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Samsung 55inch QN95B Neo QLED UltraHD Mini LED TV Review: Flagship TV of the future

Modern flat panel TVs are normally slotted into one of three categories, which are LED, Quantum Dot LED and OLED. In this, standard LED TVs are the most affordable and OLED TVs are the most expensive. Recently, some brands like TCL, LG and Samsung have launched a fourth category in India called Mini LED. The panel offers the same affordability, brightness and color and contrast as OLED panels of LED models.

The product I am going to review today is Samsung’s current flagship Ultra HD TV- QN95B Neo QLED TV. This TV is an amalgamation of Samsung’s mastery in quantum dot technology and the latest in Mini LED technology. QN95B Neo QLED TV The price in India is Rs 2,14,990. It comes in 55 and 65 inch sizes and proves to be quite modern in many ways. Its quantum dot technology, mini LED backlighting and unique slim design make it a premium flagship product. The TV supports high dynamic range up to HDR10+ format and supports Dolby Atmos audio with 70W speaker system. Is This the Best Flagship 55 Inch TV You Can Buy Currently? Find out in this review.

Samsung 55-inch QN95B Neo QLED TV Design and Specs

The Samsung QN95B Neo QLED is one of the company’s flagship Ultra HD TV range. You can buy it in 55 inch or 65 inch size. Samsung sent its 55-inch variant to me for review, which costs Rs 2,14,990. The price takes it into the premium category that competes with brands like LG and Sony.

One thing that sets this TV apart from the rest of the market players is its Mini LED backlighting, which is combined with the company’s highly rated QLED Quantum Dot technology. This creates even smaller local dimming zones that are promised to further reduce the backlight bleeding effect. This type of backlighting brings it closer to OLED technology. It also gets an advantage of higher peak brightness and this TV claims a peak brightness of 2000 nits.

Its design and looks also justify the high price of the TV. The main body of the TV is completely flat. It has a uniform sleek structure and even when mounted on the wall, it feels quite thin, leaving almost no gap between the wall and the screen. The back side of the TV has two ports, a One Connect cable and a USB Type C port for a webcam. This is optional, if you want, you can buy it for Rs 8,900. The eight drivers of its 4.2.2 channel speaker system are given at the rear.

You can also table mount the TV via the center position stand found in the box. Its stand is quite heavy and its weight is around 8 kg. It comes with a fairly solid build and looks like it can handle the screen safely. I wall mounted it for review and used my VESA kit for this. Samsung says that the TV without the stand weighs 16.1kg, which is quite a lot for a 55-inch TV, while it is also slim in build.

Its screen is only its screen but the One Connect box that comes with it is its real brain. This box connects to the screen. It sends power and audio visual signals to the screen as well as to its 4.2.2 channel speaker system. The cable connecting the two is single and transparent, but it is also very thin, and it is 1 meter long. This makes it easy to access ports and sockets and that’s why the screen is so slim.

The One Connect box connects to your main power supply and includes four HDMI 2.1 ports (one that supports HDMI eARC), three USB Type-A ports, an RF In cable socket, an Ethernet port, and a digital optical audio output (TosLink). ) Is. The box also handles wireless connectivity via dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.2, and interfaces with the remote. The box can be placed anywhere near the TV. It is quite large and it needs flat space near the TV, such as TV furniture unit etc.

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The Samsung QN95B Neo QLED TV has a basic refresh rate of 100Hz and a variable refresh rate of 144Hz such as for games etc. The 55-inch screen has a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels. It uses Samsung’s Neural Quantum Processor 4K. It supports high dynamic range up to HDR10+ format. Its 4.2.2 speaker system has 2 top firing speakers and has a rated output of 70W.

Samsung 55-inch QN95B Neo QLED TV Remote and Features

The remote of the TV is quite unique and it can also be charged with solar power. A small solar panel has been given in its back. Apart from this, USB Type C port has been provided with it for charging, so that it can be charged quickly when needed. The remote with the box came with adequate charging and I did not need to charge it again during the review.

The remote is quite compact and simple in terms of buttons. It doesn’t have a number pad and there’s no dedicated playback control. But a D-pad has been given for navigation, hot keys have been given for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus Hotstar and Samsung TV Plus.

Microphone is provided for voice commands, you can also access the settings directly from any screen of the TV. I liked the remote and didn’t have any problems with it during the review. However, the markings on the buttons are difficult to read in the dark and the tactile feel doesn’t help much.

If you have smart appliances from Samsung that are compatible with the company’s SmartThings framework, you can control them directly from your TV. In other modes, there is an Eye Comfort mode which controls the brightness and color level according to the day and night. Apart from this, multiple voice assistants have also been given, including Google Assistant, Alexa and Samsung’s own Bixby. Apart from this, Multi View feature has also been given in it, so that you can watch your smartphone screen on TV at the same time.

It doesn’t have the function of Google Chromecast, but you do get support for Apple AirPlay 2 through which I was able to easily watch my iPhone on a part of the TV screen.

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The TV also comes with many features keeping gaming in mind, such as 144Hz refresh rate, low latency mode and support for AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, making this TV a perfect fit for modern gaming consoles. Apart from this, object tracking sound has also been given in it which produces realistic sound, it has been claimed.

Samsung 55-inch QN95B Neo QLED TV software and interface

Samsung uses its own Tizen software for TVs. However, the QN95B Neo QLED TV shows some changes. This TV gets a more content focused user interface which is recommended by many apps and services. It is similar to Xiaomi’s PatchWall. A special point in its interface is given as Samsung TV Plus. This is a free streaming service that comes preinstalled with the TV. It has a linear TV programming format that supports 60 TV channels including Discovery, TLC and Boomberg.

As soon as the TV is turned on, it shows the most recently watched channels in a small preview box, because of this, it seems quite annoying when restarting the TV if the TV is left on high volume. Streaming services focus more on free movies and TV shows, but you have to install these apps and in some cases sign in.

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Apart from all this, the TV has a good interface and it is also easy to switch between connected devices. Apps are easily accessible. The settings menu is a bit complicated to navigate, but there are plenty of options for customizing it. The interface cannot be called the best but it is worth using.

Samsung 55-inch QN95B Neo QLED TV performance

Before telling about the performance of the TV, let me tell you that there have been many such reports in which Samsung cheats in many tests done by the reviewers. FlatpanelsHD has also reported something similar for this TV review. However, our testing process does not involve a specific test that Samsung can detect and tamper with. We have no reason to believe that this unit shipped by Samsung is not a standard retail unit.

The QN95B is a modern flagship that delivers the same performance as you might expect from a TV under Rs 2 lakh. Its Quantum Dot Mini LED delivers a brighter and brighter picture. The TV utilizes its calibration and technical capabilities to deliver a flagship grade HDR performance.

I tested the TV in a variety of resolutions and dynamic range content. And as with the high end models, the TV is optimized for Ultra HD HDR content. The difference in sharpness, motion handling, color accuracy and brightness can be easily seen which gets better with high quality content.

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I watched Spider-Man: No Way Home with Ultra HD HDR on it via Apple TV on Dolby Atmos which was my best experience on it. The sharpness, colors and detail level were excellent. Its brightness was exactly as promised and was better than other rivals in the market.

The bright colors of this superhero movie looked quite attractive, which is amazing due to its mini LED technology. Black level was good and at the same level as seen in high end OLED TVs. It also handled blooming and light bleeds well, and even in bright scenes, very little light was seen scattering in it.

In the dark, the brightness of the room seemed too high at times. Changes in brightness were being detected and sometimes this change was happening suddenly. The TV also has a mode that adapts to the incoming light and it worked well for me. This mode also raised the brightness in daytime, so that the TV can be watched comfortably even in bright daylight.

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Dolby Vision HDR seems to be technically superior to Samsung’s favorite HDR10+ format. It gave good HDR performance. It appears to rely on its own ability to maintain brightness and black levels, not the metadata of the content.

This was visible in the high quality content of Apple TV, Apple TV+, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Shows like Love, Death & Robots and Roar looked great but here the TV screen seemed to respond sluggishly to the changes.

Content in standard dynamic range content such as Netflix’s Better Call Saul retained the same sharpness and quality but was not as impressive as HDR content. The TV was handling fast motion scenes well, but in some scenes in HDR content artfaces were being created.

The content on this TV looks like the content seen on 55 inch Ultra HD TV. Although some artfaces were visible while watching motion scenes such as F1 Race. It is found in TVs of all prices, but in this TV it is seen a little more.

Apart from the motion scenes, I did not face any problem with its FullHD content. Enjoyed watching sitcoms like Kim’s Convenience and The Big Bang Theory. The colors looked very good. Big Bang Theory’s bright popup culture was clean and punchy. Low-resolution content looked crappy on the TV, just like it does when watching standard definition content on an Ultra HD TV.

Its sound quality is quite special in itself but it falls a little less in use. Even after outputting 70W, the TV didn’t sound as loud as I was expecting. Perhaps it was a result of the speakers being placed on the back that the sound felt suppressed. Object tracking audio also did not show much effect in this.

Sound performance was quite good with Dolby Atmos content. Spider-Man: No Way Home, Hustle, and Love, Death & Robots had good sound experiences. I had to turn the volume level up to 70 to get a good loud experience. However, if you want a home theater-like experience, then you should use a good sound bar with it.

our decision

Samsung is considered to be the best in the business when it comes to televisions and the QN95B Neo QLED lives up to the expectations I put in it. The TV is technically sound, bright and delivers detailed pictures so that it does justice to its Rs 2 lakh price tag as well. The TV comes with good design and features, a bright mini LED screen, and top quality performance with Ultra HD and HDR content.

There are also some minor flaws like a little poor sound quality, chaotic user interface, slight motion issues, etc. Nevertheless, a user who buys such a high-end TV will get quality content and get good performance. Its design also looks very attractive and with its slim, it looks beautiful.

Overall, it is a flagship Ultra HD TV that does justice to its price well. However, for the home theater experience, it needs a sound bar and speaker system.

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