If you have been out there in the market looking for a new TV, you might have faced this dilemma. OLED vs QLED sounds confusing, similar, and advanced, all at the same time.
Two of the most prominent TV makers, LG and Samsung, put out their flagships with somewhat similar-sounding names. In reality, the technology used in these TVs is poles apart.
Samsung’s line-up for QLEDs for this year is considered massive while LG is also coming with six series for its OLED segment.
LG OLED’s Specifications
Let’s understand OLED in general. OLED is an acronym for “organic light-emitting diode.” Basically, it is very different from LCD technology, the most common type of TV in today’s world. OLED is emissive, meaning that pixels emit their own light.
Primarily, LCD is considered to be a dominant technology in the current flat-panel TV market. It has been there for a very long time. Most of the well-known Television manufacturers produce LCD TVs, even LG.
Interestingly, OLED is completely different from this because it doesn’t use an LED backlight to produce light. Instead, light is produced by millions of individual OLED subpixels. Pixels are tiny dots; the fun fact is that they emit light (that’s why it’s called emissive technology) and compose images.
This difference is ‘key’ in making this tech sound by producing some great picture quality effects. Although, it does not undermine the fact that QLED is also good. As of now, OLED is gaining traction in the mainstream market.
Samsung QLED’s Specifications
In the words of Samsung, QLED is an acronym for “quantum dot LED TV.” It is believed to be a version of LED LCD but adds a quantum dot film to the ‘LCD’ sandwich.
QLED, similar to LCD is, in its current form, “transmissive” and depends on an LED backlight. According to tech experts, QLED is closer to the likes of LCD than it is to OLED, in terms of technology.
Not to sound too scientific, but Quantum dots are little molecules, when hit by the light they emit their own colorful light. Therefore, In QLED TVs, the dots are contained in a film. LED backlight provides the light that hits them and light is produced as a result.
The light from the LED source is transmitted through the layers to the screen’s surface, which is why we say it’s “transmissive.”
Comparative Analysis. Which is Better?
Well, the answer to which is better is subjective. It depends, on your outlook and how you perceive the above-mentioned specifications.
According to various reports by tech reviewers, QLED TV picture quality varies more than OLED. Also, due to its emissive nature OLED has better contrast and black level.
On the other hand, QLED is brighter. QLED and LCDs can get brighter than any OLED model out there. It is an added advantage in bright rooms with HDR content.
OLED has better viewing angles and maintains uniformity thoroughly. When it comes to resolution, video processing, and other image quality-related factors then both are similar.
Talking about cost, an added advantage that QLED and LCD have over OLED is the cost. LG’s 77-inch OLED costs around $3,300, significantly more than most 75-inch QLED TVs, and in larger sizes the difference is even more drastic. Also, the pricing is hugely affected by your region. Now, with all this information, make a good buying decision.