Mini LED, MicroLED and QD-OLED: All three technologies are used by Samsung Electronics. At CES 2023, the Korean manufacturer gave us a great demonstration of its progress, with new ranges to come.
We just left the event. First glance from Samsung at CES 2023, where we learned about the new range of televisions that will debut on the market in the coming months and which is divided into three main product lines. In short, the development of Neo QLED models with MiniLED technology continues, the second generation of QD-OLED from Samsung Display has arrived, and the development of futuristic MicroLED technology has taken a leap forward.
Neo QLED getting new features
Samsung’s Neo QLED is a Mini LED with Quantum Dots. Quick reminder, these are the first LCD TVs to use Mini LED technology for backlighting. A particularly exciting development as it improves the contrast ratio with record brightness. Still far from matching OLED in contrast, it’s clear that the Neo QLED is getting better.
The 2023 Neo QLED line consists of 4K and 8K models with Mini LED backlighting. The first technical characteristics do not evoke major disturbances in this area. In fact, there is talk of better light intensity control than 14-bit and technologies like Shape adaptive light control Y Real Depth Enhancer Pro. The first is a local dimming function with no dimming effects. flourishing (with non-uniform luminosity in certain areas, which evokes the appearance of clouds), the second allows creating a greater detachment of the foreground and background, with the aim of improving the sensation of depth of the image.
The Neural Quantum processor is enriched this year with a new feature called Auto HDR Remastering, which converts SDR content to HDR using an AI-based algorithm. On 8K models, there are 60 neural networks built into the processor dedicated to scaling (extension) from Full HD and 4K content up to native 8K definition.
Six OLED models at Samsung
The second generation QD-OLED is here. The main novelty refers to the arrival of the 77-inch diagonal that is added to those of 55 and 65 inches. It’s still QD-OLED, based on a blue-emissive OLED layer, with a Quantum Dot layer to turn blue into red and green.
Three screen sizes, but six models. Why ? Samsung’s 2023 OLED models will exist in pairs: the S90C and S95C. The former replaces the S95B series, keeping the same design, but adding the 77-inch diagonal.
The S95C series introduces a design comparable to that of the Neo QLED range and specifically that of the 8K model. The screen is therefore extremely thin, we are talking about 0.7 centimeters thick. The module with the connectors can then be attached to the foot, or decentered to be able to stick the screen to the wall.
On the S95C series, the brightness will be much higher, which is why we have mentioned a peak brightness above 2000 nits. Samsung Electronics has not yet mentioned prices in France. However, we were told that the Korean manufacturer plans to lower the price of the S90C series. In addition, the price difference between a S90C and S95C model will be around 500 euros.
These new QD-OLEDs handle a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz and are also compatible with FreeSync Premium Pro and Nvidia G-Sync. Therefore, LG Electronics finds itself with a great competitor. LG Electronics continues to have a much wider range of diagonals, with 42 inches, 48 inches… up to 97 inches.
Finally, Samsung notified us that they have used a new anti-reflective filter, which could alleviate one of the OLED problems. Even if it appears to be the case at first glance, it’s impossible to be sure under the conditions of a Samsung event.
The MicroLED from 50 to 140 inches
The Micro LED, we talk to you about it regularly. This is the technology that will replace OLED… in the more or less distant future. Why does this technology fascinate technophiles? In summary, it is self-emissive like OLED (the pixels produce their own light), the peak brightness is very high (one of OLED’s weak points), there is no reflection, the response time is less than a microsecond, and finally the strength and service life are important.
At CES 2023, the most important novelty, at least from a purely technological point of view, is the arrival of a very wide range of televisions in MicroLED technology. Samsung introduced the new generation of MicroLED screens with sizes ranging from just 50 inches to 140 inches.
Specifically, in 2023 Samsung intends to launch models with a diagonal of 50, 63, 76, 89, 101, 114 and 140 inches. The new cutouts in 50 and 63 inches are completely new and represent a very significant advance for this technology.
The new MicroLEDs are the result of a new production process that sees the integration of MicroLED chips onto a TFT substrate and a new chip transfer technology that works across entire rows and allows for faster panel assembly. At the moment, we do not yet have price indications for these screens. Samsung hopes to be able to market the new models within a year… but count around 1,000 per 1-inch. This gives you an idea of the salty prices of the MicroLED.
These MicroLED screens are still amazing. It’s simple, the viewing angles are just perfect. It is even more impressive that, unlike OLED, we do not suffer from any reflection here. At the moment there are no known technical characteristics such as brightness, consumption or supported functions.
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