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Samsung vs LG: Which Korean has Better Curves?

15 August 2017 | Jonathan So

Samsung and LG are widely regarded as the No.1 and No.2 TV makers in the world respectively, known for producing top-of-the-line TVs that offer superior quality in terms of display colour, brightness, clarity, and realism. Being the leaders in the TV industry, it goes without saying that a comparison should be made between these two brands when curved TVs are concerned.

An Introduction to Curved TVs

Curved TVs entered the mainstream stage in early 2014 when both Samsung and LG announced that their new range of televisions will feature a number of curved-screen models. Since then, many other manufacturers have introduced their own versions of the curved TV. A curved TV takes the traditional flat screen and bends it along a gentle arc where the curved edges are closer to each other. The advantages offered by curved TVs include more immersive viewing thanks to its curved edges providing wider viewing angles, richer contrast, and sharpness at the edges. This is because the curved screens track the natural shape of your eyes better than its flat-screen counterparts.

The advantages offered by curved TVs include more immersive viewing thanks to its curved edges providing wider viewing angles, richer contrast, and sharpness at the edges.

The two technologies that differentiate both brands are the OLED and QLED display technology that is used by LG and Samsung respectively. Hence, the TVs will be compared in terms of the display.

Defining OLED and QLED

OLED

QLED

Known as “organic light emitting diodes”

Uses quantum dots to enhance the performance in key areas

OLED bulbs will emit its own light when electricity runs through them.

Quantum dots do not emit their own light, but act as a filter when light passes through to significantly enhance the brightness and colours.

LG is known for creating industry-leading OLED televisions

QLED is a term used exclusively by Samsung to differentiate the TVs from other models.

Now, it is time to pit both technologies against each other across several points to see how they fare:

Black Levels

A display’s ability to produce deep, dark blacks is a key feature to achieve excellent picture quality. Deeper blacks translate to higher contrast and richer colours, hence leading to more immersive and realistic visuals. OLED TV’s pixels appear completely black when they are shut off, unlike in QLED TVs where the backlight might spill through to a section of the screen that should be blackened which results in a slight haze around bright objects, a phenomenon which is not seen OLED TVs. Hence, it is safe to say that LG has the upper hand here. LG 1:0 Samsung.

Brightness

In terms of brightness, the addition of quantum dots in QLED TVs will enhance the brightness levels even further compared to LED TVs without quantum dots. This is why Samsung can proudly claim that its QLED TVs provide superior “colour volume” which is the ability to produce colours without losing saturation. Samsung’s QLED TV’s increased brightness levels can be very helpful at delivering desired visuals, giving it an edge over LG’s OLED TVs. Winner: Samsung.

Colour Space

In terms of colour space, OLED used to be the obvious winner in this category. However, the utilisation of quantum dots has enabled QLED TVs to improve their colour accuracy, colour brightness, and colour volume by leaps and bounds, making it a neck-and-neck race between the two brands. Hence, as the result is too close to call, both LG and Samsung will need to settle for a draw.

Response Time

Response time can be defined as the time taken for each individual diode to change from “on” to “off”. LG, with its OLED-backed curve TVs comfortably triumphs over Samsung’s QLED TVs in terms of response time. Samsung is not to be blamed in any aspect as the OLED is widely regarded as having the fastest response time of any TV technology used today, making LG an obvious winner.

LG, with its OLED-backed curve TVs comfortably triumphs over Samsung’s QLED TVs in terms of response time.

Input Lag

Over the years, LG has improved its OLED TVs in terms of input lag, making it a real contender amongst avid gamers who enjoy playing intensive games. This makes the models to be on-par to Samsung’s QLED TVs. Again, a draw as it is hard to draw a big difference amongst both brands.

Viewing Angles

Although curved TVs improve viewing angles in general, LG’s OLED TVs has an advantage over its rival. Despite the curved screen, the best viewing angle for Samsung’s QLED TVs is dead centre as the contrast and colour will diminish slightly at the edges. Moreover, LG’s IPS panels boost the viewing angles of its curved TVs, enabling it to fare better than Samsung’s QLED TVs in this aspect.

Power Consumption

OLED TVs have better power consumption as they do not require a backlight to illuminate the diodes. Hence, they consume less power and makes them more power-efficient. Despite Samsung’s efforts to introduce power-saving technology to its QLED TVs, they still fall short of the natural power efficiency provided by LG’s OLED TVs. Hence, LG has the upper hand in this category as well.

AND We have a Winner!

After analysing the curved TVs of both LG and Samsung through several aspects, it is apparent that LG’s curved TVs fare better overall compared to Samsung’s QLED models. As the frontrunners in the home theatre industry, Samsung and LG are undoubtedly the brands of choice if you are looking for a new television for your home.

...it is apparent that LG’s curved TVs fare better overall compared to Samsung’s QLED models.

Curved TVs are becoming increasingly popular but if you still prefer flat-screen TVs, then check out the models featured below to equip your home with!

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