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Samsung is skeptical about OLED TVs

Reports came out earlier his year that Samsung may reintroduce OLED TVs in 2017, but the company said that it’s still skeptical about the technology. The company thinks that the market is still nascent for OLED TVs due to higher panel cost and trickier manufacturing technology.

Samsung Display CEO Park Dong-gun said yesterday that the company is continuing research on OLED panels, but there are no plans on mass producing them yet. “We do not think larger OLED has enough potential although it is attracting a lot of attention,” he said. Samsung is trying to further improve the picture quality of LCD TVs, including its Quantum Dot TVs.

OLED is clearly a better technology than LCD because each pixel creates its own backlight, hence it boasts perfect blackness and higher color contrast. However, it is tricker and costlier to manufacture OLED panels. LG and Panasonic have jumped on to the OLED bandwagon, but Samsung is still assessing its marketability.

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wordsley
wordsley

There is no comparison, last year’s LG OLED blowed away completely all of the top end Samsung TVs, after watching a film which was playing on 10 TVs, The LG OLED 4K was vastly superior not just in black levels, it had much better contrast and better picture quality, it just looked far more natural, it does not matter how much you pay for a LCD TV, you can ways see the back light and very poor contract , my next TV will be a LG 4k OLED …

HomerS66
HomerS66

Also to my knowledge Panasonic is not producing it’s own OLED panels but buys them from LG and sells the upcoming TVs to an even higher price.

HomerS66
HomerS66

OLED is awesome no questions asked but i was recently in a TV store and checked out the Samsung SUHD 4K TVs and they were amazing, the images/colours were punchier and brighter than those of a LG OLED 4K TV. Of course in show rooms the lights are much brighter than they would be at home, so my guess is that in normal lighting conditions the OLED TV might be better overall, but i was still impressed by SUHD and i’m not even sure those were already the 2016 lineup but probably still the 2015 TVs, so the 2016 ones… Read more »

kavalier
kavalier

Poor Samsuck, maybe it’s because LG holds the patent to using white LED’s whereas Sammy hasn’t figured out how to steal that technology yet.

HomerS66
HomerS66

Isn’t LG using white LED’s with colour filters to get the colours again and therefore degrade the overall picture quality compared to standard OLEDs?

A Sweaty Womble
A Sweaty Womble

Nope… It’s actually the other way around. Their technology (or rather Kodak’s technology) both increases yield, viewing angles and colour clarity whilst reducing the cost to actually build each panel. This is great for everyone because it means OLED panels can start coming down in price making it accessible to more people. I don’t know why the OP has come on to a Samsung fan site to try and degrade the look of Samsung when in fact the original technology didn’t even come from LG. Actually, that behaviour sounds very familiar… Oh yes, that’s what Apple does isn’t it? Buys… Read more »

HomerS66
HomerS66

Reducing the costs yes, increasing the yield probably yes, but better quality no way.
Samsung has also produced OLED TVs before in i believe 2014, like they do their Smartphone displays and the quality was better than that of LG OLED TVs, but the costs were still to high and yield to small to be profitable for Samsung.

A Sweaty Womble
A Sweaty Womble

Display Mate did the tests, not me. I also haven’t compared the two different panels so I cannot give an opinion on what I think is best in my view. However, my opinion on OLED panels in general (or just displays in general) is that I much prefer really vivid and saturated colours; so whilst Kodak’s new technology improves OLED panels in every aspect, I think I would take the saturation over the accuracy but only to a certain point obviously.

A Sweaty Womble
A Sweaty Womble

I think it is JUST the cost of the OLED TVs that puts people off because I walked past an LG OLED TV a couple of weeks ago and I was blown away by it. The fact it was OLED and in 4K made me foam at the mouth as the demo content played. I would have happily walked away with a 65″ OLED TV that day if it weren’t for the fact it cost almost £5,000. The only benefit of having an OLED TV (proper blacks and vivid colours) doesn’t justify the extra cost over a standard 4K TV.

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