The Samsung S95B OLED TV – Samsung’s first OLED TV in nearly a decade and one of the first ever QD-OLED TVs – remains one of the most interesting TVs of the year. Available in 55- and 65-inch configurations, it promises all the benefits of OLED panels in addition to the brightness and color capabilities of the company’s Quantum Dot technology. Hence the name QD-OLED.
But does it offer QD-OLED? We just ran a series of benchmark tests on our Samsung S95B OLED TV to measure color reproduction, image accuracy and maximum brightness, among other key indicators we look for in the best TVs.
We’ll admit we have high expectations given the simultaneous launch of Sony’s first QD-OLED (using a Samsung panel, but powered by a Sony Bravia processor) and LG’s second-generation attempt at an OLED evo. Now that we’ve tested two of this year’s flagship series, the LG G2 OLED TV and the Samsung S95B OLED TV, we have a sense of how QD-OLED will perform. And how it stacks up against OLED evo.
Samsung S95B OLED TV vs LG G2 OLED TV: Results at a Glance
|Samsung S95B OLED TV||LG G2 OLED TV|
|Model number||Samsung QN65S95BAF||LG OLED65G2PUA|
|Delta-E (lower is better)||1.9||1.3|
|maximum brightness||501.3 Net||590.5 lumens|
Samsung QD-OLED vs LG OLED evo: Color Accuracy & Reproduction
When comparing TV test results, we primarily look at color reproduction, picture resolution and maximum brightness. These criteria help inform our anecdotal viewing experience, allowing us to know which TVs may perform better (or worse) than others in a similar price range or place in the company’s TV lineup.
In terms of color accuracy, the S95B OLED TV tested a Delta-E resolution score of 1.9. Any score of 2.0 or less is good, lower scores are more accurate. This means that the color displayed on the screen exactly matches what the human eye should receive. The LG G2 scored a better 1.3, which means it’s the more accurate of the two.
The LG G2 also outperformed the S95B OLED TV in producing a wider color gamut – 131.6% of the Rec 709 color space. This exceeds the base color standard by a large margin, although a score above 100% is common for the best OLED TVs.
By comparison, the S95B OLED TV produced 99.9% of the Rec 709 color space, which makes us wonder if this array’s technology is more LED-intensive than OLED. 99.9% is as perfect as an LED TV, although it is dimmer than an OLED TV. (Here’s more about the difference between QLED and OLED TVs.)
What our testing shows, at this point at least, is that QD-OLED isn’t as good at producing colors as accurate or vivid as LG’s OLED evo TVs.
Samsung QD-OLED vs OLED evo: Brightness
Maximum brightness is perhaps the test we most anticipated, since QD-OLED claims excellent brightness capabilities we don’t usually see with OLED. OLED TVs don’t get as bright as QLED TVs, because making millions of self-emitting pixels brighter can dilute color volume and cause dreaded OLED burnout.
But by enhancing brightness with quantum dots and eliminating white pixels in OLED pixels, QD-OLED should Be brighter than OLED, right? That’s what we thought we’d see in the test results, but the numbers tell a complicated story.
Samsung S95B OLED TV has reached a maximum brightness of 501.3 nits in dynamic mode. That’s really impressive for an OLED TV, and brighter than many of the OLED TVs we tested. The exception is the LG G2 OLED evo TV, which is LG’s best brightness TV to date. Reaching 590.5 nits when set to Vivid mode in a 10% window, it delivered a 40% increase in brightness compared to last year’s LG G1 OLED TV.
So the Samsung S95B OLED TV’s QD-OLED panel beats this year’s updated LG OLED evo panel, which uses a new heat dissipation system to manage brightness. But the S95B OLED TV scored higher here than the first OLED evo TV, and once again, 500 nits is still pretty impressive for an OLED TV. But it’s average compared to LED lights and many of the best Samsung TVs. Expect more on how Samsung QD-OLED will perform differently from Samsung Neo QLED soon.
Samsung QD-OLED vs LG OLED evo: which one wins?
There are many factors that go into a TV score besides the image performance tested. We also factor in value, design, interface, sound quality and remote control in our star ratings. That’s why it’s not easy to crown a winner between the Samsung S95B OLED TV and the LG G2 OLED TV. But when we cut it short on central technology, the LG OLED evo trumps the Samsung QD-OLED. At least he does this year. It’s safe to expect Samsung’s upcoming QD-OLED to up the ante.