For Samsung, its best televisions of 2022 are the Neo QLED 8K, and not the QD-OLED. These are your reasons

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At Xataka we have been closely following Samsung’s QD-OLED technology for almost three years. In the articles that we have dedicated to these panels during this time we have gradually unraveled what their characteristics are from a technical point of view, and also what they contribute to technologies that we can currently find on the market.

Last week we had the opportunity to see the S95BA OLED in operation for the first time, which is the first television of this brand that incorporates a QD-OLED panel, and, as we explained in the article that we have dedicated to it, we have been impressed. Our final assessment of this television will come when we have the opportunity to analyze it in depth and in our own facilities, but in this first contact it has left us with a great taste in our mouths.

Samsung considers that its QD-OLED TV is not the best it has in 2022

The benefits that QD-OLED technology promises us, and that we have already been able to intuit quite clearly in our first experience with the S95BA OLED television, invite us to anticipate that Samsung will allocate these panels to its most advanced televisions. to its premium models. In fact, this is precisely what Sony has done. And it is that its BRAVIA XR MASTER Series A95K, which also incorporates a QD-OLED panel manufactured by Samsung, it’s decidedly premium.

Sony’s BRAVIA XR MASTER Series A95K TV incorporates a QD-OLED panel manufactured by Samsung. And it’s decidedly premium

However, and here comes an unexpected turn of events, for Samsung its QD-OLED TV is not at the top of its catalog. It is not its most advanced model. Various managers of the company, including Nacho Monge, who currently works as head of sales and marketing At Samsung Spain, they confirmed to me separately when I specifically asked them which segment their QD-OLED TV belongs to that their premium offerings this year are the Neo QLED 8K models.

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The S95BA OLED fits into the high range, but, according to this brand, it is not its best television for 2022. The confidence that Samsung maintains in its Neo QLED 8K televisions is taking hold, according to the technicians of this company with whom I have had the occasion. to speak, in their technical capabilities. And among all of them, two shine with their own light: the 8K resolution of the panel and the sophisticated mini-LED backlight that these devices implement this year.

Samsung’s confidence in its Neo QLED 8K TVs rests on its technical capabilities, such as 8K resolution and mini-LED backlighting.

However, and this is a reflection of my harvest that seems very reasonable to me, I think that in addition to the technical arguments that we are about to investigate, this brand has chosen to keep its Neo QLED 8K televisions at the top of its portfolio. for hold the value of the bet which he has defended in recent years. And there is no doubt that it is a legitimate strategy.

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85-inch Samsung QN900B with 8K VA 8K Neo QLED LCD panel. This photograph is expressly taken in very low ambient light so that it captures the image quality of this television as accurately as possible.

It is clear that Samsung has devoted many resources to refining its QLED televisions so that they compete with guarantees in a market in which the models that incorporate an OLED panel manufactured by LG have many followers. And with these precedents, place a technology at the top of its portfolio that uses an organic matrix could be perceived as a sharp and inappropriate rudder turn by some of its users.

Although Samsung does not place its QD-OLED technology at the top of its catalog now, in 2022, it could do so in the future

For this reason, I firmly believe that even if Samsung does not place its QD-OLED technology at the top of its catalog now, in 2022, it could do so in the future. Perhaps when he considers that he has reached full maturity. Or, simply, when the production of 8K QD-OLED arrays can benefit from economies of scale, something that in all probability is not happening now. In any case, as I mentioned a few lines above, this is my reflection and is not supported by official statements from Samsung spokespersons.

Neo QLED 8K: these are the innovations that keep them on top for Samsung

A few days ago I had the opportunity to participate in a technical seminar organized by Samsung in which several engineers from the company’s headquarters in South Korea investigated the main innovations implemented in 2022 Neo QLED 8K models.

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Curiously, it is the same event in which I was able to see the first TV with a QD-OLED matrix of this brand in action, the S95BA OLED model that I talked about a few lines above. These are the main innovations that, according to Samsung, keep their Neo QLED 8K TVs at the top of your catalog.

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This slide clearly reflects how Samsung is positioning its TVs this year. At the top, in the premium segment, are the Neo QLED 8K models. One step below, at the high end, are the Neo QLED 4K UHD devices and the OLED TV. Finally, the QLED family brings together the solutions of the mid-range and entry-level.

8K resolution brings real value to Samsung

This was the first brand that placed a television equipped with an 8K panel on the market, and since then its commitment to matrices with this resolution has been very forceful. According to Samsung technicians, a human eye with intact visual acuity is capable of perfectly identifying at the standard viewing distance the additional information which gives us an 8K panel when compared to a 4K UHD matrix of the same size.

According to Samsung, a human eye with intact visual acuity is capable of perfectly identifying the additional information provided by an 8K panel at the standard viewing distance.

The engineer of this brand who invited me to check it out for myself (you can see the test in the photograph that we publish below these lines) defended something that I find very interesting: according to him, the visual acuity of a healthy human eye allows it to identify the fine detail of a panel with maximum resolution 9K. And the matrices that offer us the closest resolution are, obviously, the 8K ones. According to this technician, this latest resolution has a very profound impact on the image quality of televisions of 65 inches or more.

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The plot on the left is being played by a 75-inch TV with an 8K panel, and the one on the right by one of the same size, but with a 4K UHD matrix. At a distance of two meters or less, the difference in detail between the two is perceptible.

Mini-LED diodes now better control light spread

Samsung engineers have perfected the mini-LED diodes that are responsible for delivering light to the panel of its Neo QLED televisions. According to the technicians of this brand these second generation diodes reduce light scatter so that it reaches only that area of ​​the panel on which it must act.

The new mini-LED diodes minimize the emission of residual light, so they should allow these televisions to deliver deeper blacks.

Furthermore, these mini-LED diodes minimize residual light emissionSo on paper this technology should allow these TVs to deliver deeper blacks than last year’s models. As soon as we have the opportunity to thoroughly analyze one of them, we will tell you in great detail if these new diodes have a tangible impact on the image quality of the Neo QLED TVs of 2022.

New backlight management algorithms are more precise

The physical characteristics of the mini-LED diodes that shape the matrix that delivers the light to the panel are very important, but the algorithm that is responsible for manage local dimming by zones it is also. In fact, if you don’t act quickly and accurately enough, some defects can appear in the images, such as the ghostingand even deficiencies in the brightness of some areas of the panel.

The algorithm that is responsible for managing local dimming is crucial

Samsung assures that its engineers have refined the backlight management algorithms of its new Neo QLED televisions with the purpose not only that they are capable of retrieve more detail in the shaded regions and the most illuminated; also to prevent artifacts from occurring in images.

Sounds good, and it makes sense to anticipate that the increase in overall image quality introduced by the new mini-LED diodes and local dimming management algorithm should be palpable. We’ll find out when we review one of the new Neo QLED TVs.

14-bit contrast mapping manages to recover more detail

As we have just seen, the management of the light that the backlight delivers to the panel has a very profound impact on the image quality of a television. The maximum level of brightness that it is capable of reaching and the minimum amount of light that it manages to deliver are very important, but also everything that lies between these two levels. Everyone intermediate levels of light delivery that are possible between the maximum and minimum values.

The wider this gradation of brightness levels known as the luminance scale, the more skillful the TV will be at resolving contrast in the most troublesome areas of each frame. Neo QLED 8K TVs this year process contrast with an accuracy of 14 bitwhich, on paper, should allow them to recover more detail in the shadow and highlight regions than their 12-bit predecessors.

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Color reproduction and depth are more faithful

During this technical seminar, Samsung spokesmen claimed to have made a very important effort so that their 2022 Neo QLED televisions respect the colorimetry from the original source in a scrupulous way, and also to recreate the depth of the images as faithfully as possible.

Image processing algorithms using artificial intelligence assume this responsibility in order to ensure that the panel expresses itself 100%, but among all of them there is one that I find especially interesting: Real Depth Enhancer.

Its purpose is precisely to increase the contrast and depth of each frame to offer us a immersion capacity in the highest cinematographic contents. It sounds good, and as soon as we analyze it we will tell you in great detail if it is really up to the task.

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At Xataka we have been closely following Samsung’s QD-OLED technology for almost three years. In the articles that we have…

At Xataka we have been closely following Samsung’s QD-OLED technology for almost three years. In the articles that we have…

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