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Samsung's lavish 2022 TVs debut with baked-in game streaming, NFT support
- Samsung has announced upgrades to its premium TV series at CES 2022, including its Micro LED range.
- A refreshed software experience also features, which now includes onboard support for NVIDIA GeForce Now and Google Stadia.
- The Neo QLED line also receives a few additions.
Keeping up the CES tradition, Samsung has announced a refresh to its headlining trio of televisions. The MicroLED, Neo QLED, and Lifestyle series all offer their own set of selling points but don’t see much of a hardware refresh over their 2021 counterparts. However, Samsung has also announced changes to the panels’ software experience.
A refreshed software experience
Samsung is introducing a new Smart Hub to its 2022 displays, including smarter content discovery and curation features. There’s also a more acute focus on gaming too. The Gaming Hub effectively turns Samsung’s TVs into a cloud gaming platform, supporting NVIDIA GeForce Now, Google Stadia, and Utomik. Samsung teased that more services could be added in the future.
Beyond gaming, there’s a new Watch Together feature, allowing users to video call loved ones while watching content together. If you’d rather spend time alone with your display, there’s a new Smart Calibration tool that offers a 10-minute long optimization option. And, because it’s 2022, Samsung is including an NFT platform on its displays. It’ll allow modern humans to browse, purchase, and display content on their TVs.
As for accessories, Samsung’s 2022 options include interface support for displays in a vertical orientation. This pairs up nicely with a rotating wall mount that can change orientation through a remote control button.
Samsung’s 2022 MicroLED TVs
In terms of hardware, Samsung’s new MicroLED options lead the line. The company’s offering these in three sizes ranging between 89 and 110 inches, with all three packing 4K resolution and 120Hz refresh rates.
Samsung talks up the displays’ brightness sensitivity, with over a million brightness and color levels steps. The screens also support 20-bit greyscale depth, HDR support, 100% coverage of the DCI And Adobe RGB gamuts, and a super-slim near 100% screen-to-body ratio. There’s also enough space for top, side, and bottom channel speakers with Dolby Atmos support. Multi-View smarts let users split their screen into four not-so-mini sub displays.
Samsung’s 2022 Neo QLED TVs
Samsung showcased its upgraded Neo QLED options, which add a few modern human comforts to the panel. For starters, the company touts the displays’ brightness control smarts, with support for over 16,000 steps. The company also talks up the Shape Adaptive Light feature, which “lines, shapes, and surfaces to control the shape of light” produced by the pixels. Samsung says this improves HDR results. An EyeComfort mode also features to adjust the displays’ brightness and warmth based on time of day and ambient light.
Dolby Atmos support and Object Tracking Sound add to the audio experience. The Neo QLED range will feature top channel speakers, too.
Samsung’s 2022 Lifestyle TVs
Finally, Samsung announced its new Lifestyle TV series for people who’d rather have their TVs disguised as picture frames with matte finishes. Three finish options are on offer. The Frame makes a return for those who want to live in an art gallery, packing a matte finish and a starting size of just 32-inches. The Serif option starts at 45-inches, while the Sero focuses mainly on content multitasking.
Pricing and availability
There’s no word on when Samsung’s 2022 TV series will be available in storefronts. However, don’t expect these to be too cheap when they eventually land.