As television technology evolves at a consistently rapid pace, it is all we can do to keep up with the changing terminology. The moment you finally understand the differences or specialities of one technology, like 4K television, it is time to learn the name of something new. That said, there is a new television technology on the block to meet and greet. It is called QLED. It stands for Quantum Dot Light-emitting Diode.
Samsung coined and trademarked this term, announcing the first QLED TVs at Consumer Electronic Show 2017. Recently, Samsung forged a partnership with Chinese manufacturers Hisense and TCL. At the Consumer Electronic Show 2018, TCL now has a QLED line of TVs.
With OLED being the “big” kid on the block, how do they differ?
OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. Each pixel in an OLED display is made of a material that glows when you jab it with electricity. It has been likened to something like heating elements in a toaster, but with less heat and better resolution.
What is the difference?
OLED screens have been around for a while, but they have been prohibitively expensive. In the past year or two, they have come down in price. The “organic” part of the acronym stands for the carbon film inside the panel, which enables these panels to emit their own light and do not need a backlight like an LED LCD TV. OLED screens are viewable from extreme angles, are free from pixel lag, and offer a very high contrast ratio comparable to CRT displays, with very deep blacks. They can be extremely thin and lightweight.
On the other hand, Quantum Dots, hence the name QLED, are tiny nanometer-sized particles that sit within displays. They’re designed to emit brighter and more vibrant colours that could be a key to unlocking future HDR content. These are the type of colors that really make HDR content shine, thanks to the high peak brightness that can be achieved.
Quantum-dot TVs are also considered to be more cost-effective to manufacture than OLED ones, meaning consumers can enjoy comparable or even better picture quality at a lower price. It’s hard to complain with that argument!
OLED is a technology you would opt for if you’re really interested in darker blacks and better contrast, but also fast-moving images.
If you want to have brighter whites and more vibrant colors, QLED is more your speed.
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