Display sizes 55, 65, 75, 85 inches
Panel 3840x2160 Mini-LED QLED
Operating system Samsung Tizen
CPU Neo Quantum 4k
Connectivity HDMI x4 (eARC x1), USB x3, optical, Bluetooth 4.2
Dimensions 1227.4x706.2x25.9mm /1446.3x829.3x25.9mm / 1670.0x958.2x26.7mm /1892.2x1082.5x27.2mm
Weight 16.8kg / 23.3kg / 33.2kg / 42.9kg
The QN95A range is Samsung’s flagship 4K TV for 2021, and it’s both priced and specified accordingly. Most intriguing is the ‘Neo QLED’ designation, which indicates the QN95A is a Mini-LED design, with all of the gains in black levels, contrast and backlighting control this new technology promises.
This isn’t the only Mini-LED TV we’ll see this year (we’re expecting them to make a huge splash), but Samsung is first to get it into our hands. It sets one hell of a benchmark, and only makes us more excited about the other Mini-LED models still to come.
But with the best OLED TVs getting more affordable all the time, can Mini-LED (in general) and the Samsung QN95A range (in particular) give OLED a run for its money? We’ll find out as we test it.
As is inevitable with a rangetopping TV that’s brand new onto the market, the Samsung QN95A will cost you. The 55-inch model, the 55QN95A, will set you back £2,199, with the set also available in 65-inch (65QN95A), 75-inch (75QN95A) and 85-inch (85QN95A) versions. Respective prices are £2,999, £4,499 and a hearty £5,999, which is a not inconsiderable sum in anybody’s language.
The first of 2021’s Mini-LED screens to make it into T3’s grubby mitts, the QN95A comes packed with Samsung’s diminutive new LEDs that are 40 times smaller than in its previous QLEDs.
Thanks to its innovative backlighting, the QN95A offers truly breathtaking HDR, with bright highlights and inky blacks that almost rival OLED levels of contrast.
Happily, the feature-count goes quite some way to justifying the cost. The most significant thing from a technology point of view is, of course, the way the LCD pixels are illuminated. Mini-LED replaces the hundreds of LEDs used in traditional panels with many thousands of far, far smaller equivalents – Samsung says the LEDs here are 40 times smaller than those that backlit its (suddenly) more prosaic screens.
And as well as shrinking the LEDs themselves, Samsung has dispensed with the relatively bulky lens that guides the light in the correct direction (ie forward). Instead, each of the tiny Mini LEDs has an extremely brief micro-filter over it to take care of that particular job.
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