MediaTek & Samsung Introduce World’s First Wi-Fi 6E Enabled 8K TV – Samsung 8K QLED Y21

As usual Samsung are at the forefront of introducing the latest Wi-Fi to their consumer devices. They were one of the only companies to offer WiFi 6 back in 2019 when the Samsung Galaxy S10 launched.

This trend has continued, this year the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra features WiFi 6E while other phones such as the OnePlus 9 Pro do not.

This now also applies to their TVs with them introducing Wi-Fi 6E on their flagship 8K QLED Y21 TV with the help of Mediatek and their MT7921AU chipset.

Samsung’s flagship 8K QLED Y21 TV powered by MediaTek’s MT7921AU supports Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, and due to its 1.2 Gbps speeds, consumers can enjoy smoother streaming and gaming for uninterrupted entertainment. Further, it’s Wi-Fi 6E capabilities offer 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.

Of course, you would need a WiFi 6E router to make the most of this. The ASUS ROG Rapture WiFi 6E GT-AXE11000 was the only option on the market and it looks like this has been out of stock since early March. Netgear now appears to be selling the Nighthawk AXE11000  but sadly this is in the US only at the moment.

Full Press Release:

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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