Samsung has announced a new 98-inch Neo QLED TV, because who wouldn’t want an incredibly large 4K TV in their living room?
Officially called the Samsung QN100B Neo QLED TV, this big screen promises bright theater-quality picture and sound — and it’s an absolute sight to behold up close.
The 98-inch Neo QLED QN100B TV is an evolution of the Samsung QN90B, one of the company’s flagship Neo QLED models this year. But the QN90B only comes in at 85 inches, which, don’t get me wrong, is still too big for most people. However, the demand for larger TVs doesn’t seem to be abating — just look at it LG G2 OLED 97 inch TVfor example.
The biggest problem is that you’ll be paying a lot of money for big screens, as we learned with the G2’s official $25,000 price tag. Samsung hasn’t shared a price for the 98-inch Neo QLED TV, but we’d expect it to be in the same ballpark.
It’s sure to be expensive, but Samsung hopes some added premiums on the QN100B TV will help you justify the price.
The biggest selling point? A powerful speaker system.
The Samsung QN100B Neo QLED TV features 120W, 6.4.4-channel audio with Dolby Atmos, leveraging an upgraded version of the company’s Object Tracking Sound technology called Cinema Object Tracking Sound. If you’re getting this TV, you’ll probably be investing in a full home entertainment setup with a soundbar and sub, but it’s good to know that the audio can hold its own.
Brightness could also be a selling point: Samsung advertises 5,000 nits peak brightness, or twice as bright Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV. This was one of the better tvs We never tested for brightness, so if the QN100B is actually much brighter, that would be quite the feat. It would also position this TV to maintain a strong picture even in rooms with large windows or lots of natural light.
It was difficult to gauge the true brightness capabilities in a brief demo with the 98-inch TV, though we were impressed with the overall picture we saw. Color gamut and clarity looked impressive. Even contrast seemed well controlled, which could be a concern for a particularly bright TV panel.
Otherwise it has the features you’d expect: 4 HDMI 2.1 ports, the One Connect Box and Samsung’s smart TV platform. This year, the company launched the ‘New Home Screen’, which features a media display, Gaming Hub and a revamped context mode.
So how soon will you be able to get one in your home? If you’ve got the money—and the space—for it, the 98-inch QN100B TV will be available by the end of the year. Until then, you’ll just have to settle for the 85-inch Samsung QN90B or the new 65-inch QD-OLED, Samsung S95B OLED.