A TV or a work of art? This is the idea behind The Frame line from Samsung. With 32-inch, 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch versions, you’ll find the best TV to hang on the wall. It is completely thin, Samsung removed the command structure from the TV, creating a kind of encoder, where all connectivity inputs and outputs are coupled. The model we analyzed has 55 inches, decoration piece, technology QLED and a 10-year warranty against burn-in are the TV’s trump cards. I’m Nicolas Muller, welcome to the Oficina da Net channel, this is my analysis of Samsung’s The Frame 2021 and my main question is, with the expensive energy as it is, is it worth buying a TV to keep the all day showing works of art?
Why the Frame?
The TV has a frame system, hence the name. When she presses the off button, she turns on the frame gallery and is displayed on the screen, simulating a work of art on the wall of her home or office. There is a gallery of works of art, selected by a Samsung curator, works that you can buy or subscribe to a monthly plan, as well as other free ones. TV’s proposal is precisely to transform your TV into a decorative piece in the living room, displaying pictures while the device is turned off.
This TV was made to mount on the wall, as its main foundation. She is fine in the constitution of the canvas. There is no space where the processing components are. This space is outside the TV. Yeah, there’s a let’s say, encoder you know, it looks like those old satellite dish sets.
In this box, you connect the TV through a single, very well structured cable behind the TV, just to fasten it to the wall. This cable is long, so you can rest assured that it will work on almost any piece of furniture. You put the TV on the wall, pull the cable as far as you can put the box, and presto, there’s not that bunch of wires running to the TV. It’s a really cool idea, by the way.
Are you going to buy it to position under the furniture? It works too, actually very well. The TV’s foot system is great, in addition to being double, that is, they have two support points which makes the TV not rocking, they are easy to assemble, just push up in the indicated place and that’s it, they fit perfectly. A great highlight in the construction of the device, we’ve seen it in other TVs from Samsung as well.
Connectivity and Powers
The TV has 4 ports HDMI, 2 doors USB, 1 audio and video input, 1 cable input, has WiFi 5 and Bluetooth. In imaging technology we have HDR10+, Quantum HDR, HLG, VA panel backlit by Micro Dimming. In audio, Dolby Digital Plus and 40W of sound power. It consumes 170W maximum power.
The TV picture is from a QLED panel, it’s faithful colors, great contrast and sharpness just right. It wasn’t the best QLED I’ve ever used, but the image quality is very good. The contrast has improved a lot on QLED TVs, the dark spots in scenes from films they are with very deep blacks. Samsung in standard mode already applies a little vibration, just to increase the contrast, in contrast the colors are more enhanced. You can change the settings and if you prefer, create your own color and image pattern.
Overall it’s a great panel, but it lags behind the new Neo QLED that feature local dimming and Mini LEDs, which further improves the idea of contrast in non-OLED panels.
In the 2021 line of Tvs Samsung employs the SolarCell remote control, which can be charged with a battery charger. cell phone, or through the solar panel behind the device. The idea is to reduce electronic waste from batteries.
There are light leak points where the beams actually escape. As you can see from the images there, the lower left side is the placement with the greatest intensity. This is one of the problems still found in QLED models.
Her viewing angles are also a weakness, as you’d expect with VA panels. The image loses quality and it is not possible to have the same perception as the front view of the TV.
What do you need to know before buying?
The Frame is a 4K QLED TV, so you can rest assured that it will have good image quality, contrast and good colors, highlight that you can change the TV frames, purchased separately. The artworks are cool, but they also need to be purchased or a plan signed. Leaving the TV on all the time won’t be a problem, at least not for burn-in, Samsung guarantees 10 years, but it didn’t say anything if something goes wrong before, right?
Who is The Frame for?
The TV was created for anyone who wants to pay for a great looking product that works like a work of art while it’s “off”.
Prices and competitors?
As a competitor of The Frame, currently costing in the range of R$5000, which is not a high price considering other competitors, but rather a high price for the Brazilian market. Anyway, the competitors that I believe to be up against are the Q80T, which to me seems to have slightly better image quality, we’ve already reviewed it here. There’s also the Neo QLED, we recently tested, without a doubt a better image, but it’s around R$5700, on the day I recorded this video. If you want to go for OLED, the C1 from LG 2021 is currently in the range of R$5500, a great order that we also tested.
Samsung QLED 4K 55 Smart TV, Slim Frame, Art Mode, Custom Photo Frames and Single Connect – 55LS03AA
Smart TV Samsung 55´ 4K QLED 55LS03A, AI Processor, HDR10+, Slim Design, Customizable Frames, Art Mode – QN55LS03AAGXZD
Smart Tv 55 4K Qled Samsung The Frame 55Ls03a – Wi-Fi Bluetooth Hdr 4
- beautiful on the wall
- SolarCell Control
- Connectivity with just one cable
- light leak
- viewing angles
Samsung Smart TV QLED 4K QN55LS03 – The Frame 2021
The Frame’s principle is to keep the TV on all day, as a decorative piece, while it is off. Yes, it will continue to consume energy, it is 170W, which in a whole day is 4KWh, or about 4 reais of light cost per day. Honestly, I don’t see much benefit in that sense, however, if you’re going to buy it to be a beautiful product on the wall, with no wires showing, yes The Frame shows its full potential.
I would buy? After having tested several TVs, the QLEDs for me are great, but for the price, I would consider the Neo QLED itself, or go for an OLED from LG. So to present artwork, which is not my forte, I wouldn’t buy The Frame.
My final grade for her is 7.5.
- Definition: 4K
- Size: 55 inches
- Screen Type: QLED
- Update rate: 120Hz
- Dimming: MICRO DIMMING
- Upscaler: 4K Upscaler
- Technologies: Contrast Enhancer, Quantum HDR, Dolby Digital Plus, Auto Motion Plus, HDR 10 Plus e HLG
- Sound power: 40W
- Operational system: Tizen
- Energy consumption: 170 watts
- Tickets: 1 Optical digital sound, 4 HDMI, 1 RF, 1 LAN port, 1 AV input and 2 USB
- Connections: Bluetooth, Ethernet e Wi-Fi 802.11ac
- Screen dimensions: 123.7 x 70.8 x 2.4 cm
- Dimensions with the foot: 123.7 x 74.3 x 22.7 cm
- Weight: 16,6Kg
- Foot weight: 17Kg
- Samsung Smart TV QLED 4K QN55LS03 – The Frame 2021 – Complete datasheet