Samsung and MediaTek boast world's first 8K QLED TV with Wi-Fi 6E while providing absolutely no pictures to show for it
Via press release, MediaTek has announced that the flagship Samsung 8K QLED Y21 smart TV will be powered by the MediaTek MT7921AU SoC with integrated Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. When compared to Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E utilizes Bluetooth 5.2 and the 6 GHz band for even faster transfer rates and lower latency. We can only imagine that the extra bandwidth will come in handy when streaming content at resolutions greater than 4K.
Other than that, the announcement is barebones leaving more questions than answers. We still don't know when the QLED Y21 will actually launch, if the MT7921AU SoC will be able to stream native 8K content at 60 FPS or higher smoothly, or what the product will even look like. It's more than likely that MediaTek is simply trying to associate its name with high-end Samsung products and boost public perception in the process. Existing smart TVs from Samsung, like the NEO QLED, are also powered by MediaTek processors. Nonetheless, it'll be quite a while before we can get our hands on real-world 8K displays like these at reasonable prices.
HSINCHU, Taiwan – April 6, 2021 – MediaTek and Samsung today introduced the world’s first 8K QLED TV – the flagship Samsung 8K QLED Y21 – powered by MediaTek’s MT7921AU, delivering the fastest connectivity experiences through its cutting-edge Wi-Fi 6E capabilities. Following their announcement of the world’s first Wi-Fi 6 enabled 8K TV in 2020, MediaTek and Samsung are yet again driving the smart TV industry forward with the latest connectivity features and premium 8K imaging for unparalleled home entertainment experiences.
MT7921AU supports Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 from a single, highly integrated platform. With 1.2 Gbps speeds, consumers can enjoy smoother streaming and gaming for uninterrupted entertainment. Wi-Fi 6E is designed to make use of uncongested bandwidth in the 6GHz spectrum and offers numerous advantages over previous Wi-Fi generations, such as significantly faster multi-gigabit data throughput, lower latencies and the latest security and connection reliability features.
“Consumers depend on fast, reliable connectivity, whether they are using their TV for streaming, gaming or following along with workouts. Our collaboration with Samsung has been instrumental in bringing consumers the latest smart TV technology to support these uses and beyond,” said Jerry Yu, MediaTek Corporate Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Intelligent Devices Business Group. “With our advanced connectivity technologies – including WiFi-6 support – integrated into Samsung’s 8K TVs, we’re driving the premium smart TV segment forward globally.”
MediaTek is the world leader for Wi-Fi technology, which is used widely in global products, including mobile devices, audio solutions, PCs, digital TVs, Blu-ray players, IPTV set-top boxes and web cams. MediaTek works closely with the Wi-Fi Alliance to ensure its connectivity portfolio supports the latest Wi-Fi features, such as Wi-Fi 6E. Affirming its leading industry position, MediaTek has recently been selected by the Wi-Fi Alliance to be part of the Wi-Fi 6E certification test bed for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ devices.
For more information on MediaTek’s smart TV solutions, please visit: https://www.mediatek.com/products/entertainment/digital-tv
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