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Consumer Reports joined Into Tomorrow this week to tell us about QLED: The next big thing TV technology could be something called QLED, according to Samsung. Should we be excited about it? Consumer Reports electronics spokesman James McQueen is here to explain.
When it comes to TVs, it’s interesting to look beyond what’s available to see which technologies may be on the horizon. OLED TVs are state-of-the-art in display hardware—and they top our TV Ratings in several larger screen size categories. But reports out of Korea suggest that Samsung may be leapfrogging those TVs in favor of an emerging technology called QLED, which relies on self-illuminating quantum dots.
Even if QLED technology proves successful, you won’t be shopping for QLED sets before 2020 or so. But the technology should intrigue anyone who laments the demise of beautiful plasma TVs while resisting the high prices of OLED TVs.
LG is the only brand making OLED TVs. There was some speculation earlier this year that Samsung was investing in a version of that technology, but newer reports in the Korean press suggest that Samsung may be shifting away from it toward QLEDs, or quantum dot LED TVs. These TVs would have many of the same advantages as OLED TVs—rich deep blacks, accurate colors, and nearly unlimited viewing angles – but could be much cheaper.
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