What is Neo QLED? How is it different from QLED and OLED?


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OLED, QLED, neo-QLED; there’s a lot of TV technology jargon that makes you wonder how these types of TVs differ from each other. Let’s see how Samsung Neo QLED TVs differ from standard QLED models.

Improved Samsung Quantum Dot Displays

Neo QLED is an improvement on Samsung’s QLED (Quantum Dot Light Emitting Diode) technology, which was originally released in 2017. Quantum dots are small particles illuminated by UV light behind a screen, producing varying levels of light.

As such, QLED displays tend to be brighter, brighter, and offer better color accuracy. Using LED lamps, the light intensity is evenly distributed across the TV display. However, Neo QLED uses mini-LEDs, and there are thousands of them compared to the number of LEDs on a QLED screen. This results in higher picture quality as more mini LEDs can be mounted on a TV panel than standard size LED bulbs.


OLED (Organic LED) TVs offer individual pixel control as each pixel is associated with an LED. Neo QLED, on the other hand, illuminates multiple pixels with a single mini LED.

While OLED TVs offer exceptional dimming and color reproduction, they fail to live up to expectations due to problems with burn-in and degradation over time, resulting in darker panels. Neo QLED displays don’t face these issues, making them a longer-term investment as you won’t have to replace your Neo QLED TV due to burn-in.

While OLED is the more widely supported panel, QLED tends to be more preferred among consumers who truly appreciate the best TVs available. In 2017, Samsung discontinued SUHD (Super Ultra High Definition) TVs and renamed them QLED (Quantum Dot Light Emitting Diode). QLED displays do not emit their own light, but instead use their own backlight and quantum dot color filters to provide better contrast and color.

With updated technology, Neo QLED TVs provide better viewing angles, offer greater potential brightness, and reduce blooming effects.

Benefits of Neo QLED

The main advantage of Neo QLED TVs is their higher contrast ratio. This means there are more levels to control, so blacks will appear darker, minimizing the awful haloing you sometimes see on LCDs.

OLED displays still deliver the closest blacks to true blacks, but the Neo QLED is better in this area than regular QLED models. Similarly, Neo QLED and QLED displays can offer higher brightness levels (up to 4,000 nits) compared to OLED (just under 600 nits), so they’re a much better choice if you’re planning on watching TV in a brighter room.

Neo QLED TVs, compared to OLED displays, tend to be better for gaming as they can be much brighter, meaning it will be easier for you to see what you’re doing on the screen. However, there are other factors to consider, such as high refresh rates, HDMI 2.1 ports, and 4K video support.

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Are Neo QLED displays expensive?

The cheapest Samsung Neo QLED TV is the 50-inch QN90A class TV, which sells for around $899.99 for a 2021 model. However, if you want a larger display, the 85-inch QN95B (2022) class will cost you over $5,400.

Samsung 50-inch class Neo QLED QN90A series

In other words, yes, Neo QLED displays are pricey, but worth it if you don’t want to replace your TV on a regular basis due to issues like burn-in. Let’s face it, who does? Neo QLED TVs are so impressive that they were our top pick in the TV category at CES 2022.

Is Samsung the only brand offering Neo QLED?

Neo QLED is just Samsung’s name for their mini LED technology. Other manufacturers such as LG, TCL, and HiSense also make mini LED TVs, but under different names. LG, for example, calls its mini-LED TVs QNED, a combination of Quantum Dot and NanoCell technology, just like Samsung.

However, where Samsung has confirmed it has already moved to vertically aligned LCD (VA) panels, LG is likely still using its In-Plane Switching (IPS) displays (although nothing has been officially announced at the time of writing). VA panels are known for delivering better contrast than IPS despite narrower viewing angles as a tradeoff.

Depending on your preference, if you’re happy with the IPS display, you can get the LG QNED 55-inch 4K Smart TV for less than $1,000.

LG QNED Series 80 55″

LG QNED Series 80 55″

Using the LG a7 Gen5 AI processor, this 4K TV can adjust picture and sound quality to suit what you watch and when you want it.

Why you should invest in Samsung Neo QLED TVs

One of the main reasons why Neo QLED should be used instead of an OLED TV is because you simply won’t get a brighter display elsewhere. This makes them incredibly comfortable to watch in HDR, whether you’re playing the latest AAA games on your next-gen console, watching your favorite wildlife documentary, or getting ready for a movie night.




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