The key specs for Samsung Display’s new QD-OLED TVs have been unveiled by third-party certification company SGS, the South Korean display manufacturer has announced. According to SGS, the new panels are capable of 1,000 nits of brightness and can display more than 90 percent of the BT.2020 color space, both of which represent substantial improvements over the current OLED TVs on the market. , also known as WOLEDs.
The numbers match those released last week by YouTube channel LinusTechTips (LTT) in a video sponsored by Samsung Display. So it’s noteworthy that these relatively impressive specs have now been validated by an independent certification company, albeit only partially.
LinusTechTip’s video compares the specs of the QD-OLED to LG’s flagship G1 OLED from last year and features an OLED Evo panel. According to LTT, Samsung Display’s QD-OLED reached nearly 200 nits in full-screen brightness, increasing to 1000 nits over a 10 percent patch and 1500 nits over a 3 percent portion of the screen (in general, the less OLED screen it has to illuminate, the brighter it can get). Unlike, Rings review of the LG G1 has peaked at a maximum peak of 167 nits in full screen brightness, 827 nits on a 10 percent window and 846 on a 2 percent window.
The new QD-OLED panels also reportedly have an impressively wide color gamut compared to the G1. While Samsung’s new panel can display more than 90 percent of the BT.2020 color space and 120 percent of the DCI-P3 color space, according to SGS, Rings reports that the G1 can only display about three-quarters of the BT.2020 space, and about 100 percent of the DCI-P3.
Importantly, Samsung Display’s new panel seems to achieve this without sacrificing the existing advantages of OLED displays. These include pure black where no light is emitted at all, not to mention excellent viewing angles compared to typical LCD TVs. In fact, SGS says the viewing angles of Samsung Displays’ QD OLEDs are even better than existing OLEDs, retaining 80 percent of the brightness when viewed from a 60-degree angle compared to 53 percent for a conventional OLED.
One major caveat is that all of these comparisons are made with LG’s 2021 flagship, which will be replaced this year when it releases a new range of OLED TVs. LG Display also has a new generation of proprietary OLED panels called OLED EX, which it claims offers increased brightness levels of up to 30 percent. Whether that’s enough to stay competitive with Samsung’s new panels remains to be seen.
We’ll still have to wait for consumer TVs to actually come to market with both panels before we can be completely sure of these measurements, but it looks like an impressive set of results for Samsung’s latest Display technology. And Samsung’s display arm produces panels for a variety of companies, so it won’t just be Samsung’s own TVs that benefit.
The question is still when exactly the new panels of Samsung Display will go on sale. Interestingly, the first QD-OLED TV announced was not from Samsung Electronics, but from Sony, who said the Bravia XR A95K will use a QD-OLED panel from Samsung Display. Alienware also has a QD-OLED computer monitor in the works. When Samsung Electronics will eventually release its own QD-OLED TV is a mystery.