Samsung QE55S96B is a model that cannot be presented other than indicating that you are going to like everything about it, since it is outstanding both inside and out.
Technical characteristics of the Samsung QE55S96B
|Make model||Samsung QE55S96B|
|Size||55″ (139cm), flat|
|Resolution||Ultra HD (3840 x 2160p)|
|Frequency||40 – 120Hz 4600 PQI|
|Backlight||OLED Quantum Dot|
|SmartTV||Yes Tizen 6.5|
|Integrated Wi-Fi||Yes, WiFi Direct|
|Sound||60W (2.2.2ch) RMS|
|Dimensions without stand (Height x Width x Depth)||708.6 x 1225.4 x 39.9mm|
|Dimensions with stand (Height x Width x Depth)||774.5 x 1225.4 288.2mm|
|Weight (Without / With stand)||16.5kg / 20.7kg|
|VESA compatibility||Yes, 300×200|
|HDMI ports||4, 2.1|
|USB ports||2, 2.0|
|IC+ Integrated||yes, 1.4|
|Energy Class||Category G (109W)|
|Content / Accessories||
Design and connectivity
Starting with a picture is sure to make it much easier to understand my words when trying to explain what it looks like.
It is a high-end aesthetic model, really, without any border (we see black panel areas on the outside but they are not frames). Samsung defines this style as Blade Slim , I understand that because of its beautiful lines, fine and defining all of them. The front color , the few millimeters you can see, is Eclipse Silver , a proprietary dark silver.
The base shares a design and is Space Silver , a more common silver. This turns out to be a not very large rectangle on which, as an angled base, the panel rests. These are joined by a trunk of the same color that has an angle of 45 degrees and that, of course, you can see better in the following image, where we see the real model. It makes the model look a lot like a monitor .
It is clear that it is cool at the design level, as well as functional. As you see it, it weighs 20.7 kilos and measures 774.5 x 1225.4 288.2 mm . But if you only want the panel to hang it on the wall, which you will do with a 300 x 200 mm VESA , it will measure 708.6 x 1225.4 x 39.9 mm (laughable profile, really) and weigh 16.5 kilos.
Tuning and connectivity
We are facing an almost benchmark television in tuning. It has CI+ 1.4, HbbTV 2.0.3, dual DVB-T/T2/S/S2/C digital and analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) tuning .
It has, as is logical, a slot for the CI, a double satellite input and an RF .
Added to this we have two USB ports in version 2.0, four HDMI in 2.1 which have support, among others, for CEC, eARC, HDCP 2.2, HFR, Anynet +, FreeSync and ALLM, RJ45, and an output of audio optic .
For wireless connection, the Samsung QE55S96B has WiFi 5 direct and Bluetooth 5.2 .
In this way, the options to connect to the network and with other devices are practically total .
Image quality and general functions of the Samsung QE55S96B
Samsung QE55S96B delights us with a 4K quantum neural processor . This is going to be in charge of moving everything, of course, but we must also mention its excellent ability to rescale content through AI to the highest possible resolution, which is what Samsung highlights about it. It also automatically adjusts brightness or even restores details .
The panel is a 55-inch anti-glare whose matrix is obviously 30-bit, capable of reproducing more than a billion colors in UHD resolution (corresponds to 3840 x 2160 pixels). The color depth, as you can imagine, is full 10-bit.
What else do we highlight?
- QLED or Quantum LED lighting . The pixels are self-luminous and thanks to this, a greater purity of blacks is achieved as it is the technology that works on contrast (and in general). We gain precision and brightness.
- Real Depth Enhancer . It is the perfect companion to the above. It is an amazing technology that consists of the projection of an exaggerated contrast in the foreground that merges with the real image, which is behind, at a certain distance.
- Quantum HDR 1500 . Supported lossless HDR content that has peak light of 1500 nits will play as-is. The details in the black areas increase as they do in general as the brightness levels are better worked on, which will provide differentiation of areas and naturalness. The TV supports HLG and HDR 10+ . Although the content is not very common, it is also compatible with Adaptive+ , which means that the images you are going to see are the most realistic that exist today.
- Perceptional Color Mapping . The panel does a mapping not only to work the blacks and whites but now also the color.
- Motion Xcelerator Turbo+ . The TV’s suite of gaming options (Dynamic Black, Freesync, Super Ultra Wide Game View, Surround, ALLM and Game Motion Plus) ensure that you have a smooth gaming experience, with low lag that prevents delays or ghosting while playing even 120Hz
You have Cinema mode, Game mode and Filmmaker mode , ultra viewing angles, a frequency, as we have just commented, of 120 Hz which is accompanied by an impressive PQI, 4600 points , something that makes the model undoubtedly capable of any moving image.
We start by pointing out that this TV has a built-in woofer. The total of W is 60 in 2.2.2 channels and the direction of the speakers is focused to try to offer a sound that surrounds us.
The TV supports Dolby Digital Plus up to MS12 5.1 and features technologies such as Adaptive Sound+, audio preset descriptor, Q-Symphony (which makes any sound more harmonious) and OTS , which directs sound towards the user so that you feel that sound envelope with the idea of being 3D full of realism.
Samsung QE55S96B SmartTV/Software Review
Samsung offers us Tizen 6.5 , which is the latest update of its OS. Although I was not convinced before, the truth is that, after each update, the system improves, becoming more than competent compared to other brands.
The interface of the television when turning it on (and configuring it) is clean and clear, full of color capable of helping us to differentiate everything perfectly. Now, in addition, they have placed Smart Hub in the center and below, where the “direct access” content bar is, which, by the way, is larger and appears more important.
I love being able to say that there are many more apps than a few years ago, because the truth is that this point was important to me at the time, but now everything is very balanced. In addition, you have a browser for when you want to do searches more like a computer, without always pulling apps.
As a voice assistant , in addition to Bixby, which is Samsung’s own, the model allows you to use Google Assistant, which shows us a new approach to the parts that can end very well (before we even had the Google store on televisions Samsung but that’s history, and I miss it).
Other points that are already known to us are PiP, all types of Mirroring, camera support, Multiview system for two videos, Sound Wall, 360 Video Player…
I will finish by indicating that Samsung includes exclusive points such as 360 Camera Support, Samsung TV Plus, Universal Guide, Video Call App , a software to make calls through the network using the TV to see your listeners or cloud service with Microsoft 365.
Samsung QE55S96B TV: Pros and Cons
- superb design
- upgraded bluetooth
- overall image
- Motion Xcelerator Turbo+
- audio technologies
- tiny profile
- High consumption energy category