Samsung opens pre-orders for 2021 4K QLED models starting at $550

We’re still waiting for pricing on Samsung’s MicroLED TV and its full 2021 TV and soundbar lineup, but today, the company has announced pre-order pricing and availability on its line of non-NeoQLED models. Earlier this month it opened pre-orders for its Neo QLED models, in both 4K and 8K versions.  There are still plenty of models and sizes missing from Samsung’s full 2021 TV list, but here’s what we know so far (we’ll update this list as more pricing info gets announced).

If you’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of these TVs, Samsung is giving you another reason to pull out your credit card: All Neo QLED pre-orders receive a free professional TV mounting service, which Samsung says is a $120 value.

2021 Samsung 8K Neo QLED TV

2021 Samsung 8K Neo QLED TV
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Available in two versions (QN900A and QN800A), Samsung’s flagship QLED TV models get some nice upgrades for 2021. The TVs are powered by a new mini-LED backlight (the Neo part of the name), which should give these models even better black levels, contrast, and brightness than last year’s 8K TVs. Along with that new display comes a new picture processor, Samsung’s Neo Quantum Processor 8K, which we expect will do an even better job upscaling non-8K content to 8K resolution.

The two models share many common features, including an edge-t0-edge picture, super-slim chassis, support for 120Hz when viewing 4K content, a suite of dedicated gaming features, and support for HDR10+ Adaptive.

However, the Q900A has better HDR performance (48x vs 32x) and an 80-watt, 6.2.2 speaker system (versus 70-watt, 4.2.2 on the Q800A). All models can currently be pre-ordered and will be available in March 2021.

2021 Samsung 4K Neo QLED TV

2021 Samsung 4K Neo QLED TV
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Samsung’s 4K TVs also get a boost in picture quality in 2021 thanks to the same Neo-equipped QLED panels. There are two varieties: The QN90A and QN85A.

These models have four HDMI inputs and use Samsung’s Neo Quantum Processor 4K. They have virtually no bezel but aren’t quite as slim in terms of depth as the 8K Neo QLED models. Still, they support a huge range of features including HDR10+, Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, auto game mode, and object tracking sound.

The QN90A gets better HDR performance (32x vs 24x on the QN85A) and better sound with a 60-watt, 4.2.2 channel system versus a 60-watt 2.2.2 channel system on the QN85A. All models can currently be pre-ordered and will be available in March 2021.

2021 Samsung 4K QLED TV

Samsung 2021 QN80A 4K QLED TV

Samsung’s non-Neo 4K QLED lineup includes the QN80A, QN70A, and QN60A. The QN80A and QN70A share many of the same features, such as Samsung’s Quantum Processor 4K, and Object Tracking Sound, while the QN60A gets less powerful “lite” versions.

The QN80A is the only model of the three with Full-Array Local Dimming (FALD) and a 12x boost to HDR performance. Still, all three models have a huge number of valuable features like Q-Symphony, HDR10+, Dolby Digital+, auto game mode (ALLM), ARC/e-ARC, Bixby and Alexa, and Bluetooth.

2021 Samsung The Frame 4K QLED TV

2021 Samsung The Frame 4K QLED TV
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Samsung’s gallery-inspired The Frame gets a few updates for 2021, including Q-Symphony, a better, 4-channel, 40-watt sound system, and compatibility with Adaptive Sound+ and SpaceFit sound. Mirroring options get easier thanks to Samsung’s OneTap system for quickly associating a smartphone to the TV via an NFC sensor built into the Frame’s remote control.

What hasn’t changed is the 4K QLED display, the swappable bezels, and a slim-fit wall mount using Samsung’s OneConnect cable and breakout box.

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