When considering the purchase of any new smart home tech, it is important to consider how that tech will fit into your home. It is also crucial that your tech is updated to take advantage of new features and higher quality performance. Whether you use your smart TV for streaming content, keeping up with current events, or leveling up in your favorite online games, it is important to consider new advancements! 

In this article, we’ll discuss the models that are HDMI 2.1 compatible and why you might want to choose a Samsung TV that has this. However, you might also learn that it’s not an essential part of everyone’s viewing experience. 

Available Samsung Models

Samsung manufactures several smart TVs with HDMI 2.1 standard ports. However, HDMI 2.1 is only included in Samsung TVs manufactured after 2019. 

Year202120202019
HDMI 2.1 Supported ModelsAU800, Q60A, Q70A, Q80A, QN85A, QN90ATU8000, Q60OT,Q70OT, Q80OT, Q95T, Q800T, Q950TQ90R, Q900R

Can You Use HDMI 2.1 On An Older Model Sony TV? 

If the current model of the Samsung TV you have does not support HDMI 2.1, you still have options to use this update. This update is largely centered on the HDMI cord itself, and you can purchase an HDMI 2.1 adaptor for your smart TV to update to HDMI 2.1.   

It is important to note that you will need to update your TV to HDMI Signal Format to Enhanced Format to recognize and receive a 120hz signal from your adaptor. To do so, follow the steps outlined below: 

  1. Follow the instructions for installation on your HDMI 2.1 adaptor 
  2. Using your remote, select Settings
  3. Select Watching TV
  4. Select External Inputs
  5. Select HDMI Signal Format
  6. Select the input the adaptor is connected to(HDMI 3 or HDMI 4 is preferable) 
  7. Change setting to Enhanced Format 

Do I Need To Update Right Now? 

Ultimately, the choice to update your TV comes down to your preference. However, your current TV will work well with or without an updated HDMI 2.1 connection. It is a worthwhile option to consider but isn’t necessarily a requirement. 

If you are an avid gamer, this tech will definitely bring you next-level gameplay and an enhanced viewing experience, as well as keeping you current with the newest console systems such as the Playstation 5 and the Xbox Series X.  In addition, if you’re really keen on the best quality, you might want to consider it.

HDMI 2.1 And Higher Quality

 The HDMI 2.1 is the latest version port and it supports the increasing standards for video and audio performance. Since HDMI 2.1 is the latest version, some Samsung smart TVs may not be compatible, particularly if they were manufactured prior to 2019.  

Not only does the HDMI 2.1 support the higher standards required for audio and video, but it will also support future expected standards as well. You can explore some of the advanced capabilities of HDMI 2.1 on your Samsung TV below: 

  • eARC: Enhanced Audio Return Channel allows for the transmission of the original, full-audio resolution signal to your TV for the highest quality sound
  • 4K video at 120fps and 8K video at 60fps capabilities allow for the highest quality video resolution
  • VRR:  Virtual Refresh Rate allows your TV to refresh frame by frame at the same rate your game or streaming video is designed for, allowing for better gameplay and less stalling on video.
  • ALLM: Auto Latency Mode triggers the lowest latency setting on your TV to reduce or eliminate lag in gameplay.
  • HDMI 2.1 has twice the bandwidth of HDMI 2.0
  • The PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and high-end graphics cards like the Nvidia GeForce RT3090 HDMI 2.1 supports an improved version of the current BT 2020 standard RTX 3080 is capable of taking advantage of HDMI 2.1
  • Game Mode VRR allows for a “variable refresh rate, which enables a 3D graphics processor to display the image at the moment it is rendered.
  • New gaming systems such as the Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5 will need to be used with a smart TV with HDMI 2.1 to work at high frame rates, which may not be compatible with older TVs.

Conclusion

You should never have to worry about your gaming or streaming content being interrupted. When it comes to your content, you have to be able to rely on solid download speeds and real-time refresh rates.

In this article, we have answered the question of which Samsung smart TVs have the HDMI 2.1 specification and the enhanced features that provide, as well as how to use HDMI 2.1 on your Samsung TV even if you don’t have a model with this port built-in!