Like the 2021 vintage QN85A Ultra HD 4K QLED TV series, the Samsung QN85B also has four diagonals, the Samsung QE55QN85B (55'', 140 cm), Samsung QE65QN85B (65'', 165 cm), Samsung QE75QN85B (75'', 191cm) and Samsung QE85QN85B (85'', 216cm).
Samsung QN85B, focus on design
The design is one of the evolutions of the QN85B series vintage 2022, in particular at the level of the foot still made of a sheet of metal with a thickness of 4 millimeters. But the latter is hexagonal in shape and no longer rectangular. For the rest, if the frame of the panel remains very thin and identical to that of the QN90B TVs, its thickness is greater than that of the QN95B, QN700B, QN800B and of course QN900B TVs. However, it remains discreet and quickly goes unnoticed at a viewing distance of 2/3 meters.
We still notice the disappearance of the One Connect box, on Samsung QN85B TVs, the connectors are on board the TV, at the back.
Furthermore, apart from the near absence of bezels, the Samsung QN85Bs are also extremely thin, not as thin as the brand's 8K UHD TV series, but at just 27mm across their entire surface (as with the TV QN90B), this remains remarkable. And like their predecessors, the QN85B TVs are perfectly straight.
Samsung QN85B, main specs
In terms of specifications, the Samsung QN85B Ultra HD 4K QLED TVs incorporate a native 10-bit, 100 Hz LCD panel with a PQI 4300 fluidity index. They also benefit from the Neo Quantum Processor 4K processor popular on the QN95A TVs from the last year. This mixes Machine Learning process and Deep Learning process and it has 16 Deep Learning modules (compared to 20 on the higher TV series) which are at work for an even better image quality.
As a reminder, the Deep Learning process is based on a neural model, i.e. without human intervention (unlike Machine Learning) in the learning of the processor. This decides on its own on the necessary changes to the image processing algorithms to regain optimum quality starting from a degraded display.
Another improvement is the EyeComfort Mode function which, once the television is connected to the Internet, subtly modifies the brightness and color temperature of the image according to the time of day, for optimal viewing comfort at all times. The latter, for example, reduces the blue light emitted in the evening to help sensitive people sleep.
Samsung QN85B, several thousand Mini LED
Regarding the quality of the blacks displayed on the screen, the new Mini LED backlighting system developed by the brand's engineers (see our CES 22 news > Samsung 2022 Neo QLED TV with Quantum Mini LED and Quantum Matrix) has several thousands of diodes and many zones (from 500 to 1,200 zones depending on the diagonals) for a light peak of 1,500 nits.
In addition to the switch to Mini LED technology, Samsung is also announcing better electrical management of each area of the backlighting system and optimized management of light leaks. As explained in our news on the Quantum Matrix process, this allows fine management of the quantity of current sent to each of the LEDs (Local Power Distribution) and internal upsampling of the gray scale to 14 bits (compared to 12 bits in 2021) to achieve vastly more accurate color grading and a noticeably wider displayed palette. It also allows in tone-on-tone images to reveal many additional details for richer textures and increased readability.
The end result offers an even more abysmal rendering of blacks and even brighter whites, on very small surfaces, for tenfold shine effects. Regarding light leaks, their perfect management has the effect of eliminating the Blooming phenomenon. These are more than interesting elements for an unprecedented HDR experience, knowing that the QN85B screens manage HDR10, HDR10+, HDR10+ Adaptive and HDR HLG.
Too bad, the QN85B screens don't have the QLC (Quantum Light Control) coating, which has an extremely low reflectance index (reflections are almost non-existent). On the other hand, they benefit from a wider viewing angle via Ultra Viewing Angle Technology (inaugurated in 2019).
Samsung QN85B, Adaptive Sound+, AVA, OTS and Dolby Atmos
The sound section is also featured on the Samsung QN85B TVs. The first concerns the OTS process. This has a total of eight speakers placed at the back of the screen (2.2.2 system) for a total power output of 60 watts. Good news, compatibility of Dolby Atmos tracks is required.
For the rest, we find the Q-Symphony function. The latter consists, always, in the presence of a connected Samsung Q-Series 2020/2021/2022 soundbar, of taking advantage of the television speakers in addition to those of the soundbar to magnify the sound reproduction, its breadth and its spatialization.
Indeed, until now, when a soundbar is connected to a TV, the latter's speakers are then disconnected. With the Q-Symphony system signed Samsung, they remain active and largely contribute to the perceived audio improvement with a configuration up to 11.1.4 depending on the sound bar connected. And the demonstration we have witnessed truly demonstrates the effectiveness of the process and its relevance. Namely, if the soundbar is connected wirelessly to the television (via Wi-Fi), the management of Dolby Atmos soundtracks is of course also provided wirelessly.
The Adaptive Sound+ function, an evolution of the Adaptive Sound still capable of adapting the audio settings of the TV in real time according to the image displayed, now takes the listening room into account. Otherwise, the AVA (Active Voice Amplifier) function is still required, intended to cover new noise in the TV environment, automatically. For example that of a kettle or a vacuum cleaner which will be covered by an increase in volume managed directly by the TV. Don't panic, the TV lowers the sound, automatically always, when the noise stops.
Samsung QN85B, Multiview function
Another improvement, the Samsung QN85B Ultra HD 4K QLED TVs offer simultaneous on-screen display of two content with the MultiView function through as many windows: the first with the signal from a TV channel or source connected to TV; the second with the screen of the user's smartphone or from a game console, or even the Internet (see photo below). There are many display possibilities, from the classic PIP to displaying two adjacent windows.
Good point, the HDMI 2.1 standard is required with VRR, Freesync Premium Pro, ALLM, HFR 4K/120 and eARC compatibility on the four inputs. And to activate the Mirroring mode between a Samsung Galaxy smartphone and a Samsung QN85B TV, all you have to do, thanks to the Tap View function, is to touch the second with the first, and you're done.
Samsung QN85B, Amazon Alexa, Bixby, Google Assistant and new Tizen
In 2022, the Tizen interface is radically changing for ever more advanced ergonomics on the one hand, to give pride of place to content on the other. Namely, Samsung is currently working with Internet service providers to develop IP TV applications allowing you to enjoy it directly from a Smart TV and eliminate the need for a TV decoder. Thus, Orange TV would be accessible with a Login/mdp like myCanal for example.
The Bixby voice assistant is still available, as are Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. And it is possible to easily switch from one to the other via the menu. On the connectivity menu, we must mention the Wi-Fi 5 function, Bluetooth 5.2 and AirPlay 2 compatibility plus many communication features (Google Duo For example for video calls) or the possibility of working on these Microsoft documents via the Cloud on the TV screen.
There are also 21/9 or even 32/9 display modes for video game enthusiasts with the connection of a PC and the Game Motion Plus mode. As a reminder, the latter (adapted to video games as its name suggests) is very interesting since it allows you to activate the motion compensation process of the TV with games while maintaining a fairly low Input Lag. Without forgetting the new remote control, still solar-powered but capable, in 2022, of being recharged by RF (radio frequency). Thus, the zappette takes advantage of your box's Wi-Fi to recharge constantly.
Of course, the SmartThings feature is still there. The group's IoT (Internet of Things or Internet of Things) platform is compatible with Android and iOS and with several hundred devices from other brands (Arlo-type surveillance cameras, Amazon Echo or Google Home-type smart speakers, Philips Hue-type connected lights, connected lock…). Samsung Smart TVs are thus able to fit into the most modern interactive ecosystems with a major advantage, directly linked to their DNA, the possibility of displaying a great deal of information on their screen: the face of the person who has just rang at the front door, the contents of the Samsung Family Hub refrigerator, notifications from the robot vacuum cleaner or even from the washing machine when the cleaning or washing cycle is finished. The television thus becomes the preferred interface for accessing the functionalities offered by Smart Home equipment.
Available immediately. Indicative prices: €1,799 for the Samsung QE55QN85B, €2,499 for the Samsung QE65QN85B, €3,399 for the Samsung QE75QN85B and €4,999 for the Samsung QE85QN85B.
As a reminder, it is possible to take advantage of a refund offer for the purchase of a Samsung QN85B television set in the amount of €100, €200, €300 or €500 depending on the diagonal, click on the following link to find out more: Samsung Neo QLED/QLED 2022 TV, up to €500 refunded.
Reminder of the key characteristics of Samsung QN85B TVs:
• 10-bit panel
• 100 Hz panel
• LCD panel
• Ultra HD/4K panel
• Processor: Neo Quantum Processor 4K
• Wide Color Gamut function
• UPnP (DLNA) multimedia gateway function
• eARC function
• Ultra Viewing Angle Technology function
• Game Motion Plus function
• VRR function
• ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) function
• Quantum HDR 1500 function
• AVA (Active Voice Amplifier) function
• Q-Symphony function
• OTS (Object Tracking Sound) function
• Adaptive Picture function
• Tap View function
• PQI 4300 function
• Adaptive Sound+ function
• Quantum Matrix Technology Pro function
• Game Bar 2.0 function
• Super Ultra Wide Game View function
• Expert Calibration function
• Ultimate UHD Dimming Pro function
• PQI 4600 function
• HDR10 and HDR HLG compatibility
• Chromecast, Google Home, Google Assistant compatibility
• Dolby Digital Plus compatibility
• HDR10+ compatibility
• NTFS compatibility (via USB)
• Miracast compatibility
• HEVC compatibility
• Fransat compatibility
• Wi-Fi compatibility -Fi Direct
• Wi-Fi ac compatibility
• HDCP 2.3 compatibility
• FreeSync Premium Pro compatibility
• HDR10+ Adaptive compatibility
• Bluetooth 5.2 compatibility
• Filmmaker Mode certification
• Inputs: 4 HDMI 2.1 including one with eARC function, three Fat32 and NTFS compatible USB Host ports, an Ethernet port plus a CI+ port and Canal Ready certification
• Smart Multimedia Tizen TV
• SmartThings media
• iTunes media
• AirPlay 2 media
• Amazon Alexa media
• Google Assistant media
• Bixby 2 media
• Digital Butler multimedia
• Google Duo multimedia
• 2-screen Multiview multimedia
• Mini LED Local Diming backlight system
• Input Lag: 5.8 ms• Peak light: 1,500 nits
• Mini LED technology: yes
• Dual DVB-T2 tuner
• Dual DVB-S2 tuner
• Dual DVB-C2 tuner
• Sound section: 2.2.2
• Power: 60 W
• Other: Ambient Mode
• Energy label: F (SDR & HDR) for 55''/65'', E (SDR & HDR) for 75''/85''