Samsung brings big screens, upgraded tech and a focus on lifestyle to its 2022 range of smart TVs.

Big screen TVs are an affordable luxury that more of us are embracing with gusto; many homes are now moving from 55- and 65-inch models to a more generous 75” and above. And if you want a truly cinematic experience, Samsung offers a massive 98” model.

TVs also play a big part in our lifestyles – a focal point for family and social gatherings, checking news and weather, taking video calls or streaming content during downtime. The design aesthetic has also evolved, with Samsung’s The Frame 4K TV doubling as artwork that’s now almost indistinguishable from the real thing.

The lifestyle factor also extends to the domestic environment – Samsung’s Neo QLED TVs are ideally suited for well-lit areas, delivering crystal clear pictures with colours that pop in even the brightest of rooms. They adapt to suit a room’s ambient light and feature superior backlighting tech by way of Quantum Matrix Technology (which sounds like something from Star Trek) that precisely controls the backlight functionality of a myriad of mini LEDs, delivering consistently deep blacks and optimum image quality in a variety of lighting conditions.

Samsung launched its mini LED powered Neo QLED TVs in 2021 and have since made some significant upgrades that promise even more detailed pictures and greater personalisation options, as well as adding new functionality to the Lifestyle range. So, what’s new in 2022?

First up is Shape Adaptive Light technology that analyses lines, shapes and surfaces to control the shape of light from the mini LEDs, enhancing the brightness and accuracy of all shapes on the screen to bring out the best in HDR content. Moreover, 14-bit HDR processing quadruples the greyscale levels (compared to 2021) to produce the most accurate image possible.

Image realism is taken to new heights (or is that depths?), too, using the Real Depth Enhancer – a new intelligent picture algorithm that creates a more realistic sense of depth by determining and then processing an onscreen object against its background.

One of the coolest updates is a built-in light sensor that detects local sunrise/sunset times and adjusts the screen’s brightness and tone according to the changes in ambient light, while reducing blue light levels for more comfortable viewing at night.

Two very welcome new additions are Anti-Glare tech, which minimises distracting sun glare from nearby windows or internal light sources for optimal viewing day or night, and wider viewing angles (on 55” models and above) that maintain consistent brightness, contrast and colour vibrancy from any position on the couch.

The already user-friendly Smart Hub has also been upgraded with a more intuitive UI for curating streaming apps and smart content, reducing search times, and providing fast access to multiple platforms including the new built-in Samsung TV+ channel.

And there’s no more fussing about to get the picture “just right”. A Smart Calibration tool – used in conjunction with the SmartThings app – lets users simply point their phone’s camera at a colour test pattern on the TV screen to adjust picture presets accordingly.

There are exciting new updates on the audio front as well. A smart TV’s internal speakers are often criticised for a lack of grunt, but that’s certainly not the case here – 2022’s Neo QLED TVs feature world-first native Dolby Atmos support with inbuilt upward and sideways firing speakers for that truly immersive 3D surround experience (depending on the source content).
Samsung’s 2022 QN90BA and QN85BA Neo QLED 4K Smart TVs are available in the following screen sizes: 43”, 50”, 55”, 65”, 75” and 85”.
8K luxury

The pinnacle of Samsung’s 2022 smart TV range is undoubtedly the QN900B Neo QLED 8K, with screen sizes of 65”, 75” and 85”. This set is truly a thing of beauty, delivering jaw-dropping picture quality on an ultra-thin Infinity Display – a virtually bezel- and border-free design that’s all screen from edge to edge.

Quantum Matrix Technology Pro further raises the bar in image quality, with superior backlighting tech for incredible levels of fine detail and inky blacks, while Quantum HDR 64x captures and highlights subtle details often lost in bright and dark scenes for a truly awesome HDR10+ image and twice the brightness and black levels of 4K.

Real 8K resolution and AI Upscaling adds depth, detail and sharpness to your favourite movies and TV shows (depending on the quality and resolution of the source material, of course) – Blu-ray and 4K UHD discs in particular will benefit from the bump in resolution.

If you’re looking for a TV that will completely immerse you in a vibrant and authentic-looking picture, the QN900B Neo QLED 8K offers next-level realism.

Samsung 55″ The Frame QLED 4K Smart TV [2022]

IN THE FRAME
Samsung’s seamless blending of design and technology brings a unique and personalised experience to its Lifestyle TV range, and the ultimate fusion of TV and lifestyle is undoubtedly The Frame, which features some stunning new additions in 2022.

The Frame may look like an everyday smart TV when it’s turned off, but when powered up it can transform into a literal work of art. And with the Art Mode potential of this versatile 4K QLED TV gaining popularity, Samsung has made some exciting upgrades that add a more authentic quality to the artworks and images.

The Frame (along with Samsung’s The Serif) now features Anti Glare Matte Display tech, which uses sophisticated micro embossing that minimises reflections and fingerprint smudges and scatters light across the screen for a premium matte finish.

The result is incredibly authentic looking art – oil paintings now display almost tactile textures, and if you didn’t know you were looking at an image on a TV, you’d swear it was a framed work of art! Seeing is believing, so check out a display model in-store and prepare to be amazed.

It’s not just artwork that can be displayed in The Frame – favourite photos can also take pride of place when transferred from a compatible smartphone or USB drive. For best results, 4K image resolution is recommended – after all, a low-res picture hanging on the wall isn’t going to look good. And you can also add some artistic flair to your framed photos with filter effects or a mat canvas background.
An inbuilt Motion Sensor detects when someone has entered and exited the room and switches the Frame on and off, respectively. This energy saving feature can be activated in the Art Mode settings.

Another neat addition is the option to conveniently flip The Frame from landscape to a portrait configuration using a rotatable wall mount accessory (sold separately) and the remote control. For this purpose, Samsung’s 2022 range supports a vertical interface, with two 16:9 aspect ratios and the ability to view the Smart Hub, Ambient Mode+ and Art Mode in vertical mode.

And you can further customise your artworks to match the decor with a variety of frame styles (sold separately) available in a choice of colours.

When is a smart TV more than a smart TV? When it’s The Frame. Available in screen sizes of 43”– 85”.

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