There is a new Samsung TV in town, and it seems to bring QLED technology at a compact and inexpensive size - but is it a dud?
The Samsung Q50A is a 32 inch TV featuring Full HD resolution and, most importantly, a QLED panel. This latest technology means you get enhanced color and contrast comparable to the Q60A, but probably not high end QLED or Neo QLED displays with the lighting systems and processors to really do movies and TV shows justice. You will even get HDR added too.
A small TV with QLED seems to be good deal, although it's curious to see Samsung charging the same price you'd get for Samsung The Frame , the lifestyle TV designed to look like a photo frame when not is not used.
The Q50A costs £ 499 in the UK, with a US model at $ 499 possible - if yet to be confirmed. makes it cheaper than the Q60A (which doesn't get smaller than a 43-inch waist), but that's the same amount you would pay for a 32-inch frame model - even more, in fact, if you consider the frame 32 inch is usually reduced to £ 399 / $ 399 these days.
The Frame vs Q50A
The Frame has a number of advantages over a standard, affordable QLED display. has a much nicer form factor and the option of customizable frames to match your interior design style and color. The 2021 iteration, too, is only 24.9mm thick , nearly half of the 45.8 on the 2020 model.
The Q50A isn't much thicker at 30.5mm, although it's glued with the same old black frame as the 'we find on n ' imporwhat a small low-end TV, and doesn 't have the multi-position bracket that allows the frame to be rotated in
There seems to be a little audio boost, with the Q50A featuring Samsung's OTS Lite technology and two-channel speakers, while the Frame makes do with Dolby Digital. More. So there should be an improved soundstage in the old TV, although it's unlikely to convince viewers with that alone.
Considering The Frame is also available in a size of 32 inches and costs the same amount to throw while managing to be slimmer and more aesthetic, and with little technical difference, it is very difficult to argue in favor of the Q50A.
C maybe that's why the Q50 series skipped a year; while we saw a Q50R in a similar position in 2019, there was no Q50T last year, and even this year's launch we spotted sans big reveal for Samsung, suggesting it's not a priority area for the company.
For those who want more of a no-frills TV experience and are intimidated by the aesthetic styles from The Frame, the Q50A might seem a bit simpler. Ultimately, however, this bundle seems unnecessarily expensive for what it offers, especially when Samsung already offers a much better alternative.
You can currently buy it at John Lewis , while it appears to be out of stock on Very for the moment.