Last year we saw the first devices with HDMI 2.1 connections. In 2020 we hoped for slightly broader support, but that turns out to be less rapid than expected. Most manufacturers stick to their 2019 strategy, but there is improvement. Since the specifications of TVs often communicate unclearly, we made it easier for you to query the manufacturers. This is the overview of the HDMI 2.1 features for the 2020 televisions.
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.
Furthermore, HDMI 2.1 introduces a number of new features. They are all optional, and some can also be combined with HDMI 2.0 connections. It is about 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 mean, please refer to our HDMI 2.1 background article .
Compared to our 2019 overview (insert link to 2019 version) we have adjusted and refined the information. For example, we indicate whether the HDMI 2.1 connection can now use FRL (Fixed Rate Link), because this is the clearest guarantee that it is an HDMI 2.1 connection that offers higher bandwidth. At VRR we distinguish between HDMI VRR, AMD Freesync and NVIDIA GSync, and indicate the range. And at HFR we indicate whether it is possible to use 4K HFR in 10 bits 4: 4: 4, an essential requirement for 4K HFR with HDR (important for next-gen gaming).
Model not found?  The information below is based on what manufacturers have provided us, and only covers 2020 models. We do not have any information about models that are not in this list.
Just like last year, LG has provided HDMI2.1 connections on many of its devices. However, the information we received was incomplete, we continue to push LG for a complete overview, especially regarding HFR support.
|RX, WX||ZX, GX, CX||BX||NANO99, NANO97||NANO91, NANO90, NANO85||NANO80||UN85||UN74, UN73, UN71|
|HDMI 2.0 (18Gbps)||–||–||yes||–  yes||yes||yes||yes|
|HDMI 2.1 (more than 18Gbps)||4x 48GBps||4x 48Gbps||2x 48Gbps||4x 48Gbps||2x  no||2x||no|
|FRL (Fixed Rate Link)||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||no|
|eARC (Enhanced ARC)||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||no|
|ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode )||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|VR R (HDMI VRR)||no||yes||yes||no||yes||no||no||no|
|VRR (AMD FreeSync)||no  40-120Hz||40-120Hz||no||yes||no||no||no|
|VRR (NVIDIA GSync)||no||40-120Hz  40-120Hz||no||no||no||no||no|
|4K HFR 120fps (@ 10bit 4: 4: 4)||yes||yes  yes||no||no|
The situation is clear at Panasonic. No model has an HDMI 2.1 connection with higher bandwidth, and in terms of features only ALLM is available on the LCD models, eARC on the OLED models as well.
The model numbers in the table are for the Netherlands. In Belgium, these are the HZ2000, HZ1500, HZ1000, HX940, HX900 and HX800.
|HZW2004, HZT1506, HZW1004||HX * 97 *, HXW944, HXW904, HX * 88 *, HXW804 [196590Gbps] HDMI 2.0 )||yes||yes|
|HDMI 2.1 (over 18Gbps)||no||no|
|FRL (Fixed Rate Link)||no||no|
|eARC (Enhanced ARC)||yes||no|
|ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)||yes||yes|
|VRR (HDMI VRR)||no||no|
|VRR (AMD FreeSync)||no||no|
|VRR (NVIDIA GSync)||no||no|
|4K HFR 120fps (@ 10bit 4: 4: 4)||no||no  2K HFR||no||no|
Just like last year, Philips does not provide HDMI 2.1 connections on its 2020 models. Only ALLM is available. Philips traditionally launches part of its line-up in September, we may see novelties on those models.
|OLED805, OLED855, OLED865, 9435, 9235, 8505||7805, 7505||6905, 6805, 6605|
|HDMI 2.0 (18Gbps)||yes||yes||no, max 9Gbps |
|HDMI 2.1 (more than 18Gbps)||no||no|
|FRL ( Fixed Rate Link)||no||no||no|
|eARC (Enhanced ARC)||no||no||no|
|ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)||yes||yes||yes|
|VRR (HDMI VRR)||no||no||no|
|VRR (AMD FreeSync)||no||no||no  VRR (NVIDIA GSync)||no||no||no|
|4K HFR 120fps (@ 10bit 4: 4: 4)||no||no|
Check out the Philips 2020 oled tv line-up and the  Philips 2020 lcd led tv line-up .
Samsung has brought clarity after last year's confusion and early this year. The 8K models (Q950TS, Q900T, Q800T) and 4K models (Q95T, Q90T, Q80T, Q70T) are equipped with one HDMI2.1 connection with increased bandwidth. They also support most HDMI2.1 features. Please note that the 49 inch Q49Q80T does not offer HFR / VRR because it does not have a 100Hz panel.
|Q950TS, Q900T, Q800T||Q95T, Q90T, Q80T, Q70T||Q60T, TU80, TU70  HDMI 2.0 (18Gbps)||yes||yes||yes|
|HDMI 2.1 (more than 18Gbps)||1x 40Gbps||1x 40Gbps||no|
|FRL (Fixed Rate Link )||yes||yes||no|
|eARC (Enhanced ARC)||yes||yes||yes|
|ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)||yes||yes||yes|
|VRR (HDMI VRR)||48-120Hz||48-120Hz *||no|
|VRR (AMD FreeSync)||48-120Hz||48-120Hz *||no|
|VRR (NVIDIA GSync)||no||no||no|
|4K HFR 120fps (@ 10bit 4: 4: 4)||yes||yes *  no|
|2K HFR||yes||yes *||yes|
*: Only for 55 inch screen size and larger
See also the Samsu ng 2020 QLED TV line-up .
Sony provides one HDMI 2.1 connection on the 8K ZH8, but ignores all gaming features. With the 4K models, only the XH90 is equipped with two HDMI 2.1 connections including the main gaming features, although some of these will only be available after a future firmware update. The other models only have eARC, with the exception of the XH80.
|ZH8||XH90||A9, A8, XH95, XH85||XH80|
|HDMI 2.0 (18Gbps)||yes  yes||yes||yes|
|HDMI 2.1 (over 18Gbps)||1x 40Gbps||2x 48Gbps||no||no|
|FRL (Fixed Rate Link)||yes||yes||no||no|
|eARC (Enhanced ARC)||yes||yes *||yes||no|
|ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)  no||yes *||no||no|
|VRR (HDMI VRR)||no||48-120Hz *||no||no|
|VRR (AMD FreeSync)||no||no||no||no|
|VRR (NVIDIA GSync)||no||no||no||no|
|4K HFR 120fps (@ 10bit 4 : 4: 4)||yes||yes||no||no|
|2K HFR||yes||yes|| yes  *: only after a future firmware upgrade!
Check out the Sony 2020 OLED and LCD LED TV line-up .
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.