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Samsung’s QD-OLED TV challenges premium OLEDs with $2,200 starting price 

Samsung OLED (S95B)
Enlarge / Samsung OLED (S95B) TV.


Samsung revealed new particulars for its extremely anticipated QD-OLED TV on Thursday. The corporate’s first OLED TV in a decade prices $2,200 for the 54.6-inch mannequin and $3,000 for the 64.5-inch mannequin.

Samsung hadn’t launched an OLED TV since 2012, however in January, the corporate introduced its reentrance into the market. Samsung is getting round LG Show’s maintain on OLED panels by going with a proprietary OLED expertise referred to as QD-OLED. QD-OLED applies quantum dots to OLED to ship better shade protection that’s extra constant throughout brightness ranges, in addition to extra detailed highlights and improved shadows.

The Samsung OLED (S95B) collection, because it’s now referred to as, prices greater than many OLED TVs, placing it in line with LG’s high-end G-series of (non-QD) OLED TVs. LG hasn’t revealed pricing for its 2022 G2 TVs within the US, however in Europe, the 55- and 65-inchers have been introduced at 2,500 euros (about $2,758) and three,600 euros (about $3970), respectively. The LG G1 55-inch mannequin debuted at $2,000, with the 65-inch coming in at $2,800. LG’s flagship C-series, in the meantime, prices $1,250 for 55 inches.

The Samsung OLED is 1.6 inches thick without its stand.
Enlarge / The Samsung OLED is 1.6 inches thick with out its stand.


LED typically gives extra nits of brightness than OLED. QD-OLED would not declare a brightness benefit over commonplace OLED, and the S95B’s specs sheet would not embrace a brightness spec. Nevertheless, the TVs have a “brightness booster characteristic,” Samsung’s announcement stated. LG’s upcoming G2 TVs even have a brightness booster, which works alongside a heatsink to assist the TVs keep max brightness. The TVs’ LG OLED “Evo” panels also needs to be brighter than your common OLED, the corporate says.

Trying ahead, Samsung may even should compete with OLED EX, an upcoming OLED panel kind from LG Show that claims 30 % extra brightness over commonplace OLED screens. We’re additionally nonetheless awaiting pricing for Sony’s incorporation of Samsung’s QD-OLED panel within the 55- and 65-inch A95K collection.

The Samsung OLED (S95B) supports HDR10+ and Hybrid Log Gamma.
Enlarge / The Samsung OLED (S95B) helps HDR10+ and Hybrid Log Gamma.


Samsung’s 4K OLED TV can be restricted to 120 Hz, not like the units incorporating “Neo QLED” Mini LED TVs in Samsung’s 2022 TV lineup, which hit 144 Hz at 4K. Nevertheless, until you are a critical PC gamer who makes use of a TV as a monitor, this probably will not be a problem.

Samsung additionally stated the upcoming QD-OLED TVs have “perceptional shade mapping to ship brighter, extra correct highlights.”

Like Samsung’s 2022 Neo QLED 4K and 8K TVs, the S95B collection makes use of Samsung’s Neural Quantum 4K processor for upscaling and the Tizen working system. Different specs revealed this week embrace AMD FreeSync Premium to combat display screen tears in gaming and 60 W audio with Dolby Atmos.

Samsung Neo QLED 4K QN95B.
Enlarge / Samsung Neo QLED 4K QN95B.


Samsung additionally introduced pricing for its refreshed Neo QLED TVs, which begin at $3,500 for 8K, with 4K preorders beginning in Might. There’s additionally the Body TV, which begins at $1,000.

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