The Samsung The Frame 2022 QLED is the updated model of the Samsung The Frame 2021 in Samsung's Lifestyle lineup. The biggest difference compared to the previous model is the screen finish. It has a matte anti-reflective coating instead of a semi-glossy screen, making the screen look more like a canvas and reducing mirror-like reflections. The TV's design is meant to look like a piece of art mounted on the wall, so it comes with the Slim-Fit Wall Mount. It has black bezels by default, but you can purchase bezel covers separately if you want to put a different color. Samsung's Art Store has a ton of paintings and artwork you can download, but you need to pay for a subscription to it. Lastly, it also has a quantum dot layer to produce a wider range of colors than traditional LED-backlit TVs, but it doesn't have local dimming or Mini LED backlighting like Samsung's other high-end TVs.
The Samsung The Frame is a good overall TV. It's great for watching TV shows and sports in bright rooms because it gets bright enough to fight glare, has impressive reflection handling, and it upscales lower-resolution content well. It's also good for gaming because it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, variable refresh rate (VRR) support, and low input lag for a responsive feel. It performs well in dark rooms, thanks to its high native contrast ratio, but it lacks a local dimming feature to further improve the contrast and make highlights pop in HDR.
The Samsung The Frame is great for watching movies in dark rooms. It displays deep blacks thanks to its high native contrast ratio, and the black uniformity is good, but without a local dimming feature, there's still a bit of clouding in dark scenes. Fortunately, it doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content from DVDs or Blu-rays, and it automatically removes 24p judder from any source.
The Samsung The Frame is great for watching TV shows in well-lit rooms. Visibility isn't be an issue because it gets bright enough to fight glare, and the matte screen finish has impressive reflection handling. The built-in Tizen smart platform makes it easy to stream your favorite shows, and it doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content. Unfortunately, it isn't a good choice for watching content in wide seating areas because it has a narrow viewing angle, meaning the image looks inaccurate from the sides.
The Samsung The Frame is great for watching sports in bright environments. Thanks to its great SDR peak brightness and impressive reflection handling, glare isn't an issue in rooms with a few lights around. Fast-moving content like players and balls also look great thanks to the excellent response time, so there's minimal motion blur. Sadly, it has a narrow viewing angle, meaning that you'll see an inaccurate image from the sides, so it isn't a good choice for watching the game in a wide seating area.
The Samsung The Frame is very good for gaming. It has a bunch of gaming features like VRR support to reduce screen tearing. It has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on one port, which is great for playing high-frame-rate games, but you can't connect more than one current-gen gaming console at once. It also has low input lag for a responsive feel, and motion looks smooth thanks to the quick response time. It's good for dark room gaming as it has a high native contrast ratio, but it lacks a local dimming feature to further deepen any blacks.
The Samsung The Frame is alright for watching HDR movies. It displays a wide range of colors in HDR, and it has a high native contrast ratio to display deep blacks. However, it doesn't get bright enough to make small highlights stand out, and it's missing a local dimming feature to improve the picture quality in HDR. Also, it supports HDR10+ and not Dolby Vision, which is a widely-used HDR format that the TV can't take advantage of.
The Samsung The Frame is very good for HDR gaming. It has very good gaming performance thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for high-frame-rate gaming and VRR support to reduce screen tearing. It also has a quick response time and low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It displays deep blacks and has a wide HDR color gamut, but sadly it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop, and it lacks a local dimming feature.
The Samsung The Frame is impressive to use as a PC monitor. Your on-screen actions feel smooth and responsive thanks to the quick response time and low input lag. It also displays proper chroma 4:4:4 with 4k signals, which helps make text look clear in PC Mode. You won't have issues using it in a bright room, thanks to the impressive reflection. Sadly, it has a narrow viewing angle, meaning the image at the edges looks washed out if you sit too close.
The Samsung The Frame TV has a unique design that makes the TV look like a framed piece of art more than a TV. It has black bezels, and you can buy covers separately to put on top for a different color, although not all the sizes are available with the same colors. It also comes with the One Connect box to connect all your devices and have one cable going to the TV to keep your setup clean.
The wide-set feet do a good job at holding the screen, but it doesn't prevent all wobble. You can raise the feet to a higher position, but placing a thick soundbar in front may block the screen. If you don't want to use the stand, it also comes with Samsung's Slim-Fit Wall Mount to sit flush against a wall.
Footprint of the 65 inch TV: 42.5" x 10.3".
The back of the TV is plain, and there are slots for the Slim-Fit Wall Mount. This TV comes with the One Connect Box, which houses the inputs and is separate from the TV. It helps keep your setup clean because all your devices connect to the box instead of the TV, then connect the cable directly to the TV. There are tracks along the back to help you route the wire for cable management.
The Samsung The Frame comes with this black border, and if you order the different colored bezels, you put them on top of this.
The Samsung The Frame 2022 is very thin and will sit flush against the wall with the included Slim-Fit Wall Mount.
The Samsung The Frame TV has excellent build quality. It's all plastic that feels solid, and there aren't any obvious flaws in how it's made. There's only a bit of wobble from front to back, and the back panel flexes slightly, but it's not too noticeable. The biggest issue is that the cable that goes from the One Connect Box to the TV is difficult to plug in and seems flimsy, but this is only a problem if you often need to disconnect the box.
The Samsung The Frame TV has a high native contrast ratio. It displays deep blacks when viewed in the dark, but sadly, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve it.
The Samsung The Frame 2022 has great SDR peak brightness. It gets bright enough to fight glare in well-lit room, and the brightness is very consistent across different scenes.
These results are from after calibration in the 'Movie' Picture Mode with the Brightness at its max and the Color Tone set to 'Warm2'. If you want the brightest image possible and don't care about accuracy, use the 'Dynamic' Picture Mode with the Brightness and Contrast at their max, Contrast Enhancer on 'High', and the Color Tone set to 'Standard'. This results in a brightness of 530 cd/m² in the 10% window.
The Samsung The Frame doesn't have a local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the TV to show you how the backlight performs and make it easy to compare it with a TV that has local dimming.
The Samsung The Frame doesn't have a local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the TV to show you how the backlight performs and make it easy to compare it with a TV that has local dimming.
The Samsung The Frame 2022 has okay HDR peak brightness. It gets bright enough to make some highlights stand out, but without a local dimming feature, small highlights don't pop against the rest of the image. The EOTF is okay at following the target curve, but all scenes are slightly brighter than they should be. There's a slow roll-off at the peak brightness, meaning you don't lose fine details in bright scenes.
These results are from before calibration in the 'Movie' Picture Mode with the Brightness and Contrast at their max and the Color Tone set to 'Warm2'.
If you find the image too dim, try setting the Contrast Enhancer to 'High' and the ST.2084 to its max. This results in a noticeably brighter image, as you can see in this EOTF, but it doesn't change the peak brightness.
The Samsung The Frame has okay HDR brightness in Game Mode. It's very similar to outside of Game Mode, and even if it gets slightly brighter, it's hard to tell any difference. The EOTF tracks the target curve a bit better with brighter scenes, and there's an even slower roll-off at the peak brightness, so it doesn't lose any details with bright scenes.
This was tested by enabling Game Mode with the same settings as outside of Game Mode, with HDR10+ Gaming set to 'Basic' and the Color Gamut set to 'Auto'.
The Samsung The Frame TV has some uniformity issues visible towards the bottom right side of the screen. It's noticeable with large areas of light colors, like if you want to display a painting with large areas of white. You don't always see it with most content, though.
The Samsung The Frame 2022 has good black uniformity. There's a bit of backlight bleed and cloudiness towards the center, and sadly it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve it.
The Samsung The Frame TV has a narrow viewing angle. It means that the image looks inaccurate as you move off to the sides, so if you have it displaying a painting and you walk around, you won't see the same image as if you were right in front.
The Samsung The Frame has impressive reflection handling. The main difference with this TV versus past Frame TVs or even most standard TVs is that it has a matte finish. It helps it absorb more light and reduce the amount of mirror-like reflections. The matte finish also gives the screen a more canvas-like effect, so artwork on the screen looks more realistic. The main downside to this screen finish compared to glossy TVs is that it introduces some haziness to images, but you have to be sitting close to notice any difference.
The Samsung The Frame TV has impressive out-of-the-box accuracy. The white balance and most colors are accurate, but blues and magentas are slightly off. The color temperature is also nearly spot-on with the 6500K target. However, gamma doesn't follow the 2.2 target at all, and most scenes are too bright.
The Samsung The Frame 2022 has fantastic accuracy after calibration. Calibrating it fixes nearly all issues, but it still has problems with saturated blues, which is typical of LCD panels. Gamma is much better after calibration too.
You can see our recommended settings here.
The Samsung The Frame TV doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution 480p content, like from DVDs.
720p content from HD cable channels looks great, without any visible issues.
The Samsung The Frame upscales 1080p content from Blu-rays without any problems.
Native 4k content is displayed perfectly on the Samsung The Frame 2022, and there aren't any artifacts.
The Samsung The Frame TV uses a BGR subpixel layout. It has no noticeable impact on picture quality, but it can cause blurry text in some applications when using the TV as a PC monitor. You can read more about it here. Although the matte finish introduces some haziness, it's hard to tell unless you're sitting really close, and text looks good.
The Samsung The Frame has a very good color gamut. It has excellent coverage of the commonly-used DCI-P3 color space, and the tone mapping is good. However, it has limited coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space, and some greens and blues are off, meaning it's not future-proof because more content will start to use that color space.
The Samsung The Frame TV has a decent color volume. It displays bright and dark colors well, but it's limited by the incomplete color gamut.
The Samsung The Frame TV has impressive gradient handling. Darker colors like red and green have the most banding, but it's not too bad. There's a Noise Reduction setting that smooths out gradients in real content, but enabling it also causes a loss of fine details with high-quality content.
The Samsung The Frame 2022 shows some very minor signs of temporary image retention after displaying a static image for an extended period. If you're displaying the same artwork for a while and then switch images, you might still see parts of the image stay on the screen for a few seconds, but it disappears quickly, and it's not permanent.
We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.
The Samsung The Frame TV has an excellent overall response time. There's minimal motion blur behind fast-moving objects, but because it has a slow response time with dark transitions, there's black smearing with dark objects.
The Samsung The Frame uses pulse width modulation to dim its backlight at all brightness levels. It flickers at 960Hz in the 'Movie' Picture Mode, which is high enough that you won't notice it. However, it drops down to 120Hz in other modes, including Game Mode, which can cause image duplications or headaches if you're sensitive to flicker.
The Samsung The Frame TV has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion. It flickers at either 60Hz or 120Hz, but there's bad crosstalk that results in image duplications. Keep in mind that the BFI scored is based on the frequency at which it flickers and not the performance.
The Samsung The Frame has a motion interpolation feature to bring lower-frame-rate content up to 120 fps. Like most TVs, it looks fine where there's slow-moving content and characters talking, but there are a ton of artifacts with fast-moving content.
Due to the quick response time, low-frame-rate content appears to stutter because each frame is held on longer. If this bothers you, try enabling the motion interpolation feature.
The Samsung The Frame TV automatically removes 24p judder from any source, which helps with the appearance of motion in movies.
The larger sizes of this TV have a 120Hz panel with variable refresh rate support to reduce screen tearing. It supports all of the common VRR formats, but for G-SYNC to work, the TV needs to be in PC mode. It supports Low Framerate Compensation to ensure you get a tear-free gaming experience when the frame rate drops below 40 fps. The 32, 43, and 50 inch models are limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and don't support VRR.
The Samsung The Frame TV has low input lag in Game Mode for a responsive gaming experience. You can also enable the motion interpolation feature in Game Mode, and while it increases the input lag, it's still low enough for casual gamers. It has an input lag of 31.7 ms when interpolating 30 fps content up to 60 fps.
The Samsung The Frame TV supports all common resolutions up to 4k @ 120Hz. It also displays clear text with proper chroma 4:4:4 with all its supported resolutions except for 1440p @ 120Hz, as text looks blurry with that signal. Keep in mind that the 43 and 50-inch models are limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, and the 32-inch model has a 1080p resolution, so not all signals are supported on these models.
The PS5 and Xbox Series X work without issue on the Samsung The Frame 2022, and it has Auto Low Latency Mode that doesn't need any settings to be enabled. For 1440p @ 120Hz to work on the Xbox Series X, you need to put the TV into PC Mode with Game Mode enabled for low input lag.
Even if some websites advertise that all four HDMI inputs support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, the only port to support HDMI 2.1on the larger sizes is HDMI 4, while the other ports support HDMI 2.0 bandwidth. HDMI 4 supports 40 Gbps of bandwidth, which is enough to display 4k @ 120Hz signals with chroma 4:4:4 in 10-bit HDR. The 32, 43, and 50 inch models don't have HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. Like other Samsung TVs, this TV supports HDR10+, but not Dolby Vision, a common HDR format for streaming services, meaning you'll be limited to HDR10 instead. Lastly, the TV supports ATSC 1.0 and not 3.0, meaning you can't stream over-the-air 4k channels.
You need to connect all inputs to the One Connect box, and there's a slot in the back of the TV to plug in the box. There's also a USB-C port on the back, which you can use to connect a compatible webcam, and you can't use it for media playback.
All variants of the Samsung The Frame TV support eARC on HDMI 3, which allows you to pass high-quality audio to a compatible receiver. It supports Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos signals. Because it doesn't support DTS or DTS:X signals, you'll need to connect your device to your receiver instead of the TV if the content you're watching uses this audio format.
The Samsung The Frame 2022 has an alright frequency response. It gets loud, and dialogue sounds clear at moderate listening levels, but there are more artifacts at the max volume. Also, it doesn't produce much bass, so get a soundbar or dedicated speakers for the best sound possible.
The Samsung The Frame TV has mediocre distortion handling. There isn't too much at lower listening levels, but it increases at the max volume.
The Samsung The Frame TV comes with the same Tizen interface as other Samsung TVs, which is user-friendly and has a full page to display all the apps. Navigating through the menus is smooth, but it takes up to a minute for the TV to open.
You have access to Samsung's Art Store to download artwork and it comes with over 60 paintings by default, but you need to pay a subscription to download other paintings. You can also upload photos and save them directly to the TV, which has about 7 GB of free storage space.
Unfortunately, there are ads throughout the interface, and there's no way to disable them.
The Samsung app store has a ton of apps you can download. As aforementioned, there's an Art Store to download paintings, but you need to buy a subscription for it. This TV also supports Google Duo to make video calls with a compatible webcam.
The Samsung The Frame TV comes with the typical Samsung remote, but it's white instead of black. It has shortcut buttons to popular streaming services, and the built-in mic gives you access to Google Assistant, Bixby, and Alexa so you can open apps and change inputs. The remote doesn't need disposable batteries, and instead, you can either charge it via USB-C or the solar panel on the back.
There's a single button on the bottom right side. It lets you turn the TV On/Off, change the channels and inputs, or adjust the volume.
We tested the 65-inch Samsung The Frame 2022, and the results are valid for the 55-inch, 75-inch, and 85-inch models. The 43-inch and 50-inch models have a 60Hz refresh rate and don't support a variable refresh rate, but besides gaming, they should still perform similarly. The 32-inch model also has a lower 1080p resolution, so it performs differently. Keep in mind that with Samsung TVs, the last four letters of the model code (in this case FXZA) vary between regions and even between retailers.
The Samsung The Frame comes with black bezels by default, but you can buy different colored bezels that you put on top of the regular ones. Not all sizes are available in the same colors, which you can see below.
|Size||US Model||Short Model Code||Resolution||Refresh Rate||Variable Refresh Rate||Frame Colors|
|43"||QN43LS03BAFXZA||QN43LS03BA||4k||60Hz||No||Brown, Teak, White|
|50"||QN50LS03BAFXZA||QN50LS03BA||4k||60Hz||No||Brown, Teak, White|
|55"||QN55LS03BAFXZA||QN50LS03BA||4k||120Hz||Yes||Brown, Teak, White, Red|
|65"||QN65LS03BAFXZA||QN65LS03BA||4k||120Hz||Yes||Brown, Teak, White, Red|
|75"||QN75LS03BAFXZA||QN75LS03BA||4k||120Hz||Yes||Brown, Teak, White|
|85"||QN85LS03BAFXZA||QN85LS03BA||4k||120Hz||Yes||Brown, White, Beige|
If you come across a different type of panel or your Samsung The Frame TV doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between units.
Our unit was manufactured in March 2022; you can see the label here.
The Samsung The Frame is a good overall TV that's unique because it's designed to sit as part of your décor by displaying artwork. The matte finish gives it a different look than the Samsung The Frame 2021, and you won't get distracting mirror-like reflections. In terms of its overall picture quality, there are better TVs that you can get for cheaper, but if you're set on getting this TV to double as a piece of art, it's better than past Frame Series models.
The Samsung QN90A QLED and the Samsung The Frame 2022 QLED are different types of TVs from different lineups. The QN90A is the flagship QLED TV, and while they both use QLED technology, the QN90A uses Mini LED backlighting and has a local dimming feature to provide great black levels and make small highlights pop. The QN90A also gets much brighter in SDR, so it combats glare, but The Frame has a different screen finish with fewer mirror-like reflections. They both have the same gaming features, but the QN90A has four HDMI 2.1 inputs, while The Frame is limited to one.
The Samsung The Frame 2022 QLED is a newer version of the Samsung The Frame 2021. Both TVs are very similar overall, and the main difference is that the 2022 model has a different screen coating. The 2022 version has a matte finish, while the 2021 version has a semi-glossy finish. The matte finish reduces the intensity of mirror-like reflections and makes the screen look more like a realistic piece of art. The 2022 TV also has better out-of-the-box accuracy, but other than that, both TVs are very similar.
The Samsung The Frame 2020 and the Samsung The Frame 2022 QLED are similar TVs. The main difference is that the 2022 model has a matte screen finish that makes the TV look more like a piece of art, and it has much better reflection handling. It also has better out-of-the-box accuracy and it has improved gradient handling.