Television has seen a tremendous improvement in technology over its lifetime.
Starting with the Cathode ray Tube (CRT) television, we graduated to Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), and then to Light Emitting Diodes (LED).
Today, you have new advanced concepts like Organic LED (OLED), and Quantum dot LED (QLED) that are ruling TV technology 🙂
This has brought television viewing to a very advanced level nobody had imagined before.
This article attempts to throw light on the QLED technology patented by Samsung Inc and reviews some of the best Samsung QLED, LED TVs on offer today.
A brief background
Table of Contents
- OLED concept: Brief background
- The QLED Concept:
- OLED vs QLED – Which one is better?
- The introduction of QLED:
- Best Samsung 4K Televisions – Q8C
- Best Samsung SMART TV (Full HD) – K6300
- Best Budget Samsung TV – K5100
- Final Words
OLED concept: Brief background
The world is shifting towards an organic mode.
We have organic food, organic soaps, and shampoos, etc. Hence, it should not be a surprise if we have the concept of organic LED.
Are the OLED TVs simply LED TVs with an organic component included?
The answer is partly but not entirely true. This is because OLED displays differ vastly from the LED-backlit LCD TVs. The LCD TVs work on transmissive technology whereas the OLED TVs work on an emissive technology.
The difference is that OLEDs are capable of generating and illuminating the images as opposed to the LCD-LED combination.
The OLED TVs do not require an external source of illumination. This enables them to produce varying degrees of contrast levels not otherwise possible with the LED backlighting.
Hence, the general contention is that OLEDs are infinitely better than the traditional LED-LCD TVs.
The QLED Concept:
QLED is a patented concept of Samsung Inc.
Touted as being similar to or even superior than the OLED concept, the QLED TV is still a fundamentally LED backlit LCD television in many ways.
This is not to say that the technology is inferior. In fact, the quantum dot technology in use in the QLED concept is a highly advanced one.
OLED vs QLED – Which one is better?
This is a very difficult question to answer. OLED technology is the older one used by a variety of TV and smartphone manufacturers including Samsung whereas QLED is a patented technology at present used only by Samsung Inc.
Quality wise, both are excellent as they provide the deepest range of colors.
Both the TV types support High Dynamic Range (HDR) content and have 4K resolution.
A wide range of companies are offering OLED screens on their smartphones. You have the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones displaying this technology. As far as QLED is concerned, they have not yet made their foray into the smaller screen market.
OLED technology can produce the best black levels, so critical in any screen technology. The darker the black color, the more accurate is the pictorial representation. This increases the contrast ratios to very high levels thereby providing for a more appealing picture quality.
OLEDs themselves are the light source and hence, they turn off the corresponding pixels when the picture needs highlighting of black color. Hence, you get the perfect blacks in OLED. As far as QLEDs are concerned, they have to depend on the LED for the lighting source.
Therefore, there are chances for some light to spill on to the panels thus creating an extremely good but not-so-perfect black color.
As far as brightness levels are concerned, there is no technology at present to beat the QLED. This is because the LED lights can burn at exceptional bright levels.
In addition, you have the quantum dot particles capable of glowing with impressive vibrancy. In comparison, the OLED screens can still create outstanding contrast levels but not at exactly the same level as the QLEDs.
Coming to the colors aspect, both the OLEDs and the QLEDs produce an exotic and dynamic range of colors. OLEDs have the benefit of the deeper blacks and color saturation levels whereas the QLEDs depend on the quantum dot technology for their color deliverance.
There is little to separate the two. Hence, we have a tie as far as color aspect is concerned.
After looking at the colors aspect, we shall look at the screen sizes. When you speak of screen sizes, you should be including the smartphone screen sizes as well. Under such circumstances, the OLED technology should win hands down because of their documented use in smartphones.
In addition to their adaptability to the small sizes, the OLED technology is compatible with TV screens as large as 77 inches.
In contrast, the QLED technology can go up to even 100 inches or more but we do not have the devices to test them.
Similarly, there are no QLED smartphone screens either. This technology is still in its nascent stage but it has the potential to rule the TV industry.
The introduction of QLED:
As explained earlier, Samsung has introduced this technology in its upgraded TVs at the Consumers Electronics Show (CES) 2017.
Quantum computing is a rapidly expanding field in technology today.
The QLED TVs introduced by Samsung have the capacity to display perfect life-like colors even while displaying the brightest scenes. Normally, the colors get washed away when your TV displays extremely bright scenes.
Samsung TVs have some of the most efficient color displaying technologies such as Active Crystal Color and PurColor as they were introduced in the Series 7 and Series 6 TVs respectively in the past.
This QLED technology competes directly with Sony’s Triluminous Display and LG’s OLED technologies. Thus, we can say that this is Samsung’s flagship TV technology.
We shall now look at some other unique aspects of Samsung TVs.
The hardware systems of all TVs are similar in almost all respects. Therefore, what is it that differentiates one TV brand from the other?
High Dynamic Range
The days of high definition televisions have become a thing of the past now. You have the latest technology known in industry circles as High Dynamic Range (HDR).
What is this HDR concept?
As the name suggests, it brings a more dynamic contrast and thereby better brightness to the picture.
When you have a dynamic contrast, you have sharp colors as well. This entails that the whites become brighter and the blacks become darker. This is the main concept of HDR. This increases the range of colors thereby spacing out the colors evenly resulting in imparting a natural tone.
Hence, you see the clear detailing of the images that would otherwise have been lost in the traditional TVs.
The latest Samsung TVs come equipped with Q4K HDR Elite technology.
It renders the TV capable of delivering excellent contrast. Hence, it makes viewing TV easy in a brightly lit room during the day as well.
The HDR Elite technology ensures the optimum expansion of colors thereby providing peak brightness wherever essential. This enables you to view the subtle variations in color that would have otherwise not been possible in standard televisions.
Samsung has got some of the most advanced range of HDR TVs. We shall see them later on during the course of our TV reviews in this article.
Smart Hub OS
The Samsung TVs were using the Tizen OS as late as 2015. Realizing the need for a better package, Samsung switched over to the Smart Hub OS. This operating system makes the Samsung TV a miniature entertainment hub.
You have easy access to cloud gaming, one of the favorite pastimes of the younger generation. Watching HDR movies and music shows is now easy using the Smart Hub OS.
One of the most interesting features of the Smart Hub OS is that it allows you to have a universal remote to operate all your Samsung devices. Powered by an optical cable, the invisible connection technology ensures that you are able to operate hidden devices as well.
The simple controls and the user-friendly features make this OS one of the most popular ones in the industry.
At the time of its introduction, there was a problem with the Voice Command facility. It has been overhauled in 2017 whereby it empowers you to not only search for apps but also change settings. Operating calibrating settings, otherwise a technical job is also very easy with the use of voice commands.
In comparison with its competitors, Smart Hub OS is better than the Android OS in Sony and the Firefox OS in Panasonic TVs. It competes on an equal level with the WebOS in LG.
Clear Motion Rate – An Explanation
When you venture to purchase a Samsung TV, you will hear the words, ‘Clear Motion Rate’ very often. What is the Clear Motion Rate and what does it signify?
It is nothing but the normal refresh rate you often hear while describing other TVs. Samsung has given it the nomenclature, Clear Motion Rate (CMR).
The frequency with which the TV switches the image on the screen is known as the refresh rate. In the case of the traditional televisions, the refresh rate is 60 Hz. It entails that the TV refreshes the frame 60 times in a second.
According to Samsung, the Clear Motion Rate is double the refresh rate.
This concept comes to the fore while watching fast paced events like sports events and action thriller movies. The higher CMR in the latest Samsung TVs makes it exciting to watch such fast-paced events.
Curved TVs – A unique Samsung Product
The curved TVs are the prerogative of Samsung alone today in India. No other TV manufacturer sells curved TVs in India. There are certain advantages of the curved TVs.
One is that it gives the appearance that you are at the epicenter of the action. This gives you’re a wider angle to view the TV. While making the viewing more uniform, it enhances the depth factor as well. Normally, you do not experience such exemplary depth in the traditional TVs.
You get a totally immersive experience of sharpness, contrast, and depth. However, there is a drawback as well in the sense that the TV becomes vulnerable to the onscreen reflection of any incident lighting. Otherwise, this is an exciting concept.
Compatible with Indian conditions:
Samsung understands Indian conditions very well. Voltage fluctuations, power surges, and humidity are three major concerns for every TV manufacturer in India. Samsung has found a way out as they have included a unique Triple Protection facility, especially for the Indian market. This can help in the durability of the television set and enhances its lifeline.
Other points to consider
In spite of these shortcomings, Samsung is one of the leaders in the manufacture of 4K TVs in India. We shall now look at certain select Samsung models.
Best Samsung 4K Televisions – Q8C
This TV is available in three variants, 55-inches, 65-inches, and 75-inches. We shall look at the common characteristics.
- Innovative Curved screen
- QLED technology
- One Connect Remote
- Excellent contrast
- Incredible CMR
- Invisible Connection Optical wire
- Smart Hub Option
- You have an advanced Q9F version of the same model as well with almost similar features.
Best Samsung SMART TV (Full HD) – K6300
You have this model in three variants again, 40-inches, 49-inches, and 55-inches. Let us glance at the common features of this full HD TV.
- Full HD
- Auto Depth Enhancer
- Curved TV
- Step up picture quality
- Smart TV
- Enhanced Contrast
- Enhanced Colors
- Sharing content
- Quad Core Processor
- CMR 60
- Built-in wireless LAN
- USB and HDMI connections
Best Budget Samsung TV – K5100
You have four variants in this range, 32-inches, 40-inches, 43-inches, and 49-inches. We shall look at the attractive features of these TVs.
Note: We have written a separate post for 32 inch Samsung TVs.
- Blend with available space
- Excellent tailored design
- Adjustable legs
- Easy to adjust controls
- You have other features like ConnectShare (HDD and USB), full flat screen, etc. Of course, you do not get curved TV in this model. Accessing internet is not possible as it was in the other models we discussed earlier. This is a Budget model and hence very popular among the Indian population.
Samsung has a great reputation of being one of the leading manufacturers of televisions and other electronic appliances. People have great faith in this name, Samsung. Hence, they prefer to go for it even when they see some unknown model offering better facilities.
They prefer to rely on the solid Samsung performance rather than invest their money in some other model.
The QLED technology on offer is the latest one from Samsung. At present, no one else offers this technology. This could well be the future of the television technology in India. It is truly one of the most reliable ones at the same time.