We’re still waiting for pricing on Samsung’s MicroLED TV and its full 2021 TV and soundbar lineup, but today the company has announced pre-order pricing and availability on its new line of Neo QLED models, in both 4K and 8K versions. There are still plenty of models and sizes missing from the list, but here’s what we know so far.
If you’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of these TVs, Samsung is giving you another reason to pull out your credit card: All pre-orders receive a free professional TV mounting service, which Samsung says is a $120 value.
2021 Samsung 8K Neo QLED TV
Available in two versions (QN900A and QN800A), Samsung’s flagship QLED TV models get some nice upgrades for 2021. The TVs are powered by a new mini-LED backlight (the Neo part of the name), which should give these models even better black levels, contrast, and brightness than last year’s 8K TVs. Along with that new display comes a new picture processor, Samsung’s Neo Quantum Processor 8K, which we expect will do an even better job upscaling non-8K content to 8K resolution.
The two models share many common features, including an edge-t0-edge picture, super-slim chassis, support for 120Hz when viewing 4K content, a suite of dedicated gaming features, and support for HDR10+ Adaptive.
However, the Q900A has better HDR performance (48x vs 32x) and an 80-watt, 6.2.2 speaker system (versus 70-watt, 4.2.2 on the Q800A). All models can currently be pre-ordered and will be available in March 2021.
2021 Samsung 4K Neo QLED TV
Samsung’s 4K TVs also get a boost in picture quality in 2021 thanks to the same Neo-equipped QLED panels. There are two varieties: The QN90A and QN85A.
These models have four HDMI inputs and use Samsung’s Neo Quantum Processor 4K. They have virtually no bezel but aren’t quite as slim in terms of depth as the 8K Neo QLED models. Still, they support a huge range of features including HDR10+, Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, auto game mode, and object tracking sound.
The QN90A gets better HDR performance (32x vs 24x on the QN85A) and better sound with a 60-watt, 4.2.2 channel system versus a 60-watt 2.2.2 channel system on the QN85A. All models can currently be pre-ordered and will be available in March 2021.