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LG OLED 4K vs. Samsung SUHD 4K TVs: The Faceoff

by on April 15, 2015
 

Stephan Jukic – April 15, 2015

In the battle of the 4K TV brands, numerous competing technologies and feature angles from the different major manufacturers are constantly racing each other to show consumers that they offer the best display quality for their money.

However, out of all of these, the two which absolutely dominate now would certainly have to be the SUHD lines of UHD TVs from Samsung and the LG OLED 4K TVs which are unique in their delivery of display with self-deactivating organic light emitting diodes.

Both kinds of TVs have massively upped the ante in the quality of display color, brightness, clarity and realism offered in a 4K TV while each does this in a different way.

While SUHD TVs focus on the use of quantum dot nanocrystal layers in their screens to create  a far more complex palette of color tones, LG’s OLED TVs offer the deepest blacks possible on the market thanks to their organic light emitting diodes, which can individually shut themselves off where needed for a particular image. On the other hand, LG also promises deep vibrant colors while Samsung touts HDR compatibility as a darkness enhancing feature of its own TVs.

The Samsung SUHD TVs offer the company’s new and highly streamlined Tizen OS for smart TV controls while LG’s OLED 4K line uses the niche operating system known as webOS, which was originally developed by Hewlett Packard. LG also claims that its own operating system is lightning fast and incredibly intuitive. Since both the top-shelf SUHD TVs and the LG OLEDs also feature massively powerful multiple processors, it’s hard to say if we’re seeing the benefits of OS design or raw processing power making either TV type run so smoothly.

In terms of sheer connectivity, web apps and the latest in HDMI, HDCP 2.2 and other connection features, both TVs are more or less evenly matched, though Samsung does offer its connection ports through an external and upgradable OneConnect box that makes changing to meet new connection standards considerably easier.

One of LG's ultra-thin OLED 4K TVs

One of LG’s ultra-thin OLED 4K TVs

Finally, we come down to the details of pricing.

In this area, Samsung’s SUHD TVs are winners. While they certainly aren’t cheap, there is a greater price range to them and some of the smaller, less feature-rich sets cost marginally less than their OLED counterparts from LG. However, when it comes to the top-shelf SUHD models and the OLED 4K TV line, the price differences are only moderate. Both are incredibly expensive in comparison to more “conventional” ultra HD Televisions from the other major brands. For example, the top of the SUHD line, the Samsung UN65JS9500 Curved 65-Inch 4K TV, is retailing for $5,997 on Amazon.com, while LG’s top-of-the-line 65 inch 2015 OLED model is going to sell for $9,999!

So, the bottom line? Samsung’s SUHD TVs are distinctly built with the next generation of HDR content in mind. They’re compatible with the new upcoming content technology and while they may not be as capable of creating perfect dark tones as OLED technology, their LCD LED screens actually make them superior at displaying HDR due to a better luminance than that found in OLED.

Overall, between the two, the SUHD line might lack a few things that OLED offers but it is arguably the better option and definitely if price is taken into consideration –at least until LG releases HDR-ready OLED 4K TVs, as it’s claiming it will do.

Story by 4k.com

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  • Mike
    December 15, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Bought the Samsung 55;; js8500 in October from John Lewis crack in glass when turned on.
    Replacement sent. Now 3 weeks later screen fault on top screen, technician called today with replacement which Allso has crack in screen

    Has anyone had the same problem

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    • Don
      June 8, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      Any large bumps on the road going to your house?

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    • YouShouldKnowAl
      May 12, 2017 at 5:39 am

      Oh yes JS8500 series are very well known for screen faults. You get black bands or lines! I will never buy a curved screen no matter how good they get. I have seen more than four of them have screen faults.

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  • Kevin
    December 27, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks Steve,
    This was exactly what I needed to make a decision. Although price was important getting a better feel of value was more difficult to sort out. Your write-up backs up my own observation that Samsung is a great purchase.
    Best regards,
    Kevin

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  • jack
    February 3, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Bought the 1080p oled lg 55″ the blacks have it 4k is great as a large pc screen but content just isnt there yet

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  • Rosh
    March 30, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Hi

    Samusng suhd jd8000 or sony ultrathin 9000 series which one better in 65 inch category.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      April 1, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Hey there Rosh. Im not sure what TV you refer to by Samsung SUHD JD8000 (it doesn’t even exist on foreign markets as far as I can tell) or Sony 9000 series, so i’ll assume you’re comparing the SUHD JS8500 and the Sony X900C.

      That said We love Sony’s high end 2015 4K TVs and think that the X850C and even X810C (more of a budget model) are better than their Samsung counterparts in the same price ranges (comparable roughly to the JS8500 and JS7000 respectively). However, between the X900C and the JS8500, i’d pick the Sony model. It offers superb color and contrast (as does the Samsung TV) but it does so to a slightly better degree of quality. We also think the Sony model offer superior movie viewing specs, superior audio capacity and a slightly better level of HDR technology.

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  • Rosh
    March 30, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Sorry i meant js8000 samsung

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