If the 2021 CES edition includes a prediction for what is to come, televisions will experience something of a renaissance, both in the design department and in burgeoning (and competing) technologies. Samsung has long been committed to researching various “lifestyle” interpretations of the flat panel display, particularly The Frame, Serif and Sero, and has partnered with outside designers to give their sets a unique aesthetic and functionality that suits needs and needs Lifestyles are tailored. Even so, it is arguably the newly announced family of QLED TVs that now come with Neo QLED technology and a starkly minimalist design. Many will seek to buy it when 8K devices become the mainstream option.
The newly announced QLED devices from Samsung immediately stand out for their thin, sharp, and near-frameless design – a form factor made possible by Quantum Mini-LEDs, Samsung’s latest backlight technology. LEDs are 1/40 as high as conventional LEDs. These thin microlayers contain a significantly larger number of LEDs behind the screen, reducing blooming, increasing luminance and improving the HDR experience. At the same time, the Samsung design team can examine shapes in which almost everything is hidden except the screen.
The new Neo QLEDs come in five iterations, each sharing a bezel-less screen, the design of which is reminiscent of Apple’s Pro Display XDR, but oversized for home theater purposes. Reselling itself as a minimalist’s dream, the Neo QLED 8K offers cable tangle control with a brand new cable management system – the Slim One Connect Box – that can be placed on the back of the TV for a cleaner connection configuration.
In order to leave no stone unturned, Samsung has combined its minimalist display with an equally minimalist new remote control. The solar cell remote control dispenses with batteries for an integrated solar-powered source that can be charged with interior light, exterior light or USB. The remote control is not only intended to reduce battery consumption / waste, but almost a quarter of the remote control itself is made from recyclable, upcycled plastic bottles.
Samsung hasn’t announced how much these new sets will cost yet, but for reference, the existing QLED sets for 2020 offer a good idea of the ballpark where prices are likely to land once these new sets arrive later in 2021.