What is Samsung QLED TV? Everything you need to know
Love watching movies on Netflix and Blu-ray? Do them serious justice with a Samsung QLED…
What are QLED TVs?
Samsung’s premium range of TVs for 2017 dubbed ‘the TV of light’.
If you want the best of the best TV, your choices are the Samsung QLED or LG OLED – both of which offer 4K resolution and HDR compatibility to get the most from cutting-edge Netflix and Blu-ray content.
QLED or OLED?
OLED and QLED sound similar. But they’re quite different. QLED TVs use a backlit LED screen whereas OLED screens don’t have a backlight. Both offer excellent contrast (the difference between bright and dark). Generally speaking OLED creates darker blacks whereas QLED TVs can go much brighter.
Why are QLED TVs so good?
TV picture quality is all about contrast and black levels. The Samsung QLED TVs are designed to deliver on both fronts – with deep blacks, blinding whites and a vast colour range.
How does it work?
The QLED TV screens feature a technology called quantum dots. These tiny crystals seriously improve colour, contrast and brightness. Samsung used quantum dots in last year’s SUHD TVs, but this year’s TVs can reach higher levels of brightness and are much better at retaining vibrant colours. What are Quantum Dots?
Getting the best from HDR
HDR is another major TV trend. It’s a type of video that delivers incredibly detailed content – Netflix is pioneering HDR with shows like Stranger Things, and 4K Blu-ray discs use it.
It works by piling in layers of detail from the brightest to darkest shades to highlight little nuanced details you’d otherwise miss. To get the best from HDR, TVs need to be able to create deep blacks and bright whites. That’s where quantum dots and QLED TVs come in.
Brighter than bright
QLED TVs can create brighter pictures than any other television, even OLED sets. HDR requires around 1,000 nits brightness. But Samsung QLED TVs can reach between 1,500 and 2,000 nits.
That’s because their quantum dots can reach peak levels of brightness. Floodlights and stars will shine like never before when watching Netflix or Ultra HD Blu-ray in HDR.
The problem with colour
Colour is another major ingredient of HDR video. Bolder reds, stronger greens and deeper blues. Clouds and grass vividly detailed.
But until now there’s been a problem. When you whack up the brightness on your TV it can leave the colours washed out. Samsung QLED TVs keep colours vibrant even when brightness is increased with 100% colour volume.
So ‘scarlet remains scarlet instead of fading to pink’ when HDR video is pushing the screen to peak brightness.
Deeper blacks for shadowy scenes
At the other end of the contrast scale are deep, inky blacks and shadowy details. Think again of Stranger Things or a movie like Batman.
Because OLED TVs don’t need a backlight, they can create the deepest blacks. But Samsung QLED are much better than most other LED TVs.
‘The new Quantum dots allow Samsung QLED TV to express deep blacks and rich detail regardless of how light or dark the scene is,’ says Samsung.