Samsung confirms new MicroLED and Lifestyle TVs for 2022
MicroLED, Neo QLED, Lifestyle TVs, and more
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During CES 2022, Samsung debuted a slew of new TVs and software upgrades to be iterated throughout the 2022 TV lineup. While the company has yet to confirm its actual TV series for the year—something we're expecting in late February or early March—Samsung has at least debuted its future intentions as well as outlining new updates to some of its most popular TVs.
This week's announcement includes a New Eco Remote as part of Samsung's ongoing focus on sustainability, a new Home Screen UI, an NFT aggregation platform, and confirmation of future additions to Samsung's MicroLED, Lifestyle, and Neo QLED TV lineups. Here's everything we know right now.
Samsung first debuted its modular MicroLED TVs a few years back, and while the jaw-droppingly huge displays have yet to hit mainstream status, Samsung will continue to support and iterate upon them through 2022. Samsung's MicroLED TVs are sort of the company's answer to the forerunning OLED TV tech. They feature modular blocks of tiny LEDs that can fit together to create super bright, vividly colorful displays, usually of staggering size.
In addition to the previously debuted 99- and 110-inch "premade" models (MicroLED TVs' modular sections allow them to be pieced together as large as 178 inches), Samsung is bringing an 89-inch version to the 2022 lineup. Regardless of size, however, Samsung has confirmed that the MicroLED TVs' new chip structure will expand color by 10% across the displays' 24.9 million micro LED substrate.
The new MicroLED lineup is also bezel-free, making it even more like a huge section of your wall that can display images with huge contrast and vivid colors. And it's not just picture quality receiving an upgrade: The 2022 MicroLED TVs are also getting Dolby Atmos support and Object Tracking Sound Pro. Finally, the MicroLED lineup will gain new Art Mode and Multi-View functionalities, the latter of which allows users to view up to four HDMI sources simultaneously.
Samsung's core TV lineup in 2022 will still consist of Neo QLED and QLED TV models, though individual TV series and specifications have yet to be confirmed. Samsung's QLED lineup are traditionally LED TVs with quantum dot-enhanced color. The Neo QLED line takes that iteration one step further by adding mini-LED backlights into the mix.
While we don't know much yet about the lineup itself, we do know that the Neo QLED line will still be available in both 8K and 4K resolution and will aim to improve upon last year's models by way of a new feature: Shape Adaptive Light Control.
From our briefings with Samsung it sounds like Shape Adaptive Light Control will take advantage of the Neo QLED models' mini-LED backlights to further enhance contrast compared to 2021 models. The backlight schema has been expanded from 12- to 14-bit to better enable this process. There's also a new feature called Object Depth Enhancer which purportedly uses AI to scan on-screen content and adjust the backlight functions to enhance immersion and realism.
Samsung will continue to iterate upon its popular Lifestyle TVs in 2022—including the Frame, Samsung's gallery-style TVs that are designed to hang on the wall like artwork; the Sero, a rotating TV meant to work equally well in traditional landscape and more phone-friendly portrait orientation; and the Serif, a series of TVs with furniture-style housings meant to complement a high-end living room setup.
The Frame, perhaps Samsung's most popular Lifestyle TV series, will be available in sizes ranging from 32 to 85 inches and continue to feature the same QLED picture quality as years past. Samsung has confirmed new matte, anti-reflective coating for the Frame's screens, as well as an all new Art Store for displaying artwork on these gallery-style displays.
The company also confirmed that its popular Serif lineup would be adding a 65-inch option, pushing its range from 43- to 65-inch variants, as well as the same matte coating that's been added to the Frame. The Sero will receive this coating as well, though there's been no mention of additional sizes or features for that series as of yet.
HW-S800B Ultra Slim Soundbar
Samsung also debuted a new soundbar, the HW-S800B. The standout feature for this soundbar is its ultra slim form factor: The HW-S800B is just 1.6 inches deep, meaning it can sit almost as flush to the wall as the company's slim TVs.
Samsung also confirmed that its 2022 soundbar lineup will also enable wireless Dolby Atmos connectivity and continue to support Samsung's Q-Symphony feature, which allows the company's soundbars and built-in TV speakers to work in concert to create a more immersive listening experience.
New Home Screen
Coming to Samsung's 2022 TV lineup, the New Home Screen (an "advanced, intuitive hub," according to Samsung) features dedicated screens for Media, Gaming, and Ambient mode. While the 2021 lineup also showed off a sort of gaming bar, the new Gaming Hub has been expanded from a simple bar across the bottom of the screen into a full-screen hub for all things gaming.
While last year's version aggregated valuable gaming-related information at a glance, the new Gaming Hub will be compatible with third-party Bluetooth/USB controllers and some cloud-based gaming platforms, though the full list of cloud gaming platforms has yet to be confirmed.
Samsung has also mentioned that it will be producing the world's first 144 Hz TV (with all prior models either supporting a 60 Hz or 120 Hz refresh rate), finally putting TVs on par with gaming monitors.
Never one to sleep on trends, Samsung's 2022 TVs will also feature an NFT aggregation hub for the viewing, purchasing, and trading of Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs. The world's first "TV screen-based NFT explorer and marketplace aggregator," the hub will allow you to preview and study up on HFTs ahead of purchase.
In an interesting turn, the 2022 lineup will also be able to shift calibration settings to the NFT creator's specified tunings, ensuring that viewers see the digital artwork as it was intended. The NFT Aggregation Platform will also inform viewers as to how the NFT was created and what comprises its blockchain.
New Eco Remote
Last year, Samsung debuted a Solar Cell remote control that ditched batteries and charged up via outdoor or indoor light. In 2022, the New Eco Remote not only replaces the usual two-AAA-battery format with solar-powered functionality, but also harvests RF waves from users' wireless routers to convert them into energy.
The New Eco Remote will also be available in white as well as the traditional black coloration. Samsung has yet to confirm its 2022 TV lineup and thus has not confirmed which series will include the New Eco Remote, but if last year is any indication, it will come standard with the company's Neo QLED and QLED TVs.
Samsung has yet to officially confirm its 2022 lineup, which means pricing and availability are still on the way as well. However, the improvements showcased during CES 2022—Home Screen, gaming, UI, and picture quality—do sound promising. Stay tuned to Reviewed this week for all of our CES 2022 coverage.