The mini-LED-driven “Neo QLED” TVs Samsung showed at CES 2023 were stunning to behold, and they proved the company capable of once again pushing the limits of that specific display tech. Even more impressive was its ability to do so while simultaneously improving the QD-OLED tech that made such a big splash when first introduced in 2022 for the company’s new OLED TV lineup.
Both Samsung’s S95B OLED and QN95B Neo QLED models ranked among the best 4K TVs we reviewed in 2022, and given what was on display at CES, I have high expectations for their successors. But I have one additional expectation of Samsung: that it will migrate its mini-LED technology to less expensive models rather than reserving it for the premium Neo QLED family.
The main reason why this needs to happen is competition. At CES 2023, the new TVs Hisense had on display consisted of four series that use mini-LED backlighting tech – a big change from 2022, when the company only released one series with mini-LED, the U8H. Hisense’s announcements included a 50-inch model that will sell for under $500 – a new low price for the display tech.
TCL, the first company to make wide use of mini-LED, preceding Samsung, Sony, and LG in that regard, also introduced a range of new mini-LED TVs at CES. Its QM8 series will be available in screen sizes ranging from 65 inches up to a staggering 98 inches and will provide up to two times the peak brightness and five times as many local dimming zones as last year’s models, according to the company. Given TCL’s track record on price, these TVs should all be sold at a reasonable cost for what they offer.