Samsung has sold more televisions than any other brand for more than 15 years, and at least CES 2024the company introduced televisions that use both OLED and QLED technology. For the models with QLED technology that I will describe here, the main innovations in image quality and design are reserved for your Televisions with 8K resolution.
Samsung announces the flagship QN900D as the thinnest and most premium 8K TV ever released. Available from 65 to 98 inches, it has a mirrored “floating” stand and a compact U-shaped One Connect box to connect your equipment. Image quality is driven by a mini-LED backlighting and beefed-up processing, including an AI Motion Enhancer Pro to enhance fast-moving objects and the ability to upscale low-resolution, standard-definition content to 8K, which Samsung says is a first.
Samsung also says that the 900D is the first TV to support a maximum variable refresh rate (VRR) of 240Hz, improving the fluidity of games. Most other TVs max out at 120Hz or 144Hz, although Samsung’s downscaling 800D 8K TV can go up to 165Hz. Note that these higher refresh rates only work with PCs, not game consoles as Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5so I don’t consider them a big problem for most people.
4K and 98-inch screens x4
Samsung claims nearly 40% of high-end buyers are considering an 8K TV, but still I don’t think it’s worth the high price. for most people. The company also introduced two high-end Neo QLED 4K models, the QN85D and QN90D, available in sizes from 43 to 98 inches and also offering mini-LED backlighting. A new custom image mode shows you a set of four AI-generated images and uses the one you choose to adjust the image.
I didn’t review any new QLED TVs from Samsung last year, but judging by the specs, I’d expect the QN90D to perform at about the same level as the QN90Bone of my favorite non-OLED TVs in 2022.
Huge TVs are big business at CES, and while Samsung doesn’t have any mainstream models larger than 100 inches, it will sell four separate series in 2024 that offer a 98-inch size, including a 98-inch version of its affordable Crystal UHD. series. True to form, the company created SuperSize Picture Enhancer designed to improve sharpness and black levels on large screens.
Gaming and Accessibility Extras
I’m a fan of Samsung’s Game Bar, which offers easy access to game stats like VRR, as well as dedicated picture settings. The 2024 version, Game Bar 4.0, adds the ability to automatically detect a game genre, such as RPG, shooter, or sports, and change the game’s image settings automatically. (Of course, Samsung calls it AI Auto Setup.) The system can also automatically detect the game’s minimap to move it to another part of the screen. He Game Centerwhich can access cloud gaming, including Xbox, has a “UI customized for you and your personal gaming preferences,” according to Samsung.
An exciting new accessibility feature called Audio Subtitles recognizes the subtitles at the bottom of the screen and can read them aloud in real time, using text-to-speech technology. Last year, Samsung introduced an accessibility feature called Relumino, which improves contrast and sharpness for people with low vision. This year, you can use a split screen to watch normal videos on one side and Relumino on the other.
Samsung also announced two series of OLED-based TVs. It didn’t announce prices for any of its new TVs at CES. The new models will likely start shipping in the spring and I’ll know more once I have a chance to review them in person after that.