Samsung has launched its latest Neo QLED TVs in Malaysia, nearly six months after their debut at CES 2023. These new panels offer some minor improvements over their already impressive predecessors, but they’re also very expensive.
Samsung Neo QLED TV 2023 Malaysia pricing
Mini LED TVs are still notoriously pricey, so it’s not surprising that you’ll need to shell out at least RM6,000 for one. The prices increase exponentially the larger and more sophisticated they get, to the point that even the 4K models reach well into quintuple-digit territory. The full breakdown for the 4K variants are:
- 55″ Neo QLED 4K Q80C – RM5,999
- 65″ Neo QLED 4K Q80C – RM7,199
- 75″ Neo QLED 4K Q80C – RM11,199
- 85″ Neo QLED 4K Q80C – RM15,199
- 65″ Neo QLED 4K QN85C – RM9,599
- 75″ Neo QLED 4K QN85C – RM13,599
- 85″ Neo QLED 4K QN85C – RM18,599
- 55″ Neo QLED 4K QN95C – RM11,199
- 65″ Neo QLED 4K QN95C – RM13,399
- 75″ Neo QLED 4K QN95C – RM19,199
- 85″ Neo QLED 4K QN95C – RM24,199
The 8K models, on the other hand, are terrifyingly expensive, starting at a shade over RM15,000 and topping out at nearly RM44,000. That’s the price of a Perodua Axia SE. The variants are:
- 65″ Neo QLED 8K QN700C – RM15,199
- 75″ Neo QLED 8K QN700C – RM18,199
- 85″ Neo QLED 8K QN800C – RM32,199
- 65″ Neo QLED 8K QN900C – RM21,699
- 75″ Neo QLED 8K QN900C – RM28,699
- 85″ Neo QLED 8K QN900C – RM43,699
All these TVs are available now, and early birds who purchase them at Samsung’s online store from now until June 11 will receive a free soundbar (HW-B650 for the Q80C, HW-Q600C for the QN85C and QN95C, HW-Q700C for the QN700C, HW-Q8000C for the QN800C, HW-Q930C for the QN900C and HW-Q990C for the 85-inch QN900C).
Samsung Neo QLED TV 2023 specs and features
All of Samsung’s latest Neo QLED TVs feature the company’s Quantum Dot VA LCD displays and Mini LED backlighting for deeper blacks, with the QN900C also getting Infinity Screen technology that virtually eliminates the bezels on the screen.
Additionally, the QN800C and QN900C come with Quantum Matrix Technology Pro that uses smaller diodes to deliver 1.5 times more dimming zones than regular Quantum Matrix Technology. This should reduce the bloom effect in high-contrast situations that typically affects Mini LED displays.
Powering these TVs is the Neural Quantum Processor 4K and 8K (the QN700C uses a “Lite” version of the 8K chip) that enable AI-driven upscaling of lower-resolution content. New for 2023 is Auto HDR Remastering, which processes SDR footage to deliver brighter highlights and more vibrant colours, while Perceptional Colour Mapping increases colour accuracy. Samsung says its TVs are the first to receive validation from Pantone for colour fidelity.
These devices also incorporate the Real Depth Enhancer that increases foreground contrast for a more 3D-like effect, with the QN800C and QN900C getting a new “Pro” version that adjusts blocks of Mini LEDs to increase the said effect. Unfortunately, none of these TVs support Dolby Vision, as Samsung is sticking to its own HDR10+ standard (which these devices obviously support).
Elsewhere, Samsung quotes a refresh rate of 120Hz for the 4K models and 100Hz for the 8K variants. All of them support AMD’s FreeSync Premium Pro and come with the Motion Xcelerator Turbo+ to boost 4K 60fps content to 120fps; the QN85C and QN95C switch to the Motion Xcelerator Turbo Pro to support content up to 144fps when hooked up to a PC. There’s also a Gaming Hub that, as the name suggests, offers up video game-specific features, such as aspect ratio settings and an on-screen crosshair.
In terms of audio, the Neo QLED TV series support Dolby Atmos and a new Q-Symphony function that plays audio through the TV’s speakers and a compatible Q-series soundbar at the same time. You also get WiFi 5 (WiFi 6E on higher-end models) and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, and in typical Samsung fashion, all models run on the Tizen OS. You’ll also be able to control SmartThings-compatible smart appliances, and for the first time, support for the new cross-compatible Matter standard is built in.