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Samsung delays the launch of OLED TVs in favor of Quantum Dot LCD TVs

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Last updated: November 3rd, 2014 at 12:08 UTC+01:00

As per a report from CNET, Kim Hyun-seok, head of Samsung Electronics’ TV business, has announced that it is still too early for the company to launch OLED TVs. He also said that Samsung’s “strategy on OLED TV this year as well as next year remains unchanged“, which means that we might not be able see Samsung launch OLED TVs even next year. A Samsung spokesman confirmed Kim’s statements but declined to elaborate further on the matter. After trying to commercialise OLED technology for years, Samsung has shifted its focus to launch UHD LCD TVs based in Quantum Dot technology.

QDot LCD TVs were considered to be difficult to produce as Cadmium, a substance which is considered hazardous to humans, was need to produce them. However, ZDNet Korea reported that Samsung was able to solve this problem by collaborating with chemical firms. A quantum dot is made up of semiconductor material and is 10,000 times finer than a human hair. It can convert electrical energy into light and accurate colors, resulting into better colors and wider viewing angles.

Samsung Display, a display manufacturing subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, is focusing on small and mid-sized OLED display panels to be used in smartphones and tablets. The company is said to be developing a ‘printing’ method to make mass production of OLED TV panels an easier and cheaper process.

LG, on the other hand, is picking up pace and making continued investments to produce large screen OLED UHD TVs. San Kim, an LG spokesperson said, “we will put everything into OLED as we are confident that it will replace LCD as the TV standard in the coming years”. LG had showcased a Full HD OLED TV last year and an 4K OLED TV this year. Samsung was expected to showcase QDot LCD TVs at IFA 2014 but it looks like we might be able to see them during CES 2015 in Las Vegas.

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