With the gadget fair CES behind us, we can now pretty much outline the TV trends for 2022. What is really new and what else struck us about the many announcements from television manufacturers?
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The most important news is undoubtedly the arrival of the first QD OLED televisions. This new technology uses special blue pixels that also show red and green light with the help of filters. This should provide higher brightness, more color and wider viewing angles than with regular OLED televisions.
The expectation was of course that sister company Samsung would be the first to announce televisions based on this new screen technology, because they make the panels that television makers use for this. That turned out differently: Samsung has not announced any QD-OLED TVs.
Sony unveils TV with new QD technology
That paved the way for Sony, which has presented a QD OLED television with the A95K. That is interesting, because Sony also sells ‘normal’ OLED televisions, which in turn contain screens from LG Display. Sony simply talks about ‘OLED TVs’ for both, but claims that the screen with the new technology offers greater color volume, more accurate color reproduction and better viewing angles.
When we can actually buy the TV and what the price will be, Sony does not want to say yet. It is speculation, but it seems that the mass production of QD OLED panels is not going as well as hoped.
LG makes OLED screens slightly brighter
LG Display announced improved OLED EX panels just before CES. EX stands for ‘Evolution and eXperience’. The EX panels can be seen as an improved version of last year’s OLED screens, which offered up to 20 percent higher peak brightness than the predecessors.
For the new EX panels, LG now claims that the brightness is 30 percent higher than that of ‘conventional OLED screens’. It seems to be a small step from what we saw in 2021. LG says it will start producing the new EX panels in South Korea and China from the second quarter. It is as yet unclear in which televisions we will find the new EX panels.
Even smaller OLED TVs
Another trend at LG is that it will supply OLED panels in more image sizes this year. LG is now also adding 42 inches to the bottom, which means that high-end TVs with this smaller image size are back. Great for those who want good picture quality, but who can’t or don’t want to have a large TV in the room.
In addition to smaller panels, LG Display also comes with larger OLED screens. In addition to the 77 and 83 inch image sizes that have been available for some time, there will also be a 97 inch model this year. That is a diameter of just under 2.5 meters. It is not yet known what that TV should cost.
More and more TVs have mini LED
We are seeing the biggest developments this year at OLED, but other technologies are not standing still either. The main trend is that the mini LED backlight is gaining ground. This is a screen in which many small lights illuminate the screen individually, which ensures a high contrast. In the long run, this should also become cheaper to produce.
Samsung and TCL are using mini LED again this year with their high-end televisions and LG also has mini LED models in its program. New for this year is that Sony will also use mini LED backlights in its more expensive LCD models. Sony claims that its smart algorithm works better than comparable algorithms from the competition, which should ensure a better image. It remains to be seen whether that is correct.
TVs better suited to new game consoles
Virtually all new high-end televisions announced at CES have connection ports capable of 4K video at 120 frames per second.
This is good news for PC gamers and owners of a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, as both consoles support that higher refresh rate.
Samsung said that some of its TVs this year can even refresh at 144 frames per second for an even smoother picture.
Gaming is a theme across the board to which television manufacturers are increasingly drawing attention. LG and Samsung are expanding their gaming-specific menus with relevant settings further this year and Samsung even announced that they will integrate streaming services Google Stadia and GeForce Now in its 2022 models, although that functionality is not yet available in the Netherlands and Belgium.
A final trend that we do not want to leave unmentioned is the further expansion of ‘AI image enhancement’. Manufacturers have been reporting for years that new models are using ever smarter algorithms to optimize images in terms of sharpness, color, noise and contrast.
This year is no different, but what is striking is that almost every manufacturer this year mainly puts object recognition in the spotlight. The claim here is that algorithms in the TV recognize the foreground and background in the image and process them differently. We’ve been hearing this claim for years and in all honesty haven’t seen very impressive results so far, but according to both Sony and Samsung and LG, big steps are being made this year.
The result would be that the foreground and background are more separated by giving the foreground more sharpness, contrast and color than the background. Are you an image purist and does this sound like a horror to you? Don’t worry, the function can of course be turned off.
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