. For those who enjoy using the TV as an art piece, the new Smart Hub is probably the first Smart TV to officially support an NFT platform to discover, purchase and trade digital artworks through Samsung's top TVs series like the Neo QLED, The Frame and Micro LED.

There's still no word yet of the exact models, pricing and local availability, but we expect more of this to be unveiled in the following days as CES 2022 unwraps. Based on rollouts from previous years, you can expect these new TVs to hit our shores sometime in Q2 2022.

Source: Samsung CES 2022 Newsroom

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