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HDMI 2.1 overview: Which TVs from 2019 have which HDMI 2.1 features?

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HDMI 2.1 overview: Which TVs from 2019 have which HDMI 2.1 features?
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Which televisions from 2019 have which HDMI 2.1 features? The specifications of HDMI 2.1 allow manufacturers to provide HDMI 2.0 connections with HDMI 2.1 features, but it does not make things easier for the consumer. Therefore this overview for the 2019 TVs.

What does HDMI 2.1 offer?

HDMI 2.0, HDMI 2.1. What are the main differences? The main feature of HDMI 2.1 is its increased bandwidth. It rises from 18 Gbps (HDMI2.0) to a maximum of 48 Gbps (HDMI2.1), and is necessary for 8K60 and 4K120 resolutions. However, manufacturers are not required to provide the maximum bandwidth, they may choose to deliver less.

Check out our overview of HDMI 2.1 features for the 2020 TVs .

Furthermore, HDMI introduces 2.1 some new features. They are all optional, and some can also be combined with HDMI 2.0 connections. These are ALLM (Auto Low Latency mode), VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), eARC (Enhanced ARC), and the features not yet used QFT (Quick Frame Transport), QMS (Quick Media Switching) and DSC (Display Stream Compression).

For a complete overview of what each of these features means, please refer to our HDMI 2.1 background article .

Because a wide combination of features is therefore possible, and because manufacturers often very unclear about communicating, it is very difficult to know whether a particular model supports this or that feature. We will try to fix this with the following overview.

Model not found?

The information below is based on what manufacturers have provided us, and concerns only 2019 models. We have no information about models that are not in the list

LG

LG is the manufacturer who has the most extensive support for HDMI2.1 features. All OLED models and top LCD models are equipped with HDMI 2.1 connectors with higher bandwidth and they support all or almost all features.

W9 Z9, E9, C9, B9 SM990 SM980 , SM90 SM860, SM850
HDMI 2.0 (18Gbps) N / A N / A N / A N / A Yes
HDMI 2.1 (48Gbps) Yes [19659017] yes yes yes no
4K HFR yes yes yes yes no
2K HFR yes [19659017] yes yes yes yes
eARC (Enhanced ARC) yes yes yes yes no
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate ) no yes no yes * no
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) yes yes yes yes [19659017] yes

*: not on the 86 and 75 inch SM90

Panasonic

At Panasonic the situation is clear k. No model has an HDMI 2.1 connection with higher bandwidth, and in terms of features only ALLM is available.

The model numbers in the table are for Belgium. In the Netherlands, these are the GZW2004, GZT1506, GZW1004, GZW954, GXW904, GXW804 and GXW704. 19659017] yes HDMI 2.1 (48Gbps) no no 4K HFR no no 2K HFR no no eARC ( Enhanced ARC) no no VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) no no ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) yes

Philips

Also Philips does not supply HDMI 2.1 connections with higher bandwidth on 2019 models and only supports ALLM.

OLED934, OLED984, OLED854, OLED804, OLED754 8804, 7504, 7304, 6814, 6704, 6504
HDMI 2.0 (18Gbps) yes yes
HDMI 2.1 (48Gbps) no no
4K HFR no
2K HFR no no
eARC (And hanced ARC) no no
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) no no
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) yes

Samsung

At Samsung, the situation is somewhat more complex. The Q950R is equipped with one higher bandwidth HDMI 2.1 connection that supports 8K60 and 4K120. 4K120 is possible on the Q90R and Q85R, but according to the manual only in 10 bit, 4: 2: 0. That's less than on the Q950R (which supports 4K120 10 bit 4: 4: 4), but still more than what fits in an HDMI 2.0 bandwidth. Samsung does not provide further details, but it seems that this may be an HDMI 2.1 connection. On the Q80R and lower models you only get ALLM and possibly VRR.

Q950R Q90R, Q85R Q80R, Q70R, Q60R, RU8000 RU7400, RU7300, RU7100
HDMI 2.0 (18Gbps) yes yes yes yes
HDMI 2.1 (48Gbps) yes yes? no no
4K HFR yes yes *** no no
2K HFR yes yes yes no
eARC (Enhanced ARC) no ** no ** no no
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) yes * yes * yes * no
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) yes yes yes yes

*: FreeSync
**: possibly via future firmware update.
***: limited to 4K @ 120fps, 10 bit 4: 2: 0

Sony

Sony provides one HDMI 2.1 connection to the 8K ZG9, but ignores all gaming features. On the 4K models we only find eARC on three models.

ZG9 AG9, XG95, XG85 AG8, XG90, XG83, XG81, XG80, XG70
HDMI 2.0 (18Gbps) N / A Yes Yes
HDMI 2.1 (48Gbps) Yes (40Gbps) No No
4K HFR Yes No [19659027] 2K HFR yes no no
eARC (Enhanced ARC) yes yes no
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) no [19659017] no no
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) no no no

More information

Want to know more about HDMI 2.1? or other terms and developments in the field of TV? Then read our home cinema information guide with tips and advice.

Also check out our overview with HDMI 2.1 features for the 2020 TVs .

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