Whenever you flip your TV off, you most likely count on the image to vanish and the display to go black. Some newer televisions, nonetheless, are designed to indicate extra. These huge screens can show artwork, pictures, a climate report and extra while you’re not truly watching TV.
One of the best identified such TV is Samsung’s The Body, which has been round for a number of years. The latest is Amazon’s Hearth TV Omni QLED, which debuted within the fall of 2022. They share some similarities, together with entry to 1000’s of museum-quality items of artwork, in addition to some variations. Let’s dive in.
The Omni QLED variations of the Hearth TV Omni add QLED screens and different image high quality enhancements. Additionally they have sensors to detect while you’re within the room and mechanically activate to indicate art work, widgets or different content material. If that sounds creepy to you, you are not alone.
The unique “TV as artwork,” Samsung’s The Body can look extra like a portray than a TV. It gives quite a few body selections and the brand new 2022 model has a display designed to cut back reflections and extra intently resemble canvas.
The Body: Extra sizes, dearer, customized frames
The very first thing you may discover is that The Body prices greater than twice as a lot because the Omni QLED on the two sizes they share. Alternatively Samsung’s TV is out there in quite a few different sizes, from 32 all the best way as much as 85 inches.
- The Amazon Hearth TV Omni QLED TV is available in two sizes: 65-inch ($900) and 75-inch ($1,100).
- The Samsung The Body QLED TV is available in seven completely different sizes: 32-inch ($600), 43-inch ($1,000), 50-inch ($1,300), 55-inch ($1,500), 65-inch ($2,000), 75-inch ($2,600) and 85-inch ($3,500).
Notice that costs could fluctuate, however you get the thought.
Samsung additionally gives customized frames for The Body, beginning at $100.
Artwork is free on Omni QLED, however not on The Body
Each TVs lets you show your digital pictures and different information you personal on the screens, in addition to ambient modes that show clocks, in addition to some temper and design screens. However a significant characteristic for every one is a devoted artwork mode that reveals work and different high-quality artwork, some from main museums.
- The Amazon Hearth TV Omni gives 1,500 items of artwork in its assortment, and it is free.
- The Samsung The Body QLED TV claims 2,000 items of artwork within the Samsung Artwork Retailer, and the subscription prices $5 monthly.
Picture quality and other features
Most people aren’t buying a TV like The Frame with image quality as their top priority, but it’s worth noting a few other similarities and differences nonetheless. Both TVs have smart TV built-in — Samsung’s own system on The Frame and Fire TV on the Omni — and use QLED technology for improved brightness and color. We haven’t reviewed either TV, so we can’t say how their image quality compares, but here are the major differences:
- The Fire TV Omni features full-array local dimming, a feature that typically improves contrast and HDR by independently controlling brightness in various areas of the screen. The Frame does not have local dimming.
- The Frame has a matte, anti-reflective screen designed to control reflections, and in past reviews Samsung screens have been excellent in this regard.
- The Fire TV Omni has a presence sensor that detects when you’re in the room and automatically turns on. It also has a far-field mic so you can issue voice commands hands-free. The Frame has a motion sensor as well that can turn the TV off when you leave, but it only operates in Art mode.
- The Frame has a slim-fit wall mount included so you can hang it from the wall. The Omni QLED is wall-mountable as well, but you’ll have to buy the mount separately.
Samsung’s The Frame is available now and Amazon’s Fire TV Omni ships in October.