Review of the most interesting TV sets shown at CES 2022 – there is a lot to choose from!

At the outset, I must admit that I expected a much more drought during this year’s CES, but many producers surprised me very positively. Samsung tops the list with its technologies, but LG and other vendors are not lagging behind. Although CES is of course not only televisions, I know how important the right screens are for you, when you connect them to the next generation consoles – PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X. So let’s look at the most important and promoted functions, what has changed and what other manufacturers can surprise us with. It was a bit of it and I must admit that the next two years in the TV industry will be very intriguing.

Samsung with its QD-OLED technology, which is coming new for Koreans

In my opinion, this is one of the biggest surprises of this year’s fair. It is true that we could hear about the QD-OLED technology in 2019, when Samsung announced that it had invested nearly $ 10.9 billion in it, but I still assumed that we would have to wait longer. None of these things. OLED TVs from Samsung will appear in stores this year. Made in a special technology with the addition of quantum dots, they will offer even better image quality than classic OLED matrices produced by LG. At least this is what the first tests and comparisons show. Inside the TVs in this series, we can find a number of interesting solutions. The number of sub-pixels has been reduced to 3 (instead of 4), as well as the light emitting layers (now there are 2, but there were 4). The number of layers in such a panel will now be 13, not 22, which will make the matrix even more slimmer than the competition, but I have the impression that thinner screens would be dangerous when moving or assembling.

Of course, this will also reduce the cost of production, but I am not sure it will translate into final prices in stores. After all, this is a new technology, and as we know, everyone has to pay the appropriate tax on new products. Interestingly, the main source of light in QD-OLED will be a blue LED and quantum dots placed on special red and green filters. This will significantly increase the brightness of the matrix, but also reduce the risk of burnout. Although we did not see TVs from this series at CES 2022, the technology was awarded the “Best of Innovations” award, and Samsung in one of the interviews for the CNET editorial office confirmed that we will hear more about QD-OLED in the coming weeks. From the rest of the technical information, each TV in this series will receive 4 HDMI 2.1 connectors, 144 Hz matrix refreshing, high-quality audio and the fastest processors available today for image reproduction and operating system support. I can only guess that the reproduction of the DCI-P3 color palette will be close to 100%, and the delays will drop to the level of 5, maybe 6 ms.

Sony also enters the market with QD-OLED TVs and presents the first model

While Samsung has not shown anything yet, it has already managed to sell the rights to use matrices made in QD-OLED technology. One of the first customers turned out to be Sony, which during CES 2022 even presented its own TV using the benefits of this screen. I am talking about the Bravia XR A95K model. It will be available on the market in two size versions – 55 and 65 “. In this case, we can count on 4K resolution, refreshing at 120 Hz and at least two HDMI 2.1 ports. There will be support for VRR and ALLM, as well as Dolby Vision support and advanced sound technologies. The device itself looks phenomenal and very similar to the “classic” OLED TV sets available on the market. Apparently, the Bravia A95K, thanks to the QD-OLED technology, will allow you to display up to 200% more color intensity compared to competing organic matrices. We do not know the price and release date yet, but the TV should hit stores in 2022.

Of course, this is not the end of news for the Japanese. Cooperation with Samsung does not exclude the current cooperation with LG, which is why classic OLED matrices will also appear in the Sony model offer this year. Interestingly, they will cover screens with a diagonal of 48 “and 42”, which will be tantamount to launching the smallest OLED screen, so far produced for consumers. LG will also offer such a variant this year, but we will move on to it. Sony also does not cut itself off from classic LCDs and will provide TVs made in Mini LED technology, including the flagship Z9K series with 75 and 85 “matrices, as well as the more affordable X95K, but its smallest representative will still have a huge 65” diagonal .

MicroLED from LG made a sensation – a gigantic 136 “TV with stunning image quality

Samsung and LG love to exchange the palm of precedence in the area of ​​modern technologies. While the former have been developing MicroLEDs for many years, the latter have dominated the OLED market and literally monopolized it. This is why Samsung enters the QD-OLED technology, while LG … provides a beautiful, huge MicroLED screen, which is announced to be the successor to classic organic matrices. For all the uninitiated, I will briefly explain that MicroLED is basically not far from OLEDs, because it also offers separate, self-illuminating LEDs with the difference that they are not organic. The effect is electrifying, because black and contrasts are as perfect as with OLED, but there is no risk of matrix burnout, and in addition, we can count on much better colors and much higher brightness. Unfortunately, matrices made in this technology are currently very expensive, because engineers still have big problems creating such small LEDs.

This does not change the fact that during CES 2022 LG presented a 136 “TV made in MicroLED technology, which displays 4K resolution and supports HDR, but apart from that, we do not know any other details of this model. It does not change the fact that the company makes it clear in which direction he wants to go. The Koreans were physically absent from the fair, but on site each visitor could find QR codes that would reveal a bit of a secret about the new offer. OLED models from this year’s new B2 and C2 series will return, but the 42 “diagonal will be added to the size set, similar to Sony’s. In addition, you will find the classic 48, 55, 65, 77 and 83 “. Importantly, each OLED from LG from the series intended for 2022 has a special certificate awarded by the global network of research laboratories Intertek. To get it, the matrices must absolutely give 100% color fidelity and 100% of their saturation.In addition, you can count on a cosmic, 1 ms response time and all the amenities for players, so far HDMI 2.1 connectors, support for 4K and 120 Hz, support for VRR and ALLM, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos There will be support for NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium as well as a special “Dark Room Mode” option, where the screen brightness is automatically adjusted to a completely darkened room.

TCL also has a few tricks up its sleeve, including TV sets with 144 Hz matrices

The Chinese company TCL, which has recently significantly increased its market share of TV sets manufacturers, could not be absent from the fair. The company will provide matrices whose image will be refreshed at a frequency of 144 Hz, similar to that of Samsung. This means a slightly larger tribute to PC players, because on new consoles we will not use values ​​higher than 120 Hz anyway. All these devices will be equipped with Mini LED diodes, guaranteeing high brightness and very good contrast. There will be solutions for players and reduced delays as well as HDMI 2.1 connectors with full support for 4K / 120 Hz and VRR and ALLM techniques. We have to wait a while for more details, but I assume that we will get to know them in the very near future. However, all this information makes me look at the development of the TV market with great joy. More competition means even more good news for consumers, and all this means that we can count on lower prices and better promotional offers.


About Alex Marcell

He likes dogs, pizza and popcorn. Already a fanboy of Nintendo and Sony, but today throws anything. He has collaborated on sites and magazines such as GameBlast, Nintendo World, Hero and Portal Pop, but today is dedicated exclusively to Spark Chronicles.

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