Samsung Display has just unveiled the world’s first 77-inch QD-OLED panel TV, thereby increasing future QD-OLED TV screen size options by 12 inches.
At the moment, the choice of QD-OLED display is limited to 55- and 65-inch TV versions from Samsung and Sony, although the 65-inch Samsung S95B is really excellent, earning a rare five-star review publication.
Samsung Display unveiled a new 77-inch screen, the first-ever expansion of a QD-OLED TV size option, at the International Information Display Meeting (IMID 2022), which is an industry show in Busan, South Korea – although it is only the panel that was shown to so far. No TV was shown at the Samsung Electronics event at the last IFA 2022 tech show, so availability will likely not be until 2023.
This QD-OLED is not to be confused with LG’s largest OLED TV, the 97-inch stunner that did to appear at IFA – no, this is almost certainly part of the expected expansion of cheaper Samsung QD-OLED TVs, resulting from the South Korean technology giant’s investment in improving the efficiency and scale of production of next-generation QD-OLED panels.
QD-OLED combines the Quantum Dot color technology that Samsung’s QLED is famous for, with OLED’s precise pixel contrast to give you the best of both worlds – but it’s currently costly to produce. Hopefully, this new size is a sign that the advancements the technology needs to be able to start lowering prices and be more flexible about screen sizes is underway.
Analysis: Cheaper QD-OLEDs in 2023 are very likely, and that’s very good news
To compete directly with the regular (and cheaper) OLED panels used in the best OLED TVs on the market today, Samsung had to work to lower cost prices, and it seems to have succeeded – most likely due to the reported improvement in screen performance (which means significantly less wasted material for making each work panel).
More efficient production means cheaper production, and as QD-OLED TVs are currently at the top of 4K TV prices, the fall in prices is exactly what they needed to move them into the mainstream, although QD-OLED panels are still at the top of the market, according to TechRadar. a lot of more expensive than ordinary OLED panels.
So far, 2022 has given us the first 55- and 65-inch QD-OLED TVs from Samsung and Sony, as well as the inaugural 34-inch QD-OLED monitor from Dell.
Remember that QD-OLED panels are exclusively manufactured by Samsung Display, so considering that the 77-inch panel is already a reality, expect QD-OLED TVs to grow larger in the near future.
The specific details (official price, availability, resolution) are thin, but the panel most likely has a 4K resolution and the same kind of real-world 1000 nits brightness as current QD-OLED screens.
The first 77-inch QD-OLED TV will likely not be available until 2023 (CES, January 2023, we’re looking at you), but if you need something now, check out the best live OLED deals this month – and remember Samsung is said to be that the display also works on a 49-inch QD-OLED panel, allegedly intended for monitors.