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The Samsung QN90A Neo QLED is one of the first displays in 2021 to use the hype Neo QLED panels company, which have a higher number of LEDs per square inch than previous generations. The result is a TV that's brighter than before, if that's possible with Samsung, and one that can display a range of colors in a satisfyingly deep way.
Inside, each and every Neo QLED TV has the high-end Neo Quantum 4K processor that uses a neural network to examine images for better HD scaling and Motion Xcelerator Turbo + for better motion management, which it really paid off for Samsung's flagship display.
Finally, there are the new GameView and Game Bar features. The Game Bar displays each and every key spec that gamers care about, like the current frames per second (FPS) and what version of VRR is currently enabled. GameView lets you convert the screen ratio. Frankly, it's a fun idea and it can help offset the cost if you use the TV as a monitor and entertainment screen in your living room.
That said, there are some drawbacks looming this year that we can't ignore, like the slight wobble of the stand or surprisingly lackluster sound quality that doesn't quite measure up to a flagship 4K TV. There's also no support for Dolby Vision, meaning it's locked to HDR10 on Netflix (although HDR10+ elsewhere). None of these factors is a definitive factor, but they should give you a little rest before you spend €2,500.
Price and launch date
- Part of the Samsung 2021 TV range
- From €1.499 / €1.799.
The Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV is a part of the Samsung TV line 2021 which also includes the Samsung QN85A, Samsung QN80A, Samsung Q70A and Samsung Q60A 4K QLED TVs, as well as the Samsung QN700A, Samsung QN800A and Samsung QN900A 8K TVs. It was unveiled at the virtual CES XNUMX and was free in the US and UK soon after.
For costs in the UK and US, it's between €1.499 / €1.799. In the US, there's also an 4.999-inch model free for €XNUMX if you want a really big screen.
Costs in the United States:
- Samsung QN50QN90AAFXZA fifty inches is available for €1499
- Fifty-five-inch Samsung QN55QN90AAFXZA is available for €1799
- Samsung QN65QN90AAFXZA sixty-five inches is available for €2599
- Samsung QN75QN90AAFXZA seventy-five inches is available for € 3,499
- The eighty-five-inch Samsung QN85QN90AAFXZA is available for €4,999
- The fifty-inch Samsung QE50QN90AATXXU is available for €1,799
- Fifty-five-inch Samsung QE55QN90AATXXU is available for €1,999
- The sixty-five-inch Samsung QE65QN90AATXXU is available for €2,799
- The 75-inch Samsung QE90QN3,999AATXXU is available for €XNUMX
- Minimum reach and manufactured with top quality materials.
- The base is a bit shaky.
- One HDMI 1 port, plus each and every port accepts 4K / 120Hz
- Eco-friendly remote control with solar energy works well
From a purely aesthetic point of view, There is nothing to dislike about the Samsung QN90A. It looks really good with premium materials and it looks really good both on the wall and on its stand. In concept of design, however, the stand is somewhat dangerous.
When the TV was fully installed on the bracket, with the screws as tight as possible, there was still a reasonable amount of wobble in the TV. It wasn't as bad as the Sony X950H that we criticized last year for its jitteriness, but it's still a lot less stable than we'd like. Of course, we can only chat about the XNUMX-inch version of the TV we tested; the fifty-five-inch TV could do just fine with its lower weight and center of gravity.
One of the reasons why the QN90A is a bit more unstable this year it is because it is somewhat thinner. Compared to last year, Samsung reduced the depth of the TV by about half an inch, which meant compromising sound quality and stability. It's not a bad thing if you plan to connect the TV to an external audio system, like one of Samsung's Dolby Atmos soundbars, and mount the TV on the wall, but it's worth noting.
The other drawback with the Samsung QN90A's design is that it only ships with a single full-bandwidth HDMI 1 port. That could be a bit of a downside in the future, but the good news is that the 4 ports can now handle both the PS5 and Xbox Series X at 4K / 120Hz, VRR and ALLM. Although all 4 ports work well for consoles, port three is the only port that accepts eARC, so you will want to use it for a soundbar.
Unfortunately, all these ports are located directly on the back of the TV and not on Samsung's OneConnect box, which is only free with the QN95A, Q800A and Q900A models. The QN90A has a way of hiding the cables by tucking them into the slots on the back of the TV, but it is not quite as fancy a solution as the OneConnect box.
However, what is a very elegant solution is the new ecological remote control that works with a solar battery. Just take it out of the box and then recharge each and every night by sitting on the edge of the windowsill. By the time we wanted to go back to watching TV in the middle of the morning or early afternoon, the remote control was fully charged again.
Aside from being simple to charge, the remote control uses Bluetooth, which means it runs without a line of sight to the TV, and comes with a built-in microphone that can be used to interrogate smart assistants. Typically, it is still pretty solid despite being one of the smaller common TV remote controls and its eco-friendly nature clearly gives it certain points in our book.
Smart TV (Tizen)
- Supports multiple built-in assistants
- Large app library with select HDR10 + compatible apps
- Requires a Samsung account to download new apps
- Screen streaming and Apple AirPlay two support too
At the base of the Samsung QN90A is the Tizen smart platform that Samsung has been using since, well, it seems like forever. New for the current year is the ability to move the smart assistant that the TV employs, and your options include Alexa, Google Assistant, and Bixby. We still do not think that Bixby is on par with the other 2, but now that is a minor inconvenience considering that it is simple to move to one of the others.
What concerns to Tizen's user interfaceIt looks pretty clean. Press the home button to reveal an overlay at the bottom of the screen with the usual apps and sources, like settings and ambient perfect mode. Roughly Perfect Ambient mode is a lower wattage mode that helps the TV blend in with the screeching surroundings while retaining some key information, like past screen time. It has been around for a few years and continues to be an interior decorator's dream come true.
The other cool built-in feature for Tizen is the Samsung-owned Samsung TV Plus app, which combines traditional TV channels with streaming channels for a more robust and free app experience. The best part is that Samsung TV Plus resembles countless cable guides, which means locating something to watch is partially intuitive and you can choose from multiple popular networks like ABC News, MTV, Nickolodeon, and more. All of these channels are ad-supported, so you will see an ad a few times, but otherwise it's a boon for Tizen.
In terms of app support, each and every major streaming platform is there, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, and Hulu. To download apps that are not built into the TV, you have to sign in with a Samsung account, which is a bit of a pain, undoubtedly, and certain apps are better than others. Amazon Prime Video, for example, with its HDR10 + support, actually looks better than HBO Max which, when we tried to broadcast Mortal Kombat, incomprehensibly used the appropriate picture settings for the screen and could not be altered. In the end, we had to use another streaming device on their site, which was somewhat disappointing.
Speaking of UI overlays, Tizen's Game Bar and GameView features are also worth a chat a bit more. Although they can indeed be useful for console gamers, as long as they confirm the refresh rate of the TV, they are considerably more useful for computer gamers. For example, connecting the QN90A to a computer lets you monitor the aspect ratio, but you must manually configure the computer's output to 21: nine (3840 × 1600 or (2560 × 1080) or 32: nine (3840 × 1080) Prefer this format over others going to be 5 with 16: nine, but having this alternative makes a solid case for using the Samsung QN90A as a monitor.
To end on a positive note, the TV accepts screen casting for most of the core apps and Apple AirPlay two. Sharing content on the screen is partially simple and outrageously convenient; In addition to this, if you are using a Samsung smartphone or smartwatch, you can track your biometrics to the TV through the built-in Samsung Health app. It is not worth throwing your iOS device away if it is not already on Samsung's Android platforms, but it is a good advantage for those of us.
- Mini led improves peak brightness and color saturation
- Neo Quantum 4K processor does a huge job of scaling
- Some movement drawbacks, more can be changed in the image settings
- It does not support Dolby Vision, unfortunately
- The black levels are very good for a LED-LCD, but not yet at the OLED level.