Samsung The Frame art TV gets a matte, anti-glare screen at CES 2022


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Samsung’s The Frame TV has always offered a unique proposition. It is designed to display not only your favorite TV shows and movies, but also – for some buyers, mainly – to show the art. It has a built-in art store that lets you buy digital versions of paintings, photographs and more, it lets you show off your own pictures and photos, and it works with both metal and wood frames. personalized to better imitate a room. wall art.

AT CES 2022, Samsung presents the latest improvement for The Frame: a new anti-glare display designed to make this art more realistic (and less televisual) than ever before. The company describes the new matte finish of the screen as a “realistic paper and canvas texture” which is “designed to maximize irregularities in the light diffusing surface” even in bright rooms. In my experience, Samsung’s non-Frame TVs are the best on the market for combating glare, so I would expect the new The Frame to raise the stakes even further.

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Samsung says two of its other unique lifestyle TVs, The Serif and the sero, will also get the new screen in 2022. The company also sells a new motorized wall mount for its televisions that orients them from standard wide or landscape mode to vertical or portrait mode, as well as redesigning its menus and user interface to operate. also in portrait mode.

Another new thing for the 2022 release of The Frame is a redesigned version of the art store that is supposed to make it easier to find content. A paid membership costs $ 5 per month to access over 1,400 works of art from “world-class” institutions. You can also attach a specialized shelf on TV.

Other than the new display and the UX, Samsung hasn’t done much to improve the picture over previous versions. The frame has 4K resolution, QLED technology with quantum dots and the company’s dual-LED backlight structure, which lacks local gradation. Based on these specs, we don’t expect it to rival the image quality of the QN90A, but it should be a lot better at showing art.

The Frame will be available in sizes ranging from 32 to 85 inches. Pricing and availability haven’t been announced for 2022, but for reference the 2021 version ranges from around $ 500 to $ 4,300, depending on the size, which is a bit more than standard Samsung QLED TVs. like the Q60A.

Christopher S. Washington