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