Samsung's 2022 Neo QLED TVs to launch in April

Mike Wheatley

While we’re still waiting for Samsung Electronic’s 2022 OLED TVs to even be confirmed, we’ll have a much shorter wait before we can feast our eyes on the company’s new Neo QLED models.


Samsung has revealed that its 2022 8K and 4K Neo QLED TVs will go on sale in the U.K. from April 6, with pre-orders available as early as March 16. Those who really want to be one of the first to get their hands on one will be able to pre-register for pre-ordering from today.

Samsung’s 8K Neo QLED TV lineup is led by the flagship QN900B, which is available in 65-, 75- and 85-inch sizes, followed by the QN800B, with the same size options, and the QN700B, available in 55-, 65- and 75-inch variants.

As for the 4K models, those are led by the Samsung QN95B, which will come in options of 55-, 65-, 75- and 85-inch sizes. Others include the QN90B, with 43-, 50-, 55-, 65-, 75- and 85-inch options, and the QN85B, with 55-, 65-, 75- and 85-inch choices.

Samsung’s Neo QLED TVs launched last year amid quite a bit of hype as they were its first ever models to incorporate Mini-LED technology. With Mini-LED, the LEDs have been miniaturised, meaning many thousands more can be packed onto the display. Samsung said the technology delivers contrast that’s comparable to that of OLED, with the added benefit of much higher brightness.

The TVs did indeed generate a lot of good reviews, and even though Samsung is widely expected to start selling OLED TVs at some stage this year, it will continue to lean heavily on Neo QLED for the bulk of its TV lineup this year.

There are some nice improvements to look forward too as well, with an updated version of the Neo Quantum processor powering the higher-end models. One new feature in the chip is advanced contrast mapping with backlight unit, which Samsung says will boost brightness and improve gradation from 12-bit to 14-bit, meaning more precise control of each Mini LED. So, the TVs will now be able to regulate brightness across a stunning 16,384 zones, instead of just 4,096 on last year’s models.

Samsung has also incorporated a new Shape Adaptive Light technology, which analyses the lines, shapes and surfaces on screen to apply more precise control to the light emitted from the Mini LEDs, resulting in enhanced brightness and accuracy. There’s also a new Real Depth Enhancer algorithm on board that helps to better distinguish objects against a background. It processes them differently to create a more realistic sense of depth, Samsung said.

Samsung’s 2022 Neo QLED TVs also get a sound boost with the new Object Tracking Pro technology, which improves on last year’s Object Tracking Sound tech. OTP is said to incorporate up-firing speakers to help audio emanating from the TV move in tandem with the on-screen action. In addition, the up-firing speakers mean the latest Neo QLED TVs can deliver Dolby Atmos surround sound for the first time.

Other new features include a revamped Tizen interface with more personalisation options, cloud gaming integration and some models will also benefit from higher refresh rates of 144Hz at 4K resolution.