Samsung’s new TV and soundbar lineup for 2022 available for preorder

Samsung unveiled its 2022 home entertainment lineup at its annual Unbox & Discover event and we were lucky enough to see the new products up close and personal.

The anchor of 2022’s TVs and soundbars is Samsung’s first OLED TV (starting at $2,200) in nearly a decade. And boy, were people packing to see the super-slim display anchored by the tech giant’s Neural Quantum Processor 4K. Plus, we got to see other highlights like updated Neo QLED TVs in 4K (starting at $550) and 8K (starting at $3,500), and the glare-free display on the new lifestyle The Frame TV (starting at $1,000). ).

Neo QLED 4K and 8K TVs also come with a host of new features, including an increased refresh rate of up to 144Hz (ideal for gaming), a higher brightness level, and a technology called Shape Adaptive Light, which should give viewers an even more realistic image. image.

Most new TVs include top channel speakers that will offer built-in Dolby Atmos and Object Tracking Sound. The latter works like a low-tech surround sound feature, directing sound through different speakers depending on what you’re watching. But, Samsung has also launched two new soundbar models, which will be the first to offer wireless Dolby Atmos.

After seeing, touching and hearing, these are our first impressions of all the shiny new Samsung 2022 home entertainment equipment.

All 2022 Samsung TVs can be ordered or reserved now. The 2022 Q and S series soundbars don’t have pricing or ordering information yet, but they should start shipping in late April. You can read all of our impressions below of the newest OLED, Neo QLED and lifestyle TVs, including The Frame and The Serif, both with anti-glare screens.

  • Samsung OLED S95B (Available mid-April and pre-order today starting at $2,200 at Samsung)
  • Neo QLED 8K QN900B (Available mid to late April and pre-order today starting at $5,000 at Samsung)
  • Neo QLED 8K QN800B (available early April and pre-order today starting at $3,500 at Samsung)
  • Neo QLED 4K QN90B (available now starting at $1,600 at Samsung)
  • Neo QLED 4K QN85B (available now starting at $1,500 at Samsung)
  • The Frame 2022 (available mid-April starting at $1,000 at Samsung)

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We found it hard to believe, but Samsung hasn’t offered an OLED TV for nine years, instead concentrating on its Neo QLED technology. But Samsung’s S95B uses a new hybrid technology known as QD-OLED, which combines the bright, rich colors of QLED’s advanced quantum dot nanocrystals with the deep blacks and stunning contrast of an OLED. So, in its own way, this OLED TV is truly the first of its kind.

Although the 65-inch S95B ($3,000) was shown off to a crowded room with perfectly configured lighting and specific programming, we were impressed with the initial brightness, rich colors and excellent detail, as well as the wider viewing angles. wide. We look forward to testing it to see what it is capable of. And if you’re thinking about buying a new TV, you might want to go ahead and check out Samsung’s best and brightest creation before you pull the trigger (or just book it now).

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Another first for Samsung this year is its Neo QLED 8K series, the QN900B and QN800B, which you can pre-order now. With four times the resolution of 4K TVs, which are already state-of-the-art, 8K goes further with just over 30 million pixels. The problem is that there isn’t much native 8K content to watch to get the absolute best picture.

We found the 8K picture we saw to be marginally better than Neo QLED 4K, but it’s also a great way to be future-proof if you’re going to spend a lot of money. 8K is here and we can only hope to see a lot more of it in the future.

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If you order one of Samsung’s 2022 Neo QLED 4K TVs, including the QN90B series and QN85B series, you’ll likely be impressed by its upgraded Quantum processor, which automatically upscales all content to 4K. The TVs may not be as flashy as their 8K or OLED cousins, but they still deliver a very high-quality picture, which was obvious even when we looked at the bright, colorful loops of 4K videos Samsung played for us.

The only thing that impressed us about the new Neo QLED 4K TVs is how slim Samsung has kept them, even with the 85-inch QN90B ($5,000). And while it’s not as matte as The Frame 2022 (more on that later), the anti-glare screen helped us get a wider viewing angle.

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We’ve always been fans of Samsung’s lifestyle TV, The Frame. Created to hang on the wall to look like a picture frame, it comes with interchangeable bezels and is the perfect way to display your art.

For 2022, The Frame gets an update with a new anti-glare screen called the Matte Display. And while it may not sound like much, seeing it in person reminded us how thoughtful the old TV is and what an obvious difference this technology makes. Samsung had the 2021 and 2022 TVs hanging side by side and you can see how much the newer screen creates a more artistic look. Although we couldn’t tell if the colors were honestly rendered without comparing them to the original work (here was Claude Monet’s Garden at Sainte-Adresse), we were surprised at the difference we could see.

The Samsung Sero TV, another lifestyle screen, which can rotate to be viewed horizontally or vertically, will also be updated with the matte screen. We didn’t get a chance to see the 2022 version, but it will be available for purchase in June (no pricing available yet).

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Both 2022 soundbar lines include new Q-Symphony technology, which can play Dolby Atmos audio without connecting to the TV with that unsightly HDMI cable. Samsung is the first in the industry to go completely wireless, although LG offers the option with an additional accessory. We couldn’t hear the soundbars at the event, so we can’t be sure if there will be any latency from the Bluetooth connection, but it sure looks nifty.

The Q series includes Samsung’s flagship sound bar, the HW-Q990B, which offers 11.1.4-channel sound with a multi-speaker setup. The wireless subwoofer also comes with an updated design called an “acoustic lens,” which Samsung claims will better disperse sound at lower frequencies. Also available are the 9.1.2-channel HW-Q910B 9.1.2 and the 5.1.2-channel HW-Q800B with side speakers.

If keeping the size of your set to a minimum is a priority, the S-Series is sleek and powerful, and we appreciate its understated design and ability to blend in with larger, more expensive TVs, especially The Frame and S95B OLED. The ultra-slim HW-S800B all-in-one soundbar is just 1.6 inches deep and comes equipped with Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X compatibility, a built-in passive radiator, and a 6.5-inch cube subwoofer. The HW-S801B is the same soundbar in white, for more lifestyle customization.

No word on pricing yet, but Samsung says the new soundbars will start shipping between now and the end of June.

Samsung’s 2022 TVs and soundbars will have something for everyone. With its jump to OLED after nearly a decade, we’ll see how the new QD-OLED technology stacks up against its competitors at LG and Sony. And 8K TVs, especially in larger sizes, are a high-end way for consumers to be future-proofed, though right now they just need an incremental picture upgrade.

The anti-reflective coating on The Frame 2022 TVs makes them even more optimized to beautifully display the art and photography they were created for. Plus, they offer better viewing of TV and movies from angles and under bright lights.

And finally, we’re excited about Samsung’s state-of-the-art subwoofer wireless Dolby Atmos audio and hope they sound as good as they look.

While we were generally impressed with the 2022 lineup, we only got to see the new products in the well-lit surroundings of the Meatpacking location of the Samsung Experience store in New York. We will have better information when we can get the products for testing.

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