Samsung has notified its 2022 TVs across its Micro LED, Neo QLED, and Lifestyle series, its CES tradition of new TV tech. What are interesting aren’t the displays so much this year. The already very-good displays are nudged forward: the Neo QLED TVs now include what Samsung says are the “first” 4K and 8K sets with 144Hz inputs over the previous 120Hz. There are also upgrades from the 12-bit backlight to 14-bit for “more accurate brightness,” and the Micro LED line is now bezel-free, and features a slightly wider color range. None of that is super major, and the focus is actually on software. The big detail is that Samsung is introducing a new Smart Hub to its 2022 displays. The new software has added smarter content discovery and there’s a gaming hub that adds cloud gaming to the TV directly: supporting NVidia GeForce Now, Google Stadia, and Utomik, plus YouTube Gaming, and more in the future potentially.
It has also announced three new displays that it will launch this year with one of the most interesting models for Mac users being the 32-inch Smart Monitor M8 with USB-C connectivity and handy features like Airplay built-in. “Samsung’s 2022 line-up represents the next generation in monitor innovation with offerings that meet the demands of competitive gamers, professional designers, and everyone in between,” said Hyesung Ha, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics.
Including Mac users, the new Smart Monitor M8 will likely be the most compelling of the three. With a new white finish and iMac-style design coming in at just 11.4mm thick (0.1mm thinner than the M1 iMac), this display includes USB-C with up to 65W charging, moveable magnetic SlimFit webcam, 400 nits brightness, 99% sRGB, 32-inch panel, “warm white” finish, slim bezels, doubles as a smart TV.
The company hasn’t shared pricing, release details, or the full tech specs yet. But with the Smart Monitor M7 that launched last year coming with a 4K resolution and Airplay support built-in from $400, we’d expect the upcoming M8 keeps those great features while staying in the affordable display territory. With an ultra-slim thickness of 11.4mm, which is about three-quarters thinner than the previous model, the 2022 Smart Monitor M8 32 (Model Name: M80B) provides space efficiency. Especially for those who value style, it features a sophisticated flat-back design with enhanced usability and comes in a new warm white color that fits perfectly everywhere. The brilliant UHD panel provides 99% sRGB color gamut while supporting 1.07 billion colors at 400nit brightness, showing every video, document, or photo with true-to-life accuracy.
It has also publicized what it says is the world’s first 1000R curved display with 4K resolution and 240Hz refresh rate for gaming. Odyssey Neo G8 features Mini-LED - 32-inch panel with Quantum HDR with 2,000 nits peak brightness and 240Hz refresh with 4K 3,840 x 2,160 resolution.
Ultimately Samsung will launch two models of the UHD Monitor S8: 27 and 32-inch models of up to 98% DCI-P3, USB-C connectivity with 90W charging, LAN ports, and Worlds’ first UL verified Glare-Free monitor.