WELCOME TO OUR CES 2021 liveblog! The WIRED team is not in Las Vegas this year; the show has gone live due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. But even a global health emergency cannot stop the march of consumer technology. There are still plenty of gadgets, apps, EVs, smart home devices, brain training headsets, and Alexa-powered training gear to tell you about. This liveblog is where we will report all our findings. We’ll have videos, photos, written dispatches, and of course, more than a few lulz. New updates will appear throughout the day on Monday.
Samsung’s mini LED takeover begins
Samsung’s entire line of TVs will be undergoing major upgrades in 2021. First and foremost, the company uses Mini LED technology in what it calls “Neo QLED”. The technology essentially integrates tens of thousands of tiny LEDs into the backlighting system of its high-end televisions—something we’ve seen from TCL before in the 2020 6 Series. This means better blacks and better contrast. Samsung has also announced a brand new settings menu for new consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, which will make it easier to change picture settings.
On the very high end, Samsung also introduced a brand new 110 inch model that uses a new generation form of Mini LED technology in which each LED pixel acts as its own backlight, similar to the OLED technology we have. previously seen from LG, but without the obstacles of burn-in, and with the potential for even brighter reflections. We can expect this to be Samsung’s big tech in consumer (and full-size) TVs in a few years, according to a conversation I had with Mike Kadish, Samsung’s product marketing manager. The company also launched a new solar-powered remote control so you never have to search for AAA batteries again. —Parker Hall
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