Samsung may skip OLED to focus on QLED TVs

Samsung made plenty of noise at CES at the start of the year but in terms of Samsung TVs, it was arguably a touch quiet. There were new Samsung 4K TVs, led by the flagship 65KS9500, but there was still no sign of a Samsung OLED.

Instead the focus was on quantum dot - and now it looks like Samsung may be set to skip OLED altogether in favour of the next step in quantum dot technology, QLED.

ET News in Korea reports a "high-ranking" Samsung official, who claims the company is now planning on skipping straight to QLED: "Although we had been developing and paying careful attention to OLED technologies, there are problems regarding age and production cost with large products since they use organic material. VD Business Department is making a new roadmap for next-generation TVs,” says the employee.

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The key issues with OLED remain the high production cost, low yield (the number of screens manufactured that are good enough to use) and so-so durability. QLED screens, which remove the need for an LCD panel and instead create a picture using the quantum dots, are likely to be cheaper and longer-lasting - and could, ultimately, deliver a better picture.

But all this won't be any time soon. Samsung's SUHD quantum dot displays were only released this year and it's expected to be a few years before QLED is sufficiently developed and ready for mass production.

However, it is looking increasingly possible that we won't see any Samsung OLED TVs, potentially leaving rival LG to rule the OLED TV roost.

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Joe Cox
Content Director

Joe is the Content Director for What Hi-Fi? and Future’s Product Testing, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for almost 20 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).