New Certification Sheds New Light on Samsung Display’s QD-OLED Screen Tech

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We’re learning still more about that fancy new QD-OLED screen technology, this time thanks to a press release from Samsung Display itself. The company, which is a subsidiary of electronics giant Samsung, announced that its new panel can display 90 percent of the BT.2020 color space, a set of standards set forth by the International Telecommunications Union. The company says that exceeds what most existing TV panels can achieve.

“The color gamut of existing TV displays hardly ever exceeds 70% when applying the BT.2020 standard, and based on DCI-P3 standards, color volume usually falls under 100%,” the company said in a press release. “QD-Display outperforms in both categories, with superior quality that can vibrantly and accurately display colors across the spectrum.”

What’s more, Samsung Display says its QD-OLED, or Quantum Dot Organic Light Emitting Diode, approach also reach 1,000 nits of brightness in testing conducted by SGS, a company that offers certification services for a number of industries.

As for how that compares to traditional OLED screens like the ones LG has been refining over the years, we can turn to recent reviews. Sites like TechRadar and RTings have tested LG OLEDs and found brightness levels of around 860 to 870 nits for a small patch of the screen. Meanwhile, YouTube Channel Linus Tech Tips published a video (sponsored by Samsung itself, by the way) where they reported that Samsung’s QD-OLED panel reached 1,000 nits of brightness within a 10 percent area of the screen and around 1,500 nits in a 3 percent area.

Samsung Display’s approach to OLED panels uses blue light as the sole light source. That’s then passed through the company’s Quantum Dot tech, which acts like a color filter to convert some of that blue light into red or green to create a wide spectrum of available colors. The company says this approach allows for improved efficiency compared to, say, LG’s OLEDs, which use a mix of blue, green, and red color emitters.

Of course, press release announcements are one thing, and actual products are another. But it shouldn’t be too long before we start seeing this new QD-OLED tech in the wild. We’ve already seen Sony announce its new Bravia A95K will pack the new display when it arrives later this year. And we’ll keep an eye out for when Samsung announces its own QD-OLED TVs.

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