At Amazon’s big event in September 2022, the company showcased the first QLED Fire TVs made under its own Omni brand. The initial info felt incredibly well-specified for the price – we’re talking a full-array direct backlight with local dimming, Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10 + Adaptive HDR, the widest colors of QLED, 4K resolution, a near-bezel-less design and 65 75-inch and 75-inch size options, all for $799 for the 65-inch or $1,099 for the 75-inch. (The sets are not planned for release outside the US.)
Amazon has now confirmed more details on the new Omni QLED TVs, including surprisingly good gaming support to rival cheaper options in our guide to the best TVs for gaming. Specifically, there is support for HDMI 2.1, including Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).
ALLM means the TV will automatically switch to game mode when the PS5 or Xbox Series X informs you that you are playing a game, while VRR support means games can add more graphical effects without the danger of frame rate drops causing tearing on the screen.
However, despite HDMI 2.1 support, you won’t be able to play games at 4K 120Hz here – the panel itself is only 60Hz. But for the price, we’d be surprised to see a 120Hz display here, so we have no complaints about gaming support here in general.
No built-in Dolby Atmos though
However, while the gaming support is a pleasant surprise, Amazon also confirmed something more disappointing: there’s no built-in Dolby Atmos audio support.
In many cases this will actually work, because the TV can pass the encoded Dolby Atmos data to a Dolby Atmos soundbar, which can decode the Atmos track and still deliver the best quality.
However, in our experience, TVs that successfully go through Dolby Atmos can be wrong – it’s usually fine in built-in apps, but it might not happen in external boxes like a streaming stick or 4K Blu-ray player. We haven’t tested the new Amazon TV yet, so we obviously don’t know how well it will perform in this case, but that’s one of the reasons we like that TVs have Atmos support – so there’s no question.
There is also no support for DTS audio, and Amazon only said that the TV can pass through Dolby encoded audio.
We’ll try to test the new QLED Omni TVs as soon as we can – if the performance lives up to the specs, they could be some of the best TVs of the year for pure value.