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Samsung TV 2021: Every 4K and 8K Neo QLED, QLED and Crystal UHD TV explained

Samsung’s 2021 TV range is on sale, with the TV line-up receiving its biggest revamp in years.

We’ve gone through all the models, sizes and features for all the TVs Samsung has for 2021, and collated all the latest prices too.

You’re the one, Neo QLED

A black Samsung Neo QLED 2021 standing in a silver/gray room

A selection of Samsung’s QLEDs have been branded Neo QLED for 2021. Neo QLED TVs feature Mini LED technology, a new lightning system that features a new AI processor to produce an even brighter picture performance. The premium sets also have Ultra Viewing Angle technology to maintain colours and contrast at wider angles, as well as Anti-reflection technology to protect against reflections and glare.

In terms of audio, the flagship models have been upgraded from 2020’s OTS+ audio system to OTS Pro. The new system features two extra tweeters to make a 6.2.2 speaker set-up.

Neo Quantum Processors and Mini LED backlights

The Neo QLEDs gain the Quantum Mini LED backlight, Quantum Matrix technology, and Neo Quantum Processor picture processor.

The Quantum Mini LED backlight uses LEDs that are 1/40th the height of a conventional LED, which means more can be placed into a smaller space. Smaller size equals higher density, increasing brightness and improving light efficiency.

Blooming – bright areas of an image that spill into darker areas – is minimised, with contrast improved for more detail and intensity in the brightest parts of an image.

Samsung also claims the Quantum Processor boasts more precise control over dimming, better distribution of light (so bright areas are even brighter) and a boost to black detail (that’s detail in the darkest part of an image), so you can see everything you’re meant to see.

Neo QLED 8K TVs

The flagship QN900A 8K model has the OTS Pro sound system as well the 8K Quantum AI Processor, the latter using Samsung’s Multi Intelligence Deep Learning.

Previously, its TVs only used one neural network to analyse and upscale images, but the new Quantum Ai processor makes use of 16 neural networks that each specialise in a different field of picture quality, allowing it to assess what part of the image needs to be enhanced and how.

Samsung’s One Connect box – which houses all the TV’s connections and processing – is slimmer and can be attached to the back of the QN900A’s stand to take up less space. The attachable One Connect is reserved for the 8K models, while the QN95A flagship 4K set gets a slim non-attachable version.

New look for the Crystal UHD series

Though the Crystal UHD TVs are native 60Hz panels, they can simulate 120Hz with their Motion Xcelerator Turbo technology for a smoother, faster performance. That should help with broadcast TV and gaming, and apparently it’s a first for any 60Hz TV.

The Crystal UHD range (AU9000/AU8000) receive the OTS Lite sound system, which places two physical speakers in the bottom and two virtual speakers up top. The top speakers reproduce sounds on the screen via digital processing.

The Crystal UHD range has been revised with what Samsung is referring to as its AirSlim design. A slimmer backlight structure has been employed, to reduce the distance between LED cells and LCD panel; with smaller electrical parts used to reduce the TV’s depth, too. It should help make the Crystal UHD series better for wall-mounting.

MicroLED makes its bow

Samsung has been advocating MicroLED for a few years, and it’s bringing the the technology to consumers. Or at least to those with big enough wallets to afford the 110-, 99-, 88- and 76-inch models. Although recent reports suggest the 76-inch sized model has been put on ice for the time being.

The MicroLED TVs use micrometre-sized LED lights to eliminate the backlight and colour filters conventional displays rely on. It’s self-illuminating – which means the pixels produce their own light – and according to Samsung, this results in “stunning, lifelike colours and accurate brightness”.

Peak brightness is very high, and Samsung says it reaches that level without losing detail in the highlights. As the display is made out inorganic materials, it won’t suffer from the burn-in issues that can afflict OLEDs, so it can last for years.

The set comes in a pre-fabricated metal casing so it’s ready to use as soon as it’s installed. With a screen-to-body ratio of 99.99%, the focus will most definitely be on the images.

The MicroLED TV supports the OTS Pro speaker system for 5.1 channel sound. Multi View allows viewers to watch four sources of content at the same time and as it’s 110-inches in size, four 55-inch sized split screens can be watched at once.

2021 Lifestyle update

Samsung Frame 4K TV new bezel

Samsung’s popular Frame TV (one million sales so far) has been slimmed down to mirror the depth of a traditional picture frame. It now has attachable bezel options in five colours and two customisable styles – Modern and Beveled – so it can match the décor of a room.

With over 1400+ curated art pieces in The Frame’ s library, Samsung’s new AI-based auto curation technology sends users to artwork recommendations based on their individual consumer preferences.

Samsung has also partnered with interiors expert Kate Watson-Smyth (most popularly known for he Made About the House blog) to celebrate the launch of 40 new bezel choices for the Frame TV, so there’s always a colour to suit any room. Prices for the new bezels (which can snap on the TV) start at £129.

Samsung TV 2021

Samsung TV 8K Neo QLED

Samsung QE65QN900A Doctor Sleep soundbar

QN900A

The QN900A replaces last year’s Q950TS as Samsung’s ‘best’ TV. It improves on what came before with more detailed highlights and pitch black levels for increased contrast and 8K sharpness.

The Infinity Screen is back, providing an even more edge-to-edge viewing experience with the built-in lean of last year’s model gone. With a slim profile (15.4mm), the QN900A is suited for wall-mounting, and the One Connect box that incorporates the connections and funnels power, video and audio can be affixed to the back of the stand to keep it concealed.

Upscaling sub-4K content to 8K has been improved, while peak HDR brightness is very high, briefly reaching 4000 nits (less so for the 65-inch model). Tucked into its slim frame is Object Tracking Sound PRO sound system with 10 built-in speakers to track sound across the screen.

We’ve reviewed the model and said it’s arguably the “most cutting edge TV we’ve ever seen”

read our Samsung QE75QN900A review

  • Neo Quantum Processor 8K
  • Quantum Matrix Pro backlight
  • Ultra Wide Viewing Angle/Anti-Reflective screen
  • OTS Pro
  • HDR10, HDR10+, HDR10+ Adaptive, HLG
  • One Connect (attachable)
  • 4K/120fps, ALLM, VRR, eARC
  • Infinity One Design/Infinity Screen
  • Multi View (4 screens)
  • Super Ultrawide GameView & Game Bar
  • Q-Symphony
  • AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
  • Motion Xcelerator Turbo+

QN800A

The QN800A matches the flagship QN900A with its processor and Ultra Wide Viewing angles/anti-reflection technology. However, the QN800A’s features are scaled down to be a more ‘affordable’ 8K set.

It’s HDR performance is not as bright, the speaker count drops to 8 and there’s no Infinity Display with its more noticeable bezel framing the TV.

  • Neo Quantum Processor 8K
  • Quantum Matrix Pro backlight
  • Ultra Wide Viewing Angle/Anti-Reflective screen
  • OTS Plus
  • HDR10, HDR10+, HDR10+ Adaptive, HLG
  • One Connect (attachable)
  • 4K/120fps, ALLM, VRR, eARC
  • Infinity One Design
  • Multi View (4 screens)
  • Super Ultrawide GameView & Game Bar
  • Q-Symphony
  • AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
  • Motion Xcelerator Turbo+

Samsung TV 4K Neo QLED

The Samsung QE65QN95A

QN95A

The Samsung QE65QN95A was the first 2021 Samsung set we reviewed, and the introduction of Mini-LED technology has helped Samsung solve the conundrum of great black levels and punchy, bright images without one heavily compromising the other.

Factor in a Game Mode capable of 5.8ms at 120Hz, four HDMI 2.1 inputs, a boost in the picture performance and a wide selection of catch-up/on-demand apps and you have an entertainment powerhouse.

Samsung’s lack of interest in Dolby Vision is a niggle, and for a 65-inch LCD TV it is expensive. Still, we said the QN95A felt like the start of a new TV era.

  • Neo Quantum Processor 4K
  • Quantum Matrix
  • Ultra Wide Viewing Angle/Anti-Reflective screen
  • OTS Plus
  • HDR10, HDR10+, HDR10+ Adaptive, HLG
  • One Connect
  • 4K/120fps, ALLM, VRR, eARC
  • NeoSlim Design
  • Multi View (2 screens)
  • Super Ultrawide GameView & Game Bar
  • Q-Symphony
  • AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
  • Motion Xcelerator Turbo+
Samsung QE65QN94A

QN94C/QN94A

The QN94C (or QN94A) covers the same bases as the QN95A, so picture, audio and features to hit the same mark. Where it differs is that there’s no One Connect box (a shame), but that this mean the QN94A is cheaper.

The second difference is that this range introduces a 50-inch model that swaps the OTS Pro system for OTS Lite (a combination of physical and virtual speakers).

The QN94C/QN94C is exclusive to the UK. We’ve reviewed this model, calling it “beautifully made” and delivering “excellent OLED-like black levels and terrific picture quality”.

  • Neo Quantum Processor 4K
  • Quantum Matrix
  • Ultra Wide Viewing Angle/Anti-Reflective screen
  • OTS Plus (OTS Lite for 50-inch model)
  • HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • 4K/120fps, ALLM, VRR, eARC
  • NeoSlim Design
  • Multi View (2 screens)
  • Super Ultrawide GameView & Game Bar
  • Q-Symphony
  • AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
  • Motion Xcelerator Turbo+

QN90A

Another variation of the QN95A pops up in the QN90A. What’s the difference? Well, fewer sizes (no 75- or 85-inch model), the 50-inch model – like the QN94C – gets OTS Lite sound system, and the viewing angle technology is the Wide not Ultra version – expect colours and contrast to be reduced off-axis compared to the QN95A.

  • Neo Quantum Processor 4K
  • Quantum Matrix
  • Wide Viewing Angle/Anti-Reflection
  • OTS Plus (OTS Lite for 50-inch model)
  • HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • 4K/120fps, ALLM, VRR, eARC
  • NeoSlim Design
  • Multi View (2 screens)
  • Super Ultrawide GameView & Game Bar
  • Q-Symphony
  • AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
  • Motion Xcelerator Turbo+

QN85A

The last of the Neo QLED branded TVs. The QN85A’s picture and sound features see a slight downgrade in specs. HDR performance is said to be less bright, while the audio system is arrayed in a more standard OTS configuration (we’re looking to confirm this).

The design of the stand differs from than the premium Neo QLED models and can accommodate a soundbar (preferably a Samsung one).

  • Neo Quantum Processor 4K
  • Quantum Matrix
  • Wide Viewing Angle/Anti-Reflection
  • OTS
  • HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • 4K/120fps, ALLM, VRR, eARC
  • NeoSlim Design
  • Multi View (2 screens)
  • Super Ultrawide GameView & Game Bar
  • Q-Symphony
  • AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
  • Motion Xcelerator Turbo+

Samsung TV 4K QLED

Q80A

The Q80A is the first ‘normal’ QLED in the range so it doesn’t benefit from the Mini LED technology, nor does it boast the top of the range AI processor. Based on the specs, we’d surmise contrast, brightness and black level performance will dip as a result.

Like the QN95A series, the 50-inch model gets the OTS Lite sound system. The 50-inch does miss out on the Motion Xcelerator Turbo+ gaming feature that boosts the TV’s refresh rate to 4K/120Hz for smoother gameplay.

We’re guessing this may be the entry-level full array local dimming display in the range.

  • Quantum Processor 4K
  • Wide Viewing Angle
  • OTS (OTS Lite for 50-inch model)
  • HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • 4K/120fps, ALLM, VRR, eARC
  • Multi View (2 screens)
  • Super Ultrawide GameView & Game Bar
  • Q-Symphony
  • AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
  • Motion Xcelerator Turbo+ (excluding 50-inch model)

Q70A

We suspect the Q70A is the first edge-lit TV in the line-up, and as such we don’t expect HDR performance to be on par with the models above. The Quantum Processor and Wide Viewing Angle technology of the Q80A remain, but the entire Q70A series gets OTS Lite (a combination of physical and virtual speakers), making it one to more consider a soundbar for.

The Q70A has a thinner design compared to its 2020 equivalent making it more suitable for wall-mounting. The Dual LED technology that worked to nice effect on the Q65T/Q60T TVs is back again.

  • Quantum Processor 4K
  • Wide Viewing Angle
  • OTS Lite
  • HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • 4K/120fps, ALLM, VRR, eARC
  • AirSlim Design
  • Multi View (2 screens)
  • Super Ultrawide GameView & Game Bar
  • Q-Symphony
  • AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
  • Motion Xcelerator Turbo+

Q65A

Q60A

The Q65A/Q60A are the entry-level QLEDs. The feature set is not the most comprehensive but will serve those looking for a set for everyday viewing.

The Q65A/Q60A is given the Crystal Processor 4K – not even the ‘Lite’ version of the Quantum processor – and it also loses wide viewing functionality, enhanced game features, and some adaptive sound features. In terms of its design the stand can be adjusted for squeezing a soundbar beneath.

It supports Q-Symphony but the ‘Lite’ version, presumably because of the virtual speakers at the top of the TV. It looks like it misses out on the VRR skills that would benefit gaming on PS5 and Xbox Series X. The Q65A appears to be a John Lewis & Partners exclusive in the UK.

  • Crystal Processor 4K
  • Dual LED
  • OTS Lite
  • HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • ALLM, eARC
  • AirSlim Design
  • Multi View (2 screens)
  • Super Ultrawide GameView & Game Bar
  • Q-Symphony Lite
  • Motion Xcelerator

Samsung TV Crystal UHD

AU9007

AU9000

It’s hard to tell the difference between the AU9007 and AU9000 as they have the same design, sizes and features. Value is the focus here with its Crystal Processor ramping up colour reproduction over 4K UHD TVs, and there’s gaming support with its Motion Xcelerator Turbo feature and the Super UltraWide GameView and Game Bar that enables switching between 21:9 and 32:9 screen ratios.

Otherwise there are the ‘Lite’ versions of the Q-Symphony and OTS audio technologies, so this TV will rely on some digital wizardry for audio. The AU9007 appears to be exclusive to Currys UK.

We’ve reviewed this model and said that it was “excellent with native 4K content, upscales 1080p stuff confidently, and has one of the best smart TV interfaces around.”

  • Crystal Processor 4K
  • OTS Lite
  • HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • 4K/120fps, ALLM, VRR, eARC
  • AirSlim Design
  • Multi View (2 screens)
  • Super Ultrawide GameView & Game Bar
  • Q-Symphony
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Motion Xcelerator Turbo

AU8000

The entry-level Crystal UHD TV is available in more sizes (70-, 85-inches) than the AU9000 and covers similar ground in terms audio-visual features, but loses the Turbo version of the Motion Xcelerator and Super UltraWide GameView and Game Bar, so it’s a less suitable option if you’re after a new affordable gaming TV.

  • Crystal Processor 4K
  • HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • ALLM, eARC
  • AirSlim Design
  • Q-Symphony
  • Motion Xcelerator

Samsung TV 4K UHD

AU7100

The AU7100 is the entry-level LED LCD TV for 2021. Aside from the Tizen-based Eden smart interface, there aren’t many smart features (no built-in voice assistants, no Multi View); the visual features are rather standard (Samsung’s PurColor technology) and the audio features are the ‘Lite’ version in most cases. If you’re looking for a cheap, no-frills telly; this would be the one.

  • Crystal Processor 4K
  • Pur Color
  • HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • ALLM, eARC
  • Bezel-Less Design
  • Q-Symphony Lite
  • Motion Xcelerator

Samsung Lifestyle TV

Samsung The Frame TV

The Frame 2021

Samsung continues with its lifestyle-focused Frame TV series. It functions like any other TV when switched on, but can show pieces of framed art via Art Mode. It integrates the same QLED display tech seen in the standard QLED range, so viewers will be getting a similar level of picture quality. The HD resolution 32-inch from 2020 carries on but the rest of the range is new.

  • Crystal Processor 4K
  • HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • eARC
  • Modern Frame Design
  • Multi View (2 screens)
  • Art Mode
  • Q-Symphony Lite
Samsung The Serif

The Serif 2021

  • QE43LS01TA
  • QE49LS01TA
  • QE55LS01TA
  • QE43LS01TA

The 2021 edition of the Serif TV comes in more sizes with 43, 49, 50, 55, and 65-inch flavours if you purchase the Cloud White. Go for the Cotton Blue colour option and it only goes up to the 55-inch model

The Serif TV is more for design purists, although it does have a 4K QLED screen. It’s won a few awards including one at the International Forum (iF) Design Awards.

Sero

  • QE43LS05T

One for the cool kid crowd, the Sero is a new lifestyle QLED TV with a unique feature. It can rotate between horizontal and vertical orientations like a smartphone can, so viewers can enjoy a whole range of content that are vertical in scope, as well as catering for normal, landscape content. It’s only available in 43-inch size, but comes with 60W of sound for a 4.1 channel presentation.

Samsung The Terrace

The Terrace

  • QE55LST7TA
  • QE65LST7TA
  • QE75LST7TA

The Terrace is a TV built for the outdoors. It has IP55 water and dust resistance, high HDR peak brightness of 2000 nits to nullify some of that brightness from sunlight. There’s wide viewing angle technology, useful if there’s more than one person watching and the frame is made out of metal, adding to the set’s durability.

Other include the Tizen-based Eden smarts and HDR10+ support. There’s also a HDBaseT receiver for long distance audio, video and power transmission through a single cable. Fancy a soundbar, too? Samsung has made the Terrace soundbar, which comes with water resistant features.

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