Technological advances in TVs in the last couple of years are as exciting as they are in smartphones. Over the past decade, televisions have fundamentally changed the way we view them, from TV panels to home media centers. They acquired the ability to control smart home appliances and received voice control. The pandemic that has covered the entire planet has given an additional leap to televisions. Today, their capabilities have begun to outstrip the wildest dreams of the concept of SmartTV, which turns 10 this year. Samsung has definitely gone the farthest in this direction, so its example can easily track all those fantastic TV changes that looked like pure fantasy ten years ago.
1. Computer replacement
Few people remember, but the first personal computers were connected to the TV as a monitor. But with the advent of the IBM PC, it became standard to use a separate monitor for the computer. When the computer became the main device for watching films, and the video card acquired an HDMI output, we began to display the playback of films or series on the TV screen, the dimensions of which have always outstripped (and continue to outrun) the dimensions of computer monitors. Finally, there comes a period when the TV can exclude the computer not only for games or movies but also for work. We connect the Internet, a wireless keyboard, and the same wireless mouse. And now you can remotely connect to your work computer that is left in the office. Or even directly connect to cloud services Google Docs or Microsoft Office 365. And comfortably work on a large TV screen, comfortably sitting in your living room. This feature is available on Samsung 2021 TVs and the Smart Monitor range. To work, just install the Easy Connect application on your TV, smartphone (or computer). Samsung smartphone users can have a seamless experience using their Galaxy with Dex.
2. Artificial intelligence for real-time image processing
The advances in artificial intelligence in the form of machine learning and the use of neural networks in modern devices are already undeniable. Neural networks trained on millions of images can increase video resolution in real-time, reduce image noise, and make it more contrasting and clearer. The Neo Quantum processor used in the 2021 Samsung Neo QLED TVs uses 16 (!) Different neural networks are trained on different tasks. It recognizes scenes, real-time video stream resolution and does the job of increasing resolution, clarity, and contrast and reducing noise and blurring. Samsung calls this solution the Multi-Intelligence Neurl Network. Accordingly, the use of 16 different neural networks to solve various problems to improve the image instead of one gives an improvement in the image even compared to the TVs of the previous year. We’ve all seen the success of neural networks in processing ancient black and white filming, which can now be seen in color and 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. Not too far away from us is the day when televisions will be able to do such miracles in real-time.
3. Incredible picture: the magic of Micro LED and Quantum Mini LED
If you compare the image that the best TVs were capable of a decade ago with the cutting-edge TVs of 2021, the difference will be visible to the naked eye. Modern TVs have not only higher resolution (and, accordingly, greater clarity and detail) – 4K and 8K versus FullHD but also provide greater brightness, contrast, and black depth. A real revolution awaits us this year with the miniaturization of LEDs used in TVs. What is the difference between Micro LED and Quantum Mini LED?
The Micro LED TV uses 24 million (!) LEDs ranging in size from tens to hundreds of micrometers. The brightness of each is controlled separately, providing a clear picture, with deep blacks and prohibitively high brightness.
Samsung calls these LEDs self-lit, which gives them higher brightness than traditional LCD TVs. Accordingly, they do not need additional illumination and a color filter. In general, this technology came from commercial displays used in outdoor advertising and for creating composite screens during concerts and performances (Micro LED technology allows you to create almost frameless screens, the manufacturer calls this design monolithic). In 2021, Samsung is launching its first-ever Micro LED consumer TVs with huge screen sizes ranging from 77 to 110 inches!
An important detail is that we are talking about LEDs based on inorganic elements, which is an advantage for users concerned about the problem of burn-in of OLED screens.
What is the difference between screens with Quantum Mini LED? This is a further development of QLED technology using quantum dots. Quantum Mini LEDs are 40 times smaller than traditional LEDs used in TVs. This made it possible to get rid of the lenses and the LED housing – a film microlayer is used instead. The absence of lenses played another important role – they are associated with the inevitable scattering of light, creating a halo effect or blurring of the image at the boundaries of objects (between adjacent dimming blocks).
Thanks to the microlayer, the amount of light emitted by the LEDs in front of them (and not to the side) is increased. On the other hand, the diffusion effect is reduced. Another advantage of the microlayer is that it reduces the optical path for the light that forms the image. The result is greater clarity and less blur and halo.
Accordingly, by reducing the size of the LEDs, it was possible to reduce the thickness of the television panel further and achieve better black depth indicators. Increased contrast and peak brightness. These TVs use the Neo Quantum processor with its 16 neural networks for real-time image processing. Finally, the Quantum Matrix technology made it possible to switch to a 12-bit grayscale with 4096 gradations instead of 10-bit in previous generation TVs.
So, Micro LED is a technology that allows you to make TVs with a frameless screen and large diagonals. Neo QLED is the most advanced technology that provides a technological advantage with Neo Quantum processors (16 neural networks and up to 8K scaling) and Quantum Matrix technology (12-bit grayscale).
4. Screens emitting sound
The next thing we value in TVs after pictures are, of course, sound. Of course, the sound of TVs has also radically changed over the decade. It’s not even about supporting audio processing technologies developed in the Dolby labs (although they certainly play a role too). And not only that, we have begun to install soundbars next to our televisions – acoustic systems specially designed for use with televisions. The sound capabilities of modern televisions allow you to localize an object on the screen and create an acoustic effect, thanks to locally located sound sources behind the screen. Samsung calls this technology Object Tracking Sound, and all sound connoisseurs should pay attention to TVs with its support.
Another technology that is dramatically changing the perception of TV sound is SpaceFit Sound. It is used in Neo QLED TVs, works in conjunction with a soundbar (and this is another reason to buy one), evaluates the room’s acoustic scene using microphones, and then adapts the sound of the TV to achieve the best result. For comparison, remember how excellent the algorithms for evaluating external sound work in modern TWS headphones (for example, the same Galaxy Buds Pro). It is obvious that the capabilities of the TV speakers are much higher. By the way, Samsung TV speakers can interact with the soundbar as a whole, enhancing the sound thanks to the Q-Symphony function. Well, it’s impossible not to fall in love with technology such as Active Voice Activation (AVA), which allows you to increase the volume of dialogues on the TV when a source of noise appears in the room (for example, a working vacuum cleaner). Another advantage of modern technology is TVs, which could only be dreamed of 10 years ago.
5. Interior TVs
Indoor TVs are simply ingenious Samsung ideas that have forever changed the way we think about these devices. And it gave impetus to a new round of organic integration of technologies and interiors, which probably began with the appearance of household appliances built into kitchen furniture: refrigerators, washing machines and dishwashers, and ovens with microwaves. This year, the developers of The Frame TVs went even further. They opened new horizons for integrating these TVs into our interiors with the help of special modular My Shelf shelves.
The Serif TVs have also made their contribution to history – their customers are so delighted with the purchase of such a TV that every fifth buyer publishes his photo of The Serif on social networks. 10 years ago, no one would have even thought about this.
The Sero TV is Samsung’s answer to the growing popularity of vertical video taking over the world. This year, predictably, they began supporting the world’s premier vertical video service, TikTok. Although 10 years ago, it was physically impossible to imagine that vertical video would impact the industry.
Finally, The Terrace series TVs are also capable of becoming a part of our life soon – they will be bought not only by the owners of country houses, but also by the owners of cafes and restaurants with summer grounds and, of course, hotels. These TVs have an anti-reflective coating (so you can watch them in the bright sun). And there is also protection against splashes of water according to the IP55 class (you can not be afraid to put them next to the pools) and resistance to work at high temperatures (on a sunny day, ordinary electrical appliances on the street have a hard time).
6. Laser projection TVs
Ten years ago, if you wanted a 100-inch screen at home, you had only one choice – buy a projector and connect it to your computer. Today, one more direction of projection televisions is developing: a synthesis of television filling and a modern laser projector, such as the high-tech Samsung Premiere. This is the industry’s first tri-laser projector with 4K resolution.
It installs from 5 centimeters to any solid wall in the room and produces images of 130 inches in diagonal. By the way, around projectors, there are many side product categories, for example, roll-up motorized screens. For Premiere, it’s worth thinking about this, especially if your home interior is as immodest as in the video below. Inside the projector, there are acoustics with speakers according to scheme 4.2 (yes, it has two subwoofers and two high-frequency tweeters) with a total power of 40 watts! And also, like the 2021 Samsung subwoofers, it supports the Tap View function – connecting a broadcast from a smartphone with one touch.
Remember Marty McFly’s TV from the future in Back to the Future 2? Which could be divided into several screens and display several channels on it. 30 years ago, it looked like what it was – pure fantasy. Now, this is already a reality – in Samsung Micro LED TVs (it’s not for nothing that they have such huge diagonals), there is a Multi-View function (aka 4Vue or Quad View). It allows you to divide the TV screen into 4 parts and display the image from its source for each. You can play at the same time, watch a stream with the game’s passage, and monitor some news (or stock quotes if you work as a broker remotely).
8. Advantage in computer games
Gamers don’t just love to use wide, curved monitors (like the Samsung Odyssey G9). Such monitors allow you to expand the angle of view in the game, thus gaining an advantage over the enemy. And who would have thought that this would somehow affect televisions. But in 2021 Samsung Neo QLED TVs, a special Super Ultrawide game mode appeared, in which you can use an image with an aspect ratio of 32: 9, which already supports 70% of computer games. In this case, the diagonal of the image on 65-inch TVs will be 59 inches, which exceeds the image size even on the flagship 49-inch gaming monitors. The new TVs also support Freesync technologies, and the Neo QLED series is the first in the world to support Freesync Premium Pro, which guarantees minimal lag in games and makes the picture smooth, without jerks. Together with a dedicated Game Bar menu with quick settings and automatic recognition of the running game, all this allows you to position your Neo QLED TVs as the best solution for gamers.
9. Solar powered remote control
But such a decision could already have been imagined ten years ago, but hardly anyone would have taken it seriously. Today, this is already a reality – a solar-powered remote control with a built-in battery will appear on Samsung TVs in 2021. The world is increasingly concerned about the environment. With the production volume of Samsung TVs, such a decision will allow over the next 7 years to prevent waste from 99 million AAA batteries that can cause (if not properly disposed of) serious harm to the environment.
10. Transforming packaging
Finally, another brilliant design idea, moreover related to ecology, is the creation of packaging for TVs in the form of a designer, from which you can assemble a cat’s house, bookshelves, or a children’s toy.
In addition to the rocking horse, there are also bears and toy houses for dolls. And all these thanks to the patterns placed right on the surface of the cardboard boxes from the TVs, which are thrown away every year by the tons. A good first step towards sustainable consumption.
Progress never stands still. Each new year brings us new generations of technologies and new impressions from using a wide variety of devices. Compared to the same smartphones, TVs were rather slow-moving devices that did not promise revolutions every year. But it was like that before. The events of 2020, which have closed the entire planet in quarantine, forced billions of people to stay at home. Their time in front of TVs has grown dramatically, prompting TV manufacturers to accelerate their development processes and transform modern TVs into something new, taking them to the next level. Now you even know which one.