Mini LED, MicroLED and QD-OLED: three technologies used by Samsung Electronics. At CES 2023, the Korean manufacturer gave us an excellent demonstration of its progress with the new range to come.
We just walked out of the event First Look From Samsung at CES 2023, we learned about a new range of TVs that will debut in the coming months and is divided into three main product lines. In short, the development of Neo QLED models with MiniLED technology continues, Samsung Display’s second generation QD-OLED has arrived, and the development of futuristic MicroLED technology has made a good start.
Neo QLED with new features
Samsung’s Neo QLED is a Mini LED with Quantum Dots. A quick reminder that these are the first LCD TVs to use Mini LED technology for backlighting. A particularly interesting development, as it improves the contrast ratio with record brightness. Still far from equaling OLED in contrast, the Neo QLED is clearly an improvement.
The 2023 Neo QLED series consists of 4K and 8K models with Mini LED backlights. The first specifications do not cause any major shocks in this area. Indeed, there is talk of technologies such as better 14-bit light intensity control Form Adaptive Light Control and Real Depth Enhancer Pro. The first is a local dimming feature with no dimming effects. blooming (with uneven brightness in certain areas evoking the appearance of clouds), and secondly, it allows creating a greater separation of the foreground and background in order to improve the sense of depth of the image.
The Neural Quantum processor is enriched with a new feature called this year Automatic HDR RemasteringConverts SDR content to HDR using an AI-based algorithm. Available in 8K models 60 neural networks integrated in a processor dedicated to scaling (promotion) from Full HD and 4K content to native 8K resolution.
Six OLED models at Samsung
The second generation QD-OLED is here. The main innovation is related to the arrival of the 77-inch diagonal, which combines 55 and 65 inches. It is still a QD-OLED based on an emissive blue OLED layer with a Quantum Dot layer to convert blue to red and green.
Three screen sizes, but six models. Why? Samsung’s 2023 OLED models will be available in pairs: the S90C and S95C. The former replaces the S95B series, keeping the same design but adding a 77-inch diagonal.
The S95C series features a design comparable to the Neo QLED range and especially the 8K model. The screen is therefore extremely thin, about 0.7 centimeters thick. The module with fasteners can then be linked to the foot or offset to attach the screen to the wall.
In the S95C series, the brightness will be higher, so we recorded a brightness peak above 2000 nits. Samsung Electronics has not yet announced prices in France. However, we are told that the Korean manufacturer plans to lower the price of the S90C series. Moreover, the price difference between the S90C and the S95C model will be around 500 euros.
These new QD-OLEDs manage a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz and are also compatible with FreeSync Premium Pro as well as Nvidia G-Sync. LG Electronics therefore finds itself with a major competitor. LG Electronics still has a wider range of diagonals up to 42 inches, 48 inches… 97 inches.
Finally, Samsung told us that they are using a new anti-reflective filter that could alleviate one of the problems with OLED. Although it may seem so at first glance, it is impossible to be sure in the circumstances of the Samsung case.
MicroLED 50 to 140 inches
Micro LED, we talk about it regularly with you. This is the technology that will replace OLED in the more or less distant future. Why does this technology fascinate technophiles? In summary, like OLED, it is self-emissive (pixels generate their own light), has a very high peak brightness (one of OLED’s weak points), no reflection, sub-microsecond response, and finally resistance and lifetime are important.
The most important innovation at CES 2023, at least from a purely technological point of view, is the arrival of a very wide range of TVs in MicroLED technology. Samsung has actually introduced a new generation of MicroLED screens with sizes ranging from 50 inches to 140 inches.
To be precise, in 2023, Samsung intends to launch 50, 63, 76, 89, 101, 114 and 140-inch models on the market. The new 50- and 63-inch cutouts are completely new and represent a very important advance for this technology.
The new MicroLEDs are the result of a new manufacturing process that sees the integration of MicroLED chips into a TFT substrate and a new chip transfer technology that works across all rows and enables faster panel assembly. We currently do not have pricing for these screens yet. Samsung is sure to launch new models within the year… but count around 1000 per 1 inch. This gives you an idea of the salty prices of MicroLED.
Those MicroLED screens are still amazing. It’s simple, the viewing angles are just perfect. Even more impressive is that, unlike OLED, we don’t suffer from any echoes here. Technical specifications such as brightness, consumption or supported functions are currently unknown.
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