Samsung and LG are reportedly contemplating a swap to a brand new manner of constructing blue OLED pixels with vastly improved effectivity – and it may very well be the important thing to bringing the worth of QD-OLED TVs down.
QD-OLED TVs ship phenomenal picture high quality and brightness, as famous in our Samsung S95C evaluation, however presently value an enormous quantity; the S95C is priced about 30% increased than the LG C3, which makes use of a typical OLED panel. However this blue gentle tech may change that, due to the best way QD-OLED screens are made.
Blue OLED pixels are solely about 25% environment friendly at sending their gentle in direction of your eyes, whereas pink and inexperienced OLED pixels are nearer to 100%. And QD-OLED TVs consist virtually solely of blue OLED pixels, that are transformed to different colours utilizing the identical form of Quantum Dot tech you get in QLED TVs.
The brand new tech, developed by Common Show (UDC), shall be particularly useful to Samsung. For the time being, Samsung Show (which is the one maker of QD-OLED panels) makes use of a number of layers of blue OLED pixels to get the brightness it wants – together with some inexperienced pixels.
However UDC’s new expertise guarantees blue pixels which can be additionally round 100% environment friendly, that means Samsung Show may use fewer layers of pixels in QD-OLED screens to realize the identical ranges of brightness. And that in flip means the screens can be less complicated to construct, and require much less materials, bringing down prices.
The event would even be useful to LG Show’s OLED TVs too, in fact – however its model of OLED makes use of blue, inexperienced, pink and white pixels all collectively, so it most likely will not have the identical form of impression as it will with Samsung’s QD-OLED screens.
The report comes from ETNews (opens in new tab) (by way of FlatPanelsHD (opens in new tab)), and it is attention-grabbing as a result of whereas we have reported on the developments in additional environment friendly blue pixels earlier than – from Samsung Show itself, and on this similar tech from UDC – that is the primary time we have heard about LG Show and Samsung Show actively evaluating it as an possibility.
That implies the expertise is nearer than ever to changing into a sensible actuality, although do not count on something to reach instantly.
Do not maintain your breath til you are blue
For a begin, it seems like the businesses may resolve the brand new blue pixel tech is not prepared for prime time. They’re solely reviewing it proper now – they’re going to must resolve in the event that they’re proud of the outcomes, in the event that they suppose it may be made simply and effectively sufficient, and whether or not it is well worth the worth UDC is asking for it.
Even when they need to begin utilizing the tech, the businesses might want to design new screens based mostly on it, after which change their manufacturing amenities to include it. After which these new screens should be proven to the components of LG and Samsung that truly make completed TVs, and designed into merchandise.
I’d say the very best state of affairs for that is that we see these TVs in 2025, with 2026 being extra doubtless even when issues go easily.
However I have been stunned earlier than by the progress of the tech in the most effective OLED TVs in recent times. I did not count on the Samsung S95C to have the ability to hit 40% increased brightness ranges than final yr’s mannequin, and I did not count on the LG G3 OLED to have the ability to match the S95C for brightness – one thing it achieves due to Micro Lens Array tech.
So, here is hoping for a nice shock. I simply would not let this information put you off upgrading to the most effective TVs immediately for those who’re available in the market.